Come enjoy the day or even just a few hours exploring the pristine backcountry waters in the Lower Keys! Trips with Flatzlife Charters can include, but are not limited to sightseeing and birdwatching along with fishing. 

Captain Brandon Steffen will take you out on his 17’ Ankona skiff. She’s powered by a 50 HP Tohatsu engine which gives her a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots. This is a humble and reliable craft that’s perfect for fishing on the calm flats around the Florida Keys.

Expect to do some drifting and spinning with light and heavy tackle depending on what you’re looking to catch. Barracuda, Sharks, Mangrove Snapper, and Tarpon are the main targets and the catches you’re most likely to come across in Capt. Brandon’s favorite fishing grounds. You can either release them or the captain can clean them for you after the trip at no extra charge.

Capt. Brandon enjoys fly fishing and he’s happy to provide equipment for it or feel free to take your own. Star rods and Daiwa reels are provided for you as is live bait.

Just make sure to bring food and drinks, which can be stored in his cooler, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. Whether you want to target gamefish or just enjoy a few hours relaxing on the boat, Flatzlife Charters will get it done for you!



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $500
    A lot of you will be heading down to the Floridian coast just to fish. If this is your plan, then a trip on the flats with Captain Brandon is perfect for you. Spend six hours on the water chasing saltwater delights to be found here. That makes a great day whether it's your first or hundredth time angling!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    Enjoy several hours on the boat chasing Blacktips, Tarpon, Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, and other inshore species while enjoying a low-pressure style charter experience. With room for 2 people, the small group setting allows for a memorable experience.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $350
    If you're one of those people who love a lie-in when on vacation - or just in general - then this trip is suited just for you. It's particularly good if you want to bring a child along to give them a taste of Floridian fishing. Capt. Brandon loves to show young anglers the ropes and help them to fall in love with this sport that he feels so passionate about.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Night Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    $200
    Leave the ramp at sunset and head out to try and get hooked up on some of the many species of shark found in the Florida Keys. There's almost no light pollution, making these waters a magical place to be on a cloudless night. Fishing times can be flexible for the time of night that works best for you.
  • Private trip
    1 Hour Trip – Sunset Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $100
    You'll witness a tremendous sunset as it lowers over the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. Get out on the water an hour before it goes down to witness the beauty of the sun reflecting its rays over the flats on the Keys. Best of all, you'll have a chance to get hooked up on a few fish while watching it!
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About the Captain

Brandon Steffen
Summerland Key, Florida, United States
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106 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since January 2020
Following in his father's footsteps, Captain Brandon started Flatzlife Charters just over a year ago. A lifetime fisherman in the area, he is passionate about cruising over the flats whether he has some customers on board or not. Fishing with some good company is better though, and there's nothing that he loves more than seeing you having a good time.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ankona SUV (Skiff) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 50HP Tohatsu engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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James M.
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4 hr plus 2 hr evening shark charter

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 24, 2021
Had an awesome time with Brandon.  I wanted to scratch blacktip sharks off my bucket list and he delivered. I hooked 6 backtips...
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Brian S.
Ocean View, DE
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Inshore Trip with Capt. Brandon

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on April 8, 2021
This was a great experience for my son and I. The Captain messaged me prior to the day of our trip to get a feel for what we...
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6 hour trip with Brandon

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on June 8, 2021
I could not say enough good things about Brandon! We had an exceptional trip and a first class experience! If you are looking...
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Julie C.
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Half day aft noon trip with captain Brandon Steffen

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 25, 2021
Caption Brandon, was an awesome guide, even though the condition were rough because of wind, he still put us on fish and always...
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Marathon, Florida
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 30, 2021
Captain Brandon was outstanding, calm, professional and found the fish immediately. Small boat but clean, well organized gear...
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FAQs about Flatzlife Charters

Flatzlife Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $100 per group - 1 Hour Trip – Sunset Trip (1 hour)
  • $200 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Night Shark Fishing (2 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $75 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $75 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $75 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Flatzlife Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Flatzlife Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Flatzlife Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Flatzlife Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Flatzlife Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Tarpon