Set Em Up Fishing Charters

If you want to test your fishing skill with yourself and 3 others, come on a trip with Set Em Up Fishing Charters. As they are situated in Jacksonville Florida, you can have a go with many different fishing opportunities. Capt. Joe Curtis will take you on the ride and help you with the catch.

His Pair custom boat will take you across the St. Johns River to the deep Blue. It is 28’ long and takes up to 5 guests. The maximum speed is 50 knots propelled by a single 300 HP Suzuki engine. There’s also a Minnkota i-Pilot wireless trolling motor on board as well as a 19" Humminbird chart plotter/fishfinder.

You’ll get to choose from several different trips. Offering everything from 4-10 hour trips, there is bound to be one for you! On all these locations you can test your skill with light and heavy tackle, as well as bottom fishing techniques or trolling. The variety of locations also offers diverse catch options ranging from Redfish and Flounder to King Mackerel and Cobia.

If you’re looking to release your trophy hopefully after you’ve taken a photo of it, that’s absolutely fine. Otherwise, you get to keep your catch, and the captain will clean it. The charter will have you covered with the fishing licenses, along with the necessary fishing equipment and lures. Be sure to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Once you decide what kind of fishing adventure you want, book a trip, and good luck!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Introduction
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $400
    This is not anything more than a way for adults and kids over 4 to get a safe, fun, and exciting taste of boating/fishing with flexible timing. For up to 4 guests.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    These 4-hour trips offer a great taste of what Florida has to offer. Typically the best first-timer trip, they can be enjoyed by all. Typically, we will spend these trips hunting Redfish but depending on the time of year there may be other options available! Suitable for up to 4 guests. For more serious trips, 2-3 guests are the best number.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $550
    Need a little more time to sleep in? Have to make brunch with the family? Don't worry, we offer great afternoon/evening 4-hour trips! Typically enjoyed by first-timers, these trips can be enjoyed by all. Suitable for up to 4 guests. For more serious trips, 3 people are the best.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Nearshore/Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $650
    Highly recommended to book the morning trip June-September due to afternoon storms. A great, quick opportunity to enjoy a variety of fishing depending on the time of year. During the summer, you will explore the first set of reefs up to 12 miles out for Kingfish, Bonito, Barracuda, and Shark. In late summer/fall, you will chase Tarpon and Bull Red. In winter/spring, you will head out for Seabass, Ringtail Porgy, and Red Snapper (closed). Best for groups of 3 or 4.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Offshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    A great, quick opportunity to enjoy a multitude of fishing depending on the time of year. During the summer, you will explore the first set of reefs as far as 12 miles out for Kingfish, Bonito, Barracuda, and Shark. In late summer/fall, you will chase Tarpon and Bull Red with a multitude of tactics. In winter/spring, you will head out in search of Seabass, Ringtail Porgy, and Red Snapper (closed to harvest). Best for groups of 3 or 4.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    A great way to get the full experience of what Northeast Florida has to offer! With this 6-hour trip, you can enjoy the ride and take your time with the right catch. Best for groups up to 4.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $825
    This trip allows you to fish 20 miles and in. Kingfish, Cobia, Amberjack, Red Snapper (closed for harvest), and possible Sailfish in the summer. Sometimes live bait is easy, sometimes it's not. Allow the captain an hour or two to make sure your trip has enough bait. A little patience can result in epic fishing. During fall, winter, and spring, these trips will be spent hunting Beeliner, Seabass, and Cobia using bottom fishing. Best for groups up to 4.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,300
    An all-day excursion, be sure to bring plenty of food, water, sunscreen, and dress in water-friendly apparel. Some serious muscle is good for bottom fishing but supplies endless fun! This trip is focused on the 20-30 mile range for Vermilion Snapper, Seabass, Porgy, Kingfish, Barracuda, sharks, and many more.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour – All-day Offshore Hardcore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    Bottom fishing or trolling in the 40-70 mile range. Due to the nature of travel distance and time weather has to be near perfect. Anything over 3' waves or 10/15 mph winds will cause a cancellation.
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About the Captain

Joe Curtis
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
16 Fishing Reports
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63 Customer reviews
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Member since August 2020
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Captain Joe will provide you with an exciting and safe fishing experience in the waters of Jacksonville. He'll do everything in his power to put and keep you on the best bite in the area. Captain Joe considers himself a jack of all trades. Over the years, he has spent time working the deck offshore either charter or commercial fishing for local Snapper and Grouper species. He's also worked on private sport fishing boats trolling the blue water around Florida, all the while spending as much time as he could learning Florida's vast backwater fishing for Redfish, Flounder, Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. His goal with fishing is to create you and your family and friends memories that will last a lifetime.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Pair Custom (Center console) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Humminbird
Fishfinder
Humminbird
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minnkota iPilot
Outriggers

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days 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 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.
Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

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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:

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Recent Fishing Reports

Cold, windy and more sheepshead.
Cold, windy and more sheepshead.
November 25, 2022
With the wind blowing consistently every day offshore has been closed since the beginning of the month. This has forced the whole fleet to fish inshore, while far more technical and precise inshore had been absolutely pumping out some great trips. Whether focusing on trout fishing or sheepshead with a few reds mixed in lots of bent rods with plenty of patience. While not the numbers of sheepshead we were experiencing earlier this month the quality has gotten much, much better. With a handful in the 18” range about 4 pounds. The go to has been casting fiddler crabs at the inlet. But dont worry if wind and waves arent your thing there are plenty of yellow mouth and speckled trout rolling around. This allows us to fish up river out of the weather. While not a trophy fish this allows familys and young kids to enjoy action comfortably. It does look like a few offshore windows opening up next week. I expect cobia fishing, bottom fishing and tuna trolling to be as good as it gets. As always, in the winter i would reccomend a 4/6 hour inshore or the 8/10 hour offshore. The 4/6 nearshore is still a great option for bending a rod on red snappers (closed to harvest) but overall the keepers will be ringtail porgies, triggers and on the nice days vermillion snappers until that water drops into the 60s for sea bass fishing. Inquire with any questions! Otherwise book your trip and lets go!
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Sheepshead!
Sheepshead!
November 3, 2022
The last week had provided world class sheepshead fishing! Great weather, low winds and an impending low pressure event had fishing incredible! Catching as few or as many fish as desired within the first few hours of the trips near the tide changes was the key. With a good catch of black drum and redfish to go with them. Expect cobia fishing to fire up as the water temperature cools offshore for the 6 and 8 hour offshore trips. Try the 10 hour for epic offshore meat haul action. Otherwise the 4/6 hour inshore both on the Pair and Hewes have been action packed!
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
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Fishing with Captain Joe
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Ray L.
Jacksonville, FL
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5 star fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on October 31, 2022
Awesome time out on the water. Captain Joe is great to fish with willing to share some of his knowledge to help you become...
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So much fun!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on January 14, 2022
If you’re looking for a terrific captain to fish with in Jacksonville, look no further! I’ve been on dozens of fishing...
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Great trip with Capt Joe

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on November 26, 2022
Capt Joe took me and my 9 year old boy out inshore for a half day.  Was a great trip!  Joe took his time working with us...
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Fishing with Captain Joe

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on November 6, 2022
We had a wonderful time with Captain Joe. Showed us the best fishing spots and we were able to bring back enough fish for...
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Jeremy C.
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Capt. Joe Put Us On'em!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on July 31, 2022
Had a great 3/4 day trip. Captain Joe has the best energy! We had quite choppy swells departing that morning and we never felt...
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FAQs about Set Em Up Fishing Charters

Set Em Up Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Introduction (2 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour – Nearshore/Offshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour – Offshore/Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $825 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group, additional $200 per person after 3 guests - 10 Hour – All-day Offshore Hardcore (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Set Em Up Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Humminbird
  • Fishfinder Humminbird
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minnkota iPilot
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box 3 yeti coolers as well as in deck ice storage.

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

Set Em Up Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Set Em Up Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Set Em Up Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Triggerfish (Gray)