Fintastic Fishing Charters
Fintastic Fishing Charters
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We offer half, 3/4 and full day deep sea fishing charters for everyone no matter what your experience level is. Grouper, Amberjack, Kingfish, Sharks ect. After almost 20 years in this business we know exactly where to find your catch of a lifetime. As always if we don't catch em, you don't pay.
Madeira Beach, Florida
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Adam L
Madison, WI41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Our family, consisting of 2 boys ages 10 and 7, went out on a 6 hour trip with Captain Steve and Deckhand Mike while on spring break last week and had a awesome time. This day was the highlight of the trip. We met at the dock at the designated time, they were there and ready to head directly out. Steve and Mike had already been out netting bait for our trip for some anticipated king mackerel fishing. Other trips I've been on we would have done this on our way out eating into our time. As we pulled away from the dock, they asked what we wanted out of the trip as far as fish to take home and were we looking for action or trophies. With the younger boys we said action with enough for a few meals to take home; and they delivered. After a sunrise trip out to the first spot on a very comfortable boat we were there and instantly into the fish. They were both very engaging and helpful with the boys and went out of their way to help them hook into some. It was a great trip, we had a blast and highly recommend giving Steve a call if looking for a charter in the area.
Written March 25, 2020
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Aileen C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
My husband, son and friends went out with Capt Steve on 9/19/21 after a week of rain they had great weather and an amazing experience. I cannot say enough about the amazing time that you and Mike provided for our son for his 13th birthday. The fish were biting almost immediately! Highly recommend!
Written September 20, 2021
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Amy Z
Spring Hill, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Captain Steve and Mike were great. They took excellent care of us and we slayed the fish. Red grouper, gag grouper, Amberjacks, kingfish, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and a porgie. Our arms are sore and our freezer is full!
Written November 29, 2020
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Jeffrey F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Spent a half day charter with Steve and Mike at Fintastic Fishing Charters on March 26th, 2023. We had a fantastic experience catching a variety of fish including numerous King Fish, Grouper, Snapper, Hog Fish, and a (7) seven foot 150lb Sand Shark! Can't say enough good things about our experience with the guys. It was nonstop action. They were professionals and are truly the best of the best!!! Would highly recommend them. Until next time guys, Tight Lines!!
Jeff, Jack, Mike and Tom from Michigan.
Written March 26, 2023
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Chris Davison
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
I can’t speak highly enough of Captain Papen and his operation. If you want to spend the day bobbing around staring at seagulls, go somewhere else. If you want spend the day ripping fish after fish into the boat, laughing, and creating memories … 10 out of 10 go see Capt. Papen.
Written November 29, 2022
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Ed H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Captain Steve and Mike are professionals. They took great care of us and especially helped the kids, which let us fish more. A limit of grouper and a whole bunch of other great fish! Great boat, very comfortable, and Steve and Mike are great guys!
Written April 1, 2021
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Jason C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Captain Stevie and Mike made this a very enjoyable experience. Their expertise helped us catch the fish we wanted including Amberjack, Grouper, Mackerel and Snapper plus a few others including an elusive Mutton Snapper. We had to go buy a bigger ice chest to get it home! They were really fun to spend the day with.
Written October 17, 2022
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558hankv
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Where do I even begin?! When we got to the dock, Captain Steve was already waiting for us to hand him the few personal items we were bringing and as soon as we got on, we knew it was "on". The boat had plenty of room, was clean as a whistle, and had everything from the latest electronics to the best fishing gear you would ever need to hook and bring up the FAT fish, which we certainly did!

The ride out was so comfortable that we could literally stand and walk around without needing to hold anything for balance. The boat is awesome and has a sound system that can make you feel like you're at an outdoor concert. Only, on a boat jamming 40+ miles offshore, wind in your face, views of the hotels on the beach getting smaller and smaller, flying fish, and bait getting crushed on the surface by hungry pelagics.

The fishing was awesome. Long story short, all four in our group limited out with monster American Red Snapper, bruiser Red Groupers, and even caught a couple of beast size Mangrove Snapper. Like, didn't even know God grew em that big size! Oh, and a 200+ lb shark that we needed help getting up to the boat. Captain Steve patrolled the action like a field general. Telling one guy, "you're getting bit, start CRANKING!" And another of us, "dude, your bait is gone". He cut us custom baits and we had non stop action. By the end, we were beat.

The ride in was just as chill as the one out. 2 of us caught a nap while the other 2 hung out with Captain Steve in the cockpit, recapping the day. We rode back in feeling like we had won the fishing championship!

At the dock, we laid out our catch and literally, a crowd of people looked down upon us with eyes full of envy. But, who could blame em! captain Steve cleaned and bagged our like 40+ lbs of fillets while we took our personal items back to our vehicles. While all that was going on, Captain Steve had a local food spot convert some of our catch into fish tacos that capped the trip off perfectly.

The trip was simply fantastic. If you are looking to charter the perfect offshore fishing boat with what has to be one of the coolest, competitive and competent Skippers in town, you need to call Captain Steve at Fintastic Charters. For real, you will not be sorry.

Hank Valencia
Written June 26, 2015
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bernie v
Titusville, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Allow me to begin by qualifying my review with a few opening comments. As an experienced angler of some 40 years throughout the America's I have been priviliged to fish with some of the most skilled and qualified guides in the industry, many of whom have retired or passed on and many of whom continue to guide there customers to some incredible experiences in the angling world. I can say without reservation I have found another guide to add to that list in Captain Steve Papen who owns and operates Fintastic Charters out of Madeira Bch ,Fla.
He runs a 34 foot center console, Sea Vee,powered by an inboard diesel,which provides a very ample dry,safe and comfortable fishing platform for 4-5 anglers with room to spare. You need nothing more than your food, sunglasses and enthusiasm to boat as many fish as you can handle.We fished an 8 hr trip on June 9th , 2015 targeting red and mangrove snapper as well as red grouper and limited out on all species by midday.We fished as far ooofshore as 55 miles and ended at near 45 miles in anywhere from 150- 125 feet of water.He is outfitted with the highest quality tackle,electronics ,communication and saftey gear and is dialed in ,laser like ,to making the experience the most enjoyable and memorable one of your life.The action was virtually nonstop and he was able to predict our target species with incredible precison at each stop,relying on his logbook of locations which he has spent 15 years perfecting to a tee.
Furthermore he is a genuinely kind and knowledgable guide who enjoys sharing his skills with his clients and does so in a nonintimidating manner.
As for the value for the money, priceless! $1100 for an 8 hr trip with nonstop action and full coolers, a boat owner , myself included,cannot do it for less when you factor in all the costs of boat ownership, its a no brainer.I look forward to booking my next trip with him before the summer is out and I owe my success adding this outstanding new guide to my "A List"of guides to my son who found him on the internet 2 years ago and had the trip of a lifetime with him then.Needless to say this was no fluke, Captain Papen makes it happen!! I have shared his name with all my fishing friends as well as photos of our trip and hope you will give him try
Sincerely,
Bernie Vinoski Jr.
Written June 18, 2015
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lektor1
Clearwater, FL72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
I have been on lots of charter fishing boats from 4 hour to overnight trips on small and large charters, and this was the best. Captain Steve is a true pro with the clients wishes first and foremost. He and mate Taylor are more helpful and encouraging than any boat I fished. Went out with my friend and his 2 adult children who were fishing a charter for first time. We all had a ball catching 5-15lb grouper and lots of 5-20lb red snapper. We caught lots of other fish too. The sea was flat. The boat a very stable fishing platform and we were on fish all day. The kids were so impressed with the encouraging and teaching way the crew treated new fishermen.
We made a new reservation already.
Terrific job Captain Steve and Taylor. They are great fishermen helping other to be great fishermen too.
Written August 29, 2017
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