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Sundance Sportfishing offers deep-sea fishing charters in Marathon, Florida. Specializing in various fishing trips, Sundance Sportfishing caters to both novice and experienced anglers aiming to catch species like sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and tuna. Sundance Sportfishing provides all necessary equipment, and the charters depart from the Faro Blanco Resort Marina, providing access to the fishing grounds of the Florida Keys. With Captain Bob or Willie leading your trip, you’re in knowledgeable hands.

Captain Bob has been guiding in the Florida Middle Keys since 1980. He enjoys meeting new people and sharing his love of fishing and the outdoors with others. He is a live bait, light-tackle expert with over 30 years of guiding experience in Marathon. Captain Bob has been a top performer in Tarpon, Sailfish, and Dolphin tournaments and has guided anglers to top finishes in the Marathon Habitat for Humanity Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament. He has also contributed to magazines and newspapers as an outdoor writer and has been featured on the Outdoor Channel’s weekly show “School of Fishing” as well as on radio shows. He has completed numerous bad weather rescues of other boaters over the years.

Captain Willie has been licensed with the U.S. Coast Guard since 1987 and is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer. He completed the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) and is a member of the Maritime Consortium, Inc. Born and raised in Marathon, Florida, Captain Willie has spent many years fishing in the Florida Keys and beyond, including the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Costa Rica, México, the Caribbean, the eastern coast of the U.S., Venezuela, Colombia, Aruba, and Curaçao. He has competed in and won many tournaments. Captain Willie has experience operating various yachts and boats, including Hatteras, Merritt, Bertram, and Tiara. Since 2013, he has been freelancing, running different vessels, fishing, and making boat deliveries. Captain Willie will captain the Pursuit while Captain Bob is guiding on Lake Erie.

Sundance Sportfishing offers several fishing trips. The Mahi/Offshore combo trip, available in 6- and 8-hour options, targets Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. The Reef/Wreck Fishing Charters, available in 4-, 6-, and 8-hour options, focus on Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel, Cobia, and Permit. The Offshore Combo, an 8-hour deep-sea fishing trip, aims for Grouper, Snapper, Sailfish, Swordfish, and Marlin. The Sailfish/Edge of Reef Fishing Charter, available in 6- and 8-hour options, targets Sailfish, Tuna, and Wahoo. The Shark Fishing Charter is available in 4-, 6-, and 8-hour options. The Tarpon Fishing Charters are available in 3-, 4-, 6-, and 8-hour options. Additionally, Tournament Charters are offered, including Tarpon for 4 and 8 hours, Mahi for 8 hours, Sailfish for 8 hours, and a Mixed Bag/Other for 8 hours.

The Pursuit 3480 Center Console is a vessel designed for both tournament fishing and family fishing trips. Its center console allows easy movement around the boat for fishing purposes. With a deep vee hull design, it provides a smooth riding experience, while its 600-horsepower engine ensures quick travel to fishing spots. The inclusion of a tuna tower offers excellent visibility for spotting birds and working fish at a distance, increasing the chances of a successful catch. The boat can accommodate up to six people.

Book your next Marathon, FL Charter today. Visit Sundance Sportfishing website to learn more.

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  • Craig Nishiyama
    Craig Nishiyama
    2 weeks ago

    My wife and I had a fantastic trip with Captain Willie on the Sundance May 22, 2024. We were greeted at the dock bright and early at 4:45 am with the flags noticeably drooping with the lack of wind which was pointed out by our knowledgeable leader. After loading up the live well with the fresh mullet that first mate Todd secured with a 12’ cast net earlier, Captain fired up the twin 300 hp Yamies as Todd loosened the lines from the dock and we headed out to the 7 mile bridge. Jane and I fish Alaska for salmon and halibut, Cape Cod for striped bass and Albies, Tampa Bay for specs and redfish, Maine for brook trout, on our Boston Whaler for flounder, sea trout and bluefish BUT never ventured out to the Florida Keys for the mighty tarpon. With each venue comes a learning curve unique to each experience and Captain Willie with his very personable and friendly style taught us the system of live lining a mullet on a circle hook using both spinning and conventional systems. All this in the dark without a single crossed line or tangle! Captain did his job and put us on our quarry. We encountered numerous tarpon of immense proportions rolling and slapping the surface throughout our six and a half hours. No one was interested in our offering of fresh mullet so Todd went to Plan B. He hooked up a crab with a weight and float and drifted it back fifty yards and retrieved to no avail. We managed to hook into a shark and several toothy Cudas. Taking friends on my boat I am well aware that that there are times when you can put them right on fish and sometimes they just won’t cooperate. Just last week we headed to the Raritan Bay in New York for striped bass. Had plenty of big marks on the machine and not one hit. Charter Captains were all echoing the same results on the VHF. So realizing this at the 5.5 hour, I told Captain to trust me and it wasn’t necessary to beat a dead horse and it was okay tohead in. In response he stayed an extra half hour in hopes we might get one to start ripping drag! That’s the kind of operation he runs which makes my wife and I repeat customers for life! I mentioned Willie and Todd’s expertise, professionalism and downright friendly demeanor but I would be remiss if I did not include the booking manager Bryan making a perfect trifecta. He answered all of my questions and his enthusiasm for the charter sold me into booking with Sundance. If you’re looking for a true, no nonsense trip for tarpon or mahi whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for another Captain or a first timer, I heartily endorse Captain Willie to take you onboard and he’ll put you on fish. PERIOD!!!

  • Russ Guenther
    Russ Guenther
    a month ago

    Was a Great 1st experience!!! Capt. Willie and first mate Todd were awesome, and very helpful. The knowledge between the two was seen, and they worked well together. This made for an unbelievable trip for my daughter and I!! Cannot say enough about this experience from booking to the end of trip.

  • Travis Rogers
    Travis Rogers
    5 months ago

    I've always wanted to catch a shark and Captain Bob and Todd made sure I did. Two large ones, to be exact! We also caught several dinner fish and quite a few other fish. We caught something almost every cast. Highly recommend and I will be booking another trip with Captain Bob next time I'm in the Keys!

  • Clayton
    Clayton
    2 months ago

    Went out with Captain Willie and 1st Mate Todd and had a GREAT time. Trolled for Mahi and got 3 smaller ones. Had a double on Wahoo, got a nice Bonita, plus a few other varieties. Topped the day off with a 53.5", 40+ lb. King Mackeral. Thanks Capt. Willie and Todd.

  • Rob White
    Rob White
    5 months ago

    This was an epic trip timed perfectly with the Gulf Stream. Record breaking conditions to chase bills. It takes a very experienced captain and first mate to take advantage of what most wouldn’t see as an opportunity to finally check off that bucket list (trophy fish). At the end of the day or crew landed 6 beautiful sails and still had time to reef fish on the way home so we could pack those freezers.

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