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. Capt. Brandon will customize the trip to fit your needs and desires!

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, Shark, 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.

Just make sure to bring food and drinks, 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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1 Hour Trip – Sunset Trip
    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!
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Night Shark Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    $200
    Leave the ramp around 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 or day that works best for you. Trips can be extended an hour or two which can be discussed during the charter.
  • 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)
    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
    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!
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About the Captain

Brandon Steffen
Summerland Key, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
187 Customer reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since January 2020
Following in his father's footsteps, Captain Brandon started Flatzlife Charters a little over two years 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) Great Barracuda
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
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
4 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

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 187 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Ellianna P.
Owosso, MI
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Half Day Trip With Captain Brandon

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on January 18, 2023
We really enjoyed our time! It was the highlight of my husband and I’s anniversary getaway. Brandon was so kind and very...
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Krysten W.
Havre De Grace, Maryland
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Best trip ever!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 8, 2022
Best fishing trip ever! The captain was knowledgeable and friendly. We caught several fish, including barracuda, Goliath grouper,...
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Anthony M.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Half day trip with Brandon 9th August 2022

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 9, 2022
Booked a am half day fishing trip for the wife and I with Captain Brandon.  Gave him a wishlist and Captain Brandon delivered!...
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Jill B.
Marathon, Florida
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5.0 / 5
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Great Fushing Charter

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on October 26, 2022
Flatz Life Fishing Charter is a 2nd generation military company. Brandon was courteous, intelligent, honest, and extremely...
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Corissa A.
Riverview, Florida
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Evening of shark fishing

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Night Shark Fishing on November 20, 2022
This was a trip just for my 17 year old son without the parents who fishes so this was not his first trip.  We fish a lot...
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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 (AM) (4 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $75 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (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 amenity onboard:
  • Live Bait Well

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