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Inshore Fishing Charters near Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Mosquito Lagoon

Escape civilization for a few hours of adventure and explore the shallow Florida lagoons on an inshore fishing charter. Watch flocks of rosette spoonbills on the mangrove shorelines and tailing redfish adjacent to glistening sandbars. Enjoy a day of fishing the glorious Mosquito Lagoon or infamous Indian River with me as your Florida saltwater fishing guide onboard my shallow water skiff, the Lagooner.

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About Inshore Fishing

Why Backcountry Fish with Lagooner?

Each sunrise on the Mosquito Lagoon is an explosion of wildlife and God’s creation. It’s not uncommon to watch pods of manatee and dolphins calmly basking or playing while rapidly gliding across shallow grass flats to each fishing destination. Mangrove islands and wading egrets give way to isolated fishing holes and oyster beds. I desire to show you the outdoor experiences I’ve shared with my family and thousands of people over the years. Our lagoons will immerse you into backcountry fishing unlike any other part of the world.

The Best Time to Inshore Fish

Inshore fishing is year round on the local lagoons. Our customers typically visit seasonally the same month each year.  It’s difficult to nail-down the exact month or season that’s best for light tackle inshore fishing because there is so much variety. As I’ve matured in age and time on the water, I’ve found during the fall, I tend to spend more time at Sebastian Inlet for snook.  During the winter months the sheltered waters of the Mosquito Lagoon produce good numbers of redfish and sea trout. The spring is a bonanza of fish activity on the Indian River Lagoon.

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The Deacon of Fishing
I’ve known Captain Richard before he became a well known inshore fishing guide. We spent decades together fishing and exploring the coastal waterways where we live. He embodies an outdoorsman and friend. I will always cherish our times together both in the boat and at home. Fishing goes beyond an activity when you spend a day with Richard.

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Mosquito Lagoon Guided Trips

The Mosquito Lagoon is the best inshore fishery on Florida’s east coast. Thousands of acres of shallow water grass beds and sandbars have created a haven for redfish, sea trout and black drum. With so much to explore, Mosquito Lagoon Florida, is a vast body of water offering Flats fishing for light tackle and fly-fishing enthusiast looking for a sight-fishing challenge.
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Indian River Lagoon Saltwater Fishing

Part of the Intracoastal Waterway that winds its way along the eastern seaboard of the United States. There’s plenty of fishing to offer anglers looking to catch many of the favorite Florida game fish. I’ve been around this lagoon my entire life, so let me take you thru the seasons as your Indian River Lagoon fishing guide to show you the way to your outdoor pleasures.
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Sebastian Inlet Snook Fiesta

Legendary for its snook fishing, this gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon is an anglers smorgasbord of inshore gamefish.  Drift fishing the inlet in daylight is challenging, doing it at night is reserved for the experts, you need a good Sebastian Inlet Fishing Guide and skillsets.  Day trips include both inlet and backcountry fishing destinations. 
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About Me
I’m an individual fishing guide that takes people on private fishing trips; I’m not a Fishing Company. I’m full-time and have years of repeat customers that have spent decades fishing with me. If I’m not available, my wife, Captain Gina will refer you to one of our trusted competitors that are also full-time guides who work for themselves.

You won't find anyone that knows fishing better than Richard. He and Gina are the greatest.
Carolyn Bradley
Carolyn Bradley
2019-08-18T17:11:58+0000
Well Kept equipment.. Great Customer Service..Great Experience from Start to finish
Wes Beyers
Wes Beyers
2019-04-02T18:31:04+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!!!read more
Blake Byers
Blake Byers
2019-04-01T23:14:00+0000
Had a great time. I will definitely be back.
William Masten
William Masten
2019-03-02T20:16:58+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!read more
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.read more
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.read more
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
We had a slow start but Captain Richard made sure we got on the fish. it was a great time with great people
Tony Lowe
Tony Lowe
2017-07-22T21:47:12+0000
We had an absolutely amazing experience. Couldn't have asked for a better fishing trip. Thanks Captain Richard.
Kris Wickens
Kris Wickens
2017-07-07T23:52:22+0000
My wife and I loved our time on the water with Captain Richard! Thanks for a great trip!
Jerod Ochsendorf
Jerod Ochsendorf
2017-05-06T13:28:21+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 Ohioread more
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.read more
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.read more
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!!read more
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
This was the best, we would go again in a second. He treated my 13 year old like a young man. Caught very nice fish in a beautiful area. Felt safe at all times. Cpt. Richard made quite the impression on my son. We will be going again, and I would recommend this trip to anyone.read more
Angie Coyne Hale
Angie Coyne Hale
2016-08-22T21:50:50+0000
We had a great time with Captain Richard.It was great to catch Kings, Spanish Mackerel and Bonitas.We also saw a huge Hammerhead Shark and Barracuda.We will definitely go again!read more
Michael D. Allen
Michael D. Allen
2016-08-04T10:36:10+0000
Great Captain, great trip.Local/Native to the area, knows these waters.You wont find better.
Jimmy Ryder
Jimmy Ryder
2016-08-01T17:25:17+0000
Best fishing experience EVER! Capt Richard knows all the hot spots and is an expert guide and angler!
Todrick Stewart
Todrick Stewart
2016-05-15T00:41:49+0000
Was awesome. Captain Richard was absolutely great with my nephews.
Mark Shute
Mark Shute
2016-04-27T09:10:53+0000
Experienced, knowledgeable, diligent and a very pleasant captain with whom to share the day. His hard work payed off under trying conditions.
David Fass
David Fass
2016-03-09T04:30:39+0000
Capt Richard and Capt Gina are awesome...! Very accommodating and they surely will guarantee anyone that goes out in the water with a great time! It's been awhile since I've gone charter fishing with them but I still remember every single moment I was out with them. Thank you Capt Richard and Capt Gina. Keep up the great work and more success to you guys. Fish ON....!!!read more
Allan Martin
Allan Martin
2015-06-26T12:33:37+0000
Had the best day fishing off Cocoa Beach with Capt. Richard while we were docked in Port Canaveral for the day from the Norwegian Gem. Capt. Gina was so helpful in planning our trip months ahead and even came right to the boat and picked us up when we pulled into Port! We caught some beautiful King Mackerel and had many laughs. I would recommend Lagooner to EVERYONE. If we ever get back down there, we'll definitely go again.read more
Shanee Thomas Taylor
Shanee Thomas Taylor
2015-03-02T02:15:01+0000
Having been fishing a number of times over the years with Captain Richard I can highly recommend Lagooner Charters. We have always had a great time and he puts you on the fish. Richard and Gina have not only been our charter captains but have become our friends. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.read more
Dan Roach
Dan Roach
2015-02-12T21:42:28+0000
I have been honored to share a boat with Captain Richard more than once. He and Captain Gina are fantastic people, kind, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. I have been blessed to fish from Canada to Florida and I can give Lagooner Fishing Charters the highest of praise and I look forward to fishing with them multiple times in the future!read more
Shane Roberts Walton
Shane Roberts Walton
2015-01-29T18:21:54+0000
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.read more
Sam Teitelbaum
Sam Teitelbaum
2015-01-22T05:41:54+0000
Had a blast with Captain Richard too bad weather didn't cooperate he still put us on some fish
April Schomaker
April Schomaker
2015-01-21T22:54:34+0000
A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina).Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!read more
Ray Norman
Ray Norman
2015-01-21T17:48:40+0000
We had an awesome day of fishing with Captain Richard! Regardless of your fishing ability....Richard will get you on fish and make sure that everyone has a great day! He is professional, courteous and funny! We caught fish even though boats around us were struggling and we had a fantastic time! I would highly recommend fishing with Richard!read more
Troy McQuagge
Troy McQuagge
2015-01-20T23:00:43+0000
We had an outstanding experience with Lagooner! To start, Captain Gina made the booking quick and easy. All follow-up and communication was just like she promised. Once we were on the water, Captain Richard made the day fun for everyone and put us on fish at every stop. I would recommend Lagooner to anyone looking for a charter in Cocoa Beach.read more
Todd Brewer
Todd Brewer
2015-01-15T04:41:43+0000
Gave a fishing trip to my husband for his birthday after recommendation from my cousin Kristin Kessel Asinger. He is still talking about it as the best fishing trip ever! Don't hesitate to book a fishing trip with Captain Richard!read more
Anna Svensson
Anna Svensson
2015-01-14T17:30:13+0000

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