Join Captain Buddy LaPointe in beautiful Marathon, Florida and discover what makes fishing in these waters so spectacular. With more than 30 years of charter fishing experience to his name, you will find Capt. Buddy to be both knowledgable and friendly. He welcomes anglers of all ages, so bring your family aboard for an experience you can remember for years to come!

Step aboard a 21’ Cobia powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine. This craft is fitted with the latest fishing technology, including GPS, fishfinder, and a live bait well. Up to four passengers can cast lines comfortably aboard the spacious deck.

Capt. Buddy will have bait in the live well and top of the line gear ready on board when you arrive. You will have your choice of custom rods, Star Rods, and Orvis rods, complemented by an array of reels by Penn, Shimano, Ovris, STH, and Gold Cup.

Capt. Buddy keeps his equipment in top condition. He sharpens his fish hooks daily and constantly re-spools his fishing line to eliminate line breaks. Rest assured your fishing experience will go as smoothly as possible.

While fishing inshore and nearshore you can catch a wide variety of species, from delicious Snapper to daunting specimens such as Bull Shark, Barracuda, and Tarpon. Capt. Buddy will help you target your catch using the most effective method, whether it’s spin or fly fishing. Fly rods are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Captain Buddy LaPointe supplies everything you need, including fishing gear, bait, and fishing licenses. Depending on the species, you are welcome to keep your catch and he will fillet and bag it for you, too.

Bring your family aboard today for an experience you can enjoy together!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    The bite is often best in the morning! Come aboard and fish for whatever is biting, from Tarpon, sharks, and Barracuda to Snapper, Seatrout, and Spanish Mackerel. A fishing license and gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    This trip includes four hours of inshore/nearshore fishing, for Snapper, Permit, Barracuda, and much more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Allows more time than a half day to enjoy more types of fishing, i.e. combining flats fishing with Tarpon fishing, or bay fishing with some evening Tarpon fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Allows for longer runs to more distant fishing grounds that receive less fishing pressure. A wide variety of fish is available including Tarpon, sharks, Barracuda, Snapper, Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Redfish.
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About the Captain

Buddy LaPointe
Marathon, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
192 Customer reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since September 2017
An honors graduate of Pensacola Christian College, Captain Buddy LaPointe has over 40 years of experience charter fishing in the Florida Keys. He is professional, courteous, and dedicated to showing his clients a great time on the water! Captain Buddy can help veteran anglers further hone their skills, yet is very patient teaching young or inexperienced fishermen how to catch fish. Making great memories out on the water with his clients (whether they be new or “regulars”) is Capt Buddy’s goal every time he leaves the dock.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonefish Bonefish
Cero Mackerel Cero Mackerel

Boat specs

Cobia (Bay boat) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Custom, Star Rods, Orvis, Penn, Shimano, Gold Cup
Live Bait
$50 additiinal charge for live mullet delivery.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 192 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (247)
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July fishing trip
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Andrew C.
Bristol, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Afternoon Trip in Early April

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 4, 2022
Had a blast on Capt. Buddy’s boat. My wife booked the trip for our family for my birthday, and what a great present it was....
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Joe M.
Sauk Rapids, MN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Exciting day with Captain Buddy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 24, 2022
We are avid fisher people from MN and so we were eager to see how it is done down in the Keys.  Captain Buddy took us on a...
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Corrie J.
Marietta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Captain Buddy - First timers

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on July 21, 2022
Our trip with Captain Buddy was perfect. My husband has fished before but neither of my daughter, nor I have. We had so much...
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Kevin G.
Sarasota, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Captain Buddy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 29, 2022
Had a great morning fishing the flats, catching fish, and learning techniques with Capt’n Buddy. He did a great job meeting...
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John T.
Palm Bay, FL
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full Day Trip with Captain Buddy LaPointe

VERIFIED   Full day trip on September 14, 2021
Booked an entire day for my wife and I and told Capt Buddy that the goal was for the wife to catch some BIG FISH….And he...
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FAQs about Captain Buddy LaPointe

Captain Buddy LaPointe offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Buddy LaPointe, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Captain Buddy LaPointe include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom, Star Rods, Orvis, Penn, Shimano, Gold Cup)
  • Live Bait ($50 additiinal charge for live mullet delivery.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Captain Buddy LaPointe offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Buddy LaPointe offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Buddy LaPointe include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bluefish
  • Bonefish
  • Cero Mackerel
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon