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Capt. John Jackson operates a professional fishing guide service from Hurricane Hole Marina, Key West. He was raised on Sugarloaf Key and has been fishing the area for over thirty years. While he is experienced in fishing for all the local species, Capt. John specializes in fishing for Permit and Tarpon, and offers guided fishing trips for anglers of all levels of ability to target these species and more.

Capt. John fishes aboard a 24ft Yellowfin powered by a 300 HP Mercury Verado engine. This is the perfect combination for speedy and agile fishing in a variety of waters, as the Verado is so quiet you can even fish for spooky species such as Tarpon and Permit while the motor is still running. Equipped with twin livewells, a built in cooler and a 10ft Power Pole anchoring system, the boat has everything on board to ensure a successful fishing trip.

You can practice a variety of different fishing styles with Capt. John, who offers calm water backcountry fishing for anglers of all ages, as well as reef and wreck and offshore trips. Most of the fishing takes place in the flats, the bays and the Gulf of Mexico. While he’s happy to instruct anglers in a variety of techniques, John personally prefers to use spinning gear with live bait such as mullet, pilchards, crabs and other white bait. He suggests that April, May and June are the best time to fish for Permit and Tarpon, and this is generally a very good time to fish the offshore and nearshore (reef) areas. In the winter many of the most productive trips take place in the backcountry, where Redfish, Snook and Trout thrive.

Capt. John offers you the opportunity to fish like a local with a local. He provides an honest and truthful service to his clients, catering for all abilities from beginner to pro fisherman. He has competed in fishing tournaments and knows the area very well, having been educated at Key West High School class of 87.


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  • Private trip
    'Sun Up 2 Sun Down' Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Want to get the most of your day? 'Sun up 2 sun down' 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
    Crazy For Tarpon Double Charter
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Two Tarpon fishing trips in one day! Target the Silver King at the times when you're most likely to catch him, in the early morning and at sunset. Trips take place 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm. This is Tarpon fishing at its best!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Marquesas Keys Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Travel out to the beautiful Marquesas Keys and beyond for a full day of shallow water wreck fishing for species such as Snapper, Grouper, Amberjacks and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Target Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, Snapper, Sharks, Barracuda and more in the nearshore waters and reefs.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Professional fishing trip in the nearshore areas around Key West. Target a variety of species including Grouper, Snapper, Sharks, Permit and more.
  • Private trip
    Early Bird Tarpon
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    early bird tarpon is for those anglers wanting to target the early morning tarpon bite. this trip gets started at 6am and gives anglers the best oppotunity to hook and land the silver king!!! early morning and late evening is always the best and most productive fishing times for tarpon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Professional fishing trip in the nearshore areas around Key West. Target a variety of species including Grouper, Snapper, Sharks, Permit and more.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Tarpon Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 31 Aug
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Is Tarpon at the top of your bucket list? This trip 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!
  • Private trip
    afternoon 1/2 day 1pm-5pm
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    afternoon trips depart the dock at 1pm and return at 5pm just in time for your captain to clean your fish and get them to our on site restaurant for dinner. great for those people that may not be morning people or who want to sleep in while on vacation.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)
Permit

Shark (Hammerhead)
Tarpon

Boat Specs

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

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Deep Sea Fishing
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
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 Included

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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.

About the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
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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.
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4.84
out of 5 stars from 136 reviews
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Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Scott O.
Miami, FL
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6hr trip with Captain Chris - 3/20/2019

VERIFIED   March 20, 2019
My goal was to get my son on a tarpon. Unfortunately a cold front came through the night before and shut down the tarpon fishing....
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Key West, FL
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90 seconds

VERIFIED   February 28, 2019
Being a frequent fisherman using Charters, I thought I’d give Captain John a try. First, the boat and tackle were in top...
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Half day with Captain Stephen Ray

VERIFIED   January 4, 2019
Great 1/2 day solo trip on the water with Captain Stephen. 5th Generation native to Key West, he knows the waters very well...
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Half Day Fishing trip

VERIFIED   November 5, 2018
We had a great day fishing out of Key West.  The captain was ready to go a few minutes early.  The first stop brought...
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1/2 day - excellent time..

VERIFIED   October 29, 2018
Great trip with captain Jaredl.  We were on fish immediately.  It was a bit windy and and only a four hour trip so...
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