Papa Pip's 31' Ocean Master Express

3502 Gulfview Ave
Marathon FL, United States

Johnny Maddox Charters SportFishing Adventures runs year round fishing trips out of Marathon, FL. Whether you want to explore the reefs or head offshore towards the Atlantic, Capt. Johnny has you covered. These trips can work for novice anglers and veteran fishermen. You will be in safe hands, with one of the most knowledgeable captains in the area.

The waters out of Marathon offer amazing fishing. Around the reefs you can get Snapper, Grouper, and Critters Shark. When in season, Mackerel will also make their run around here. More seasoned anglers will love fishing offshore, targeting Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Wahoo & Mahi. Capt. Johnny loves fishing blue waters and will help you out, whether it’s trolling or bottom fishing.

Capt. Johnny has started fishing at a young age. Fishing for Catfish with his dad, Capt. Johnny mastered the craft and has perfected it over the years. He knows the Marathon waters well and will make sure you have an enjoyable trip.

You will be fishing aboard a stable vessel that can take up to five people. She is a 31’ Ocean Master Express boat, fit to rule these waters. The boat is powered by a twin 250 HP Yanmar engine and can reach the speeds of up to 24 knots. The boat features a flybridge which gives you great view of the area, a full private toilet, and a fighting chair. She is equipped with GPS, a fishfinder, has a live well, an ice box, and outriggers.

The crew will provide all the fishing gear and will take care of the license. You should pack food and drinks, as well as a cap, sunglasses, sunblock, and comfortable clothes.

The captain and first mate work hard to ensure that you have as much fun as possible on their trips, so gratuity is appreciated very much. The first mate works only for tips, with 20% being the standard in this area.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Big Game Bluewater Adventure
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1500
    up to 5 persons
    This 10 hour trip will let you explore the Atlantic in search of fine game fish. Your catch can be anything from Dolphin to Swordfish and Tuna. Marlin and Wahoo are another option. This trip is made for hardcore anglers. Get your food, drinks, and personal items. Pack sunblock, a camera, and comfortable clothes. All the gear is supplied onboard, you need only join the chase. The first mate works for tips, so leaving some will be very appreciated!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 5 persons
    This full day trip is suitable for more experienced anglers. You can go offshore around the Atlantic, looking for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Target Sailfish, Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper on the reef. We also offer deep dropping to more than 1,000 feet for Queen Snapper and Snowy Grouper, and can customize the trip. The package works best with 4-5 anglers. You'll get all the gear onboard. Pack food and drinks. The first mate's pay is only tips, so leaving gratuity is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Combo
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 925
    up to 5 persons
    This six hour trip lets you combine the course. You will have a bit of both, blue water and inshore. You can hunt big game offshore in the beautiful, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want big blue-water adventures for slammer Dolphin, Wahoo, Billfish, and Tuna, we can make your dreams come true. Or, hit the reefs for Snapper & Grouper. The boat works best with 4-5 anglers. The first mate works purely for trips, so leaving gratuity is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Snapper/Shark
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 5 persons
    This trip will see you hunt the Toothy Critters around the islands of Marathon. Please arrive at 7:30am for an 8:00am departure. The boat is perfect for 4-5 anglers. All the gear is supplied onboard. Pack your food and drinks, and use the morning well. It's a great trip for less experienced anglers, but pro fishermen can also have fun. The first mate works hard to ensure your fun on this trip, he only gets paid in tips. Leaving a tip is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 5 persons
    This trip is a great way to start your morning. You will be fishing around the reefs, explore the waters of the Florida Bay, or the 7 Mile Bridge for Snapper & Grouper, and toothy Critters Sharks. You can encounter lots of big Mackerel when they run. This trip is suitable for groups of 4-5 anglers. You will get the fishing gear onboard, along with the fishing license. You should bring food and drinks. The first mate works only for tips, so leaving gratuity is greatly appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 750
    up to 5 persons
    This trip is great for novice angler or families with kids. This trip will see you fishing around the Florida Bay waters, local reefs and the 7 Mile Bridge. Target species include Snapper, Grouper, as well as Critters Shark and Mackerel, when in season. You will get all the gear, the license, and bottled water. Bring food and drinks, pack a camera, a cap, sunblock, and hop onboard! The first mate's pay are only tips, so leaving some is very appreciated!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)

Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail)
Swordfish

Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Ocean Mast (Flybridge) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2008. Powered by 2 250HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
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
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Johnny Maddox
Marathon, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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Capt. Johnny Maddox runs offshore game fishing trips around the beautiful waters of the Atlantic. With over 50 years of fishing experience, Capt. Johnny has extensive knowledge of the local fisheries and techniques that work. At an early age, Capt. Johnny was fishing with his dad in the Pay lakes in Southern Ohio, looking for Catfish and Blue Gills. He has also fished the bayou outside of New Orleans for Redfish, and went out to the oil rigs for Amberjack and Grouper, among other species. He then went over to Jacksonville FL in 1977 and fell for the blue water.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 99%

Marathon Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.65 out of 5 stars from 24 reviews

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Fished July 10, 2018
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Sorry to post negative but it is the truth.  We had booked online having never been to Marathon before.  We purposely booked a larger boat with a cabin to get out of possible weather (predicted) and a head for the 2 females to have privacy if nature called.  We had booked a captain that had a history of catching.  What we actually got was a much smaller center council boat since the one we booked had mechanical problems, a relatively inexperienced crew and a captain that was not who we hired. We were charged for the larger boat and captain and were given no discount.  We caught only 2 fish and were told they werent biting but got back to the dock to see the boat adjacent unloading over 30 the same day.  Bad experience.  I blame it on myself.  I should have cancelled when I saw things were not as expected.  Buyer beware.

Fished May 18, 2018
Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 27, 2018

Brian and Crew,
I’m very sorry your fishing trip with Johnny Maddox Charters did not turn out as expected. I tried my best to get you on the water. You saying We pulled “bait and switch” on you is false brother and inappropriate.
Though it is true the boat you had booked with us, our 29’ Topaz had a major mechanical problems.  I had to put it out of service. 
I sure I contacted you in advance and informed you of the problem with the boat and I would try my best to find a replacement boat for you. Hoping not to disappoint your vacation. I called you back the day before and explained that I had found a 29’ SeaVee center console to use for you. (Saved the day). And It was your choice to go or get a full refund.  You said y’all would look at the new boat and decide. (Good idea) You and your crew the morning of the trip, debated and decided yes to take the 29 SeaVee even though there was no appropriate potty for the ladies. As far is the crew goes, Capt. Chris and Dylan are my number one guys that fish with me daily. (Seasoned) Unfortunately I had to stay on deck to supervise repairs to my boat. I’m sure you would do the same.  As far as the lite catch goes, I’m sorry it’s a big ocean out there.  I should’ve been there. Every boat has a day.  Truly Sorry!  Upon you leaving, I’m sure I offered you some kind of discount on a return trip. I’ll stand good for that!!! Give us another chance we aim to please!

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Good trip. Half day….nice crew good with kids. Mostly snapper. Just beware of ‘mandatory’ 20% tip which is not mentioned anywhere in t’s & c’s!!

Fished April 3, 2018
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