Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)

Fall in love with the Florida Keys fishing scene with Captain Jay Charters. Blessed with a year-round fishing season, the adventure never stops here. Capt. Jay and Capt. Ben are ready to share this excitement with you!

Your adventure takes place on a 30’ Mako that accommodates up to 6 guests. She’s powered by twin 200 HP Suzuki engines which provide a fast and steady ride to your fishing spot. The boat also features modern navigational electronics, safety equipment, a live bait tank, and outriggers.

With versatile fishing grounds, there are lots of different fish species to go after. From all kinds of Snappers, Sharks, and Groupers to Tarpon and Spanish Mackerel. Reach the offshore spots and go after Mahi Mahi and Barracuda. If you have a specific species you want to target, it’s best to get in touch with the captain, so he can arrange a trip that will maximize your chances.

Even though there’s a catch limit, it’s more than enough to have an amazing feast after the trip. Your captain will clean your catch free of charge, so you can throw it on the grill as soon as you leave the marina. All rods, reels, lures, and bait are fully included in the price.

The captain also has bottled water on the boat, but feel free to bring other snacks and drinks. Bringing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses is always recommended. Join Captain Jay Charters and see the Florida Keys from a different perspective.

Please be aware that an additional charge for fuel will be made for offshore trips.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Family (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 19 minutes ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $625
    This trip is all about the kids. The goal is to introduce children to saltwater fishing. You'll stay in calm waters and have lots of action with multiple types of fish.
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
    Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Family (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US $625
    This trip is all about the kids. The goal is to introduce children to saltwater fishing. You'll stay in calm waters and have lots of action with multiple types of fish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    US $700
    Tarpon Fishing. We fish the bridges of the Florida Keys for these beautiful acrobatic fish. We use live bait, and it’s one of the most exciting species to target in the Florida Keys. This trip is seasonal.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    US $700
    Tarpon Fishing. We fish the bridges of the Florida Keys for these beautiful acrobatic fish. We use live bait, and it’s one of the most exciting species to target in the Florida Keys. This trip is seasonal.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $750
    Great way to catch some dinner and explore the tiny secluded islands in the Keys. And also do some snorkeling. We do not supply snorkel gear.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US $750
    Great way to catch some dinner and explore the tiny secluded islands in the Keys. And also do some snorkeling. We do not supply snorkel gear.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $800
    Anchoring and bottom fishing for Grouper, African Pompano, Amberjack, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Shark Barracuda, and different kinds of Snapper. Your fishing equipment is covered by the captain, so you just need to bring your snacks and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US $800
    Anchoring and bottom fishing for Grouper, African Pompano, Amberjack, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Shark Barracuda, and different kinds of Snapper. Your fishing equipment is covered by the captain, so you just need to bring your snacks and sun protection.
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Barracuda (Pacific)
    Pacific Barracuda
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
    Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark & Cuda (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $800
    Fish the famous seven-mile bridge and the shallow waters of the Gulf for big Bull Shark and other Shark species, along with some Snapper for dinner.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark & Cuda (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $800
    Fish the famous seven-mile bridge and the shallow waters of the Gulf for big Bull Shark and other Shark species, along with some Snapper for dinner.
  • Private trip
    6 hr Am lobster trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 6 - Oct 30
    US $895
    This trip is a great family activity. We will always have an experienced mate in the water at all times that will teach you how to catch these amazing eating lobster.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Lobster
    Lobster
  • Private trip
    6 hr pm lobster trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 6 - Mar 1
    US $895
    This trip is a great family activity. We will always have an experienced mate in the water at all times that will teach you how to catch these amazing eating lobster.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Lobster
    Lobster
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    US $900
    Tarpon Fishing. We fish the bridges of the Florida Keys for these beautiful acrobatic fish. We use live bait, and it’s one of the most exciting species to target in the Florida keys. This trip is seasonal.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    US $900
    Tarpon Fishing. We fish the bridges of the Florida Keys for these beautiful acrobatic fish. We use live bait, and it’s one of the most exciting species to target in the Florida Keys. This trip is seasonal.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    6 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island hop (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 12 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $900
    A great trip to catch dinner and snorkel around some secluded islands of the keys. A great family experience for young and old. We do not supply snorkel gear.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US $900
    A great trip to catch dinner and snorkel around some secluded islands of the Keys. A great family experience for young and old. We do not supply snorkeling gear.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,000
    Explore the local reefs, wrecks, and bays! The trip consists of anchoring & bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, African Pompano, Amberjack, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Shark Barracuda, and more. Join regardless of your experience level.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US $1,000
    Explore the local reefs, wrecks, and bays! The trip consists of anchoring & bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, African Pompano, Amberjack, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Shark Barracuda, and more. Join regardless of your experience level.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,200
    On this trip we will target Tuna and Mahi. Please be aware that an additional charge for fuel will be made for offshore trips.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,400
    We will target Mahi and Tuna. Please be aware that an additional charge for fuel will be made for offshore trips.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
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FAQs about Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)

Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $625 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Family (AM) (3 hours)
  • US $625 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Family (PM) (3 hours)
  • US $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 4 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 4 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark & Cuda (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark & Cuda (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $895 per group - 6 hr Am lobster trip (8 hours)
  • US $895 per group - 6 hr pm lobster trip (PM) (8 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 6 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island hop (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 6 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island Hop (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (6 hours)
  • US $1,400 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako), you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Nurse)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  • Tarpon

Meet the Charter Operator

Captain Jay Charters
Marathon, Florida, United States
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356 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2020
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Captains Jay and Ben run the trips for Captain Jay Charter. Capt. Jay grew up fishing the waters of NJ and fell in love with fishing the first time his Grandfather put a rod in his hands. Before moving to the Florida Keys, he was running a charter boat off the New Jersey coast. While doing that, he vacationed in the Keys more than a few times, and eventually, the lure of this paradise beckoned him to move there. What better place for him to pursue his career? He loves the offshore and inshore action and the great fishery that it holds. Capt. Jay enlisted the help of Capt. Ben, who grew up freshwater fishing in NJ. For his 18th birthday, Ben and his dad chartered a boat in Canada to catch Northern Pike. This was Capt. Ben’s first charter, and after seeing how awesome it was to show off the fishery, Capt. Ben set out to earn his captain’s license. He joined the military, where he worked on all types of different vessels, eventually earning his 100-ton captain’s license. Ben’s last stop with the military was in Key West, FL. After falling in love with the fishery there, he didn’t want to leave the Keys. Capt. Ben enjoys every trip out on the water. Whether it’s calm or rough out, there’s always something to catch!

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Boat specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 200HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

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

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 281 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (448)
Caught lots of fish under tough conditions
Great time with Captain Dez
Fun Family Adventure
+445
Angler rating
267
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
93%
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Donald N.
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Overall

Really great time with my family

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM) on December 26, 2023
Dez and Jake did a great job making sure we were catching fish constantly. They were hustling the whole time. They communicated...
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Jayda R.
Excellent
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Overall

4 hour guided fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (AM) on December 23, 2023
We had the best time with captain Dez. He got us right on the fish, we all were catching fish left and right. Dez helped us...
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Michelle F.
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5.0 / 5
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Dez is the BEST!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Family (PM) on December 4, 2023
Our captain, Dez was amazing.  We brought our three boys (5, 9, 12) with us.  The patience he showed with the youngest, helping...
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Kristy C.
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5.0 / 5
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10/10 Chuck Norris would recommend

VERIFIED   6 Hr – Fish/Snorkel/Island hop (AM) on February 11, 2024
This trip was everything you’d ever imagined a day fishing off the keys could be. Captain Dez kept us on fish all day. We...
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Richard S.
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Des is a fishing Rockstar

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Reef/Wreck/Bay (PM) on December 29, 2023
This was a fantastic trip. Five of us went out with Des.  It was not a perfect day, and at first we didn’t catch many fish,...
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