Reel Smoker

Key West is home to a wide range of gorgeous fish species that are just waiting for the right angler to show up and give them a proper fight. Reel Smoker is here to give you just that – Captain John Jr. has fished this area his whole life and is keen to show you the hottest spots and put you on the best bite.

Join him aboard their brand new, 2019-edition 28’ center console, made by Blue Wave boatworks. She’s powered by a 350 HP Mercury engine, that allows the boat to travel at a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots. She’s spacious and allows for up to 6 anglers to fish in comfort, without tangling lines. Outriggers are there to give you an extra reach when trolling. A live bait well will keep your bait alive and kicking, so you can just focus on the fishing. If the sun gets a bit too hot, the t-top will provide shade.

Captain John Jackson Jr. will take you after a wide range of excellent fish that live in this area. You can target Amberjacks, Cobias, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Jack Crevalles, Kingfish, Permits, Snappers, Groupers, Sharks, Tarpon, and many other species. To land these big boys you can try several different techniques, like spinning, bottom fishing, and drift fishing, all while using light or heavy tackle.

The Silver King is one of the stars of the show with Reel Smoker and it can be targeted year-round, however, the best fishing for Tarpon in this area is between March and July.

Live bait is either prepared before you arrive or caught during the trip, but always included in the price. All rods, reels, and tackle needed will be provided by the captain. There’s no minimum age for kids with Reel Smoker and anglers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join them on this exciting fishing adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Marquesas
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    This trip will take you to the famous Marquesas Keys, located 25 miles west of Key West. Enjoy the gorgeous nature as you go after Tarpon, Permits, Cobias, Barracuda, various Sharks, as well as several species of Snappers and Groupers, along with other species you may run into.
  • Private trip
    Split Full Day Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    Fish for 4 hours in the morning before taking a break through the hottest part of the day. After the break, you'll return to fishing at 4:30 PM and keep fishing through the sunset. This trip is designed to take advantage of peak feeding times for the Silver King, but you can choose to target other species as well.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    Departure times for this trip are flexible, contact the captain in advance. This trip allows you to target a wide range of gorgeous local fish like Cobias, Wahoos, Mahi Mahi, Goliath Groupers, various Snappers, Sharks, Jacks, Kingfish, or many others! The captain will supply you with all the necessary gear for this trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is perfect if a half day trip just isn't enough time to get your fish on. You will target a variety of species like Mahi Mahi, Barracudas, Amberjacks, Cobias, Jack Crevalles, Kingfish, Permits, Mutton and Mangrove Snappers, and others you may run into. The charter will supply you with all the needed gear.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This exciting trip will take you after a variety of species you can choose from like Cobias, Amberjacks, Goliath Groupers, Kingfish, Permits, Jack Crevalles, Snappers, Mahi Mahi, Sharks, and others you may run into. The captain will supply you with the necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Sunset Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    This trip departs in the afternoon and will fish through the sunset. A variety of species can be targeted but the harbor holds the greatest concentration of Tarpon during sunset.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    This trip will take you after a variety of species like Cobias, Amberjacks, Mahi Mahi, Jack Crevalles, Permits, Mangrove and Mutton Snappers, and others you may run into. All required equipment is provided by the charter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    This trip will target a variety of species like Cobias, Mahi Mahi, Wahoos, Amberjacks, Snappers, Groupers, maybe a Shark or other species you run into. All required equipment will be supplied to customers by the charter operators.
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About the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
390 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2016
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, I learned to fish at an early age. Fishing and diving became my second nature. First, I started working as a commercial fisherman and then added being a professional guide to my resume. I'm a third generation captain and professional guide. I've proved my skill in various tournaments.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit

Shark (Porbeagle)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton)
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Blue Wave (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 350HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
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Nice work Capt John & Sons - 4 Hour inshore - tarpon, etc
Nice work Capt John & Sons - 4 Hour inshore - tarpon, etc
Nice work Capt John & Sons - 4 Hour inshore - tarpon, etc
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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
82%
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Roger D.
Takoma Park, MD
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Nice work Capt John & Sons - 4 Hour inshore - tarpon, etc

VERIFIED   June 1, 2019
These guys run a first rate operation.  They are very friendly, knowledgeable and most of all…FUN.  Great boats...
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Ronnie B.
Bevil Oaks, TX
 5.00
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Good boat Captain

VERIFIED   May 4, 2019
Boat and equipment were good to go. Boat captain “Chris” was great, guy worked hard to get us on some fish, I feel he went...
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Christopher D.
Springfield, VA
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Awesome captain, awesome boat

VERIFIED   November 5, 2019
Would highly recommend this family owned charter boat.  Steven was awesome and worked like crazy to put us on some fish.
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Patrick B.
Key West, FL
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Amazing day on the water with Captain JJ!

VERIFIED   February 2, 2019
We had a great half day of fishing with Captain JJ during our most recent trip to Key West! It was very easy to tell that Captain...
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Norm P.
Longwood, FL
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Great day

VERIFIED   January 29, 2019
Weather was acting kind of wierd so we fully expected not to catch much. But he put us on some fish. Hooked a Goliath Grouper...
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