J Van Charters

J Van Charters offers fantastic inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Clearwater, Fl, targeting anything from Redfish and Snook, to Amberjack, Mahi Mahi and Kingfish depending on what you want to go for. Clearwater 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 ft Twin Vee catamaran with room aboard for up to six passengers. Powered by two 175 HP Suzuki, she 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 full to 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, J Van Charters 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, and can spend the day trolling for Kingfish, bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper, sight casting for Redfish, or even getting up close and personal for 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 Captain 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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (Weekend)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $655
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    A full 8 hours on the water gives you time to fish both inshore and offshore - spend a few hours on the reef then head back to catch some Reds and Snook once you've caught your fill 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
    Full Day Trip (Weekday)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $605
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    A full 8 hours on the water gives you time to fish both inshore and offshore - spend a few hours on the reef then head back to catch some Reds and Snook once you've caught your fill 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)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $555
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    An extra couple of hours on the water gives you that extra chance to pull in something special. Choose between inshore and offshore fishing, go after a specific species, the boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (Weekday)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $505
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    An extra couple of hours on the water gives you that extra chance to pull in something special. Choose between inshore and offshore fishing, go after a specific species, the boat is yours so just have a great time!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM (Weekend)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $455
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    4 hours fishing either inshore or offshore for anything from Snook and Redfish to Mahi Mahi and Kingfish!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM (Weekend)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $455
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    4 hours fishing either inshore or offshore for anything from Snook and Redfish to Mahi Mahi and Kingfish! This price applies for public holidays as well.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM (Weekday)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $405
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    4 hours fishing either inshore or offshore for anything from Snook and Redfish to Mahi Mahi and Kingfish!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM (Weekday)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $405
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    4 hours fishing either inshore or offshore for anything from Snook and Redfish to Mahi Mahi and Kingfish!
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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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

About the Captain

Jim Vanderbeck
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Member since February 2017
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I've been fishing since I can remember. I have fished all over the East Coast, Bahamas and Caribbean. 25 years experience fishing the Clearwater Florida area. 12 year Coast Guard veteran. I'm more comfortable on or in the water than anywhere else.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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4.95
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Mark D.
Carmel, ME
 5.00
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3/4 day off shore charter with Cpt. Jim

VERIFIED   May 6, 2019
I spent alot of time on fishing booker trying to choose the right charter for what we were looking for. When i researched J...
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Towson, MD
 5.00
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Half Day with J Van

VERIFIED   April 17, 2019
Great inshore trip today with J Van charters. Well stocked and comfortable boat, tons of live bait and new tackle. Captain...
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Alafaya, FL
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Half day with Capt Jim

VERIFIED   April 12, 2019
Had a great trip with Capt Jim. He worked hard to get us on fish and after we got our limit of speckled trout we targeted some...
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Columbia City, IN
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VERIFIED   April 5, 2019
Captain Jim was well prepared for both offshore and inshore fishing, and was able to be flexible with weather changes. ...
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Mark M.
Tampa, FL
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8 hour offshore with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   May 18, 2019
Jim and Joe were excellent fisherman and fun to be around. They worked very hard to get us on the fish. I would definitely...
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