Captain Richard Bradley - Fishing Guide and Lagooner
Charter Fishing Captain and Deep Sea Fishing Guide – Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing with over 35 Years Experience on Florida’s Coastal Waters.
Florida’s Coastal Fishing Guide and Deep Sea Captain
by Captain Richard
Inspired by my father’s outdoor passion and mother’s love of people, it was natural for me to become a charter fishing captain. As a result, my earliest outdoor experiences conveyed an innate desire to duplicate and share with others.
My earliest adventures (like many of us) were in the backyard. Directly behind our canal front home was a playground for adventure, The Ulamay Wildlife Refuge. Our canal had direct access to the Banana River Lagoon and onward to Port Canaveral. As a result, I walked the seawalls before school in the morning, scrapping blue crabs off the seawalls and fishing. Before I was old enough, my father’s Jon boat gave me endless days of pleasure while he provided for our family.
Risking sounding like a Mark Twain adventure, my fondest memories were spent fishing with my dad and friends. Dad’s real estate business afforded us annual vacations to the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Central America and the Caribbean. Without a doubt, I lived a charmed life.
During high school, surfing took a front seat and dovetailed neatly into my lifestyle. The 1970’s was indeed a great time-period to be young. Surfing eventually became my passion, and then an addiction. My cousin invited me on a month-long expedition into the coastal jungle town of San Blas, Mexico. I’ve never gotten over the beauty of Mainland Mexico and the quality of surf. As a result, I take my family surfing each summer for several weeks to the same villages and towns. My oldest daughter Savannah has since moved to Australia with the surfing bug (imagine that).
After college, I met my beautiful wife Gina and fell in love. We spent a couple of years dating and eventually married in 1990. Struggling for an idea on how to make a career, Gina encouraged me to follow my passion and continue as a fishing guide. Throughout the nineties, I struggled with the idea of selling real estate and became a broker. That decade was a personal battle between the outdoors and necktie… The outdoors won.
My earliest activities blossomed into a successful husband and wife business. We share the great outdoors where four family generations have resided in Central Florida before. Our customers often become life-long friends and neighbors. Let me share with you a small part of what I’ve experienced as a lifelong resident and Lagooner.
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