Captain
Johnny Maddox

Member since April 2015

Marathon, United States

Background
Capt. Johnny Maddox runs offshore game fishing trips around the beautiful waters of the Atlantic. 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.
Techniques
Hunt big game offshore in the beautiful, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want big blue-water adventures for slammer dolphin, wahoo, billfish and tuna, we can make your dreams come true. Hard to beat flag Yellow tail Snapper and Big Grouper

Hey, I'm Captain Johnny Maddox

Marathon, United States
Background
Capt. Johnny Maddox runs offshore game fishing trips around the beautiful waters of the Atlantic. 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.
Techniques
Hunt big game offshore in the beautiful, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want big blue-water adventures for slammer dolphin, wahoo, billfish and tuna, we can make your dreams come true. Hard to beat flag Yellow tail Snapper and Big Grouper

My Charter Listings

Papa Pip’s 29-ft. Topaz Express

23 Reviews  
Marathon
trips from US$ 750

Papa Pip’s 36-ft. Bruel Express

12 Reviews  
Marathon
trips from US$ 800

Fishing Reports

Snapper & Grouper Days

December 01, 2017

Grouper closes Jan 1st till May 1st. Come get them NOW! Read Full Report →


Summertime Slammer Mahi

May 24, 2017

When it's hot it's hot and so it the bite. Great day in Marathon waters. Found birds working a weed line and POW!! Read Full Report →


Big Bad Bull Mahi Mahi

May 12, 2017

Every picture tells a story. May June July and August means Mahi Mahi and Mahi Mahi. Pip 36 scored again for Warren Harvey and family. Read Full Report →


Cooler temps mean different fishing

October 22, 2016

With the cooler temperatures brings us different fish to catch this fall. Sailfish. Mackerel. King Fish and Snapper. Read Full Report →


Crazy Summer It Was

May 01, 2016

We had a crazy dolphins season this summer. In May the keys had a dolphin championship tournament with five weighing stations. Key Largo to Key West. In the month of May normally is our premier big dolphin month. This… Read Full Report →


It's Slammer Time!

April 24, 2016

What an awesome day! The wind finally changed from the Northwest in the bite was on. 28 lb Bull a 15 lb Bull and lots of gaffers. The Carlsons are first timers in the Atlantic. Read Full Report →


Tuna are out there

April 04, 2016

David Johnson and his friend Al had a good day fishing with Capt Johnny Maddox and mate Ross hunting for tuna. Read Full Report →


Spanish Mackerel Hot n Heavey

February 04, 2016

We wanted the ocean but it was too rough. The bite was really on in the bay for Spanish. My family from Michigan book the half-day trip and just got tired of catching. Go figure that Read Full Report →


Mack Attach in the Florida Bay

December 31, 2015

Family in from Apex NC. Char. Chad. Chrsi. CJ. Calsey and Caitlyn all caught plenty of fish. Read Full Report →


WHEN IT'S HOT IT'S HOT FOR DOLPHIN!!!!!!

August 17, 2015

Off of Marathon 15-20 mi. out the Dolphin bite is HOT! On Monday the crew Dad and 11 year old son, a first timer off shore caught on fast. We boated 18 nice swinger/gaffers and tossed another 20 back......… Read Full Report →


Mahi still here!

July 11, 2015

Mahi-mahi are still here in the keys but the running is 20 to 25 miles out. Catching nice swingers and teenagers a few good gaffers. Read Full Report →


MahiMahiMahiMahi

June 20, 2015

Nice day on the ocean. Every Mahi was dinner for 4 or more. The crew hopped down from Tampa. Read Full Report →


It's May not Windy March

May 26, 2015

The wind has been kicked up for the last two weeks strong. The wind has been kicked up for the last two weeks strong.15-20 kts. SSE. On Friday the 22nd it was like Atlantic calm. We caught a lot… Read Full Report →


No Birds Big Mahi Scatter Weeds

May 10, 2015

Sunday was awesome day for Mahi in Marathon. A little bumpy made the Bull's hungry. 44lb big daddy, 28lb brother and several sisters... So. That said the crew wanted instant replay today. 300 ft we scored a nice Bull… Read Full Report →


Slammer Mahi

April 25, 2015

The Mahi bite was awesome Saturday. 38lb Bull and 29lb Cow. 10 fish in the 20lb class. 8 Teenagers. 9 good Swingers. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.62 out of 5 stars from 35 reviews

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Franklin, nc
Went fishing on Saturday, 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.  Based on my various convo’s with him I would have to believe that carries over to his equipment and personnel.

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Sikeston, mo
Went fishing on Friday, May 18, 2018

Sorry to post negative but it is the truth.  We had booked online having never been to Marathon before.  We purposely booked a larger boat with a cabin to get out of possible weather (predicted) and a head for the 2 females to have privacy if nature called.  We had booked a captain that had a history of catching.  What we actually got was a much smaller center council boat since the one we booked had mechanical problems, a relatively inexperienced crew and a captain that was not who we hired. We were charged for the larger boat and captain and were given no discount.  We caught only 2 fish and were told they werent biting but got back to the dock to see the boat adjacent unloading over 30 the same day.  Bad experience.  I blame it on myself.  I should have cancelled when I saw things were not as expected.  Buyer beware.

Brian Sullivan does not recommend Papa Pip’s 29-ft. Topaz Express

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Marathon, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Dubai, dubai
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Good trip. Half day….nice crew good with kids. Mostly snapper. Just beware of ‘mandatory’ 20% tip which is not mentioned anywhere in t’s & c’s!!

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Charlotte, nc
Went fishing on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Crew was good, captain and first mate were on point and put us on fish instantly.  Even though the boat had some age on it it ran out great. Quick 45 minute run out to ledge and we were fishing. Would go again on a full day trip.

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Groton, ny
Went fishing on Saturday, March 31, 2018

We’re able to land 1 Wahoo, hooked up with 3. Also did some reef fishing for yellowtail.

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Parrish, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Orlando, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Marathon, fl
Went fishing on Friday, March 9, 2018

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West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Ellenton, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, December 29, 2017

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Cape Coral, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, August 27, 2017

We had a great time on our trip with Papa Pip´s 36´´Bruel Express!
The Skipper and his mate Carl were great fun, very experienced and we found lots of fish from Snapper to Sharks!
I was out there with my 15y.o. son and he absolutely loved it!
He caught many Snappers, Bluerunners and in the end even a Barracuda on his own!
We will definitely come back and do it again!
Thank you for the wonderful trip!

Fished August 2017

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Dauphin, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fished August 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Took my brother out with my dad and for the time of year we couldnt ask for a better time. The crew was execptionaly nice , noligable, profesional and made it a great day on the water. Captin johnny was great before and after trip! Cant say enough! Thanks

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We were upgraded to the 36’ which I suggest if you have 4-5 fishing,crew was great and worked hard to find the fish. The Captain made sure we had plenty of bait and fuel to troll the whole day, and persistence finally prevailed!

Fished July 2017

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Bixby, Oklahoma
Went fishing on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chris and Carl were excellent captain and 1st Mate. They were knowledgeable and professional and did a good job of getting us on the fish. Our trip was cut short due to a mechanical problem so we were only able to fish half of the day. This was unfortunate as we were just getting back into the fish! I want to point out that the mechanical problem was a freak deal and was not something that is part of typical maintenance.  The crew worked very hard to get the boat going again but were unsuccessful. Within 45 min. Chris made the decision to flag someone down and get us a tow back in. I think that this is very important as we were 25+ miles out and drifting without power. Chris is a very experienced captain and made all of the right decisions to keep all on board safe rather than continue to try and start the engine and salvage the fishing trip. Johnny was more then fair and did the right thing and refunded a portion of our money. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars on the overall experience was due to the mechanical issue. If we get back to Marathon to fish I will use Papa Pips again, me and my son still caught 6 Dolphin and 1 Wahoo!

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Irvington, New Jersey
Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

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The Bronx, New York
Went fishing on Friday, June 23, 2017

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 26, 2017

A bit sporty seas offshore (gave a free upgrade to Pips 36’) fishing for Mahi and got some sickey sickey crew. So, Came into the reef and slammed Mangrove Snapper. Can’t control sick tummys and weather. Captain and Mate had a great time with the Torres family.


Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, June 16, 2017

Captain and mate were very knowledgeable, thoughtful and most importantly put us on fish.
Caught over 70 Dolphin, kept only our limit of course. All others released alive and unharmed for the next fisherman to enjoy. Great job by Cpt. and mate!

Fished June 2017

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thanks Chris, I’ll make sure mate Donnie and Captain Chris gets the word. Said you guys were a great crew for Pip36. Tite lines.


Marathon, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

Our first mate was Donnie. Both capt Johnny and first mate Donnie were great. Put us on fish and it was constant after that, I would recommend these guys to anyone.

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 12, 2017

Yes. We had a great time with the Smith family. Banged lots of good size schoolie dolphin all day. Great crew!!!


Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our crew was great with our small children, who are 7, 6, and 3. All caught fish and enjoyed the boat ride! The crew helped mom and dad catch fish too! Much thanks for a memorable day!

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 9, 2017

It was a perfect day for mom and dad and some great little kids and fishing for Mangrove Snapper.

Marathon, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The crew (Captain Chris & Donnie) were fantastic, great fun and really knew what to do; great at teaching how to reel them in, we caught/released 3 Nurse sharks, had 2 Bull sharks that got away - very fun learning experience.

Fished February 2017

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Olvy the crew said y’all were a blast to have on board the boat.  Good job handling the big rods fighting the big Toothy Critters!!! See ya next time


Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, February 10, 2017

3 of us limited out before the time was up. Capt. and crew were very knowledgeable and helpful. We felt that they did all they could to make sure we had an excellent experience. We all enjoyed a fabulous fish dinner at Lazy Days Restaurant last evening.
Bob, John, and Scott.

Fished February 2017

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What a great crew do you have on board. Bob John and Scott fish walleye’ up in the Dakotas. ( wherever that is) lol.  Once the boys got the touch for snapper fishing it was no holds barred for them. Great day great crew great yellowtail snapper and a big Mutton Snapper also.  Don’t really want to talk about all the grouper we had to throw back saying they were out of season.


Marathon, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, January 23, 2017

Capt Johnny and first mate Donny were awesome. We had a great time and took home over 5lbs of fish fillets

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, January 27, 2017

The Zemsky crew hammered the yellowtail and Mutton Snapper.  Great day and crew. Thanks

Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Awesome trip, great fish, fantastic crew. Recommend this trip.

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, December 31, 2016

Great day in the reef. Little bit of almost everything. Mutton Snapper. Yellowtail Snapper. Mangrove snapper. Cero mackerel. Lane snapper. What a day.

United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Had a blast!

Fished September 2016

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yes. Y’all were a great crew. Good day fishing

New Port Richey, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Capt. Johnny and mate put us onto the fish right away and worked very hard to see to it that we had a pleasant fishing trip..

Fished September 2016

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, September 22, 2016

We had a great trip with Doug Firosz n wife. snapper fishing. Limited out with flag Yellowtail snapper.


United States
Went fishing on Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chose Captain Johnny Pip based on reviews, type of boat and years of experience. We brought along a special needs 15 yr old and he had a blast catching yellowtail!  Captain put us right on the fish and Donny did a great job teaching the novice. He stayed on task until we had to pull up lines which was great because we picked up a couple Little Tuny on the way back in. They even sat with us at the dock swapping fish stories after the trip. Overall a great experience and will definitely book with Capt. Pip again!

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, September 4, 2016

Steve n crew had a great day. Young Carson had the time of his life. It was my privilege to have y’all on board. Thanks.


United States
Went fishing on Saturday, July 23, 2016

Awesome day Great captain Johnny and first mate Ross on the fish

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O Brien, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Captain Johnny put us on the fish and first mate Ross made sure I was always baited up! I caught a ton of “hog” size gray snapper and Ross lured in a 4 foot barracuda.  It was by far the biggest fish I ever caught. I highly recommend Pappa Pip’s!!

Fished July 2016

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Astoria, New York
Went fishing on Friday, June 24, 2016

both Captain Johnny and Ross were very helpful in every way ands the family had a great day

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Captain Johnny and his First Mate were truly great. We limited out on Yellowtail (10 per guest) and picked up some great grouper. One grouper we caught while TROLLING. Something I’ve never seen. Be sure and check out the Captains rating on seasickness. Points are awarded. Truly a great trip will definitely book again. I highly recommend this charter.

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New Haven, Indiana
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I always wanted to go deep sea fishing and finally got the chance and had the time of my life. The crew was great and made it so easy and exciting for us. we caught more fish that I ever thought we would and had such a good time. I will be going back on my next visit.

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thanks Greg. You guys were great to have on board. Good fishermen too. Tight Linez see ya soon.


Fort Myers, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, April 4, 2016

caught 6 skipjack tuna around 30 lbs each…great fishing and we have enjoyed the fish for dinner for the last two nights…have changed my thoughts, did not eat them in the past years but will not miss them again….

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Surprised surprise surprise that Skippy Tuna are so good to eat. So many anglers frown on them because “Jack” is attached to the name. Catch’m. Cut’m Grill’m and Eat’m.  Surprise Surprise!! Thanks for the good reviews David.


Serbia
Went fishing on Monday, April 4, 2016

Had a great time. Seas were a little rough but Capt. put us on and kept us on fish.Crew was helpful in the techniques to catch and land the fish.Caught a limit of snapper and had fresh fish for dinner. It was great. We wanted to catch a big shark and the Capt. worked until we found and landed a big Bull.Spotted a huge Hammerhead swimming off the stern of the boat. Had to throw back the grouper (out of season).
I would recommend Capt. Johnny to any of my friends.

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Johnny Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 8, 2016

Keith, Ray and his wife were good sports and hung in there with the 3-5 ft seas. After they got the touch of the bite game on Yellowtail snapper.  Big guy Ray wanted a Shark so I got him a 300lb Bull. Oh yeah!