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Tuesday August 22, 2017

There are so many things to do while you're visiting Florida's Space Coast or it's formal name, Brevard County. We've compiled a small list of some of the exciting "Must See" things to do (besides our fishing trips) when they come to the area. Leaving off the obvious # 1 activity off going on a fishing trip with Lagooner Fishing Guides, here's the FIVE WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO ON THE SPACE COAST in no particular order.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space CenterLearn about the origins of Space Flight and the programs that started it all. From the Gemini/Mercury orbital launches to the Thunderous Apollo and Saturn V man on the moon explorations. Detailing every aspect of the American Space Program from it's earliest conception to the Space Shuttle and looking to the future with Constellation and a mission to Mars. Don't miss this attraction that's more than a day at a themepark... It's REAL!


Brevard Zoo

A small Zoo that does big things! Each and every day, Brevard Zoo not only provides exceptional care for our own animals, but is immersed in critical field projects working to protect threatened and endangered animals around the world.
Wildlife conservation through education and participation” is their mission, and aim to provide memorable guest experiences, connect people with wildlife and educate and inspire them to be stewards of our planet.


Sobe Surf

Come feel the Aloha spirit at SoBe Surf & Paddle — Florida’s premier stand up paddle board shop, offering board sales, surfing and SUP lessons, and paddle board / kayak nature tours. We teach lessons and guide excursions in the Cocoa Beach area (near Disney, Orlando) and Miami Beach, Florida. You’ll have a safe, easy, exciting time with instructors that are focused on providing you and family with a safe, fun and memorable experience!


Cocoa Beach Pier

Cocoa Beach PierIt's Not Just a Day at the Beach, It's the Ultimate Beach Adventure! A historic landmark on Florida's Space Coast, the world-famous Cocoa Beach Pier stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and is home to restaurants, bars, gift shops and live musical entertainment. In addition to great fishing, the Cocoa Beach Pier offers fishing equipment rentals, beach rentals, fresh water showers, regulation beach volleyball courts, lifeguards year round and some of the absolute best surfing on the East Coast!


NexGen Surf Lessons

Surf LessonsWhether you have never touched a surfboard before or ready to move to the Nex level, Nex Generation Surf School will take you there. Longboard or shortboard, we have the instructor for you! We will have you in the water and surfing on your very first day at camp or lesson. All of our surf camps have safe soft surfboards which make our camp as safe as it can get. For the more advanced surfers, you can supply your own boards if you wish to. No matter what, just make sure you get out there and have a good time.


Beating the Drum

Massive Schools of Giant Fish Swarm the Space Coast

This winter has been unusually warm on the east coast of Florida near Cocoa Beach and Brevard County as giant schools of spawning Black Drum have invaded our coastline. Kayakers and boaters have been pursuing these schools that can often be seen from the beach and caught by the typical lawn chair fisherman with their surf rods and coolers.

Although edible, these large specimens are not generally considered table fare and are caught-and-released to continue their courtship and mating rituals. Captain Richard took his clients to catch these monster fish this winter and took a couple of days with his daughter Mekenzie and wife Gina to witness this marine spectacle and try to subdue a beast of a fish.


Great couple of days off Cocoa Beach with his wife and teenage daughter, Captain Richard shows the world how the schools look from a drone while they spawn very close to the coastline.

This is one of our family favorites for fresh kingfish.

  • 1-1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Fresh Graded Parmasian Cheese
  • 1 Entire Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Taragon
  • 1 Cup Pepperage Farm Stuffing

Lay the fish in baking dish. Mix together first 4 ingredients and rub on top and bottom of fish. Sprinkle Pepperage farm stuffing over top of fish. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until fish is done.

Captain Gina's Bikinis

Spring is in the air and so is soaking up the sunshine in Florida. Captain Gina picks out her favorite bikinis for this years romps on the beach and in the boat.

I don't know what it is, but I know deep within me that bikinis were meant to be small

I have three basic bikinis that I wear almost all year around for different occasions, explains Gina.  What I wear when I'm out surfing, out on the boat with my husband and by the pool with my friends.  I never get criticism for wearing too small of a bikini from the guys and most of my girlfriends want to know where I bought them.
When I'm out with my friends, I wear several different brands of bikinis from Roxy to Victoria's Secret and even a local shop MarChicita which offers my fullest coverage bikini that many still consider revealing. Let's face it, the kids don't need to see it all when I'm hanging by the pool, but I simply can't wear a one piece even when they're coming back in style, it's too constricting and I besides I feel great in my bikinis.

Surfing Bikinis

Surfing has been a passion of mine for several years and more sports oriented bikini means the straps must hold the gals in while I'm duck-diving or going over the falls.  I don't worry too much about the bottoms when I'm paddling out, I like my tan lines to be as small as possible while still covering up.  Surfing is such a beautiful sport and while I'm not the best surfer, I like wearing my bikini whether I'm out with my daughters or surfing with my husband and our friends.  Everyone needs to feel sexy and free when they're doing what they love.  Most of the Roxy and Billabong bikini's work great for surfing.

Casual Bikinis

Florida is made for pool parties, even in the winter when hot tubs are popular.  I like a less "Sport" oriented bikini and a little more "Sporty" to show off my figure when I'm lounging around with friends.  lately, my friends Joan and Christine have turned me onto online shopping at Venus.com where an affordable assortment of sunbathing wear can be found.  I also like the popular and more expensive Victoria's Secret, but honestly you can't beat a good beat around bikini found at popular department stores like Macy's.  If I find a bikini that looks good on the rack, I'm buying it and it's making a showing at our next poolside party.

Risque Bikini

Last but not least (well, maybe it is the least) is the bikinis I wear out in the boat with my hubby.  It's always fun to let it all hang out with my lover and friend and wear as little of bikini as I can find.  Captain Richard can't wait to take me out when he knows that I'll be wearing something tantalizing and sexy, besides I get more fishing time when he's looking forward to our next outing.  My favorite all time shopping experience for fishing bikinis is at wickedweasel.com out of Australia.  I feel great in these bikinis and I know I'll get some extra attention when I'm wearing them.

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: March 02 2017 08:19:46.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Money so well spent!! - I treated a couple of dear friends to a charter fishing trip with Lagooner. I have to say it was money so well spent! Not like any charter I had ever been on before. Richard paid personal attention to every detail. Making sure we had the absolute best time and moved us around to follow fish of every type. This allowed for some simple easy fishing along with some wild challenges. I can't think of what else would have made this trip a better experience. My guests had never been treated so well on a charter they said. Yes you can find cheaper but I would never, ever try to save a couple of dollars and not have this kind of experience and memories.!
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