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You Found Us! “fishing guides near me” Go Fishing with Orlando Fishing Guides, native and local guide, Captain Richard Bradley. With thirty years of experience, explore some of his excellent fishing spots.

Take a guided inshore fishing charter on the Banana River Lagoon for coastal saltwater species including redfish, spotted sea trout, snook, tarpon, black drum and more.

I, Captain Richard, am a native, and a local guide, equipped and experienced to help a wide range of anglers and their needs.   Our boats can accommodate youth and elderly, small families and fishers with all levels of experience and knowledge.  With decades of experience as an Orlando fishing guide I am ready to serve my customers and provide a fun-filled day on the water. Along with fishing you might find some of the early and more recent history of the waterway you will be guided on a bit interesting.

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Inshore Fishing Charters

Cocoa Beach & Merritt Island’s shallow water lagoons are an angler’s utopia. The well-known, thousand islands, situated in this area are a paradise for the beginner angler to the most proficient fly fishing experts. Typically fishing is performed out of a specialized skiff called a flats boat, getting its name from the shallow water seagrass “flats” or beds that abundant in our coastal regions.

On calm, windless days anglers may be maneuvered around the lagoon’s briny shallows “Gondola” style and given opportunities to view and cast to fish, called sight fishing. On less optimal days, anglers may be instructed to blind cast or use a variety of bait depending on availability. Different seasons present an array of offerings for the anger; you may find yourself fishing around mangrove shorelines or gently push poling miles of large shallow seagrass beds or deeper basins and sloughs depending on conditions.

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Fishing Guides have the most current knowledge of what is biting. An experienced guide will strive to put you on the best bite available during the duration of your charter. Redfish spawn throughout September, but conditions often deem it difficult for guides to find and make presentations to these fish, frustrating both angler and guide. Trust your guide’s instinct and listen to their advice on what they’d do to make a successful fishing day. Banana River fishing can be one of the best experiences for any angler at any skill level. I would enjoy the opportunity to get you out on an inshore fishing charter.

About the Banana River

The Banana River Lagoon is on Florida’s East Coast near Cocoa Beach.  It is an associate watershed that includes the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon which host the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). While technically the Banana River Lagoon does not add the ICW, the lagoons share the same water and characteristics including the same fish species. The lagoon’s most northern area eventually seeps to the Banana Creek wanders through the Kennedy Space Center where it joins the Indian River Lagoon. If you could continue north by airboat, you’d pick up on the famous fishing mecca the Mosquito Lagoon and onto New Smyrna Inlet or further north on the ICW. North Banana includes the famous No Motor Zone or NMZ as it’s often called, where canoes and kayaks make way to some of the most productive shallow water red fishing in the world. After September 9, 2001, the federal government closed most of this pristine waterway to boat traffic, and it’s become a breeding ground for Florida game fish. If you follow the waterway southward, the shorelines of the Banana River become developed at Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Metro Merritt Island. The lagoon ends at Dragon Point and merges into the Indian River Lagoon near Eau Gallie and Melbourne.

If you’d like to read more about the Banana River and our area, visit our Lagooner Local blog.  There are interesting articles about the history of the lagoon including the iconic Bombing Target, the Banana River Naval Station and other tidbits of history that make our area unique.

Contrary to its name the Banana River is not a river. The original settlers improperly named this saltwater body of water.  Water movement is entirely dependent on the wind and very little tidal flow.

It’s a Lagoon, Not a River

This lagoon is a unique estuary system that desperately needs protection against development. Much of the Banana River has suffered from growth over the last fifty years as stormwater runoff has destroyed many of the seagrass beds in the metropolitan areas. The further north you travel in the lagoon the healthier the watershed becomes as the Merritt Island wildlife refuge protects much of the coastline. If you continue south, you’ll find Cocoa Beach’s thousand islands and pass by Merritt Island’s Horte Point, the entrance to Merritt Island’s Newfound Harbor. Continuing northward to Sykes Creek and it’s residential canals, you will eventually find the Barge Canal. Motoring south you’ll discover gin-clear flats, and pelican covered islands on the Banana River’s west bank and Merritt Island’s eastern shoreline of Tropical Trail where wading anglers find tailing redfish and large seatrout. We are not sure where the name “Banana River Lagoon” originated.  We speculate that some of the original European settlers probably raised Bananas and exported them up and down the Intercoastal waterways. The Dummit family was known for their agricultural efforts and known to grow citrus, sugar cane and even pineapples. Why not Bananas? You can still find bananas in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area on residents properties.

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!
Rick Donnelly
Rick Donnelly
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
Captain Richard worked hard to put fish in the boat. We were able to bring in a few big Reds and some trout, and a couple keepers to take home for dinner. It's always the hope to be able to catch lots of fish, but fishing is fishing and there are no guarantees; the time of the year we travel to Florida also has an impact on our fshing success. This last trip out with Captain Richard my wife came along and thorougly enjoyed the experience and catching the big Reds. She is looking forward to our next trip to Florida and another fishing trip with Captain Richard.read more
Roger Voigt
Roger Voigt
2015-01-13T03:16:25+0000
I'm a local and all my friends fish with Captain Richard at Lagooner Fishing Guides. He's a fantastic guy and knows all the best spots to fish.....
Sandy Goins Kornegay
Sandy Goins Kornegay
2015-01-09T22:52:15+0000
We had a great time with Captian Richard!! 1/2 day trip,good weather and fish in the box:)) We stdpped off cruise ship and onto his boat within 10 minutes. Great trip for novice to experianced angler. Thanks Capt. & will see you again!!!read more
Chris Beane
Chris Beane
2014-07-14T00:49:49+0000

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