Come fish with light tackle saltwater fishing expert and IGFA world-record-holding fishing guide Captain Jim Ross. Jim has been a full-time charter captain in central Florida for over 24 years and is recognized as one of Florida’s most respected guides. He also hosts his own weekly live radio show on WWBC 1510 am, the WWBC app, and Facebook live every Saturday Morning from 7 to 9 am. Thousands of listeners tune in each week to hear Captain Jim and his guests on his "Catch a Memory Outdoors" program.

Captain Jim has been featured on many television shows as well including the Florida Insider Fishing Report for over 10 years, and multiple episodes of Addictive Fishing with captain Blair Wiggins over the past 20 years.

You’ll be fishing on a 24’ Skeeter that accommodates up to 4 guests. This boat was built new in 2021 and features a 300 HP Yamaha engine and top-notch navigational electronics. The boat also features a live bait tank, a fighting chair, and a cooler.

Explore flats and backcountry, which allow you to catch Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Tarpon, and Ladyfish. You can also go near-coastal and target Shark, Jack, Redfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Tripletail, Flounder, and more.

All fishing equipment, licenses, and bottled water are included in the price.

If you are looking to fish with one of the best fishing guides in the state of Florida- book your trip with Captain Jim Ross today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Flats/Backcountry (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $400
    Anglers that want to fish in the calm, shallow waters of the Indian and Banana Rivers or Mosquito lagoon will enjoy this type of trip. Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Tarpon, Jack, Ladyfish, and more are possible while fishing in these waters surrounding the Kennedy Space Center complex, and its rocket gantries. This is a perfect trip for those anglers that may be prone to seasickness, but still want to catch a memory.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Flats/Backcountry (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri)
    $400
    This trip is designed for anglers that want to fish the calm, shallow waters of the Indian and Banana Rivers or Mosquito lagoon but don't want to wake up early to do so. Like our morning 4-hour trip Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Tarpon, Jack, Ladyfish, and more are possible while fishing these waters in the afternoon. This is a perfect trip for anglers prone to seasickness, but still want to catch a memory. Afternoon thunderstorms may interfere with this trip type during the summer months.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Near Coastal (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $500
    Fish the water surrounding Port Canaveral with a few miles of the coast for Snook, Shark, Jack, Redfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Tripletail, Flounder, Tarpon, and more with live bait and lures. This is a great trip for anglers looking to get a mixed bag of hard-fighting species that can range in size from 1 to over 100 pounds.

About the Captain

Jim Ross
Port Canaveral, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
2 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2021
I became a charter fishing captain after getting downsized out of the corporate world. I had a desire to make people happy. Fishing always made me happy, so I wanted to share my passion with as many people as possible. That is why I became a charter fishing captain.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Skeeter (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha 4.2 liter V6 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

We're catching some giants!!
We're catching some giants!!
January 7, 2022
The weather herein central Florida has been fantastic for these past few weeks. The fish have responded and the bite has been on fire! Big sharks, big black drum, big redfish, and a huge mixed bag of other species are keeping our customers rods bent on our recent trips. Tripletail, weakfish, sheepshead, tarpon, speckled trout, and whiting, are other species that we have been able to target due to the really calm conditions along our near-coastal waters. We are coming into the coldest part of the year. The fish will slide into deeper holes and pockets and school up which often makes them easier to catch. If you want to go out and have some fun give me a call or book your trip online and we will get out there and try to catch your next memory!!

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Terry C.
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Enjoyable Day on Banana River

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Near Coastal (AM) on November 10, 2021
Good trip with my wife; we both enjoyed our time on the water. Captain Jim Ross shared his knowledge of the fishing environment...
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West Monroe, LA
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Fishing with Jim

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Flats/Backcountry (PM) on December 20, 2021
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FAQs about Captain Jim Ross

Captain Jim Ross offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour – Flats/Backcountry (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour – Flats/Backcountry (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Near Coastal (AM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Jim Ross, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Jim Ross include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (custom rods with top quality reels)
  • Live Bait (shrimp, croakers, mullet, menhaden, pilchards, etc)
  • Lures (Rapala, Saltwater Assassin, Storm )
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (is our pleasure)
  • Drinks (water )
  • Fishing License (for everyone aboard the boat)

Captain Jim Ross offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Jim Ross offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (for maximum fun)
  • Bottom Fishing (live and cut bait)
  • Trolling (live bait slow trolling)
  • Spinning (reels are reversible for left/right hand retreive)
  • Jigging (lures and baitfish )
  • Fly Fishing (experienced fly anglers only please)
  • Drift Fishing (for tarpon, shark, cobia, etc)

Top targeted fish species with Captain Jim Ross include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail