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, including kids 6 or older!

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
    Deep Drop Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 31
    $850
    We will be off to the deep blue to do some bottom fishing in 500 to 1000 foot deep water. There you will have the chance to catch giant Snowy Grouper, Tile Fish, Black Belly Rose Fish and many others. You will use electric reels and heavy weights to get your baits down deep. We will also do some trolling from spot to spot to give you a chance at Mahi, Tuna or some other goodies.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $695
    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
    Backcountry Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    This trip will take you 20 to 30 miles into the Lower Keys backcountry where you'll fish mostly calmer, sheltered waters, around natural mangrove islands. You will anchor in 1 to 3 spots and fish for some of the many species that call these waters home including different kinds of Snapper, Barracuda, and others. The fish on this trip are usually on the smaller size and most will be released, but you can keep any legal size fish. This trip is more for adventure and not to fill a big cooler with filets.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $495
    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
    $450
    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 all kinds of fun fish. This is not the trip to fill your cooler. Please bring kids vests, and feel free to pack some snacks and drinks as well. Minimum age of 6 is required for this trip. Adults are welcome to fish and join in but please note that the primary focus of the trip is for the kids and their experience.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    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
    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
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42 Customer Reviews
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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
Fishfinder
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
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

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Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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6 hour trolling

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing on April 21, 2021
Capt.  Steve had the boat squared away all equipment was top notch. Very patient and a well manners guy. All that makes a...
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Backcountry Adventure

VERIFIED   Backcountry Adventure on April 29, 2021
Man-o-man!  Do not have enough adjectives to describe how much I enjoyed this outing.  Boat and gear in impeccable shape,...
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Half day reef fishing saved by captains knowledge of area

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper on April 30, 2021
Half day reef fishing trip started with promise then tragedy struck, when one of my party fell sea sick captain Steve not allowing...
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Wonderful Fishing Excursion!

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper on June 14, 2021
Capt. Steve and First Mate Chris know what they’re doing! The boat is meticulously maintained and a good size for 3 or more...
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6 hour offshore with Capt. Steve

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing on July 27, 2021
By no means are my wife and I fishing aficionado’s, but we had a very enjoyable day aboard the “Fin-a-key”! Capt. Steve...
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FAQs about Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve

Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Fishing 2 MAX (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Kids Special (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (4 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour – Reef Fishing for Snapper (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Backcountry Adventure (5 hours)
  • $695 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Deep Drop Fishing (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Star rods, Penn & Daiwa reels)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Customary tipping between 15-20%)
  • Fishing License

Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tilefish
  • Wahoo