Meet the Owner and Operator of the Charter Boat Intimidator...Captain Johnny Greene
-- photo by John Phillips
Owner and Operator Capt. Johnny Greene is a life long resident with over 20 years experience.
Welcome aboard! I'm the sole owner of the Charter boat Intimidator and I'd like to invite you to come fish with me and my crew of knowledgeable fishermen. I am always happy to welcome new clients and families alike to come see what we do and experience the wonderful world of luxury charter fishing along the Alabama Gulf Coast. I hope to teach you about conservation and what it means to be a steward of the sea. I will do what I can to make your trip as enjoyable as possible so, please except my personal invitation to come fish with us and find out why we have a 85% repeat clientèle.
The boat is located at the exclusive Orange Beach Marina This Marina complex is the premiere yacht marina along the northern Gulf Coast and has just a handful of selected charter fishing boats that work together. For Directions to the marina click here.
I specialize in many different types of fishing trips that range from 4 hour near shore family trips to Overnight tuna trips. My diverse background coming from days and days spend in the cockpit of some of the absolute best fishermen in the Gulf is what has given me the first hand knowledge on how to get the job done. Working my way up from the cockpit to the wheel house was a priceless experience that could never be bought or sold and will always be the advantage that many captains will never have.
Although I can not run every single charter on the Intimidator as I have done in years past, you can bet that I have hand picked and groomed a crew that has my core values and will get the job done. You will find a lot of information on this site so, make sure you keep this in mind when booking a boat and check back often to find out whats biting and see how many friends and colleagues choose us for their trip!
-- photo by Greene Family archives
Welcome back to the early 80's, do you remember those plastic Atlanta Braves hats?
I grew up in Pensacola, Florida and was addicted to fishing since early childhood. I grew up fishing with my Grandmother in a small farm pond near Andalusia, Alabama. Then, in 1976 at the the age of 6, my parents introduced me to saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and my life changed forever.
I saved my money from cutting grass and working had and purchased a 1960 model, tri-hull fiberglass boat in 1982. She was a whopping 12’ long, 6’ wide and was powered by a 20 h.p. Johnson outboard. This boat was everything I needed to have fun while a Brownsville Middle School. When I got to Pine Forest High School, I moved up to bigger and faster center console boats. These larger offshore fishing boats allowed me to introduce my friends to the world that I have since loved. The world of saltwater, offshore fishing was fast becoming a very important part of my young adult life and watching all my friends catching fish quickly gave me a very unique way to earn a living.
All through the early 1980’s to the mid 1990’s, I learned how to earn my keep while working on a commercial fishing boat with a family friend. I learned a lot about reef building, bottom fishing and tuna fishing during this time of my life but mainly learned that commercial fishing was extremely hard work and I will always have a lot of respect for that way of fishing.
I met Captain Don Walker of Orange Beach in the early 1990’s. Captain Don hired me as his mate on the Intruder and the Lady D along our 5 year journey of working together. He taught me a lot about customer service and what it meant to be a good fishing guide but importantly to just be their friend. Captain Don spent a lot of time with me and mentored me until I was ready to go out on my own. However, I still get that occasional call from him on the phone that will keep me place, not to mention all of the other friends and family that helps keep me grounded.
-- photo by Captain Johnny Greene
This was one of the prettiest boats in the fleet
The Beginning of a Charter Business
In July of 1996, I formed Intimidator Sport Fishing Charters at the old Perdido Pass Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. I found my first charter boat it was a 1979 model, 50’ Guthrie sport-fisher. She was a very well built with a wood hull that hand crafted by Will Guthrie of Will's Boat Works in North Carolina in 1979. Mr Guthrie is one of the the finest boat builders of all time. In the mid to late 90's it was one of the prettiest charter boats near Gulf Shores and all Alabama.
As with all used boats, they require a lot of work. I ended up rebuilding the entire boat from stem to stern before it was all over. My first boat was big and slept 8 people, but I had a different vision on where I wanted to go in the charter fishing industry. I knew if I wanted to continue in this business, I had to have a larger boat to pursue the overnight offshore fishing trips.
Ultimately, it came down to a bigger boat with two mates to offer customer service that is unparalleled along the Alabama gulf coast
The Bigger Boat
In the fall of 2000, someone made me an offer to purchase my boat and I quickly accepted the offer. At that point, I decided to fully reinvest my money back into my business and have a boat custom built to my specs. I spent almost a whole year, building my new charter boat and finally in June of 2001, we had her ready to go. The new Intimidator is a 65’ X 20' custom built sport fisher with 12 bunks and cockpit that measures 21X20 (as big as most two-car garages). She was hand built by me and my crew and is set up for maximum comfort and has plenty of room for everyone. Except for the need for fuel, she is self sufficient and is a fishing machine for multi day fishing excursions.
Committed to the Future
Since the late 1990's I have been involved in fishery management is some form or fashion. In 2008, I was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley as one of 17 voting members of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. I have served on the following committees
Chairman of Marine Reserve Committee
Vice Chair of the Restoration Committee
Vice Chair and Chairmen Artificial Reef Committee,
Vice Chair Mackerel and Pelagic Species
Ecosystem and sustainable fisheries
Assignee for the Yellow-edge Grouper and Tile fish SEDAR stock assessment process
I am also a long time member of the Orange Beach Fishing Association where I currently sit on the board of directors.
I have held a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton, Master Mariners License since 1992.
On a personal level
Lastly, I am married to Ana and we have three children ranging from 4 to 14 years old. I will always be indebted to them for their patience and understanding, for the time and sacrifices they make for me to do this job. I love the time in the off-season that I get to spend with my family and watching my children grow. They are too small to decide if they are going into the family business or not but that will come in time, Hopefully they will all get sea sick and be the president of the math club!
I love the outdoors, camping, biking, fishing, hunting and any form of auto racing, especially those Sportsman series stock cars at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fl and Mobile Speedway in Mobile, Al. Where we race on occasion to have some fun and blow off some steam.
"I really enjoy watching kids catch their first fish. It is especially comforting to know that I can make a difference in a family’s life. Watching friends and families fight a big fish is the reason I enjoy being a charter boat captain and fishing guide."
- Capt Johnny Greene
Booking your Gulf Shores deep sea fishing charter is easy!
I would love to take your family out for a fun filled excursion while you are on vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Please use our online Gulf Shores Deep Sea Fishing Reservation Request so, I will know what type of charter you are wanting to book and be prepared with all of the necessary information, when I call or E-mail you back. You are always welcome to call me at 251.747.2872 and I will gladly assist you book your trip. I am the owner and operator of the Intimidator, if you call and get my voice mail; I am most likely offshore fishing and have traveled out of cellular service. If you will leave me a message, I will personally return you call even if it is from my Satellite phone while offshore!