Captain
Gene 'Maddog' Maddox

Member since June 2016

Niceville, United States

Background
I started fishing the Gulf with my Dad when I was 5 years old. Became a deckhand at 15. Started running private boats when I was 18 years old. Have fished many of the local tournaments and have won numerous awards in Destin's prestigious October Rodeo. Over the years my fishing team has set 4 Florida State Records. I am known locally as Captain Gene or 'Maddog'.
Techniques
I enjoy using spinning rods and lighter tackle on bigger fish. Using a live bait and watching a large fish chase it through the water is just amazing!!

Hey, I'm Captain Gene 'Maddog' Maddox

Niceville, United States
Background
I started fishing the Gulf with my Dad when I was 5 years old. Became a deckhand at 15. Started running private boats when I was 18 years old. Have fished many of the local tournaments and have won numerous awards in Destin's prestigious October Rodeo. Over the years my fishing team has set 4 Florida State Records. I am known locally as Captain Gene or 'Maddog'.
Techniques
I enjoy using spinning rods and lighter tackle on bigger fish. Using a live bait and watching a large fish chase it through the water is just amazing!!
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

Niceville
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US$ 600

Fishing Reports

King Bite is Strong

August 18, 2016

The King bite is strong!! We had our limit in a very short period of time. Then we kept on catching fish and releasing them. We caught 6 King Mackerel and a big Spanish Mackerel then we had to… Read Full Report →


Fish are still biting!!

August 03, 2016

The water was beautiful today! Mingo Snapper, White Snapper and Triggerfish are abundant! We also caught Goggle Eye Snappers, Bonitos and King Mackerel along with numerous Triggerfish and Red Snapper (which were both released). Each of our last 3… Read Full Report →


The 'Bite' is on!!

July 29, 2016

The water has been beautiful and the Fish Bite has definitely been happening. Caught a large mess of fish yesterday. Today we actually counted and we caught 73 fish. Red Grouper. Mingo Snapper, White Snapper and King Mackerel. We… Read Full Report →


Red Snapper

July 23, 2016

Red Snapper opens back up, For State Waters Only, in September for Friday, Saturday & Sundays plus Labor Day. That is 14 days of Red Snapper fishing! We have already booked 7 days in September! Now is the time… Read Full Report →


Tarpon & Kings

July 19, 2016

Nice to have some morning sunshine today. We cruised along the beach early to look for Tarpon and were not disappointed. There were no big schools but we found several schools of 8 or 10. Due to the weather… Read Full Report →


Light Tackle Adventure

July 17, 2016

We spent part of the day dodging storms and actually got wet a couple of times but, in between storms the bite was on!! Kings love the weather! All we used was light tackle and the Van Staal 150's… Read Full Report →


Fish bite is on!!

July 09, 2016

The bite was on today! Lot's of light tackle catches. Caught a beautiful Goggle Eye Snapper today. Red Snapper, grouper, big Bonito and nice Kings that we caught on light tackle. We caught numerous Triggerfish which are currently out… Read Full Report →


Kings! Kings! Kings!

June 26, 2016

Went after some Red Snapper but the King Mackerel invasion was unreal. We put the bottom rods away and broke out lighter tackle and had a blast!! Caught our limit of Kings and a few nice size red snappers.… Read Full Report →


Beautiful Water

June 24, 2016

We currently have a high pressure system that is keeping the rain away and the waters very calm. Fishing are really fired up. Snapper bite is still good especially with lighter tackle. Some very nice Kings are being caught.… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 9 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

We are from Ohio and never deep sea fished. My wife, daughter and I went out with Captsin Gene and had a blast. We caught lots of trigger, white snapper, mingo and ruby red lips and bonito. We also came across a small pod of bottle nose dolphin. One dolphin jumped entirely out of the water about 15 feet off the boat. Captain Gene was knowledgeable, fun and fave us our moneys worth. I will definitely look Gene up for future trips.

Fished September 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fishing was hard that day but you all sure stuck with it and ended up with a decent mess of fish!
Thanks for going with us! Definitely looking forward to next time!
Best of luck to your daughter and her career in the Navy!!

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thank you for a great experience.  The Captain and deck hand were very welcoming and professional.  They help our 4 teenage daughters catch their first fish and experience fishing with excitement. We caught lots of fish and were very happy with everything.  My husband and I enjoyed visiting with both the captain and deck hand, they were extremely knowledgeable and shared lots of information.

Fished August 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 8, 2016

Thank You!!
The girls were a blast! I loved how they took the bait bucket from Graden and started baiting their own hooks! You are definitely a fun group!
Thanks again!

Capt. Gene


Went fishing on Friday, July 29, 2016

We had a wide range of ages fishing today and brother let me tell you ( my mom out fished me) 67 fish ! WOW had a great time with the Captian being very knowledgable of the area . Putting us right on some great fishing . Thanks for a great time that my family will not soon forget.  Let me just add that I was touched that the captian was willing to donate our catch to the local veterans with special needs. We were touched for his devotion to the veterans. God speed

Fished July 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Thank you so much! Your family is awesome! Total count of fish was 67 when we cleaned out the fish box. That doesn’t include the Red Snappers and Triggerfish we had to release. Your Mom had it going on pulling up White Snapper and Mingos 2 at a time!
We look forward to next year!

Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We were disappointed to find out that the red snapper season was closed. We almost cancelled our trip but Captain Gene promised us we would have a great time anyway. Boy was he right!!
We had not been out in the ocean more than 20 minutes and we hooked up our first fish! It was unreal! We were not more than 2 football fields from the beach and had a Tarpon on the line. I had never seen a Tarpon except for on tv and had no clue that we could catch them in Destin.
I swear this fish was well over a hundred pounds but the Captain said he probably weighed about eighty. He jumped out of the water several times and it took almost an hour to catch him! I have never experienced anything like it!
We ended up catching two Tarpon and some Spanish Mackeral. We forgot all about red snapper!
The Captain sure lived up to his promise! We had a great day and did something completely new!

Captain Gene and his deckhand do not disappoint and know their fishing!!

Fished July 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 25, 2016

We are glad that you had such a great time and that we could be a part of it!
Red Snapper opens for weekends only at the first of September.
Thank you for your business!

Went fishing on Sunday, July 17, 2016

We booked this trip on the suggestion of a friend and were not steered wrong. We wanted to have some fun and spend the day on the water and we definitely got that. We had to run from storms a few times and got a little wet but in between storms it was fish after fish. We chose to use light and medium tackle and by the end of the day we were all sore from the workout. We caught so many Kingfish it was ridiculous. We almost cried having to release 25 pounders because we had our limit in the cooler. We got soaked once when a rain cloud came over us while we were fighting a fish. Nothing like a 40 minute fight on light weight gear.
These guys are amazing! We already want to do it again! Maybe after the muscles aren’t sore anymore.

Fished July 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thanks Alan!!
It sure sucked having to pick up and run from the squalls but that same weather is probably what had the fish biting. Kudos for sticking it out!
You guys were awesome and we are game whenever you are ready to do it again!

Went fishing on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We booked the trip for a quoted price which was described as including live bait and a first mate.  A couple of nights before the trip, the Captain called and explained that he would have a deck hand I needed to pay separately.  (He actually said the only way the deckhand got paid was if I paid him, so I guess at the end of the trip I didn’t have to pay him, but that would have been pretty crappy on my part.)  He repeated this the morning of the trip.  He also informed me that we would need to pay extra if we wanted to fish with live bait and that live bait usually produced better results than frozen.

I was already in Florida at the time and didn’t have a chance to look back at the booking information.  Plus I had a non-refundable deposit in and my sons were excited about the trip so I paid it.

When I got back I reviewed the booking information and saw that it clearly included live bait and a first mate.  I’ve booked dozens of fishing trips and always tip the captain and crew, but to be told I had to pay for the crew and bait is not consistent with the terms I booked under.

Bill Stokes does not recommend Destin Domination Fishing Charters

Fished July 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 11, 2016

I am sorry that there was confusion. There was suppose to be information stating those items on the profile. Obviously it was not. That is on me!
I am glad that you enjoyed the fishing.

Went fishing on Sunday, June 26, 2016

We so enjoyed our trip out on the gulf with Destin Domination Fishing Charters!  Our day started out perfectly because we didn’t have to drive to Destin to get our charter. Our captain explained what to expect and knew exactly where to take us to get the fish we wanted. Captain and crew were on the ball and kept the bait coming. We got a great haul and had a fantastic trip. I highly recommend Destin
Domination Fishing Charters!

Fished June 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thank You!
It was a fun day and we enjoyed watching Travis with his big fish :)
We look forward to doing it all again!

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

There is no way I can even express the hospitality that we were shown from the crew at Destin Domination Fishing Charters. Definitely a top notch outfit, These guys knew exactly what to do and how to do it. We caught fish after fish. Some we had to release because they were out of season or too small. The Captain was wonderful with my 9 year old grandson. They even had a lighter duty rod that he could handle on his own and with some help from the Captain he caught more fish than I did.
On the way in the Captain said he did not have an afternoon charter and wanted to know if we were in a hurry. He took us on a tour through the Destin harbor and gave my grandson a close up view of the pirate ship. The deckhand was a great narrator and seemed to know every worker on every boat we met in the harbor.
My son is already talking about coming back in September for amberjack. He hated having to release them after such a fight.
Kudos to Destin Domination Fishing Charters. A class act!

I highly recommend booking this group, especially for a family outing.

Fished June 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Thank you sir! We are glad that your grandson had such a great day! We are looking forward to next time!

Went fishing on Friday, June 24, 2016

What an AMAZING day! Thank you Captain Maddog and Graden! The water was beautiful and fish were definitely biting. My brother and nephew along with my son and I all caught fish. My son had never been fishing like that at all. Graden taught him what to do and he caught a 15 pound Red Snapper and a mackeral that was over 20 pounds. We went for red snapper and had our limit in no time. We started catching mackerals and bonitas on lighter tackle. We had so much fish it would not fit in the little cooler we brought!
Today did not feel like a trip that we paid for. It was more like a bunch of friends out fishing. Thank you Captain Maddog (still love the nickname) and Graden! We will definitely be back!

Fished June 2016

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Gene 'Maddog' Maddox (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 26, 2016

It was a fun day! Thank you!
Please send me some of your pics.