Captain
Steve Paul

Member since April 2016

Panama City, United States

Background
I have been fishing local waters since childhood. I opened my first charter operation in 1984 after working on other local vessels since a teenager. I will personally see to it every possible effort will be put into making your fishing trip with us as enjoyable as possible.
Techniques
We employ the industry standards for bottom fishing and trolling. We have the experience necessary to produce fish and memories of a lifetime.

Hey, I'm Captain Steve Paul

Panama City, United States
Background
I have been fishing local waters since childhood. I opened my first charter operation in 1984 after working on other local vessels since a teenager. I will personally see to it every possible effort will be put into making your fishing trip with us as enjoyable as possible.
Techniques
We employ the industry standards for bottom fishing and trolling. We have the experience necessary to produce fish and memories of a lifetime.
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

Panama City
trips from
US$ 600

Customer Reviews

4.72 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 20, 2017

This was our first time fishing in PCB. Capt Steve and first mate Tony were awesome. They explained everything and put us right on the fish. We had poles bending everywhere. Our group was from ages 7 to 66 years old, and everyone had a blast. Im already thinking about planning another trip on the Abel One. Thanks Capt. Steve.

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thank you for the awesome review ! It was our pleasure to have you all on board. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and thanks again.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 13, 2017

We booked this trip last minute and couldn’t have been more happy with the results. Captain Steve was very knowledgeable and got us on some good fish. First mate Tony was also very good and kept our lines baited and gave very helpful tips. We caught tons of fish and had a great time. Would definitely book with Able Fisherman Charters again and certainly recommend them.

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank you for the great review. It means a lot to us. It was our pleasure to take you out for a productive day on the water.

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thanks for the positive reponse. It was a pleasure having you all aboard. Enjoy the fish !

Went fishing on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We had a great first time experience for our teen boys!  They explained details and went the extra mile so we had a catch!!  We will be back!

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thank you for the great review Michelle. It was our pleasure to have your family out fishing with us. Hope to see you all again soon.

Went fishing on Monday, July 10, 2017

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thank you for the great review . It was our pleasure to have you and your amazing family on board.


Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

We had a great time and experience on our fishing trip. We caught red and white snapper, grouper, and Beeliner. We did a 6 hour trip but I recommend at least an 8 hour trip to have enough time to get out for better fishing. The captain and first mate were both knowledgeable and very friendly.

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thank you Michael for the positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you and your family aboard !

Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

We had a great time!! I highly recommend this charter to anyone looking for some fun!

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thank you for such positive feedback. It was my pleasure to have your awesome family aboard.

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I went fishing twice this week and paid full price of $658 and $750 per trip.  The first trip lasted 4 hours and we caught maybe 12 fish and they were all mackerel.  I gave them the benefit of the doubt and a second chance. The next trip, 2 days later, was a 6 hr trip.  We caught maybe 12 fish.  ( not worth my time to have to pay someone to clean them).  The captain did stay out about an hour longer but that’s because we didn’t find any fish and I guess he felt bad.  I’m a business owner and I understand sometimes you just can’t deliver a product to satisfy your customers.  That’s when I reduce my feed to accomodste.  So basically, I feel as if I wasted $1500 on 24 or 25 fish.  I probably won’t use this captain again. He was courteous tried to be accomodating but my daughter got sick , which was no fault of his, but there was no air conditioning in the cabin for her.

Bill Spradlin does not recommend From the Bottom Charters

Fished September 2016

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bill, I had no idea you werror so disappointed with our service. I will try to address your concerns. Trip number one was full price 140 per hour. This includes everything stated in my charter agreement. When we completed the trip you seemed satisfied. Perhaps I was wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised when you called us back two days later and booked trip number two. I gave you a discount of 90 dollars on this trip. My regular price is 140 per hr times six hrs or 840 dollars. I only charged you 750 dollars for your repeat business. I assumed you were booking us the second time because you enjoyed the first trip. Again perhaps I was wrong. The vessel does not have a/c . It didn’t have it on the first trip so I figured it wasn’t a deal breaker since you booked a second trip. 
I know your daughter was seasick the entire time. This is some that can and does happen in our business.  As you stated I did try to accommodate your party in every way possible including giving you 220 dollars worth of extra fishing time.  Which brings me to the meat of the problem. Apparently you were dissatisfied with the amount of fish we were allowed to keep. As you know that the were plenty of fish caught but had to be returned due to being out of season.  The trigger fish were ferocious. But we did manage to boat a few snapper but I too would like to have boat more . Especially the ones that got away. But hey that’s fishing. Which is the service that was contracted and I can assure you every effort was made in this regard.  Thank you for your busines, and thank you for expressing your concerns. I hope I have adequately addressed each one .  Oh and the fish you left dressed out to 8 lbs of fillets….which sell for 15 dollars a pound at the markets here.
Thanks again
Capt . Steve

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Captain Steve and boat owner/first mate Rob were excellent guides. They ensured we had the best time possible out on the water. Captain Steve and Rob were able to get us hooked up within 10 mins of dropping a line.  Between the nearly forty dolphin/mahi mahi and several king fish, came the chit chat of genuinely good people. The experience was second to none and I guarantee we will be using their charter again.

Fished July 2016

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Steve Paul (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 8, 2016

Thank you Adam for the positive feedback. It was our pleasure to take you and your family out fishing.