Saltwater Fishing Charters by Lagooner Fishing Guides
Florida East Coast Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing Captains
Inshore Lagoon and Deep Sea Fishing Guides
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Upon contacting Lagooner Guide Services, you'll hear the pleasant voice of Captain Gina and know there is a warm helpful smile assisting you with your outdoor endeavors. Her husband, Captain Richard admits, "Without Gina, I'd be on the phone half the day setting up trips rather than focusing on the moment with my anglers." This husband and wife team have been working together for over 20 years making Lagooner Fishing Guides one of the premier outdoor activities in Florida.
Captain Richard's native knowledge of Florida Fishing and it's diverse species of gamefish allows him to share a life-time of knowledge and experience with his anglers. While attending Palm Beach Atlantic College in South Florida, Captain Richard excelled in marine biology and oceanography studies building on his natural fishing and outdoor abilities. Returning home to Cocoa Beach and starting a fishing charter business was as natural as breathing for this native Floridian.
Both Captain Richard and Gina are United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officers skilled in boatmanship. Captain Richard is our premier fishing guide while Captain Gina is the supply and chief petty officer responsible for schedulig trips and communications. Richard & Gina work in tandem to assure you and your party a quality fishing excusion that runs smooth and safely.
If you're interested in finding out more about Lagooner Fishing Guides, please fill out the form below and we'll contact you and send some information promptly.
Florida Charter Captain Requirements
In this time of change in the world economy, we've seen our share of new wannabe charter fishing guides popping up every few weeks. It seems that every local and semi local fire fighter or part-time professional wants to earn enough money to make their boat payment or spend their extra time fishing while using non-suspecting tourist to fund their endeavors.
Legitimate Charter Captains must maintain several things to make them legal and compliant on Florida waterways and ocean. Below are the minimal legal requirements to operate a Charter Fishing Company in the State of Florida.
A Business Occupational License
Coast Guard Captain's License (OUPV or better)
FWC Charter Boat Fishing License and Stamps
Liability/Property Insurance (at least $1 million)
NOAA Fish License(s) (if in ocean)
TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)
After 9-11 this is a required homeland security badge that must be in a charter captain's possession at all times while working on the waterways.
Proper Marine Vessel Safety Equipment
Commercial Vessel Registration
All water vessels & trailers must be registered commercially by the state of Florida.
Proper Permits for Restricted Waterways
Are you fishing on restricted waters? Better make sure your Fishing Guide is properly permitted.
CPR & First Aid (up-to-date)
Must have CPR annually and First Aid bi-annually
All Coast Guard Captains must belong to a random drug testing organization and must submit regularly to their requirements.
Before you get on the boat with your next charter, ask: Are you a full-time Charter Captain and do you have the proper and legal requirements for running a charter fishing business?
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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 26 2016 16:16:21.
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January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
January is a great time of year on the Banana River Lagoon as the winter has set in and the spotted sea trout a redfish are in their colder water patterns. You'll find fish in and around deeper water canals where they can sink into the stable cold water during the coldest fronts and then slip out onto the shallow flats for warmth and feeding between fronts. Typically the better fishing can be in the Thousand Island area and northward into the No Motor Zone during January. January can be one of the calmest times of the year as the winter doldrums can have crisp cold temperatures in the morning and nice balmy days by afternoon. January is why we live in Florida...
Lagooner Fishing Guides
Cocoa Beach's premier saltwater fishing guide with over 25 years of charter fishing experience in his native waters.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
Written by: Bruce Jones about Lagooner Fishing Charters on March 6, 2014
5 / 5 stars