86Proof Charter Adventures

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Charter Boat 86 Proof - About The Captain

Capt. John Topicz grew up on Clearwater Beach and started working on the fishing boats in 1956 at the age of 12 as clean-up crew and part time mate. After serving in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1966, Capt. John had his first boat built and has been a full time charter boat owner/operator ever since.  He spent the first 20 years of his career charter fishing winters in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, fishing the remainder of the year from Clearwater Municipal Marina.  Capt. John pioneered bill fishing out of Clearwater catching the first Blue Marlin in the early ‘70’s.  He has always been willing to go the extra mile to produce consistently good catches and is very proud of the respectable reputation he has earned. When you fish aboard the 86 PROOF you will always be assured maximum effort and 100% professionalism.