Papa Pip's 31' Ocean Master Express

Johnny Maddox Charters SportFishing Adventures runs year round fishing trips out of Marathon, FL. Whether you want to explore the reefs or head offshore towards the Atlantic, Capt. Johnny has you covered. These trips can work for novice anglers and veteran fishermen. You will be in safe hands, with one of the most knowledgeable captains in the area.

The waters out of Marathon offer amazing fishing. Around the reefs you can get Snapper, Grouper, and Critters Shark. When in season, Mackerel will also make their run around here. More seasoned anglers will love fishing offshore, targeting Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Wahoo & Mahi. Capt. Johnny loves fishing blue waters and will help you out, whether it’s trolling or bottom fishing.

Capt. Johnny has started fishing at a young age. Fishing for Catfish with his dad, Capt. Johnny mastered the craft and has perfected it over the years. He knows the Marathon waters well and will make sure you have an enjoyable trip.

You will be fishing aboard a stable vessel that can take up to five people. She is a 31’ Ocean Master Express boat, fit to rule these waters. The boat is powered by a twin 250 HP Yanmar engine and can reach the speeds of up to 24 knots. The boat features a flybridge which gives you great view of the area, a full private toilet, and a fighting chair. She is equipped with GPS, a fishfinder, has a live well, an ice box, and outriggers.

The crew will provide all the fishing gear and will take care of the license. You should pack food and drinks, as well as a cap, sunglasses, sunblock, and comfortable clothes.

The captain and first mate work hard to ensure that you have as much fun as possible on their trips, so gratuity is appreciated very much. The first mate works only for tips, with 20% being the standard in this area.



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  • Private trip
    Big Game Bluewater Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This 10 hour trip will let you explore the Atlantic in search of fine game fish. Your catch can be anything from Dolphin to Swordfish and Tuna. Marlin and Wahoo are another option. This trip is made for hardcore anglers. Get your food, drinks, and personal items. Pack sunblock, a camera, and comfortable clothes. All the gear is supplied onboard, you need only join the chase. The first mate works for tips, so leaving some will be very appreciated!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,095
    price breakdown
    $1,095
    This full day trip is suitable for more experienced anglers. You can go offshore around the Atlantic, looking for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Target Sailfish, Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper on the reef. We also offer deep dropping to more than 1,000 feet for Queen Snapper and Snowy Grouper, and can customize the trip. The package works best with 4-5 anglers. You'll get all the gear onboard. Pack food and drinks. The first mate's pay is only tips, so leaving gratuity is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Combo
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $925
    price breakdown
    $925
    This six hour trip lets you combine the course. You will have a bit of both, blue water and inshore. You can hunt big game offshore in the beautiful, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want big blue-water adventures for slammer Dolphin, Wahoo, Billfish, and Tuna, we can make your dreams come true. Or, hit the reefs for Snapper & Grouper. The boat works best with 4-5 anglers. The first mate works purely for trips, so leaving gratuity is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $749
    price breakdown
    $749
    This trip is a great way to start your morning. You will be fishing around the reefs, explore the waters of the Florida Bay, or the 7 Mile Bridge for Snapper & Grouper, and toothy Critters Sharks. You can encounter lots of big Mackerel when they run. This trip is suitable for groups of 4-5 anglers. You will get the fishing gear onboard, along with the fishing license. You should bring food and drinks. The first mate works only for tips, so leaving gratuity is greatly appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $749
    price breakdown
    $749
    This trip is great for novice angler or families with kids. This trip will see you fishing around the Florida Bay waters, local reefs and the 7 Mile Bridge. Target species include Snapper, Grouper, as well as Critters Shark and Mackerel, when in season. You will get all the gear, the license, and bottled water. Bring food and drinks, pack a camera, a cap, sunblock, and hop onboard! The first mate's pay are only tips, so leaving some is very appreciated!
  • Private trip
    Half Day - Snapper/Shark Special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $649
    price breakdown
    $649
    This trip will see you hunt the Toothy Critters around the islands of Marathon. Please arrive at 7:30am for an 8:00am departure. The boat is perfect for 4-5 anglers. All the gear is supplied onboard. Pack your food and drinks, and use the morning well. It's a great trip for less experienced anglers, but pro fishermen can also have fun. The first mate works hard to ensure your fun on this trip, he only gets paid in tips. Leaving a tip is very appreciated.
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About the Captain

Johnny Maddox
Marathon, Florida, United States
16 Fishing Reports
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81 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2015
Capt. Johnny Maddox runs offshore game fishing trips around the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys. With over 50 years of fishing experience, Capt. Johnny has extensive knowledge of the local fisheries and techniques that work. At an early age, Capt. Johnny was fishing with his dad in the Pay lakes in Southern Ohio, looking for Catfish and Blue Gills. He has also fished the bayou outside of New Orleans for Redfish, and went out to the oil rigs for Amberjack and Grouper, among other species. He then went over to Jacksonville FL in 1977 and fell for the blue water.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)

Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Swordfish Swordfish

Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Ocean Mast (Flybridge) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2008. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.73
out of 5 stars from 58 reviews
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89%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Neil W.
Mount Pleasant, SC
 5.00
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Great day for adults and kids

VERIFIED   July 20, 2020
When I booked this trip with Captain Maddox I made sure he knew how important it was for my grandsons to have a fun day fishing....
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Michael L.
Springtown, TX
 5.00
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Great Time

VERIFIED   NEW  September 14, 2020
We had a great time with Capt. Maddox. He was great and as well as the First Mate. I have been on several trips in the past...
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John A.
Naples, FL
 5.00
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Three-quarter day fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 18, 2020
We encountered a few storms but Captain Johnny Maddox and his mate Jim did a great job of trying to find us fish. Johnny extended...
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William R.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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Fishing with Johnny

VERIFIED   June 8, 2020
Short time here in the Keys and only had time for a 1/2 day trip. Capt Maddox and his first mate Jim couldn’t have been better....
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Roland G.
Apopka, FL
 5.00
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   August 22, 2020
It was a little windy so we fished the gulf side for snapper. My wife and i caught our limit of mangrove snapper! Cot Johnny...
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