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
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31
    $550
    This trip departs at 7:00 a.m. The captain bottom fishes close to home with jigs and bait. The species you can target include Black Seabass, Fluke, and Scup. This trip is great for younger anglers and families. Bring nothing but the snacks and drinks of your choice.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Aug 31
    $550
    Four-hour trips are often available. Write Capt. Lee to discuss options.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Block Island
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $850
    You and Captain John will start your trip at 6:00 a.m. and go after Striped Bass, Bluefish, and bottom fish. This is the classic Rhode Island charter experience. The island is truly beautiful with world-class fishing. You should only bring some snacks and drinks for the trip.
  • 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
    $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
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Nov 30
    $850
    Fish off Block Island for Codfish, Black Seabass, and Blackfish.
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About the Captain

John Lee
Narragansett, Rhode Island, United States
15 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
31 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
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 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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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (26)
Tog trip
Tog trip
4 hour afternoon trip with Captain John
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Angler Rating
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100%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Erin N.
Westford, MA
Excellent
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Favorite charter ever!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on June 29, 2022
Our group of 6 spent a morning fishing with John aboard the Jennifer Lee. We had three kids (12, 14, 17), and none of us particularly...
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Tristan M.
Landenberg, PA
Excellent
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3/4 Day Trip with Captain Lee

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Block Island on August 7, 2022
Oh man what a day!  The water was boiling with blues and striper right out of the gates.  Had immense fun pulling those monsters...
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Rusty S.
Blackstone, MA
Excellent
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Half day trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on July 8, 2022
My dad and I had a blast! Over all together including the captain we all caught a total of 6-7 different species of fish. The...
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Myron W.
Granbury, TX
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Tog trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Blackfish/Tautog on October 29, 2022
Cpt.John and Chris were amazing they both were very friendly not to mention they put us on the fish. Thanks guys.
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Andrew F.
New York, NY
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Half day charter

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on August 31, 2022
Great day for my son and me!! Captain John and First Mate Chris were engaging, highly knowledgeable, and kept us on the fish. ...
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FAQs about JL Charters

JL Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Block Island (6 hours)
  • $850 per group - Full Day Trip – Blackfish/Tautog (6 hours)
  • $850 per group - Full Day Trip – Block Island bottom (6 hours)

When you book a trip with JL Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • 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