J Van Charters

40 reviews
In demand!

J Van Charters offers fantastic inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Clearwater, FL. This is a town well named, known for its beautiful crystal seas and white sandy beaches, not to mention the awesome array of fisheries in the area.

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the area is an angler’s paradise of secluded shallows and vibrant reefs, with great access to the deeper waters of the Gulf – the most difficult thing about fishing here is choosing what to target!

The vessel you will be fishing aboard is a 24’ Twin Vee catamaran boat, with room aboard for up to 6 passengers. Powered by two 175 HP Suzuki engines, it cruises at an impressive 45 knots, meaning you will waste no time getting to where you need to be. The boat comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, a livewell bursting with fresh live bait and a trolling motor for sneaking through the skinny waters in search of spooky shallow-dwellers.

Whether you are looking to go offshore or inshore, the crew will be sure to put you on the best fish. You will be presented with a huge array of options when it comes to tackle.  Spend the day trolling for Kingfish, bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper, or sight casting for Redfish. Get up close and personal with some spearfishing, for those looking for a more hands on fishing experience.

All trips come with nothing but the best fishing equipment and bait to make sure you catch the biggest fish, which Capt. Jim will clean and fillet for you back at the dock – just make sure you bring a big cooler to put them all in! Please be advised weekend prices apply for public holidays as well.

Come and enjoy a day of Florida fishing with J Van Charters, and have an unforgettable time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Weekend/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $755
    price breakdown
    $755
    A full 8 hours on the water gives you time to fish both inshore and nearshore and catch some Reds and Snook. Target species include Kingfish, Jacks, Cobia, and more, depending on where the fish are and the weather on the day.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $705
    price breakdown
    $705
    A whole day on the water will provide you with time to comfortably fish offshore. Target species include Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Jacks, Cobia, and more! Offshore trips can take you up to 40 miles offshore, depending on where the fish are and the weather on the day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $655
    price breakdown
    $655
    Six hours on the water gives you that extra chance to pull in something special. This would be an offshore fishing trip where you'll have a chance to target species like Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and other pelagics. The boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $655
    price breakdown
    $655
    A whole day out on the water gives you time to fish both inshore and nearshore, and catch some Reds and Snook. Target species include Kingfish, Jacks, Cobia, and more, depending on where the fish are and the weather on the day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $605
    price breakdown
    $605
    An extra couple of hours on the water gives you that extra chance to pull in something special. This would be an offshore fishing trip where you'll have a chance to target species like Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and other pelagics. The boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $605
    price breakdown
    $605
    A full 8 hours on the water gives you time to fish both inshore and nearshore – catch some Reds and Snook. Target species include Kingfish, Jacks, Cobia, and more, depending on where the fish are and the weather on the day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $555
    price breakdown
    $555
    This trip gives you a few extra hours on the water so you have that extra chance to pull in something special. This would be inshore or nearshore fishing and you can go after a specific species, the boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $505
    price breakdown
    $505
    An extra couple of hours on the water gives you that extra chance to pull in something special. This would be inshore or nearshore fishing and you can go after a specific species, the boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $455
    price breakdown
    $455
    Book this 4-hour morning fishing trip to target some inshore species such as Redfish, Snook and Black Drum. Your captain will supply all the necessary bait and tackle and whatever fish you catch will be cleaned for you after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $455
    price breakdown
    $455
    Head out on this 4-hour afternoon fishing trip where you'll be targetting inshore species such as Redfish, Snook and Black Drum. Your captain will supply all the necessary bait and tackle and whatever fish you catch will be cleaned for you after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $405
    price breakdown
    $405
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip where you'll be targetting inshore species such as Redfish, Snook and Black Drum. Your captain will supply all the necessary bait and tackle and whatever fish you catch will be cleaned for you after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $405
    price breakdown
    $405
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip in the afternoon hours. You'll be targetting inshore species such as Redfish, Snook and Black Drum. Your captain will provide all the necessary bait and tackle and whatever fish you catch will be cleaned for you after the trip.
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About the Captain

Jim Vanderbeck
Clearwater, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
40 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2017
I've been fishing since I can remember. I have fished all over the East Coast, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. I have 25 years of experience fishing in the Clearwater Florida area. I'm a 12-year Coast Guard veteran. I'm more comfortable on or in the water than anywhere else.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snook Snook

Boat Specs

Twin Vee (Catamaran) originally built in 2008. Powered by 2 175HP Twin Wee engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.96
out of 5 stars from 40 reviews
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Experience
Full day with Jim
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+90
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Simon M.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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Over a 100 fish on a full day

VERIFIED   December 27, 2019
It was a windy day. We didn’t go deep, but my family caught fish all day. Grouper, mangrove snapper, reds, sheep head, black...
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Jesse D.
Clearwater, FL
 5.00
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   December 15, 2019
Great day of fishing, captain J took us to 4 or 5 spots and we caught red snapper, red grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail...
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Phillip H.
Largo, Florida
 5.00
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Offshore trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   November 8, 2019
We did an offshore trip with Captain Jim in early November and it was a blast! We went 34 miles out and he put us right on...
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Luke U.
Orlando, FL
 5.00
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Full day with Jim

VERIFIED   June 16, 2020
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Thomas M.
Clearwater, FL
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   October 10, 2019
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