JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC

Note: We can pick you up at Sady Point or Kent Narrows also. We can also run up to 6 passengers on special request, please inquire with us before booking if you would like special pick up or more than 4 passengers.

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 25’ Seahunt boat is sized to handle the Chesapeake while also allowing you to get in skinny water or chase blitzing fish in open water. His new boat is completely rigged with all of the new electronics and accessories to handle fly or light tackle anglers. 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 Trip – Walk On (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $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 three 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.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip – Walk On (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 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 three 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
    $550
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $550
    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
    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.
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About the Captain

Ron Buffington
Rock Hall, Maryland, United States
8 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

Boat specs

Seahunt (Center console) originally built in 2023. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Tributary rivers of the Chesapeake
Inshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Please provide your own fly rod

Amenities

GPS
Garmin and humminbird
Fishfinder
Garmin and humminbird
Flybridge
Custom built for sight fishing
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn kota with spot lock to hold you on the fish
Ice Box
We have a full compliment of Engel coolers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Custom rods paired with shimano and Diawa reels
Lures
All tackle is provided
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Bottled water
First Mate
For parties larger than 4
Fishing License
We provide all needed licenses for the Chesapeake
Fly Fishing Equipment
Please inquire first about your needs

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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

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 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
PayPal

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Customer reviews

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October fishing trip
Full day trip with Captain Ron
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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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Derek E.
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Fishing Trip with Captain Ron

5 Hour Trip (PM) 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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David J.
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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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October fishing trip

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 Trip – Walk On (AM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - 5 Hour Trip – Walk On (PM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Fishing/Sightseeing (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip (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 Garmin and humminbird
  • Fishfinder Garmin and humminbird
  • Flybridge Custom built for sight fishing
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn kota with spot lock to hold you on the fish
  • Ice Box We have a full compliment of Engel coolers
  • Radar Garmin

Trips booked with JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom rods paired with shimano and Diawa reels)
  • Lures (All tackle is provided)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water)
  • First Mate (For parties larger than 4)
  • Fishing License (We provide all needed licenses for the Chesapeake )
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Please inquire first about your needs)

JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Tributary rivers of the Chesapeake)
  • Inshore Fishing

JLS Light Tackle Guide Service LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Please provide your own fly rod)

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