Reel Easy Charters is a professional fishing guide service out of Hurricane Hole Marina, Key West. They offer you the chance to fish the shallow waters like a local, with Captain John Jackson. A Sugarloaf Key native, he’s been fishing the area for over 30 years. An avid angler to this day, he still regularly competes in tournaments, and offers guided fishing trips for anglers of all levels to target these species and more.

Hop aboard the 24’ Yellowfin bay boat and see what all the fuss is about.  This light vessel comes powered with a 300 HP Mercury Verado, that provides speedy and agile fishing in a variety of waters. Whizz off to the productive grounds, before quietly pursuing your spooky targets in the shallows. Equipped with twin livewells, a built-in cooler, and a 10’ Power-Pole anchoring system, the boat has everything you need for a successful fishing trip.

Get in touch with your captain before coming aboard, and let him know what you’d like to do. Choose between calm water backcountry fishing, as well as reef and wreck trips, or even head to the deep waters. Capt. John can advise what’s best based on your age and experience, and you can rest assured that you’ll be in for a trip tailored to your needs.

Most of the fishing takes place in the flats and bays looking towards the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll mainly be using spinning gear with live bait such as mullet, pilchards, crabs, and whitebait, but your target is up to how. Fancy the holy grail of Permit and Tarpon? No problem. How about Redfish, Snook, and Trout in the backcountry? You’ve got it. A trip to the reefs for Barracuda, Snappers, and Groupers? It’s yours.

Capt. John will go out of his way to make sure you have a day to remember. All you need to do is bring some drinks and snacks and settle in for a thrilling day with Reel Easy Charters. Come aboard and discover some of the best fishing in the US!



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  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
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    $1,500
    Want to get the most of your day? This "Sun up 2 sun down" trip will let you do exactly that. This is 12 hours for you to do whatever you want on the water. You and your guide will customize your trip to suit you. Offshore fishing early morning, Permit fishing mid-day, snorkeling the reef in the early afternoon, and finishing up with sunset Tarpon fishing. Who says you can't do it all in one day?
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Marquesas Keys
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
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    $950
    Head offshore to the beautiful waters around the Marquesas Keys, as you get your fish on in some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Test your bottom fishing skills and let the trolling lines attract some fish for you, as you explore the shallow water wrecks for Snappers, Groupers, Amberjacks, and many more exciting and delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    2 Tarpon fishing trips in one day? That's right Target the Silver King at the times when you're most likely to catch him. Head out in the early morning and catch the first bite of the day, before resting up for lunch, before coming back at sunset for a second bite of the cherry. Trips take place from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 5 P.M. to 9 P.M., giving you the best chance of landing the "Silver King."
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
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    $800
    Make the most of your time in the Florida Keys and target all the fish that call these waters home. Over the course of 8 hours, you'll be able to explore a range of fishing grounds, getting your hands on prized creatures such as Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, Snapper, Sharks, Barracuda, and more, as you head out to the reefs. Get ready to work up a sweat and head home with plenty of delicious fish to fill the freezer.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
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    $650
    Just 2 hours more on the water can be the difference to catch the fish of a lifetime. Explore the productive nearshore waters around Key West, as you go after a variety of species including Grouper, Snapper, Sharks, Permit, and more. These exciting creatures are sure to keep you entertained throughout the day, and you may even head home with a delicious treat too.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 12 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
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    $550
    This "early bird" Tarpon special is for those anglers wanting to target the first bite of the day, as you get out on the water at 6 A.M. when the bigger fish are hungry. Get out on the water and get ready for a thrilling few hours, battling it out with the "Silver King," as you look to land the catch of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (Sunset)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Aug 31
    $550
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    $550
    Is Tarpon at the top of your bucket list? Then hop aboard this trip that offers you the best time and place to make that dream a reality. Available March through August, this trip takes place late afternoon through sunset when the Tarpon are biting most, giving you the best chance to land this prized fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Get out on the water first thing in the morning and explore a range of hunting grounds for some exciting and delicious fish. Take advantage of the early bite of beauties such as Grouper, Snapper, Sharks, Permit, and many more, as you put your fishing skills to the test and look to fill the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Come aboard refreshed after a lie-in and a hearty lunch, as you go after some of the most exciting and delicious fish on offer in Florida. Battle it out with Groupers, Snappers, Permit, and many more, as you look to land plenty of delicious creatures to take back to shore for dinner and beyond.
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About the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
776 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2016
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, I learned to fish at an early age. Fishing and diving became my second nature. First, I started working as a commercial fisherman and then added being a professional guide to my resume. I'm a third generation captain and professional guide. I've proved my skill in various tournaments.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Yellowfin (Bay boat) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 300HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
92%
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3/4 day trip with Captain Hugh

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on February 22, 2021
We had an amazing day with Captain Hugh.  To begin with, he was very flexible in rescheduling when the weather didn’t cooperate. ...
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Half day trip with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on February 20, 2021
My wife and had planned a trip for Saturday but with winds expected of 25-30mph.  Captain John recommended we move up a day. ...
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Half day trip with captain Jared

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on November 24, 2020
Great day on the water with the family (kids10,21). We caught fish non stop the whole time. Mainly Yellowjack between 3-10...
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Full Day with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on February 26, 2021
Had an amazing time!! All sorts of fish and Chris kept us moving as soon as things were getting dry. Would definitely recommend...
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6 Hour Trip with Chris

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on January 25, 2021
My wife and I along with another couple spent 6 hours with Captain Chris.  All of us were inexperienced but Chris was patient...
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