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
    Big Game Bluewater Plus
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,800
    price breakdown
    $1,800
    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!
  • Private trip
    Big Game Bluewater Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,250
    price breakdown
    $1,250
    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
    3/4 Day Trip Combo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    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
    Half Day Variety Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    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 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    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
    Half Day Trip - SHARK-A-THON
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    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.

About the Captain

Johnny Maddox
Marathon, Florida, United States
16 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
81 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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) Marlin (White)
Sailfish Sailfish

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

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
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 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
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.67
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
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Experience
Can say enough about captain and mate
Chris and Dillion were the best!
3\/4 Day offshore trip
+20
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Craig C.
Key West, FL
 4.67
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Can say enough about captain and mate

VERIFIED   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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Tom K.
Gilbert, AZ
 5.00
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Chris and Dillion were the best!

VERIFIED   December 26, 2019
Would definitely recommend these guys for your fishing trip in Marathon!??????
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Tomas M.
Boynton Beach, FL
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3/4 Day offshore trip

VERIFIED   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
 5.00
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   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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Toby J.
Franklin, NC
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Half day canceled due to Alberto

VERIFIED   May 26, 2018
We didn’t get to go out due to the tropical storm but this guy’s honesty and integrity is second to none. ...
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