JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC

From casting a top water plug in the shallows to blitzing fish in open water, a day on the water with JLS Light Tackle charters is always exciting. Captain Ron has over 30 years of fishing experience in both fresh and saltwater fishing.

While he normally launches from Rock Hall, Kent Island, or Sandy Point, his boat never sits in a slip, forced to fish one specific area. Instead, he prefers to trailer as the fish move as well as to target the different species that migrate in and out of the Chesapeake.

Capt. Ron prides himself on running a clean and well-maintained boat. His 21’ Seahunt boat is sized to handle the Chesapeake while also allowing you to get in skinny water when the fish are shallow.

Being in the industry allows the captain to work with several manufacturers to ensure he always has the best tackle and gear on the boat. He also owns and operates the largest independent light tackle saltwater fishing rod company on the east coast, JLS Rods LLC.

When he’s not on the water fishing or guiding, he’s designing, building, and engineering fishing equipment for other anglers. If you’ve ever visited any of the area tackle shops, you’ve likely seen his products as JLS has become a staple name on the Chesapeake. Simply put, fishing is what he does!

Capt. Ron welcomes anyone from the beginner to the advanced angler wanting to experience the area’s finest sport fishing. He’ll provide all necessary licenses and tackle and the time you book with him is the time you will get on the water. There’s no bringing you back to the dock after you have a limit. You will pursue other species or catch and release.

The captain puts emphasis on being outdoors and experiencing a total fishing experience, not just bringing something home in a cooler. He’s also dedicated to conservation, working to restore and enhance the Chesapeake as he feels it’s important to give back more than he takes.

With such an expert at your side, all that’s left is to pick a date and book a trip!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    5 Hour – Walk On Kent Narrows (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    The captain will pick you up at Kent Narrows and drop you back off there. He will try to help find more people to go if you don't have anyone else. You choose if you'll fish morning or evening.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour – Walk On Kent Narrows (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $350
    The captain will pick you up at Kent Narrows boat launch and drop you back off there after you are done fishing.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour – Walk On Sandy Point (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    Walk on departing from Sandy Point State Park. You need at least 2 people to go. The captain will try to help you find another.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour – Walk On Sandy Point (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $350
    The captain will pick you up at Sandy Point State Park boat launch and drop you back off there when you are done fishing.
  • Shared trip
    Evening Walk On Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $350
    Don't have a fishing buddy and can't afford to book the boat on your own? No problem, the captain will try to help you find someone to jump on and share the expense. He needs at least two anglers to make a trip go. If another can not be found, he will work with you to try and get you out. Feel free to discuss pickup options with the captain upon booking, he may be able to pick you up at Kent Narrows or Sandy Point State Park.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Fishing/Sightseeing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Start off fishing and then take a tour of the area’s lighthouses, bay bridge, or Chester River/Kent Narrows. Target Striped Bass or other local species, such as Spanish Mackerel, Trout, and Redfish. Feel free to discuss pickup options with the captain upon booking, he may be able to pick you up at Kent Narrows or Sandy Point State Park.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM) Rock Hall
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Start your day with some fishing action and go after Striped Bass, or Spanish Mackerel, Trout, and Redfish. The captain will take care of your fishing equipment and licenses, so you only need to bring some snacks and drinks. Feel free to discuss pickup options with the captain upon booking, he may be able to pick you up at Kent Narrows or Sandy Point State Park.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM) Rock Hall
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    This afternoon trip has flexible departure times, so you can start in the evening as well. Just get in touch with the captain, so he can advise what will work best. All fishing equipment and licenses are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Kent Narrows (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    Your Captain will pick you up at Kent Narrows boat launch and drop you back off there after the trip. Up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Kent Narrows (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    The captain will pick your group up at Kent Narrows boat launch and drop you back off there after you are done fishing. Up to 3 anglers can come aboard.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sandy Point (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    The captain will pick you up at the boat ramps from Sandy Point State Park and drop you back off there. You can do a morning or evening trip, your choice. Up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sandy Point (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    The captain will pick your group up at the Sandy Point State Park boat launch and drop you and your crew off when you are done fishing. Up to 4 anglers per trip.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    This full day adventure will take you after some of the tastiest species around. Normally, you don't need to run far to find fish but certainly can if it will make your day successful. Please contact the captain prior to booking to review the best tide cycles.

About the Captain

Ron Buffington
Rock Hall, Maryland, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2021
I’ve fished since I was in elementary school. I grew up Bass fishing lakes and rivers. In my early 20’s I fished a lot Bass tournaments for both Small and Largemouth Bass, winning several of them. About 12 years ago, bored with freshwater fishing, I made a blind leap in to Light tackle saltwater. I quickly fell in love with saltwater fishing, being impressed with how hard they fight and vigorously they feed in the right conditions. About 6 years ago, I saw a need for fishing rods designed just for light tackle fishing in saltwater. I started a rod company that quickly grew. Our rods can be found in several popular stores in the area. Today, we are the largest independent light tackle rod company on the east coast. Over the years fishing with other Chesapeake anglers, our rod customers and friends from out of town it was often mentioned I should guide. Now I enjoy showing others what drew me to salt water.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Perch (White) White Perch
Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Seahunt (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid any additional costs or unnecessary hassle with carrying cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal

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Morning trip with Captain Ron

VERIFIED   Morning Walk On Trip on October 23, 2021
As soon as we left the dock, still dark out, Captain Ron had us on the fish. He is extremely knowledgeable and knew exactly...
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Fishing Trip with Captain Ron

5 Hour Trip (PM) Rock Hall on June 16, 2021
Ron took myself and 2 other friends out to the bay to fish for the afternoon/evening, and it was the best fishing experience...
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Full day trip with Captain Ron

7 Hour Trip on June 10, 2021
Spent the day catching rockfish with Captain Ron he knew where all the big fish were. We didnt even have to get our hands dirty...
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fishing/Sightseeing on October 24, 2021
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FAQs about JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC

JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • $175 per person - 5 Hour – Walk On Kent Narrows (AM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - 5 Hour – Walk On Kent Narrows (PM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - 5 Hour – Walk On Sandy Point (AM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - 5 Hour – Walk On Sandy Point (PM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - Evening Walk On Trip (8 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Fishing/Sightseeing (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) Rock Hall (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) Rock Hall (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Kent Narrows (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Kent Narrows (PM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sandy Point (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sandy Point (PM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 7 Hour Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water)
  • Fishing License

JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Perch (White)
  • Redfish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout