Freebird Charters is based out of Orange Beach, Alabama. The company is run and operated by Captain John, a professional and experienced guide who knows all the hot spots where the fish are hiding. If you are looking for a wonderful day on the water catching big fish, you have chosen the right captain to help you do so.

Enjoy your fishing trip with Freebird Charters aboard a 22’ Offshore center console, which comes powered by a 200 HP Yamaha engine. Originally built in 2001, the boat was restored in 2016 and can comfortably take up to three anglers. It has a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots and is rigged with navigational electronics, including a GPS, a VHF radio, and a fish finder. The vessel is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a live bait tank and an ice-box to keep the fish fresh during the day.

Freebird Charters can customize a trip to meet any angler’s wishes. From a casual trip with the family for some tasty grouper to an expedition for a fly rod record Kingfish - a light-tackle charter is sure to suit your needs.

You will be targeting Cobia, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spotted Seatrout, King Mackerel, African Pompano, Bluefish, and who knows what else!

A trip with Freebird Charters comes inclusive with all the necessary equipment to make a great catch possible. You will be provided with rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait, as well as the fishing licenses for you and your group. If you decide to keep the catch, it will be cleaned and filleted for you at the end of the trip, ready for a ride home. You can feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks with you on board the vessel.

Big fish, comfortable boat, professional guide - it’s all here and it’s all fun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
    Back bay fishing trip.
  • Private trip
    Inshore Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $550
    Back bay fishing trip.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $450
    On this trip, you will be fishing from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    Start your trip in the afternoon and spend 3 hours fishing.
  • Private trip
    Quick Trip (3 Hours)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $450
  • Private trip
    Quick Fishing Trip (11AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $300
    Inshore fishing
  • Private trip
    Quick Fishing Trip (2PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $300
    Inshore fishing
  • Private trip
    Quick Fishing Trip (8AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    Inshore fishing
  • Private trip
    Quick Fishing Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $300
    Fishing in the bay.
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About the Captain

John Sullens
Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States
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243 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2014
I've been fishing with my dad and grandparents since I was probably old enough to hold a fishing pole. I have fished in Key West Savannah Georgia the Gulf of Mexico all the way to California I've even been to Hawaii fishing so I really enjoy fishing I love to watch people catch fish hope to see you on the water soon.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack (African Pompano) African Pompano Jack

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Offshore (Center console) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
American Express
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Sheena A.
Delphia, KY
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2 hour trip with John & Chas

VERIFIED   Quick Fishing Trip (AM) on April 19, 2021
We took a short 2 hour trip with John & Chastity. The trip included my husband, our 6 year old daughter, son in law & myself....
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Alexander, AR
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3 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Quick Trip (3 Hours) on October 13, 2021
We did the three hour trip with Captain John. My self, husband, and three kids. Everyone had a great time! Captain John was...
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   Inshore Trip (PM) on July 29, 2021
This was above and beyond our expectations! We had an absolute blast. We have a 7 year old and 9 year old who are still talking...
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Ryan L.
Fayetteville, AR
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3 hours with captain John

VERIFIED   Quick Trip (3 Hours) on July 30, 2021
Captain John did a great job.  He put us on fish and was very knowledgeable.  Even better was the fact that I accidentally...
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Alexandra S.
Pensacola, Florida
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Amazing experience and great company!!

VERIFIED   Quick Fishing Trip (2PM) on July 23, 2021
I took my two sons, age 9 and 13 fishing with Captain John and his wife Chasity.  It by far was the highlight of our vacation. ...
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FAQs about Freebird Charters

Freebird Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Quick Fishing Trip (2PM) (2 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Quick Fishing Trip (11AM) (2 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Quick Fishing Trip (8AM) (2 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Quick Fishing Trip (AM) (2 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip (AM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip (PM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Quick Trip (3 Hours) (3 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Inshore Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Inshore Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Freebird Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Freebird Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Freebird Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Freebird Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Flounder Gigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Freebird Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spotted Seatrout