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Many Consider Sebastian Inlet The Best Snook Fishing in Florida

by Captain Gina Bradley
Fishing under the Sebastian Inlet bridge at night over 30 years ago are some of my earliest memories of dating my husband, Captain Richard. I know what you’re thinking, so let me clarify; Richard took me fishing for snook while I patiently watched. His passion for fishing oddly combined well with his desire to spend time with me. Nothing has changed, except now, we spend days-and-nights fishing on our boat, and I’d have it no other way. Richard’s love of the water and outdoors transferred quickly on to me. He guided me fishing in every known location on Florida’s east coast over the years, and Sebastian is still one of my favorites. Neither of us knew that his infatuation for the outdoors would quickly lead him to become one of the best full-time Sebastian Inlet fishing guides.

2020 Spring Snook Season is Open

The 2020 Spring Snook Season opens February 1st and ends May 30th this year. Sebastian Inlet is one of Florida's premier snook fishing destinations. Book a snook fishing trip with Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing.

For more information about snook fishing regulations and seasons go to the Florida Wildlife Commissions site.

There are 102 days of spring snook season left before the closure on June 1st, 2020.

Sebastian

Best Snook Fishing in Florida

With Orlando only an hour away, Richard began his earliest fishing charters taking Orlando residents and visitors night fishing during the autumn months for snook. His night fishing trips quickly overlapped into the backwater and he added daylight fishing adventures to his repertoire. There are many Sebastian Inlet Fishing Guides, but only a handful can claim they’ve guided for thirty years. Very few can match his knowledge and abilities to put his anglers on many of our inshore species. While snook seems to be the primary fish targeted near Sebastian, they also have the best trophy sea trout fishing in the World. Louisiana has the numbers of sea trout, our climate and habitat breed the biggest. As the seasons’ change, redfish, tarpon, jacks, mangrove snapper, and even flounder become focal species for anglers. It seems there’s always something biting at Sebastian Inlet and it’s nearby waters.  Richard and I took the morning to go fishing in the Sebastian area recently and photographed our adventure. If you’re looking for a good fishing date, don’t be shy, call me for a rendezvous with my Sebastian Inlet fishing Guide.

Sebastian Inlet Area Information

There are two great Florida campgrounds located near Sebastian Inlet recreational area. To the South of Sebastian Inlet is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge with its thriving populations of brown and white pelicans, roseate spoonbills and wood storks. You might be within sight of these native Floridian birds while they are nesting or even see manatees and dolphin while you are on the Indian River Lagoon fishing. There are two museums in the park. The Sebastian Fishing Museum describes the family-based fishing industry that flourished here until the 1990s. The site of Spanish salvors encampment, the McLarty Treasure Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the 1715 Treasure Fleet.

“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 Taylor

Lifetime Outdoors Person

best snook fishing in florida

Sebastian Inlet’s Fishing Guide
Captain Richard Bradley

Hello,
My dad took me to Sebastian Inlet in the 1960’s when the road was no more than a rutted dirt path on the bridge embankment to the parking lot beneath the span. There was a small tackle & bait shop called the Crow’s Nest that had an orange crate on a pedestal and a danger sign with skull and crossbones pronouncing “Baby Rattlers… DO NOT FEED”. Of course, as a curious pre-teen, I had to get close enough to look thru the hardware cloth to see the deadly young snakes. Upon mustering up enough courage to peer into the crate, I was confused to see plastic children’s baby rattles on display and for a minute wondered why. I spent my childhood years traveling to the inlet with my folks and friends and learning how to surf and fish while jumping the jetty rocks and swimming in the tide pool. Sebastian has since become an excellent public park with paved parking lots, a small restaurant and campgrounds. The extension of the north jetty a few years ago ruined a once excellent surf break, but for the most part, the improvements have been a vast improvement on the beauty and public access. If you get a chance to visit our area, please look me up for a fishing trip at the Sebastian State Park Recreation Area.

Captain Richard Bradley | Lagooner Fishing Guide

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.read more
Nickolas Geerken
Nickolas Geerken
2019-12-28T19:07:35+0000
Great day on the water with Richard. He knows his stuff and is just an awesome guy. Highly recommended.
Dave Allen
Dave Allen
2019-12-28T19:03:25+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.read more
P.j. Simpson
P.j. Simpson
2019-12-24T22:05:40+0000
Excellent people. Excellent everything. ... ✌
Bruno C. Bini
Bruno C. Bini
2019-10-30T00:40:02+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 elseread more
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
2019-08-27T19:15:18+0000
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
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