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Captain Richard Bradley

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Tuesday January 23, 2018

"Finding a career path was a journey that eventually lead to what my father had inspired deep within myself from my earliest years", explained Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides.

Detailing nearly fifty years on Florida's east coast adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon, it's sister waterways bordered by barrier island dunes, mainland woods and the Atlantic Ocean crediting his father's earliest visions of raising a family as a career military officer and avid outdoors-man. "My parents followed the passion of my father as he led them to Florida during the 50's where he met and married my mother whom lived in a the small city of Oakland, west of Orlando while he was stationed at McCoy Air Force Base. They were whisked around for several years and eventually concluded their military transfers on Florida's east coast after West Palm Beach, four years of Panama's Canal Zone and bookending it with a tour in Vietnam. My dad always had his hand in fishing and diving when stationed near the ocean and managed to find time to get his family involved."

"Dad was a business man and never encouraged me to follow the outdoor passion he'd kindled in his son, whether it was intentional or not he'd fanned the flames by traveling the state of Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America in pursuit of diving and fishing escapades. From my earliest memories, he pulled our boat to the Florida Keys staying at the Tropical Winds Resort in Islamorada in the 1960's and early 70's. Those days of snorkeling Hens & Chicken, Alligator Reef and fishing The Hump were an extraordinary inspiration in my pre-teen childhood. I still remember being left out of fishing trips because I was too young for dad's offshore fishing excursions in the Florida Keys where dad's wisdom was not always perceived well and being left at the resort did NOT settle well with this youngster, especially when older sister was spared and brought back stories and spoils from their daily adventures."

Richard's inspiration from his parents would not stop in the Florida Keys and would continue as his father would escort his son to the Bahamas, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Montserrat, Turks & Caicos Islands and even Jamaica where they stayed on a coffee farm in the Blue Mountains and rode tractors through the coffee plantation. "Dad even took us to Honduras and the Bay Islands off it's Caribbean coast during the height of the Sandinista war in pursuit of better fishing and diving. Dad's involvement and love of the ocean & family went hand-in-hand with every vacation he borne us on."

Captain Richard releasing a redfishDuring the following decade, Richard would continue his passion for fishing and surfing on Mexico's west coast looking for waves each summer during his college years. "The years after high school I spent soul searching as the reality of life's provisions was cast upon me and my traveling was limited to what I was to provide for myself. I managed to arrange travel for college students while I worked at a West Palm Beach dive shop and this allowed me to travel to Cozumel, Mexico several times of the year and make a little money to boot. During the remainder of the year I worked to save for my annual Mexico surfing adventures which often last several weeks until I ran out of money and narrowly missed rush week at Palm Beach Atlantic College. Needless to say, Dad had inspired my appetite for travel in the Caribbean and abroad and I quickly learned how to feed that passion as a young man and moved back to the Space Coast after college where I continued my passion for fishing and traveling."

"Life is full of coarse changes and my first attempts at business were met with turbulence in the 80's as I muddled through selling Real Estate and spending frequent days turning to the sea. The call of the outdoors was more than I could bear as a young man and prospecting for sales leads often gave in to a day of fishing or the next big swell. It was obvious that work was conflicting with my passion for the outdoors but when I finally gave in it was obvious that I'd found a compass heading that would steer me permanently toward Charter fishing allowing me to reconcile my passion with provision." explains Richard

Passion is what Captain Richard shows when it comes to his fishing and life experiences..."From the time my anglers board our boats I'm reminded about many fishing and outdoors experiences I've had and try to relate them to the anglers on my boat. An experience where customers catch fish is one thing, but immersing them in an outdoor experience while they stretch a line is another."

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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.

Fishing Forecast

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...

Captain Richard Bradley

Hello Angling Amigos,
I've been taking people out fishing for well over 25 years and it never gets old... yeah, yeah, I get tired, but I don't ever get tired of watching people enjoy the outdoors and experience what I've enjoyed my whole life. In the past fifteen years or so, I've had the pleasure of passing down my childhood adventures to my children. Both of my girls are avid outdoorsman and love to fish with their daddy and it's exciting for me to get them out in the water as often as I can.

My soul mate and wife Captain Gina has been at my side since 1990 and our love of the outdoors has kept our children engaged with surfing, fishing and camping since they're earliest years. Let us share with you, what we've come to love and enjoy during our lifetime on Florida's east coast.

It's my goal to give my customers and anglers the same experience that I've had growing up on my local waters. Sure, things have changed over the years but good times and sunshine are always the same.

Captain Richard
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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.

Captain Richard was great company on the boat. He's a blast to hang out with and will glady joke around with everyone. When it came to the fishing it was a tough day to start but we were able to find a school of drummer fish. He was able to spot a school of fish from his boat which was pretty cool. We caught a good 20-25 lb black drumfish which made the whole trip worth it. For sure recommend captain Richard.
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