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Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express

Johnny Maddox Charters runs a variety of fishing trips out of Marathon, FL. However skillful you may be, Capt. Johnny will help you on the water. His mission is for your trip to be successful and enjoyable. He has a stable vessel, deep knowledge of these fisheries, and offers a professional service.

These fisheries are home to major inshore and offshore species. You could be fishing for some delicious table fare, while targeting Snapper and Grouper around the reefs. There you can also encounter Mackerel and Cobia while trolling, and Sailfish have been spotted there every now and then. Of course, if you’re more into game fish, Capt. Johnny will take you fishing around the Atlantic. There you can get Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and Marlin.

Capt. Johnny has over five decades of fishing experience. He likes working with rookie anglers and teach them how to fish, but he also has a trick or two for seasoned anglers. People like fishing with him, and the best evidence are numerous repeat customers and stellar reviews.

Johnny will take you fishing on his 36’ Bruiel boat. She can accommodate up to six anglers and has the speed and stamina to take on offshore waters. The boat is equipped with a 300 HP Detroit engine, has navigational electronics, and features a flybridge, a private toilet, outriggers, downriggers, a live bait well, an ice box, and stores all the fishing gear you may need. There is a game chair onboard, as well as a first mate to help you out.

The trip rates include the license, a fine selection of fishing equipment, and bottled water. You should prepare your own food and drinks of choice, and come dressed for the trip. The trips run year round, but it’s best to check beforehand what you can target on your selected date.

Capt. Johnny and his first mate work very hard to ensure your maximum enjoyment on his charter, so gratuity is greatly appreciated. The first mate works for tips only, with 20% being customary in this area.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - SHARK-A-THON
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $895
    If you're into shark fishing, then this trip is simply made for you. You will hunt the 'Jaws' in the shallows of the Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. We're talking BIG Ones! It's Hammerheads, Bull Sharks, Black Tips, and more. You can always extend your trip if your having fun. The gear is waiting for you onboard. Dress comfortably and prepare food and drinks. Pack sunblock and a cap. The first mate works for tips only so gratuity is appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Variety Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $995
    This outing will take you fishing around the inner Florida Bay or around the reefs. You can target Kingfish, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, and many more. If you like it, you can extend the trip. This trips is also suitable for less experienced anglers. Prepare food and drinks, grab your camera, and come along. All the fishing gear is waiting for you onboard. The first mate only gets paid in tips, so leaving one is greatly appreciated by the crew.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Variety Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $995
    This half day trip is a nice option for novice anglers. The quick trip will take you out to the reef or Florida Bay inshore. You will be targeting Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Cobia, Mackerel, and sometimes even a Sailfish. You can always extend the trip and fish longer. The crew will provide all the equipment and the license. You should pack food and drinks, as well as sun protection. The first mate only gets paid in tips, so tipping is very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip Combo
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,150
    This six hour trip lets you combine different styles. Go offshore, stay around the reefs, or head around bay and bridges. You can target Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, and more. This trip can also work for less experienced anglers. All the gear is supplied onboard. The crew will provide the license. You should pack food and drinks, and grab your camera. The first mate only gets paid in tips, so gratuity is greatly appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,295
    This full day trip takes you fishing around the Atlantic, looking for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. You can also target Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper on the reefs. It's a great way for more experienced anglers to spend the day. All the equipment is provided onboard. You should pack food, drinks, comfortable clothes, a camera, head and skin protection. The first mate only gets paid in tips, so leaving one will be very appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Big Game Bluewater Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,595
    This 10 hour trip will take your fishing around the Atlantic waters. You will be chasing big game offshore, including slammer Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish, and Tuna, as well as Marlin. The trip is made for hardcore anglers. Get your gear ready and come smash the records. All the gear is provided onboard. Pack food and drinks, put on comfortable clothes, and grab your camera. Tips are the entirety of the first mate's pay, so leaving gratuity is appreciated.
  • Private trip
    Big Game Bluewater Plus
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,895
    This is a fantastic trip that will take you all the way out to beyond the continental shelf, where you could be fishing in anything from 2000 - 4000 ft of water. Target species include Marlin, Swordfish, Mahi, big Yellowfin Tuna and just about everything else that is swimming offshore in the season. If you're an experienced angler and want to get the most out of fishing in Marathon Florida, this is the trip for you! The first mate works for tips, so leaving one is very appreciated!
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About the Charter Operator

Johnny Maddox Charters
Marathon, Florida, United States
12 Fishing Reports
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206 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2015
Capt. Johnny Maddox runs offshore game fishing trips around the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys. 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bruiel (Flybridge) originally built in 1965, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 300HP Detroit 6-53 engines.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 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
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid any additional costs or unnecessary hassle with carrying cash.

No additional fees.
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Full day 9 hour trip offshore
Full day 9 hour trip offshore
Full day 9 hour trip offshore
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Clay K.
Doylestown, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Johnny

VERIFIED   Big Game Bluewater Adventure on April 26, 2022
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Melanie B.
Orange Park, FL
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day 9 hour trip offshore

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 22, 2021
Can’t say enough about this charter. Captain was extremely knowledgeable, first mate was amazing!! We caught a lot of fish...
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Craig C.
Key West, FL
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Can say enough about captain and mate

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip Combo on June 9, 2020
I do a lot of charters.  I cant say enough about how great the captain and mate were. First meeting and he was very personable...
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Tomas M.
Boynton Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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3/4 Day offshore trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip Combo on July 18, 2018
I wanted to introduce my 6 years old daughter to a real fishing, so I was looking for kids friendly stable boat with experienced...
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Randall W.
Frederick, MD
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 11, 2019
Thanks so much to captain Johnny and his amazing crew. The captain Chris and his mate Dillon were spot on. Great company and...
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FAQs about Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express

Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express offers the following trips to customers:
  • $895 per group - Half Day Trip - SHARK-A-THON (5 hours)
  • $995 per group - Half Day Variety Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $995 per group - Half Day Variety Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - 3/4 Day Trip Combo (6 hours)
  • $1,295 per group - Full Day Trip (9 hours)
  • $1,595 per group - Big Game Bluewater Adventure (10 hours)
  • $1,895 per group - Big Game Bluewater Plus (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (bottled water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Papa Pip’s 36' Bruel Express include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo