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 Florida Keys. 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 Florida Keys. 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

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Fishing Reports

Father & Son day

December 29, 2018

Jeff Muscarella and his on home from Clemson U. Hit the mangs hard in a 1/2 day fishing. Read Full Report →


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

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4.64
out of 5 stars from 55 reviews
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100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
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Phil F.
Wellington, FL
 5.00
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Awesome day out on the water

VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
As promised we were brought to the fish and we started pulling in snapper almost as soon as the chum lines went out! The guys...
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Randall W.
Frederick, MD
 5.00
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   July 11, 2019
Thanks so much to captain Johnny and his amazing crew. The captain Chris and his mate Dillon were spot on. Great company and...
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Shenandoah G. S.
Rock Hill, SC
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3/4 Day Offshore with Johnny Maddox Charters

VERIFIED   June 21, 2019
Amazing owner, Captain, and first mate. Chris and Dylan took patience with us, they know how to find the fish signs and put...
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Elizabeth D.
United States
 5.00
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Half Day with Chris and Dylan

VERIFIED   June 19, 2019
We had an amazing day with these guys today!  It was our first time fishing with our girls (ages 8 and 11).  They...
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Larry N.
Macon, GA
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 18, 2019
Great crew.and very professional Knew exactly where to put us on the fish. Nearly limited with Yellowtail Snapper with the...
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