Papa Pip’s 29-ft. Topaz Express

3502 Gulfview Ave
Marathon FL, United States

Come aboard for a wonderful fishing adventure. We offer amazing sport fishing and reef fishing trips in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Experience one of our unforgettable fishing trips. Johnny Maddox Charters Sport Fishing Adventures, based in Marathon, Florida, provides everything you need to enjoy some of the world’s best fishing. Captain Johnny and his experienced captains and crews offer the best and most productive fishing adventures in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys.

With more than 30 years of fishing experience, we are serious about fishing, but are also here to show you a good time. Come aboard and experience the thrill of catching that trophy fish.

You don’t need your own equipment to enjoy the thrill of sport fishing. We provide rods and reels, from the lite-tackle to the trolling gear. of course you’re welcome to bring your favorite rod with ya. we’ve got the bait, and all the other gear you need. We put your hands on the rod, so you can have a full deep sea fishing experience.
The only thing we don’t provide is food and your favorite beverage for your trip, although we’ll help you catch and clean your dinner.

Come aboard for a wonderful fishing adventure. We offer amazing sport fishing and reef fishing trips in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Experience one of our unforgettable fishing trips. Johnny Maddox Charters Sport Fishing Adventure


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About this listing

Boat Specs

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

Length
29 ft
Capacity
5 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Florida Bay
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Cobia
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Marlin (Blue)
 
Marlin (White)

 
Sailfish
 
Snapper (Mangrove)

 
Snapper (Yellowtail)
 
Swordfish

 
Tuna (Blackfin)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Plenty of bottle water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours 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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Crew Keeps Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, PayPal.

About the Charter Operator

Johnny Maddox Charters, Sportfishing Adventures
Marathon, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
From Fishing with my Dad in the pay lakes in southern Ohio for Catfish and Blue Gills,to the bayou out side of New Orleans for Red fish and out to the oil rigs for Amber Jack & Grouper, etc!! Over to Jacksonville Fl. in 1977 I fell for blue water.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Marathon Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.85 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews

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Chris and Carl were excellent captain and 1st Mate. They were knowledgeable and professional and did a good job of getting us on the fish. Our trip was cut short due to a mechanical problem so we were only able to fish half of the day. This was unfortunate as we were just getting back into the fish! I want to point out that the mechanical problem was a freak deal and was not something that is part of typical maintenance.  The crew worked very hard to get the boat going again but were unsuccessful. Within 45 min. Chris made the decision to flag someone down and get us a tow back in. I think that this is very important as we were 25+ miles out and drifting without power. Chris is a very experienced captain and made all of the right decisions to keep all on board safe rather than continue to try and start the engine and salvage the fishing trip. Johnny was more then fair and did the right thing and refunded a portion of our money. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars on the overall experience was due to the mechanical issue. If we get back to Marathon to fish I will use Papa Pips again, me and my son still caught 6 Dolphin and 1 Wahoo!

Fished July 16, 2017
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Our first mate was Donnie. Both capt Johnny and first mate Donnie were great. Put us on fish and it was constant after that, I would recommend these guys to anyone.

Fished June 12, 2017
Johnny Maddox Charters, Sportfishing Adventures (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 12, 2017

Yes. We had a great time with the Smith family. Banged lots of good size schoolie dolphin all day. Great crew!!!

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Our crew was great with our small children, who are 7, 6, and 3. All caught fish and enjoyed the boat ride! The crew helped mom and dad catch fish too! Much thanks for a memorable day!

Fished June 6, 2017
Johnny Maddox Charters, Sportfishing Adventures (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 9, 2017

It was a perfect day for mom and dad and some great little kids and fishing for Mangrove Snapper.

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