Captain
Freddie Zona

Member since October 2014

New Smyrna Beach, United States

Background
Captain Freddie Zona is the owner and operator of Freddie Z Fishing aboard Southwind Charters. He has fished the waters of Central Florida since 1994 and enjoys sharing the knowledge he's picked up over the years. He knows how much fun fishing as a family adventure is, and likes nothing more than to show the little ones how to get started.
Techniques
Fishing out of Ponce Inlet, Captain Freddie is lucky enough to enjoy some great versatile fishing. From 5 miles to 50 miles offshore, the numerous wrecks, reefs, and ledges are his favorite bottom fishing spots.

Hey, I'm Captain Freddie Zona

New Smyrna Beach, United States
Background
Captain Freddie Zona is the owner and operator of Freddie Z Fishing aboard Southwind Charters. He has fished the waters of Central Florida since 1994 and enjoys sharing the knowledge he's picked up over the years. He knows how much fun fishing as a family adventure is, and likes nothing more than to show the little ones how to get started.
Techniques
Fishing out of Ponce Inlet, Captain Freddie is lucky enough to enjoy some great versatile fishing. From 5 miles to 50 miles offshore, the numerous wrecks, reefs, and ledges are his favorite bottom fishing spots.
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My Charter Listings

Southwind Charters with Freddie Z

New Smyrna Beach
In demand!
trips from US$ 700

Fishing Reports

The Mahi bite is going off!!!

April 25, 2016

Book your trip now!! Catching Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish and Sailfish. Grouper open May 1, 2016 Read Full Report →


The bottom bite in on!!

February 28, 2016

We also caught Grouper, Red Snapper and sharks that had to be released, along with many other fish that did not fit in the size regulations. Read Full Report →


The bite is on!!

December 28, 2015

Both trolling and bottom fishing has been great. The extended day trip is the best trip to take and you can experience both types of fishing. Read Full Report →


2015 A few awesome catches

December 11, 2015

Just a few awesome catches aboard the Southwind with Capt Freddie Zona during 2015. Remember book your dates as soon as possible during the busy season from April-August dates will fill up fast especially Fridays-Sundays. ‪#‎freddiezfishingaboardsouthwind‬ ‪#‎freddiezfishing‬ ‪#‎southwind‬ ‪#‎nsbfishing‬… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.80 out of 5 stars from 31 reviews

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Deltona, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fished August 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thank you for the review and for fishing with us.
Capt. Freddie

Lady Lake, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This was the first trip with my family and we loved it. We are already planning a trip for next year but a all day trip next time I just wanted to make sure they could handle being on the ocean. The mates were great ( Robert and Bean ) I cannot tell you what a great time we had. Please don’t read this review thinking this must be friends or something it was truly the first time we had ever been with these guys. We started off right away catching fish ( Kings and Bonita) then we kept getting robbed by either sharks or cuda’s But still had a great time. Boat was spacious and had a toilet made the family feel comfortable. We will definitely be back next year.

Fished July 2018

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Had a beautiful day out on the ocean with a great crew.
Crew made us feel right at home and worked their butts off to get us on the fish.
Although we didn’t slay them, we did catch fish and had a great time.

Fished July 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thank You Barry for the review and fishing with us. You guys made the day fun.
Capt. Freddie

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fished June 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 20, 2018

Thank you for the review and fishing with us.
Capt Freddie

Orlando, fl
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fished May 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Thank you for the review and we look forward to fishing with you again.
Capt Freddie

Deltona, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Fished May 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thank you Jason for the review it was a great day of fishing with you guys look forward to our next trip.
Capt Freddie

Davenport, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We recently booked our first ever 4 hour charter with Southwind. The experience was fantastic and my ten year old son is still talking about it.  Freddie and Ernie are seasoned professionals and made the trip a blast. We will be back for an 8 hour trip in the future!

Fished April 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 23, 2018

Thank you John for fishing with us and we look forward to our next charter with your family.
Capt Freddie

Duluth, mn
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Great time with Freddie Z and 1st mate Earnie.  Great time had by all.  The guides are the best!  Thanks for the memories.

Fished April 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thank you for fishing with us we enjoyed it and look forward to fishing with you again soon.
Capt Freddie

Leesburg, va
Went fishing on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Thank you for the review we look forward to fishing with you again.
Capt. Freddie

Naperville, il
Went fishing on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Caught a lot of fish. This is the second year we’ve fished with Captain Freddie! The boys had a such a great time last year they pushed to go out with him again this year. He didn’t disappoint! Highly recommend him and his crew!

Fished March 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thank you for the review and fishing with us. We look forward to fishing with your family again.
Capt. Freddie

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thank you for fishing with us hope to see you again soon

Edgewater, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fished November 2017

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Longwood, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friendly and knowledgeable crew. Captain Freddie was awesome and Brad did a great job. Deep sea fishing made easy. You will love this crew and boat. Caught lots of fish. And we are still eating it. Highly recommended.

Fished August 2017

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Ormond Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hidden charges were charged without being told up front. Gave a cash tip but was told by a lady who I presume was the office manager that a $30 tip was to small and charged my debit card $800 dollars, I’m on vacation so I thought the $800 dollars was what I owed for my trip, but when I checked my reservation confirmation the amount charged was different than the $765 dollars listed on my confirmation. Didn’t have a problem with being charged for services rendered but don’t charge me for a tip after I’ve already given you one. Will never book with them again….

Robert Robinson does not recommend Southwind Charters with Freddie Z

Fished July 2017

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Port Orange, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Clean boat and our equipment was ready. Freddy put us on the fish and Dave had us reeling them in immediately. Sometimes 3 fish were on at once. A great experience for my father and 3 boys we all caught fish. I highly recommend Southwinds Charters we will be returning customers.

Fished July 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us and we look forward to the next trip.
Capt Freddie

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

Great trip, can’t wait to go again!

Fished June 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us and we look forward to next time.
Capt Freddie Z

Lake Mary, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Caught fish as soon as lines went in the water. The captain really knew what he was doing and where the fish were at. I highly recommend this charter. When I’m back down in Florida, I’ll be booking multiple trips.

Fished April 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 3, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us Matt. Looking forward to our next trip.
Capt. Freddie
386-576-3953

Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fished March 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 3, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us.
Capt Freddie

Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

Captain Fred put us on fish instantly. There was 6 of us we all had a blast. We all caught multiple 30+ pound Red Snappers. Brett, his first mate was awesome. He running around constantly baiting our lines and removing our fish. Almost felt bad for him, because we catching so many fish haha. Highly recommended.

Fished March 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us. Look forward to our next trip.
Capt Freddie

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We had a great time but the larger fish just wasn’t biting. We caught smaller fish that were good eating and overall enjoyed the trip.

Fished February 2017

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thank you for fishing with us and we look forward to our next trip with some bigger fish

Sanford, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

We had an awesome day today! Captain Freddie Z and 1st Mate Josh were working their tails off all day. When we parked our vechicle, Josh was there getting our coolers out of our truck and onto the boat and likewise after the trip. Captain Freddie put us on top of the fish all day and Josh was taking fish off our hooks and rebaiting our hooks in the blink of an eye. I would highly recommend fishing on this boat, as it has plenty of room for 6 people and with a crew that we had, we were very well taken care of. We caught so many red snapper! Lots of Bubba Sea Bass! Limited out on King Fish! Our fish were cleaned at the dock after we got in and plenty of ice was givin to us for our ride home. Thank You Capt. Freddie Z and and Josh! We will do business again.

Fished December 2016

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thank you for the kind words. We are all about Saltwater Entertainment for the whole family. It was a great 3/4 day and we look forward to fishing with your family again soon.
Tight Lines Capt. Freddie Z

Hampstead, North Carolina
Went fishing on Monday, November 14, 2016

My husband, son and daughter in law really enjoyed our trip with Captain Freddie Z and First Mate Josh.  They made sure we enjoyed the trip and made it fun.  He has great knowledge of where to find the fish.  We caught ten beautiful king mackerel’s and several other fish.  We took the half day trip but intend to book an 8 hour trip on our next visit to Florida.  The boat was excellent with lots of room and very clean. 

Frank and Lorraine Taylor, Wallace, NC

Fished November 2016

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thank you Lorraine we are so happy you enjoyed your fishing day and look forward to fishing with your family again soon.
Capt. Freddie

United States
Went fishing on Friday, July 1, 2016

Freddie and Keith would both amazing to our party of 6. We all ended up catching something with some having multiple catches. They explained everything to us and helped us when we needed it especially the children. I would recommend to all. Great first time experience and we will definitely book them again.

Fished July 2016

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Thank you Karen for the kind words. We look forward to fishing with your family again.
Take care
Capt Freddie

Serbia
Went fishing on Friday, March 18, 2016

Fished March 2016

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thank you for the awesome review and the photo. We look forward to fishing with you again.

United States
Went fishing on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Best fishing trip ever.  In two hours we pulled in around 80 fish, 27 were keepers.  Mostly sea bass, trigger fish and tuna.  Captain Freddie and his crew Keith are very knowledgeable making the trip very enjoyable. Once back at the dock they cleaned and packed the fish for us.  They recommended we bring the fish to “Outriggers Restaurant” which we did.  It was amazing how they prepared the fish, best ever..

Fished February 2016

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 29, 2016

Thank you Tom for the review. It was very nice meeting your family. We hope to be fishing with you again in the future.


Tavares, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Couldn’t ask forf a better crew, as captain Freddie & 1st mate Keith made the trip. Any Question you had Kieth could help with great information. We even had one in our party get lost & called 4:30 a.m. in morning for direction, which was given. Only thing captain Freddie wanted to know who was that person person that called!!!!! Only negitive item, one person in our party got blocked in in the parking lot and to wait more than 3 hours for another returning charter to come in.(It was the guy that called at 4:30 in the morning.) Paying by credit card is way behind the times in this day & age and I’m a old fart

Fished December 2015

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 4, 2016

Hi Raymond, Thank you for the review. Sorry about getting blocked in the parking lot that is out of our control. As far as the credit card goes Capt. Freddie’s secretary usually meets the charters when they come in for the day to run card from the square. When she is not available he uses the paper format. Thank you for fishing with us and we look forward to fishing with you again.

United States
Went fishing on Monday, December 28, 2015

We had the best charter ever aboard the Southwinds Charters! caught a limit of King’s early, we had doubles and even triples going at the same time. Almost non-stop action early on the Kings and then we went trolling for Sails and Mahi and caught 4 NICE Mahi and a 75# plus SAILFISH! Capt FreddieZ and First Mate Keith were AWESOME! They knew exactly what to do and when and coached me through landing my first sailfish ever! Then on the way back they made a stop on a reef and we caught black sea bass….......MMMMM!  THE BEST CHARTER I ECER HAD!

Fished December 2015

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 4, 2016

Hi Allen, Thank you for the review. You guys had a great day of fishing and Capt. Freddie was so happy to hook you your first Sailfish. Thank you for fishing with us and we look forward to fishing with you again.

United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The first mate,Keith, provided everything to make our trip rememberable. We caught large Amberjack, Dolphin,and Barracuda. We went out to the shelf and did not catch as much as we would liked but it was Sept. and the end of the seasonal migrations. Good charter and would sail with them again.

Fished September 2015

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fished August 2015

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thank you Ryan so glad to hear you had a great saltwater experience. We hope to fish with you again.

Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, July 20, 2015

Had a great time.  We caught 14 across the 5 of us.  Had 4 adults and 1 six year old.  Freddie and Keith are both very nice and helpful.  Put us on fish right away and it was pretty much non-stop the entire time.  Freddie has a sports pro cam overlooking the fishing chairs.  Check out the films and pics at his website.  See you next year, Freddie.

Fished July 2015

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thank you for the review Chris. Had a great day looking forward to fishing with you again.

Jacksonville, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Had a great time. Captain and crew were awesome.
Can’t wait to go again

Fished July 2015

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Freddie Zona (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 10, 2015

Thank you Eric for the review ready when you are to go fishing again.