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 spinning, jigging, popping, or fly fishing. Fly rods are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Captain Buddy LaPointe supplies everything you need, including a fishing license. Depending on the species, you are welcome to keep your catch and he will clean and fillet 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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $695
    This full day of fishing includes a license and all the gear you need. Come aboard and fish for sharks, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, and more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $595
    More time on the water means you can catch more fish! While fishing inshore and nearshore you can target Snapper, Amberjack, Barracuda, sharks, and much more. A fishing license and gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $495
    The bite is often best in the morning! Come aboard and fish for whatever is biting, from Spanish Mackerel to Amberjack, Barracuda, and sharks. A fishing license and gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $495
    This trip includes four hours of inshore/nearshore fishing, for Snapper, Permit, Barracuda, and much more.
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About the Captain

Buddy LaPointe
Marathon, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
145 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 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

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Permit Permit

Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon

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
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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John T.
Palm Bay, FL
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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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Lew H.
Marathon, Florida
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PM Half day with Captain Buddy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 5, 2021
I’m not sure how to start this review. Captain buddy has been in the business a long time and you can tell he still loves...
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San Juan
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Captain Buddy and Memories

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on October 23, 2021
Captain Buddy was all about making memories. A beautiful evening.He worked his heart out to put us on the fish and we have...
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Savannah, GA
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Good Fishing!

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on October 7, 2021
Three of us, who have fished together for 40 years, were on the backwater with Buddy for two days. He worked hard to get us...
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Cumming, GA
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Best Fishing Trip Yet

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on December 24, 2020
My son and I typically book on larger party boats when we fish on vacation but decided to go with a charter this trip.  Captain...
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FAQs about Captain Buddy LaPointe

Captain Buddy LaPointe offers the following trips to customers:
  • $495 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $695 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 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

Trips booked with Captain Buddy LaPointe include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom, Star Rods, Orvis, Penn, Shimano, Gold Cup)
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip: Mullet, Shrimp, Pin Fish)
  • 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:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon