Together Forever

An older couple stood at the docks eagerly awaiting my arrival. Pulling up to the launch I was surprised to hear a shout out from the woman, “you are late, Captain Richard.” I thought to myself, two minutes late is late? Well I was late.

An Introduction
John & Joan Taylor

The woman was decked out in fishing attire with a brimmed hat tied around her neck; she spoke up as making sure I was to be on my toes for this outing they had planned with me, all the while I thought I had met my match.

As we begin pulling away from the docks John, Joan and I starting conversing. Right from the start, we knew we liked each other and the day began to unfold with the beginning of a friendship.

Each year approaches, and I am always looking forward to getting Joan and John out fishing. They are an older couple who intrigue me, and I love not only hearing of their life but taking in the many words of wisdom and insights that seem to come along just at the right time.

It’s been fun sharing stories and imagining this couple as young, spirited college students meeting while John was at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and Joan attending NC Baptist School of Nursing. Early on they both had a sense of adventure to live out their lives to the fullest. After graduating, they married in December of 1956 and their life together began as one great adventure.

John is a firm believer that exercise prolongs your life, and they live by those standards. After raising four children, John retired from McGuire VA Hospital in 2000 but is still seeing patients one day a week at the Medical College of Virginia, now known as VCU Health System.

Early on having a family, working and keeping up with the daily routines in life, John and Joan stayed involved enjoying the outdoors doing a lot of hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. Today they continue to carry on these activities with their eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I have had the privilege of having a few of their family members on board.

The countless trips fishing together seem to get better and better over the decades. John and Joan don’t let the number in years hold them back. I remember Joan telling Gina a year or two ago, “we are no worse for wear, but not much better either.” I smile and say to myself, “we will be fishing together until the end.”

“Although we now have a daughter living in Sarasota, FL, we still have to occasionally get back to your east coast to fish with Captain Richard. For years he has always found fish for us and made things very exciting. Also, he is one of the most gracious men we have ever met and always makes us feel very welcomed. And, of course, we still enjoy keeping up with Gina. What would men do without their wives???” Joan

Joan Taylor

Took my son and dad fishing with Lagooner this past week. This was my sons first time deep sea fishing. Well needless to say, it was his best experience in a long time. He caught a 50 pound sail fish on his first catch. It wore him out to reel it in but it was all worth it. We all caught different variety of fish. I got a Barracuda! King Mackerel and Cobia were also caught. And we got to take them home eat! Richard definitely made the experience memorable and enjoyable! We had such a blast and his knowledge of fishing and his experience as a boat captain are unmatched. We will definitely be booking with Lagooner again next year. Thank you Richard and Gina for a wonderful time with Lagooner Fishing!!
Joshua David Whitmire
Joshua David Whitmire
2020-07-06T21:23:45+0000
Took my mom for her first fishing excursion for Mother's Day. She is 76 years old and wanted to catch a "big one"! Richard at Lagooner Fishing was terrific. Taught her some tricks, took us to his secret fishing spot and helped her catch a WHOPPER! I highly recommend this experience for all ages! Thank you Richard Bradley 🐟❤️🎣
Karen Smith
Karen Smith
2020-05-12T15:21:27+0000
Captain Richard is amazing - knowledgeable, polite, and extremely helpful with pointers and tips. He always put us on multiple species on every trip.
Mike Landschoot
Mike Landschoot
2020-02-11T02:01:15+0000
Wow what a great day on the water. Captain Richard was absurdly knowledgeable with a great sense of humor to boot. Would definitely recommend this to any angler at any experience level. Caught a mess of fish and had an absolute blast doing it.
Nickolas Geerken
Nickolas Geerken
2019-12-28T19:07:35+0000
From reserving our charter to arriving back to port, the Lagooner Fishing Team was top notch all the way. I learned very quickly that when Captain Richard got quiet and gazed off into the distance that the bites were near. He's like some sort of fish whisperer and uses his sixth sense to quickly and effectively put meat on the deck. I can't thank Lagooner Fishing enough for making some great memories for my wife, father in law and myself.
P.j. Simpson
P.j. Simpson
2019-12-24T22:05:40+0000
We went yesterday and was great. We have fished alot and can't say enough good things about Capt Richard. The radio from other charters were complaining while we were catching 30-40 lb Kings and Cobia. Would not go with anyone else
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
2019-08-27T19:15:18+0000
Had a blast picking up some big black drums, cobia, and other species! Richard is the master of these fish, and WILL show you a great time down here in Cocoa Beach!!!
Blake Byers
Blake Byers
2019-04-01T23:14:00+0000
Richard and Gina are really great people. Since I first fished with Richard about 8 years ago, I try to come back every year. Besides providing a great fishing experience, they have become good friends. Try Lagooner. You won’t be sorry!
Mark Mayeda
Mark Mayeda
2019-02-27T20:48:47+0000
My wife and I have chartered Captain Richard for both the ocean and inland rivers. We have had great experiences catching king mackerel, barracuda, and speckled trout. Captain Richard knows how to put you on fish and takes awesome pictures of us with our catch. Would definitely go on another fishing trip with Captain Richard.
Bill Sims
Bill Sims
2018-12-10T18:21:38+0000
My grandson and I had a great time with Captain Richard. When we are back in area we plan on booking with Lagooner Fishing again
Tammy Bawcom
Tammy Bawcom
2018-12-07T20:37:19+0000
My son and I had a lovely time on the ocean today with Captain Richard. The fishing was great, took home two large King fish and a Spainish Mackerel. Had them for dinner tonight, was so yummy. We saw many dolphins, some huge sea turtles, a manatee and a shark. Was not only a fishing trip but also a great nature adventure. Loved feeding the leftover bait fish to the pelicans and woodstorks. I HIGHLY recommend taking this trip. Worth every penny.
Kathy Klasek Sayre
Kathy Klasek Sayre
2018-06-20T01:47:02+0000
My son and his friend had the best time of their life...quoted by Graham and Nick...Capt Richard was fantastic Caught some amazing fish
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
2018-02-14T13:26:59+0000
After 10 straight years of fishing with Capt. Richard we are looking forward to number 11 this year. We always have a great time and catch a lot of fish. We always look forward to visiting with Capt. Richard, Gina and their girls.Dana & Sheilafrom Ohio
Sheila Brisker Smith
Sheila Brisker Smith
2017-01-27T01:35:52+0000
Richard is a great guide with a lot of great stories. Worth the time & money.We have gone with numerous times over the last 5 years. The last time was 12/27/16, we caught redfish, blue fish, mangrove snapper, jack & a snook.My husband & I both caught redfish...a 7, 12, 20 & 30 lbs. another great day on the water.
Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen
2017-01-15T04:31:08+0000
I will definitely go back again. Captain Richard was great. Had a blast and he was good with my 10 year old. Don't hesitate to book a trip with Him. You won't be disappointed.
Stanton Jacobs
Stanton Jacobs
2016-12-31T15:30:13+0000
Great Experience, we've al ways wanted to go, just didn't know who to select? We fished for 1/2 day, and Cptn Richard made sure we had a Good Time. We would go again, and recommend it for others! Fish On!!
James Gibson
James Gibson
2016-12-13T14:13:27+0000
I enjoyed Captain Richard, he was a lot of fun! He's very knowledgeable and funny�! The Haneys will definitely be booking another experience soon!
T Renea Haney
T Renea Haney
2016-11-24T02:25:43+0000

For me, it’s hard to express every little detail of how my life is touched and impacted by the experience of John and Joan. One thing I admire about Joan is that she genuinely loves her husband and consistently brags about him. There is nothing that has brought more pleasure in her life than to roam the world with her best friend. Staying active together continues to make their life worth living all the better!

Thank you, John and Joan, for being a part of mine and Gina’s life.

Share This
%d bloggers like this: