Ana Banana Fishing Company

The Ana Banana Fishing Company is a family business that has been putting smiles on all of their guests’ faces for the past 15 years since it was established in Florida. The friendly and outgoing Captain Joel has been fishing for most of his life in the Gulf waters and is able to take you on a fishing trip of your dreams on the waters out of Marathon.

The lovely yellow Ana Banana boat is a 24 foot Hanson built in 2015 which accommodates up to 6 guests. It is very spacious with a beam 10 feet wide, which gives everyone onboard plenty of space. The Lowrance electronics will put you on the best fishing spots using a fishfinder, and you will be safe no matter where you go as it has a GPS, a radar and a VHF radio for communication with the Coast Guard. This attractive boat has a 2 seated tower with dual steering and dual controls, as well as a toilet in the center console - an essential when taking your kids out for a long time.

Since you will be fishing in the beautiful and clear warm waters of Florida, you will likely be catching lots of different species. In the extensive area of the Gulf of Mexico, you can catch Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Tarpon on the inshore trips. If you decide to take a longer trip and venture further out on a nearshore trip you can catch Black Drum, Snapper, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and even some mighty Sharks.

At Ana Banana Fishing Company, the fishing technique mostly used is light spinning tackle, but heavy tackle is also available. Specialist techniques such as Bowfishing, Spearfishing, and Flounder Gigging can also be arranged with this accommodating captain. Fishing will mostly be done with very fresh live bait caught on the day including Sardines, Mullet and Blue Runners. Captain Joel will also happily clean, fillet and cook your catch for you at the end of the trip. His First mate will be happy to help you, so don’t forget to leave some tips at the end of the trip!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $895
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Captain Joel will take you on a lovely inshore or near shore trip depending on your agreement. He will go up to 9 miles off coast where you can expect to catch Snook, Redfish and Flounder among others. You can also make an inshore trip where you are likely to catch King and Spanish Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $695
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    The perfect trip for a family with children, it lasts 6 hours which gives you plenty of time and opportunity to catch some nice fish. You could be fishing inshore and nearshore up to 9 miles off the coast. Potential target fish include Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel and Redfish. Captain Joel is happy to clean and fillet your catch so you can have a nice meal as well.
  • Private trip
    Friends Helping Friends Fish (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $495
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This charter package gives you a chance to fish a world class fishery, with a world-class captain, on a world-class tournament winning boat, with 5 of your best friends. You'll catch Redfish, Kingfish, Speckled Trout, and more. Anything you catch that can be kept can be cooked for you, but if you need any other snacks feel free to bring them along. Your fishing license for the day is included.
  • Private trip
    Friends Helping Friends Fish (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $495
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    You and 5 friends will fish for 4 hours with a top captain on a great boat. This is the most popular trip Ana Banana Fishing Company offer. Target Black Drum, Redfish, Flounder, and plenty more. Fly fishing is available on request. Your license is included, and what you catch will be cooked for you. If you require any other snacks please bring them along.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $99
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    This is a great trip that is available year-round, targeting Redfish, Flounder, Snook, and many more. The seasons will affect what you can target, but you'll have a great time no matter what. The fish you catch can be cooked, or you can bring your own snacks and drinks. Your license for the day is included. Please note that this trip is for 6 guests only.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $99
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    This shared trip is available year-round, and is perfect for guests looking to target Redfish, Flounder, Snook, and more, as well as making some lifelong angling friends! The seasons will affect what you can target, but you'll have a great time no matter what. The fish you catch can be cooked, or you can bring your own snacks and drinks. Your license for the day is included. Please note that this trip requires 6 guests to run.
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About the Captain

Joel Brandenburg
Marathon, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
97 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since March 2015
This very experienced Captain is a 3rd generation fishing captain in his family. Captain Joel is on the water 300 days per year and he loves every minute of it. He is native to Florida and has traveled the world over for fish. He used to be a child psychologist for 20 years and had focused on childhood grief issues and grief counselling. Our captain is also a co-creator of two published kids books. Captain Joel loves acquainting his guests with the most epic fish which he believes are exactly where he is from - the Gulf of Mexico.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Flounder Gigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Spearfishing Equipment
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Marathon to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.93
out of 5 stars from 41 reviews
Boat
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Experience
Half day trip with Capt. Joel
Half day trip with Capt. Joel
Fun half day trip
+50
Angler Rating
39
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Laura C.
Washington, DC
 5.00
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3/4 day with Captain Joel and first mate Carl

VERIFIED   July 1, 2019
OMG What a day!!!  We fished a reef and caught our limit of yellow snapper one after another…it was great fun. ...
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Emil W.
Key West, Florida
 5.00
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The best half day with Ana Banana

VERIFIED   October 18, 2019
We had a wonderful day with Capt. Coral Smidt (I don’t know if a spelled correctly). We went out for yellowtail snappers...
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Alec B.
Miami, FL
 5.00
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Fun half day trip

VERIFIED   February 19, 2020
As complete fishing novices I can recommend Ana Banana Fishing to give you a memorable fishing experience. Nothing was...
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Thomas H.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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Half day with Capt Carl and Capt Jim

VERIFIED   February 13, 2020
Capt Joel had another obligation but hooked us up with two associates on the Ana Banana boat. Both were extremely helpful and...
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Thomas H.
Lithia, Florida
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Half day trip with Capt Joel

VERIFIED   February 10, 2020
Both knowledgeable and personable, it’s always a pleasure to fish with Capt Joel. Had two great trips with him last year...
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