JL Charters

JL Charters is located in Narragansett and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters.

Capt. John will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. This involves 4 to 12-hour trips, mainly fishing for Bass, Seabass, Flounder, Shark, Bluefish, and Tautog, depending on the season and conditions on the day. On these trips, you can expect to use techniques such as light tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing, jigging, and spinning.

Your fishing adventure starts on a restored 31’ JC downeast boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. This boat comes with a toilet and an ice-box.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day. The crew will clean and fillet your catch for you to take home at the end of the trip.

Book your trip now and hit the water with JL Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 17 - Aug 31
    US $575
    This is one of the more popular trips we offer. Great for kids and families, and those new to fishing. We leave the dock at 7 am and are back at 11 am. We generally go after bottom fish--- fun to catch and good to eat. Plan on bringing some fresh fillets home to cook.
  • Private trip
    Inshore Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 17 - Aug 31
    US $575
    Can't go fishing in the morning? Come with us in the afternoons. This a great trip for kids, families, or anyone who doesn't want to wake up early in the morning. We leave the dock at 12:00 pm and are back at 4 pm. We generally go after bottom fish--- fun to catch and good to eat. Plan on bringing some fresh fillets home to cook.
  • Private trip
    Classic Block Island (AM) trip.
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    US $850
    This is the classic Rhode Island charter experience. We fish under the bluffs of Block Island. It's a beautiful place and very fishy. We leave the dock at 5:30 am and are back around 11:30 am. Yes, it's early, but the striped bass and bluefish tend to feed at dawn. We also try for sea bass, scup, and fluke. People love this trip.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Flounder
    Flounder
  • Private trip
    Classic Block Island (PM) trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Sep 15
    US $850
    If you don't want to wake up early in the morning then come fish the late afternoon with us. We leave the dock at 12:30 pm and are back around 6:30pm. Fishing Block Island is the classic charter experience. The afternoon fishing can be excellent for striped bass and bluefish, fluke, and sea bass too. The late afternoon light around the island is gorgeous, making for good photos and good times.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Blackfish/Tautog
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Nov 30
    US $850
    Blackfish is a Rhode Island staple. Fun to catch, great to eat. Come experience the action.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Block Island bottom
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Nov 30
    US $950
    This is for those who want to spend some quality time catching fluke and sea bass. We run offshore and fish the deeper water around Block Island. We are targeting bigger fluke, doormats we call them. I love catching these fish.
    Targeted fish
    Flounder
    Flounder
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 63 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Melissa C.
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You caught a fish!

VERIFIED   NEW  Classic Block Island (PM) trip on May 20, 2024
We had 6 people on board and everyone left the trip catching multiple fish!  Most of us caught multiple striped bass on one...
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Alex J.
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Great day on the water

VERIFIED   NEW  Classic Block Island (AM) trip. on June 8, 2024
Had a great time with captain John and first mate Chris. Caught a variety of species and landed a heck of feast to bring back....
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Alyssa J.
Coventry, CT
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   Inshore Trip (PM) on July 9, 2023
Great experience! Took a family trip of mostly adults (most of us first timers or having only fished ages ago) and we all had...
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Ben T.
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Solid boat, great captain and crew, fun time, fish caught! Will Return.

VERIFIED   NEW  Classic Block Island (PM) trip on May 24, 2024
Solid boat, great captain and crew, fun time, fish caught! Will Return.
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Hayden F.
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Late July charter.

VERIFIED   Classic Block Island (AM) trip. on July 17, 2023
Striped bass fishing was a little slow, but it didn’t stop Captain John. He soon found us some blue fish and then gave everyone...
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FAQs about JL Charters

JL Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $575 per group - Inshore Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $575 per group - Inshore Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Classic Block Island (AM) trip. (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Classic Block Island (PM) trip (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Full Day Trip – Blackfish/Tautog (6 hours)
  • US $950 per group - Full Day Trip – Block Island bottom (8 hours)

When you book a trip with JL Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Brand-new toilet and plumbing.
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with JL Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20 % tip is customary )
  • Fishing License

JL Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

JL Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with JL Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tautog

Meet the Captain

John Lee
Narragansett, Rhode Island, United States
29 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
63 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2022
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Captain John has been fishing his whole life – and like a kid, he has never lost his sense of wonder about the sea. In college, he studied Fisheries Science at the University of Rhode Island. For many years he was a commercial fisherman, catching everything from Swordfish to Squid, often a hundred miles from land. Lately, Captain John prefers being closer to home, targeting the fish he loves on short trips. Aside from his 31' JC fishing boat, he also captains a pilot boat, which brings pilots to and from large tankers, freighters, and chemical carriers. It's year-round work and has sharpened his skill as a boat captain. The captain also is a writer and photographer. For two decades he has published stories in many fishing magazines, including On the Water, The Fisherman Magazine, Sport Fishing Magazine, Anglers Journal, Soundings, and National Fisherman. Captain John has made videos on commercial fishing for the Commercial Fishing Center of Rhode Island.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Boat specs

JC (Downeast) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2022. Powered by a 315HP Yanmar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Brand-new toilet and plumbing.
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
20 % tip is customary
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
8 years and above
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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
Checks

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Recent fishing reports

May fishing
May fishing
May 24, 2024
We"ll it took me some time but I finally got in the water. Lots of new things on the boat, from new fuel tanks to an autopilot. I've been fishing 4 times the past seven days. Fishing, for the most part, has been good. Not every tide has been good but we mange to catch fish and have fun every time we go out. Bass and fluke have been the staples. It feels good to be underway for the season. Thanks to all who have booked with me so far. I look forward to meeting all of you. John.
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