Captain
Steven Lathi

Member since January 2015

Destin, United States

Background
Never got to fish, always wanted to try, went all in, never looked back, fished avidly from the Northeast Canyons to the Fl Keys But 25 yrs in Destin. Love my job!
Techniques
specialize in bottom fishing offshore, fishing reefs & homemade wrecks, live bait trolling w/lots of lines with lots ofl ines in the water, often chumming

Hey, I'm Captain Steven Lathi

Destin, United States
Background
Never got to fish, always wanted to try, went all in, never looked back, fished avidly from the Northeast Canyons to the Fl Keys But 25 yrs in Destin. Love my job!
Techniques
specialize in bottom fishing offshore, fishing reefs & homemade wrecks, live bait trolling w/lots of lines with lots ofl ines in the water, often chumming
Angler's Choice
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My Charter Listings

Destin
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US$ 500

Fishing Reports

15-1

January 28, 2015

Jan. in the 60's & Fl lives up to it's name-the sunshine state! We get to keep the delicious triggerfish again! Vermillion & white snapper to go with. Released lots of red snapper & short Amberjacks on a 5… Read Full Report →


Mako my day

March 21, 2015

While catching porgies, triggers, & snappers, the first uninvited guest was thick fog. The second was dining on our hooked fish. His appetite was his demise. After getting multiple hooks in his mouth & back, an aprox 110 lb.… Read Full Report →


KY getaway

April 07, 2015

Three anglers put together a mess that included Amberjack, King mackerel, bigeye snapper, vermillion snapper, red porgy, lane snapper all came home & the gag grouper, triggerfish, & red snapper all returned to the Gulf. Read Full Report →


Opening Day Federal Red Snapper

June 01, 2015

Today , the long awaited federal red snapper season (outside of 9 miles) reopened after only 9 days to retain them in @ 22 months. The full Moon overnight keeps them snapper full so one has to utilize old… Read Full Report →


Father's Day surprise

June 22, 2015

We kept this one a secret but 6 excited fathers got a fishing adventure from wife Ramona Hennigan! What a lucky husband for his wife's great idea & generosity! Just 4 hrs; we left at 10:30, caught live bait… Read Full Report →


Finally get to keep the Gags!

July 01, 2015

Challenging fish to keep out of it's hole; often get them w/jewelry (other hooks where anglers weren't successful still in fishes mouth because they take 2-3 weeks to rust or come out). Read Full Report →


Surprise 11th B-day trip

July 10, 2015

Picture & smiles say it all! Happy birthday Wyatt!! Outdoor sports writer & his family really enjoyed their fishing adventure! Read Full Report →


Snapper Grand Slam!

July 11, 2015

It's hard to do anytime but these happy anglers have a reason to smile for the camera. They accomplished catching all 5 snapper species in a 6 hr trip!! Giant Lane snapper (> 15 years old), Red snapper, Grey… Read Full Report →


Incredible short trolling trip

July 15, 2015

These two anglers had their hands full & filled the rack while on a 4 hour trolling trip. They hooked two cobia, caught one, along with lots of king Mackerel & dolphin (mahi-mahi) . Loads of fun! great short… Read Full Report →


Trolling to productive bottom fishing

July 26, 2015

Picture says it all. They had 62 keepers & through two back for everyone they retained. Lots of action when you go a little longer. Well done by these Alabama anglers! Read Full Report →


Drag screamers

July 29, 2015

This 4 hour am trip got lots of bites from better than average grade king mackerel. Capitalized on several 18-27 lb. fish. Exciting morning for these anglers! Read Full Report →


Fishin' For Scallops!

August 28, 2015

Hi I went scalloping with Capt. Steven Lathi on his small boat the Summer Breeze. on 8/28 & we found them good just North of Carabelle Fishing is good when we go but the back to school has us… Read Full Report →


Warm winter water is great bottom fishin

January 02, 2016

lots of fish on this winter opening trip for trigger & amberjack. weather was a bit windy so we stayed in closer but the fish were there & biting Read Full Report →


Close encounter w/ 200 yoa sea creature!

April 21, 2016

If gag & Red snapper were keepable, we'd of had 300 lbs. either way we slayed em'! Our 7 hour special gives you an xtra hr for less than 1/2 the hourly cost & I don't look at my… Read Full Report →


5 Hrs with request for Shark & stowaway!

April 21, 2016

A great afternoon 5 hr where we caught & kept a shark (Atlantic sharpnose) which the anglers had hoped to do. We also had a hitch hiker; I beleive some sort of kingfisher coastal bird exhausted from flying, landed… Read Full Report →


Angler's perception of a 4 hr trip

June 01, 2016

This is why these guys come back year after year! The 4 hr trip the day before produced an unfair & pathetically inaccurate review. Read Full Report →


Snappers R Snappin',31 days left!

June 01, 2016

Great anglers fish w/me every year. Another sucessful trip! They promised to not wait a full year! Read Full Report →


Daily kill

June 11, 2016

They caught a snapper slam! Six species: Red, White, vermillion, mangrove, bigeye, lane & let amberjacks, and lots of triggerfish go but still had tons to take home! Read Full Report →


Six hours trolling out to secret wrecks

June 12, 2016

These 6 folks from Arkansas never been in the Gulf before. Here is the result from 6 hrs of fishing with me (38) keepers & many throwbacks which were out of season such as triggerfish & amberjack Read Full Report →


Two happy anglers w/tasty dinners

June 13, 2016

Just two anglers whose first trip in the Gulf experienced a difficult bite but pulled it off with a few quality & tasty fish. Their smiles depict the end result Read Full Report →


Dodging Fl weather

June 15, 2016

Grandma elected to stay back because of an adverse weather report. With the help of my radar & experience, I was able to make them a bottom fishing catch despite this was marketed as an inshore trolling trip. Just… Read Full Report →


4 species of nice snappers & a king

June 14, 2016

Along with nice grade of resd snappers, these fine anglers caught grey (mangrove), lane, vermillion snappers & king mackerel on the way in trolling. Lots of fish to bring home from a succesful & fun 6 hr fishing adventure! Read Full Report →


Example of an all day trip

June 26, 2016

We fished from 120 ft to 275 ft & most of the fish were caught in the shallower water We caught triggerfish & Amberjack galore but they were out of season. Majority of snappers we retain on longer trips… Read Full Report →


Hurricane Hermine Helps Fishing

September 05, 2016

Artificial lures, outfished the live bait. Didn't take long to produce this nice rack! Been hot each day since storm! Thanks Hermine! Read Full Report →


Walk ups caught more then the law allows

September 11, 2016

Anglers witnessed our previous catch had hi-lined the dock so talked there friends into a trolling trip. Quite proud of their catch! Read Full Report →


Full Rack with nice center nail!

September 24, 2016

We missed a Blackfin,probably 2 & almost got spooled on a spinning rod. Perseverance pays & we tired this Wahoo out & boxed him to chill with the other not so lucky fish riding back on the Lucky Lina!… Read Full Report →


Exotics Near shore!

October 12, 2016

Sailfish have been caught & released by multiple vessels as well as tunas & mackerels & wahoos! Great opportunity to catch an exotic! Capt. Steve Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.53 out of 5 stars from 41 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

We had a amazing trip. Action all day..captain Steve can put you on fish. His deck hand Bradley knows a lot also. Thanks guys.

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Thanks Howard! We truly enjoyed our fishing adventure & so glad you guys put together almost 50 keepers! Great job & enjoy the fillets!! Capt. Steve

Went fishing on Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, September 26, 2016

Capt Steve & mate were both first rate, Worked hard to keep us on fish and get them in the boat. We did the 5 hour, well worth the difference in price, we did 4 hour last year.The extra hour gave enough time to troll & bottom fish. We enjoyed our day and hope to go again next year. Highly recommend

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 15, 2016

It was awesome captain and first mate did an awesome job getting us on some fish.

Fished September 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thanks Rob for the fair review. wish we could have done something extraordinary to get the 5 star rating we strive for each & every fishing adventure but being your only time out; you have nothing to compare to. None the less, glad we made your first trip"awesome” Captain Steven

Went fishing on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Boy did we have fun! The Captain and Mate are first rate guys who are very enthusiastic about fishing and your experience with them. They are very courteous, knowledgeable, and run a first class fishing adventure.

You should see the fillets we got out of our morning excursion! 

They are now going to be a regular on our itinerary when we come to Destin!

Dr. Chris and Dave

Fished September 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thanks so much Dr. Chris & Dave ! you guys were great fun & I’m pleased you recognized our enthusiasm & courtesy. Love the analogy to “first rate guys” Can’t wait to build our fishing adventure relationship some more. Fishing means minimizing the adverse variables, & maximizing the positive ones while exercising a good attitude because your outdoors in a beautiful divine setting!. Look forward to our next adventure in the GULF!

Went fishing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My wife and I took a fishing trip with Steve and Don for our honeymoon. I have been a few times on other charters, but it was my wife’s first time. Both Steve and Don were very accommodating for both of us! They did an incredible job with operations, knowledge, customer service and performance! My wife and I hit our limit for King Mackerel in the first hour! Plus brought in a ton of tuna with the occasional Spanish. In just 4 hours, we caught over 35 fish! Hands down best fishing experience I’ve had on the ocean. We’ll be back!

Fished September 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Congradulations for “tying the knot”! We tie a lot of knots ourselves. Glad they held for your great catch & memorable honeymoon! Thanks so much from the crew of the “Lucky Lina” God Bless! Capt. Steve

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Captain Steve and First Mate Don were awesome!  We caught a ton of fish and 4 King Mackerel!  There were five of us fishing and Don was great at getting to all of us quickly when we needed help!  I have already recommended them to several people!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 6, 2016

Great trip for me and my son. Would definitely book this again on our next visit.

Fished August 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thanks Josh! Great fun for you & your son’s first deep sea fishing adventure. So happy you enjoyed the experience, made memories & get to eat your scorecard! Thanks!, Capt. Steven

Went fishing on Monday, July 11, 2016

we had a great trip. The crew was fantastic and patient. It was our kids first time and they very good with them. Caught a lot of fish as well. Would definitely go back.

Fished July 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thanks Matt! So glad you & your crew had a memorable fishing adventure with me! We aim to please & feel great when we accomplish that each & every time. Tight lines see ya next excursion in Destin, The “worlds’ Luckiest Fishing Village”!, Capt. Steve

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Excellent trip. Captain and mate friendly, helpful. And knowledgable

Fished August 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thanks Ron. We made a valiant effort to hunt down the Mahi but made sure there was action with Little tuna, King mackerel, & barracuda & hooked some Amberjack. You realized our effort & i sincerely thank you for the accurate & favorable review! capt. Steven

Went fishing on Friday, July 29, 2016

Went out for a half day fishing trip with my son and his friend. Both captain and deckhand worked hard and did a great job showing both boys an intro to fishing. Caught three nice king mackerels quickly and then the bite died. Both members of the crew worked hard to get another fish on and kept a great attitude for the rest of the charter. Both boys left happy and had a great day I will be back.

Fished July 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 31, 2016

thanks so much Matt, we’ll introduce a lot more species on a longer trip next time! Y’all were great! Thanks so much!!!!!!
Capt Steven

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We go to the beach pretty much every year, so this year I wanted to mix it up some. I convinced my parents and sisters to go deep sea fishing in hopes of catching some dinner for us. We learned about Captain Steve and the Lucky Lina through a family friend who had booked him for the week before. We liked the good reviews that the boat received, and liked the fact that there was a slight percent dicounted if we payed in cash. We met Captain Steve and fill-in first mate Vinnie (the main first mate was gone for personal matters) at the docks early in the morning. As all five of us were first time deep sea fishermen we decided a four hour trip would be enough. First we went to catch bait fish, and even though Vinnie said it is “the easiest fishing you will ever do,” we didn’t have much luck. After a bit Captain Steve decided to move and start to catch the big fish, using squid as bait. Then we started reeling them in. However, most of the ones we caught were red snapper, and trigger fish. We weren’t able to keep the beautiful red snapper because our permit does not allow that. Vinnie said that we may have been able to keep a couple of them if we had been in the season, which ended July 15. The trigger fish had to be released because apparently there is a shortage in the population. If that’s true we must have caught all of the remaining population! My mom ended up catching one keeper, and I caught two. They were white snapper, and although it wasn’t much they were still delicious later that night when we cooked them up. Our trip did end up a bit short because 3/5 of us couldn’t handle the rough waters. I felt bad seeing my family members get sick because I was the one who decided that we should all go fishing. It was definitely a five star trip for me, my sister might not feel the same so that’s why I gave a 4. Captain Steve and first mate Vinnie were great, hardworking, and knew where the good fishing holes were, we were just unlucky. I would love to come on the Lucky Lina again and get another chance to catch some bigger fish for dinner. However, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to convince my family again.

Fished July 27, 2016

Fished July 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 28, 2016

HI Doublesin family! So sorry your first deepsea experience involved rougher than average seas! Well Jessia, I beleive you wrote this & you were a trooper in challenging sea conditions. If you could convince your family to return, I’d offer them 25% OFF any trip longer than 4 hours so I can give you lots of keepers! Come in june & you’d probably keep a red snapper limit too! Thanks for the favorable report & realizing bottom fishing on a four hr trip can have mixed results despite you released a bunch! Tight lines! Capt. Steven

Went fishing on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Highly recommended booking with captain Steven Lathi, he kept us on fish all day, rods stayed bent and I’m still not sure how many fish we caught in total since we had to release certain species, This was our first time fishing in the gulf and we had a blast, it was a very eventful trip! I know without a doubt whenever I return to destin this will be the only captain I fish with, thanks for a great trip and some great memories!!

Fished July 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 25, 2016

Thank you Justin & Brianne! Your patience & understanding as we made this trip happen with less than an early morning hour to prepare; was certainly appreciated. Yes it was eventful & so glad you enjoyed all the action. Truly amazing how compassionate & understanding you guys were & how well first time anglers fished as if they were seasoned vets!! Great job guys!

Went fishing on Thursday, July 21, 2016

In my overall experience it was more than fun. We learned a lot and the first mate was great at explaining how to pull in the good fish in. Both captain and first mate were very patient even though not all of our family members spoke English.
Recommend 100% and definitely would go again.

Fished July 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 25, 2016

The language barrier wasn’t an issue. We enjoyed using hand signals to get the job done. Some of the fish got away but the picture shows the ones that didn’t on this relatively short (5 hrs is our shortest bottom fishing excursion)trip. Thanks guys for the good time!

Went fishing on Monday, June 20, 2016

We enjoyed our fishing trip on Lucky Lina and it was wonderful having a Captian with the skill and knowledge that Captian Lathi has! He knew exactly where to go for the fish and he didn’t waste time, if they weren’t biting in one spot or we weren’t catching keepers, he moved us to another spot!
We will definitely be using this charter again when we return to Destin next year!
Thank you!

Fished June 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thank you Clair & your crew!! I’m glad you understood I’m somewhat of an impatient fisherman. If they ain’t biting. I’ll look for a place where they’re more aggressive! Glad YOUR patience paid off for letting me find ya’ some good-eatin’!
Capt Steve

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

For our first time deep sea fishing, Captain Steven did a great job finding the honey holes. There were plenty of fish out there there but as newbies we had a few missed opportunities. However we still went home with plenty of fish dinners. Calen, the first mate, did a great job keeping our lines in the water with bait. That dude works hard! We will definitely be back but next time will plan for a longer trip- 4 hours just wasn’t long enough!

Fished June 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hey guys ; Glad i could make your first trip memorable & look forward to a longer fishing adventure next time!t!

Went fishing on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Our Family of 6 had a great trip on The Lucky Lina. Captain Steve definitely put us on the fish. If we weren’t catching anything by the second drop he was moving to another spot. I cant really tell you how many fish we caught in total but we ended up keeping 40 of various kinds. I recommend this Boat and Captain and we will definitely use him again

Fished June 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I enjoyed this group of first-timers & it makes me feel that I accomplished my goal; to make anglers out of them enough to return. Look forward to next trip, thanks guys! Capt. Steve


Went fishing on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

You don’t need to have them listed on your site, they have a run a run down boat and did a poor job of putting us on fish to catch. They use this fishing boat as part time income, they build fences on most days, they were not in touch with other captains to get an idea of where to put us on fish. they were simply after the money! In my opinion you do a very poor job by having these people on your list we are very disappointed with the experience won’t use your site for further bookings!!!!!!!!

Paul Anthony Combs does not recommend Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina

Fished May 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 3, 2016

I’d like to use vulgar language to express how this loser reviewed me. But I’m above that. Always the 4 hour tours who expect the most! Gee you caught 10 members of the tuna family after you caught 40+ baits in the first 90 minutes! As soon as you were told they’re not good table fair, you got pissed! Take your $ dollars up the hill to the fish market where you can buy imported fish! But… when the mackeral didn;t bite; I burned an extra $100 in fuel to take you bottom fishing!... but your daughters whom didn’t want to be on that trip in the first place &( yes, DAD, you forced them) NEVER CAME OUT OF THE CABIN !!!!!!  How in the world can you catch fish from the cabin??!!! I have 3 fishing boats, more federal permits than ANYONE in the Gulf! I’ve been doing this 25 years; made my living year round, Yes I build fences too. Tell you what , you’d be doing the GREAT FOLKS AT FISHING BOOKER a favor to never visit this site again! Read the rest of my reviews! As soon as my phone uploads; y’all can see what we caught the next day! save us Captains from weak anglers like this fool!

Went fishing on Monday, March 21, 2016

Great trip. Very knowledgeable crew. We were continously bringing in fish the entire day.

Fished March 2016

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thank you James for catching all of those fish and for allowing us to make your trip memorable.  We hope to see you and your friends and family in the future.

Went fishing on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Myself, Son-in-law and 2 Grandsons took an 8 hour fishing trip on February 18, 2016.  Weather was great, Seas a little rough but not to bad.  Fishing was great.  We ended up with over 90 fish that we could keep.  Pretty good for four guys that had never done this before.  This tells you how good Captain Steve and the deck hands were.  With the fish we had to throw back, because there were out of season, we caught over 150 fish.  Great trip.  I would highly recommend .  Thanks for a great experience

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, October 16, 2015

The first mate was awesome!  He worked so hard and fast.  He kept the lines baited with good live fish and kept his fisher people really happy reeling in fish!  We caught our limit of King Mackerel and a few for the crew too!  Couldn’t be happier!  We even had fun catching bait!  Thanks Captain Steve and 1st mate Steve!

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, October 18, 2015

There were 4 of us on the Lucky Lina with the Capt Steve and Steve the bait tender. It was a rough windy day and they worked very hard to get us on fish which we did. We probably caught around 80 fish for the day. Various types. We all felt they worked very hard for us. We were a little disappointed in the boat. Thought it could have been cleaner. But we all enjoyed it and would go again.

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 19, 2015

The captain was great at his job, and the first mate ensured we had a great time fishing. My only suggestion was that they should have a first aid kit on the boat for the accidental hook injury. Other than that, we look forward to our next time out on the Lucky Lina!

Fished September 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 3, 2015

To start with the weather was not the best 20mph north wind and rough sea the captain and deck hand wanted to troll closer to shore where it wasn’t as rough but we wanted to bottom fish out a good ways so he let us know how rough it would be and did exactly what we wanted to do the captain didn’t get to socialize very must because he was very busy working the rough seas for us to fish. Long story short captain Steve and deck hand Steve where great they did exactly what we wanted and he put us on fish we caught fish all day long all six guests were very pleased and had a blast on the lucky Lina despite the rough seas.
Thanks Steve & Steve for a great trip hope we can do it again one day.

Sorry don’t have many photos for the review was to busy reeling in fish.

Fished October 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Well the pics depict a challenging but sucessful day on the Gulf. Better weather next time . Glad you still had a blast & thanks for being troopers in the adverse conditions!

Went fishing on Sunday, September 6, 2015

Capt. Steve and First Mate Steve were great. They gave us many fishing options and allowed us to make the decisions. First Mate Steve was very patient with my 11 and 13 yr old son and nephew. Caught lots of fish!

Fished September 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 20, 2015

My family and I had a memory making occasion, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We all caught fish, and both Steve’s did an excellent job. I did take your business card, and will use you again in the event we have another vacation in the Destin area.

Fished August 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 22, 2015

Had a blast caught fish from start to finish. The 5 of us did a 5 hour trip caught over 50 fish plus bait fish and kept 30 captain and mate were spectacular we will be back again and again with them

Fished August 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Crew was excellent.  We did a half day leaving in morning.  Caught King Mackerel (more than we could eat with 9 person family), Mahi Mahi, and Bonita.  Great time!

Fished August 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thanks Jamie for the angling with your crew! Makes us shine at the dock, which is always enjoyed!
capt steve

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I took my wife and three daughters fishing on the Lucky Lina with Captain Steven and his first mate Steve and can say we had a great time. They put us on some good fish. They were very informative and showed extreme patience with my girls. We will definitely be using the Lucky Lina in the future.

Fished August 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed your family! And we love how the women listen & outfish the men. Sorry Dad!
Happy to do it again when your family or any group wants the Lucky Lina !!!!
Thanks Jim!

Went fishing on Saturday, August 8, 2015

My group went fishing this past weekend and had a good time.  We caught lots of triggerfish (threw them back) and vermillion snapper.  We caught 1 amberjack and several red snapper.  Overall we did pretty good considering only 3 of us were fishing.  The other 3 got seasick from the big waves (about 6ft seas that day), but they came back around the end to catch a few fish.  The captain and deckhand were both very friendly.  The deckhand was awesome and did a great job handling our 6 person group.  The boat is a little bit older than other boats in the area, but it gets the job done.  The day we went, the wind was blowing as much and the diesel fumes from the engines were pretty bad.  With a decent breeze though that shouldn’t be a problem.  Also just a headsup, the cabin isn’t air conditioned.  That’s not a problem for most people though.  In summary, if you’re looking to have a good time with the boys and catch some fish for a decent price, this is a great boat.  If you have a group that’s not used to being on the water, you might want to consider a bigger and more comfortable boat.  Hope this helps.

Fished August 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thanks guys for catching lots of fish! Yes the vessel is rough from doing battle. She gets the makeover soon !LOL Capt Steve

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Great experience for the family.  The crew was experienced, courteous and very patient with us rookies.   
We got lots of attention on the dock as well as they hung and prepped our catch, Amberjack, Mahi, Snapper.  Great Day. 

Fished August 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 17, 2015

Great job fighting them tough jacks, Hope you enjoyed all the great eating! You earned it!

Went fishing on Saturday, July 11, 2015

We had a great trip catching a Snapper Flush - all 5 species.  Made for some really good eating that night.

Fished July 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thanks guys, having lines in the water with bait on them & hands ready to real increases opportunities! Lots of folks lately simply expect the fish to jump in the boat . they forgot the luring, the hooking, the playing, then the boating that is all involved with “catching” SNOOZE U LOOZE


Went fishing on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

As sometimes happens when you go fishing, the weather wasn’t great and we only caught one fish (King Mackerel).  When we left the dock at 6:00 AM things looked pretty good, but we knew the weather forecast was calling for scattered showers.  We had no problem catching all the bait fish we would need, but once we headed out the storms made the sea rough and fishing was poor.  The Captain took us to quite a few areas to increase the possibility of catching something, but with little luck.  I can’t fault the Captain or his crew.  They worked hard and really put in the effort, but just wasn’t in the cards for us that day.  I am planning to return another time soon and give it another shot.  They were all very nice and their concern for safety was appreciated (In fact, they turned down the next appointment as the sea was getting worse and that group had a young child).

Fished July 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 20, 2015

Hi Richard North, & thank you sincerely for realizing the truth! That is a Captain’s true job is to most importantly assure your safety!. I’m glad you recognized effort & at least we didn’t get anyone hurt & we didn’t get skunked but admittedly, conditions were deteriorating & the fishing was difficult . For this I would ADD an additional hour free of charge to make your next trip better! I rarely do this but you wrote an accurate review & had a realistic attitude & for that you are a real fisherman. One extra for you’all! Thankyou

Went fishing on Thursday, July 16, 2015

The captain & his first mate were excellent, very friendly & talented.  The fish unfornately were not biting but it was not their fault at all.  This just happens sometimes.  1 fish was caught & too small & had to throw back, 1 was a keeper.  1 Sail Fish was caught but the line got snapped as well as another large fish that was quite large & it too snapped the line.

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 2, 2015

Exhilirating run from the Sail we hooked! Glad you understand we catch ‘em all! Thanks!

Went fishing on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I paid a lot of money to fish and spent the day on a boat ride instead.  Caught fish at the first place we stopped and should have stayed at this spot.  Was there maybe 15 minutes to fish.  After that you rode for 30-40 minutes and maybe dropped your line twice to fish. Maybe 2 minutes and then moved on again. Deck hand worked maybe an hour with cleaning the fish we caught total. Was not a hard day for him to say the least.

Michael Haferkamp does not recommend Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina

Fished July 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Again, an ignorant tourist! Your federal government (NMFS) has closed triggerfish despite they are abundant & great to consume. They are aggressive and we don’t waste are live baits when they clean the hooks on the initial drop! Since there were ONLY 2 persons, we got our red snapper limit on the first spot. If we stayed there, we would have had to throw everything back! Including Amberjack (again the NMFS closed them too!) Keep in mind I have to ration the fish off a certain spot so that we don’t KILL it! You didn’t mention the lane snapper you caught, the several white snapper & we successfully trolled & caught 3 king mackerel, all of which we retained. Many others were released because of bag limits or size restrictions. You should have saved your $ & took a party boat! What “a lot of money” to you is relative because we are the most inexpensive boat our size with 52 years combined experience.  Maybe you can kill 5 marlins in another country but factor in your travel expense to get there!  Anglers should call me direct 850 240-4664 so I can give you an honest & accurate heads-up on what to expect!
Capt. Steve

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fished July 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 2, 2015

Was a good birthday to work on. Thanks Rodney!

Went fishing on Monday, July 6, 2015

We had the best half day trip, Captain Steve and his Mate Steve was amazing.  We hit two “Sweet Spots” that both had fish biting as soon as the bait hit the ocean floor.  Thanks for such an amazing and memorable day!

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 2, 2015

Certainly enjoy putting you on a sweet spot when they’re biting! Thank you too!

Went fishing on Thursday, June 25, 2015

HAD A BLAST. CAPTAIN STEVE AND DECK HAND STEVE WERE THE BOMB. FRIENDS FIRST TIME ON PRIVATE CHARTER (USED TO BIG PARTY BOATS) REALLY ENJOYED. STATED NO MORE PARTY BOATS FOR HIM!!!! CAUGHT OUR LIMIT OF SNAPPER AND JUST A FEW SHORT ON KINGS.  PLANNING TO RETURN IN OCTOBER.

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Great time.  Awesome fishing.

Fished June 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 26, 2015

Thank you Jason, the awesome fishing was due to awesome anglers!!!! It was our pleasure.  Hope to see you again

Sincerely,
Capt. Steven R. Lathi

Went fishing on Monday, June 8, 2015

As part of our family’s annual pilgrimage to the beach, we always take one day to fish. It’s always a fun day; but, this year with Captain Steve and his mate Steve was the best! Not only did we catch plenty of fish, but both the captain and the mate were extremely courteously, attentive to our needs, and hard-working. We highly recommend the Lucky Lina and Captain Steve.

Fished June 2015

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Steven Lathi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 15, 2015

Great trip also because of wonderful clients that coordinated their fishing efforts and desires before the trip so that we could cater to them! Thanks for the fun fishing adventure & your always welcome back with a smile waiting for yall & of course a rod ready to bend!