Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve

Plan your next trip to the Florida Keys and get ready for some Light Tackle Sportfishing with Captain Steve! As an experienced, local guide and Florida native, Captain Steve Heichen will lead you to some of the most magical fishing grounds in Southern Florida.

You’ll meet the captain at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and set off in his 26’ Bluewater center console. You can expect to reach offshore waters in no time, cruising up to 45 knots while being pushed by a 250 HP Mercury engine. This boat is spacious and comfortable, accommodates up to 4 guests, perfect for the whole family, and safe for kids of all ages!

You’ll have no issues locating your targets using the boat’s top-notch navigational equipment and electronics. The first mate is also an expert in reading the water and looking out for birds to know when and where to set the lines and start fishing!

Head offshore to troll the deep blue for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blue Marlin, or bottom fish over reefs and target some delicious Snapper. When you’re done, head to one of the local “hook-and-cook” restaurants to have your catch grilled and prepared for you the right way!

However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you should book a Shark trip and challenge yourself to a 1-on-1 battle with the mighty Blacktip. This trip is a favorite and perfect for all you Shark fin-atics out there!

Capt. Steve is always stocked with top-quality Star rods, as well as Daiwa and Penn reels. The Captain is the master of rigging natural baits and the use of artificial lures. Your fishing license is included in the price as well so all you have to do is show up ready to fish!

Light Tackle Sportfishing with Capt. Steve is always a fun time, and perfect for an office getaway, family trip, or friends gathering. No matter what your level of experience, Capt. Steve will accommodate each trip based on your needs and preferences. Pack some sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera and get ready for some premium South Florida fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    You'll be heading offshore to troll or spin for some scrumptious Mahi (Dolphinfish). You'll also have the chance to target other pelagics such as Tuna, Wahoo, and Billfish! This trip is a deep-sea adventure and extremely fun for the whole family!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Captain Steve loves taking his guests bottom fishing over reefs in search of Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper. These fish are extremely delicious, so have your catch cleaned and filleted so you can take it home and show off your day's hard work to your friends and family!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Kids Special
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Captain Steve offers special trips for kids looking to learn some of the basics of fishing. You can bet your kids will get hooked in no time! You'll be fishing in very calm waters, targeting various species including Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper. Please bring kids vests, and feel free to pack some snacks and drinks as well.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Feel the power of the Shark as he fights back on your line. This excursion is perfect for the family, kids, or any Shark enthusiasts out there. Please note that this trip is strictly catch-and-release.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Fishing 2 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 31
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    Battle the Silver King (Tarpon) on this 3 hour journey and experience the thrill of a lifetime! The waters you'll be fishing from are very calm, but the Tarpon is not at all. The Silver King is massive as well and can get up to 100 pounds, so get ready to put your arms and legs to work when trying to pull this sucker out of the water! This is a trip for up to 2 guests.
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About the Captain

Steve Heichen
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
18 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2019
Captain Steve Heichen has been fishing in South Florida since he could stand on his own 2 legs. His first memories as a child take him back the days he used to fish from his grandma’s lagoon. Fishing started as a hobby, became a passion, and he eventually made a successful career out of it. Capt. Steve absolutely loves his job to the point where it doesn’t even feel like a job to him, and that’s how he knows he was born to do this. He specifically loves offshore fishing, going out so far that he can no longer see land. He enjoys a hard-fought battle and “putting the big guys on big fish and watching the fish turn them into little guys!” Join Capt. Steve on a fun-filled adventure in the Florida Keys and keep coming back for more action!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Snowy) Grouper (Snowy)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish Sailfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tilefish Tilefish

Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bluewater (Center console) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 250HP 2019 Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
American Express

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.81
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
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Experience
Reef fishing trip!
Light tackle Sportfishing: Reef Fishing, Tarpon Fishing
Light tackle Sportfishing: Reef Fishing, Tarpon Fishing
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Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
93%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Craig H.
Marathon, FL
 5.00
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4 Hour Snapper/Reef Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper on June 30, 2020
This was a 4 hour trip to the reef to fish for Snapper. This was an awesome time for our family. We were met by Capt. Steve...
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Codey M.
Knoxville, Tennessee
 5.00
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Light tackle Sportfishing: Reef Fishing, Tarpon Fishing

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper on June 27, 2020
Capt. Steve and wife are amazing people.  Capt. Steve called and notified us in advance of the changing/upcoming weather...
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Anthony R.
Pompano Beach, FL
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Half Day Tarpon Fishing

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Fishing 2 MAX on June 20, 2020
We did a 3 hour tarpon fishing trip with Captain Steve.  It’s an easy ride from their dock (takes about 5 minutes...
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Robert D.
Greensboro, NC
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6hr trip with capt. Steve

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing on June 22, 2020
The trip was more than we could ask for. Capt. Steve knew exactly where fish were and was very knowledgeable on fish species....
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Brianna B.
Winter Park, FL
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Great Trip!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Fishing 2 MAX on June 8, 2020
We hooked up on a Tarpon right away but lost it due to our own inexperience. But we did catch a Nurse Shark! You can trust...
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