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. Live bait is caught along the way, but he also uses artificial bait and 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!



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore Mahi Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    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 Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    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 Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    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 Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    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
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Jul
    $300
    up to 4 persons
    Battle the Silver King (Tarpon) on this 3–4 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!
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About the Captain

Steve Heichen
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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7 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!

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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)
Tarpon Tarpon
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

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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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5.00
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half Day Reef Fishing!
Tarpon Fishing
Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Scott G.
Key West, FL
 5.00
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Half day reef fishing

VERIFIED   June 13, 2019
Perfect trip. Had two younger kids who never been fishing on a boat and this was a perfect start for them. Not a far ride and...
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Roy R.
Pembroke Pines, FL
 5.00
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Half Day Reef Fishing!

VERIFIED   July 5, 2019
Best experience on a charter I’ve ever had. Both Steve and his wife were there to teach us and make our experience a...
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Mark C.
Lithonia, Georgia
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Half day with Capt Steve

VERIFIED   June 3, 2019
Trip was a great success. We bagged out on yellow tails, and a couple Mahi and Macks showed up. Was great…. and capt...
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Frank R.
Miami, FL
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4 Hour trip

VERIFIED   June 23, 2019
Had an excellent experience with Captain Steve. He was very patient with my kids and we caught lots of fish.
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Monica M.
Boca Raton, FL
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Tarpon Fishing

VERIFIED   June 8, 2019
Had a great day! Loved the captain and his first mate was the best! Always had a fish on! Expert boat maneuvering!
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