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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 24’ 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 10’ 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 Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 hour 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 Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour 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 Trip – Marquesas Keys
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour 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
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour 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 Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour 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 Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
    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
    Sunset Tarpon Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 31 Aug
    $550
    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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour 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
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    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 the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
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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)
Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)

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

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
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.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.88
out of 5 stars from 199 reviews
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Sunset Tarpon Trip with Captain Jared
Sunset Tarpon Trip with Captain Jared
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Brad B.
Oak Flats, NSW
 5.00
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1 trip, 6 Species

VERIFIED   NEW  August 13, 2019
My wife and I went on an early morning Tarpon adventure with Captain Chris Berglund, and boy did he deliver on his promise...
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Josh S.
Satsuma, FL
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Capt. Jarred

VERIFIED   July 1, 2019
Reel Easy Fishing Charters called the day before to introduce themselves and reviewed our desired fish species / style of fishing...
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Bob B.
Delray Beach, FL
 5.00
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Sunset trip with captain John

VERIFIED   May 31, 2019
Captain John is an AMAZING man and awesome captain! He had my 16 year old son Bobby and myself on a DOUBLE tarpon hookup and...
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Phillip A.
Orlando, FL
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AWESOME TARPON AND SHARK FISHING!!

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
Enthusiastically Recommend Reel Easy Charter!! We have been on many fishing charters, but Reel Easy is definitely in a class...
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Jack A.
Auburn, AL
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Tarpon Mayhem!

VERIFIED   May 20, 2019
My 19 year old son and I went with Captain Jared on Monday May 20th and man did he put us on the fish. We chartered a 1pm-7pm...
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