Mahi Mahi

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Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, Dorado

by Captain Gina
Landing a Mahi-mahi has got to be one of the most spectacular sights to witness. When hooked they “light up” with bright blue-green and yellow colors that are the envy of any other species. You can’t wait too long to snap your fishing photo, or you will start to see the gorgeous shades fade and become less brilliant in color. Mahi-mahi is one of the best tasting and most sought after gamefish in the world.



Captain Richard has developed time-tested methods of trolling, sight fishing and live-baiting tactics to target these fast and aggressive fish species. We generally focus on these fish in May – June and then again in November and December. Remember that the fall is a tough month for recreational deep sea fishing in Florida because of the winds and rough water. However, the rewards for catching dolphin are tremendous for those fortunate enough to make a fishing charter off Central Florida’s coast.

Orlando fishing charters are a great way to spend your day trolling for mahi-mahi and other game fish.  Join Captain Richard Bradley on board the Lagooner for a spectacular day of ocean fishing while you’re visiting the area.

Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, Dorado

Find Dorado offshore in warm waters in or near the gulf stream. Dolphin is a migratory pelagic fish found in every ocean in the world. They like to hang around float some and debris and are often seen cruising long weed lines of Sargasso seaweed or rip currents.

Months to pursue Dolphin
April – Big Fish Month
May – Loads of Mahi-Mahi
June – Smaller School Dolphin
November – Southward Migration


One of the fastest-growing fish thought to live no more than five years. A dorado is capable of a swimming speed of over 50 miles an hour. Dolphin spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year where their young hang in sargassum weed and they feed on flying fish and squid.

Trolling is the most traditional way of catching dolphin, but we’ve found that sight fishing has been producing very well the last few years and gave anglers something to do rather than sit and wait for the bite.


20″ minimum to the fork of the tail, ten fish per angler and not to exceed 60 per vessel possession limit. Florida Mahi-Mahi Regulations

State Record
77 lbs, 12 ozs.

Great day! Great fishing! I am a repeat customer and highly recommend Lagooner FishingI In mid-March, as a break from Disney parks, I took my two sons fishing. I took a nearly identical trip 10 years ago with my older son. Just like 10 yrs ago, Gina's customer service was awesome, and Captain Richard made the 6 hrs of fishing thoroughly enjoyable. My 8 yr old son caught his first "big one." Richard filleted the redfish, black drum, and trout we caught so back in Orlando everyone ate well that night. If you want a great fishing trip with great customer service while supporting a family run business, book with them.
Todd Carey
20:00 13 Apr 18
When it comes to local fishing guides, Gina and Richard do not get any more local! Lifetime residents means they have invested their whole lives to this area. Not a better two anglers here in on the SpaceCoast! Our community is a better place with these two here.
Don Norris
00:58 12 Mar 18
Sometimes you cannot trust online reviews. I can assure you that this is not the case with Capt Rich of Lagooner Fishing Guides. Look no further and book your trip. I fished 1/2 day solo. Worked out perfectly as a little weather rolled in early afternoon. We caught a mixed bag of inshore species. The fishing and conversation were both enjoyable. Anytime I am fortunate enough to be in the Cocoa Beach area, Capt Rich will be hearing from me.
Jeff Ciesla
14:24 09 May 17
It's hard for us to believe, but our adventures with Lagooner Fishing Guides began over a decade ago when we came down to Florida for a weekend get-away. Over the years, we have had numerous incredible fishing trips with Capt. Richard! He is the BEST and has always given us an amazing adventure. We've not only landed beautiful fish, but we also get a new history lesson and lots of tips on making our time more special while we are visiting. One year, we even brought our team of employees to enjoy a few days of fishing and talk on his boat and they are still talking about that, 3 years later, as their "best" memory! Capt. Richard makes you feel right at home, whether you're a fishing pro or a first-timer. He'll keep you entertained with the tall tales and true stories and you'll never believe it's time to go inland because the time will fly by. We have recommended Capt. Richard to everyone we know who is making a trip down to the Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach area. His excursions are worth every penny and we always look forward to our next time on the water with Lagooner Fishing Guides. And when you go, tell him April sent you!
Philip Amodeo
02:20 29 Jan 17
Captain Richard was amazing, after a short fishing trip I felt like we were good friends. He knew the fishing territory, it was too windy and high surf to go on the ocean so we stayed in the bay and caught 5 species of fish. His boat and equipment were top notch as well. He is very personable and accommodating to your needs. He has an awesome sense of humor which made an incredible fishing trip all that much better. He gave us pointers of what local attractions we should see before heading back to South Dakota, his advice was spot on. His wife, Captain Gina, called us to see how we were doing on the drive home. I would recommend him to anyone and plan on going back. Not to say that he is old :), but he's been doing this all of his life and knows his business! He is friends with other guides in the area and they communicate with each other to put their clients on the fish. All around awesome operation, I won't go anywhere else.
rob eggers
13:00 07 Apr 17
Capt. Richard and Gina rock.
shooter mcgavin
23:44 30 Oct 18
We chartered a boat on the banana river on a brief vacation to Orlando. We took one day to go to Coco Beach to go fishing. Our experience was excellent. Gina was very responsive and answered all of our questions. We met early In The morning and everything was already ready for us. We had several catches during the day. Richard was such a fun person to fish with. He has a fun personality and did all of the hard work (or icky work for the girls). He was extremely knowledgeable and we were fascinated with his knowledge of not only fishing but biology too. He also explained a lot about the area and space station stuff. I highly recommend Lagooner for anyone who wants a true local fishing experience with laid back yet highly experienced people.
Katie Barch
20:03 07 Dec 18
This was my first time deep sea fishing and it was such a great experience, to say the least. Would highly recommend Lagooner Fishing Guides as they know the area very well and put a lot of effort into making every trip enjoyable. Will definitely be booking another trip with them!
Danielle Walsh
17:17 12 Dec 18
My wife and I have chartered Captain Richard for both the ocean and inland rivers. We have had great experiences catching king mackerel and speckled trout. Captain Richard knows how to put you on fish and takes awesome pictures of us with our fish. Would definitely go on another fishing trip with Richard. Can’t wait until next summer to schedule another trip!
bill sims
18:50 10 Dec 18
I've always enjoyed fishing with Gina and Richard. The best thing about our trips is that we always catch fish - and the fish are always cleaned so well. Plus, it is a pleasure socializing with them.
John Taylor
18:50 04 Dec 18
Gina and Richard are a great team, mooring the boat, handling the bait and fishing poles with ease and expertise. We had an enjoyable, successful day fishing and look forward to our next trip!
Lynn Kent
19:46 04 Dec 18
About 8 years ago, I was staying in GA for a month of training and was looking to do some fishing on a weekend. I found Lagooner on the web and had the most incredible experience! Even though I live in California, I've returned to fish with Richard and Gina 3 or 4 more times. Anytime I get close to Florida, I make sure to call the Bradley's and book a trip. They have become good friends and show me true hospitality and I always look forward to catching up with them. Oh yeah...and the fishing is amazing! My work dictates when I'll be in the area so I can't plan when I'll be close enough to fish the Space Coast. No problem, Richard and Gina always know how to put together a great fishing trip in any season. If you're thinking of fishing with a guide, make sure you give them a call. You won't regret it!
Mark Mayeda
20:42 27 Feb 19
I’m a returning client of Capt. Richard and Lagooner fishing! He is an awesome guide and always provides a great fishing experience! This last trip I caught the biggest trout I’ve ever seen and my friend caught a monster of a Jack among other fish we caught! Can’t wait to come back again for another trip! You won’t regret booking a trip with Lagooner and Capt Richard and Capt Gina!
Justin Staats
20:19 02 Mar 19
We had the weather against us but Richard still managed to make them bite. Been on quite a few charters over the years and Lagooner is right at the top! We will definitely be back next year when we visit FL again! Thanks for a great time!
James Henderson
21:37 17 Jan 19
Had a blast with captain Richard. My husband had a blast. Definitely recommend. Will definitely be coming back.
Crystal Masten
20:14 02 Mar 19
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