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 Snapper 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, 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
    $1,195
    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
    $995
    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
    $795
    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
    $795
    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
    Sunset fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $795
    Take pictures of the fish of a lifetime with a breath taking Florida Sunset in the back ground!
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About the Captain

Joel Brandenburg
Marathon, Florida, United States
197 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 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) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

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

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
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
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Spearfishing Equipment
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
Disabled Accessible

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
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

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Angler Rating
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Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Matthew D.
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on December 16, 2020
Capt. Joel and 1st Mate Chris kept us busy and happy all day. After just a few minutes they made us feel at home and like we...
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4 hour evening trip

VERIFIED   Sunset fishing on February 14, 2021
Originally I wanted to book a 4 hour afternoon trip on a Sunday for 3 of us.  That trip was booked but Captain Joel offered...
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4 hour trip with Captain Jojo

VERIFIED   Friends Helping Friends Fish (AM) on August 17, 2021
My children and I had a great time with Captain Jojo.  We caught our first fish within minutes of leaving the marina and caught...
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Half day with Capt Joel and Chris

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on December 25, 2020
My son and I booked the 6h trip. Although weather was not with is with a cold front passing through (25mph winds and 53°),...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 14, 2021
The trip with Captain Joel was perfect! He and the first mate were super patient and accommodating when helping my 4 kids experience...
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FAQs about Ana Banana Fishing Company

Ana Banana Fishing Company offers the following trips to customers:
  • $795 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Friends Helping Friends Fish (AM) (4 hours)
  • $795 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Friends Helping Friends Fish (PM) (4 hours)
  • $795 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Sunset fishing (4 hours)
  • $995 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,195 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Ana Banana Fishing Company, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (in center console)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge (2 seated tower with dual steering and dual controls)
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well (90% live bait fishing)
  • Refrigerator
  • Spearfishing Equipment

Trips booked with Ana Banana Fishing Company include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (new)
  • Live Bait (Caught fresh daily)
  • Lures (Yes, we have them)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Yes, we do it all)
  • First Mate (Sometimes - Works for tips!)
  • Fishing License (Yes, included)
  • Lunch (You hook em we cook em)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Upon request)

Ana Banana Fishing Company offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Little Manatee,Manatee, Alafia,)
  • Lake Fishing (Local lakes for spawning Largemouth Bass)
  • Inshore Fishing (Tampa Bay and intracoastal waterways)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Anna Maria, Egmonte Key, Ft Desoto)
  • Offshore Fishing (Gulf of Mexico - up to 10 miles out)
  • Reef Fishing (Many reefs)
  • Wreck Fishing (Many wrecks)
  • Flats Fishing (Grass, sand and oyster)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Mangroves and esturaries)

Ana Banana Fishing Company offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Live bait spinning rod and reels)
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Grouper and Snapper digging)
  • Trolling (Grouper and Pelagics in Tampa Bay and the Gulf)
  • Spinning (Most of the time)
  • Jigging (For Trout, Reds, and Grouper)
  • Popping (Pop for Trout)
  • Fly Fishing (We have the biggest saltwater fly tourney on earth)
  • Drift Fishing (Trout, Snapper, Grouper)
  • Kite Fishing (Kingfish)
  • Bowfishing (Cobia and Sheepshead)
  • Handline (We hand line Goliath Grouper)
  • Spearfishing (If it swims and it's legal we spear it)
  • Flounder Gigging (Flounder)
  • Deep Sea Fishing (We troll in Tampa Bay and Gulf)

Top targeted fish species with Ana Banana Fishing Company include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon