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Thursday April 27, 2017

Florida East Coast Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing Captains

Inshore Lagoon and Deep Sea Fishing Guides

Upon contacting Lagooner Guide Services, you'll hear the pleasant voice of Captain Gina and know there is a warm helpful smile assisting you with your outdoor endeavors. Her husband, Captain Richard admits, "Without Gina, I'd be on the phone half the day setting up trips rather than focusing on the moment with my anglers." This husband and wife team have been working together for over 20 years making Lagooner Fishing Guides one of the premier outdoor activities in Florida.

Captain Richard's native knowledge of Florida Fishing and it's diverse species of gamefish allows him to share a life-time of knowledge and experience with his anglers. While attending Palm Beach Atlantic College in South Florida, Captain Richard excelled in marine biology and oceanography studies building on his natural fishing and outdoor abilities. Returning home to Cocoa Beach and starting a fishing charter business was as natural as breathing for this native Floridian.

Both Captain Richard and Gina are United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officers skilled in boatmanship. Captain Richard is our premier fishing guide while Captain Gina is the supply and chief petty officer responsible for schedulig trips and communications. Richard & Gina work in tandem to assure you and your party a quality fishing excusion that runs smooth and safely.

If you're interested in finding out more about Lagooner Fishing Guides, please fill out the form below and we'll contact you and send some information promptly.

Florida Charter Captain Requirements

In this time of change in the world economy, we've seen our share of new wannabe charter fishing guides popping up every few weeks. It seems that every local and semi local fire fighter or part-time professional wants to earn enough money to make their boat payment or spend their extra time fishing while using non-suspecting tourist to fund their endeavors.

Legitimate Charter Captains must maintain several things to make them legal and compliant on Florida waterways and ocean. Below are the minimal legal requirements to operate a Charter Fishing Company in the State of Florida.

A Business Occupational License
Lagooner, Inc.

Coast Guard Captain's License (OUPV or better)

FWC Charter Boat Fishing License and Stamps

Liability/Property Insurance (at least $1 million)

NOAA Fish License(s) (if in ocean)

TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)
After 9-11 this is a required homeland security badge that must be in a charter captain's possession at all times while working on the waterways.

Proper Marine Vessel Safety Equipment

Commercial Vessel Registration
All water vessels & trailers must be registered commercially by the state of Florida.

Proper Permits for Restricted Waterways
Are you fishing on restricted waters? Better make sure your Fishing Guide is properly permitted.

CPR & First Aid (up-to-date)
Must have CPR annually and First Aid bi-annually

Drug Consortium
All Coast Guard Captains must belong to a random drug testing organization and must submit regularly to their requirements.

Before you get on the boat with your next charter, ask: Are you a full-time Charter Captain and do you have the proper and legal requirements for running a charter fishing business?

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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