Blue Waters II Fishing Charters are a fun and exciting way to experience deep sea fishing in Miami, Florida. Trips are run by Captain John Barker and his son, a fun loving duo with fishing in their blood. You can join them at Bayside Marketplace next to the AA Arena in downtown Miami. From there it’s a 10 minute run to the ocean for unforgettable fishing!

Captain John and his son operate a 45’ Hatteras, built in 1972 and restored in 2013. Powered by twin 350 HP Cummins Diesel engines, this vessel has a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots. She comes equipped with a standard selection of fishing technology and all the gear you need. On board you will find comfortable seating, air conditioning, and a toilet.

While fishing off the coast of Miami, you can target big game species anywhere from two-and-a-half to 10 miles offshore. Depending on the season, you might catch Sailfish, Tuna, Cobia, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Barracuda, and more. The crew specializes in a variety of fishing techniques, including kite fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, and deep dropping. Please note that fly fishing equipment is not available on the boat.

Capt. John provides tackle ranging from light to monster, featuring the craftsmanship of Shimano and other top of the line brands. A fighting chair on board will help you reel in the hardest fighting fish.

You can come aboard for several hours to test the waters or enjoy casting lines all day. Capt. John also offers a “Fishing and Bay Ride” trip for families and beginners who want a chance to come aboard without committing to a day at sea.

Blue Waters II Fishing Charters include a license and gear. On board you will find a cooler with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. You are welcome to keep your catch and the crew will clean and fillet it for you after the trip. Several restaurants in the mall nearby can cook your catch for you, for a modest fee.

Come aboard today for a trip your whole family will enjoy!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    This eight hour trip allows you to try out all styles of fishing, such as live baiting, deep dropping, and shark fishing. Bring plenty of energy for this one! Tour includes a free lunch.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    This six hour trip gives you time to try a number of fishing styles. You will have the opportunity to fish offshore, live bait on the edge of the reef, or troll if the current is unfavourable. Price includes all fishing gear, as well as complimentary beverages and chips.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Fishing & Bay Ride
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    This half day trip is ideal for families with young kids and first time anglers who aren't quite ready to head offshore. You can enjoy a scenic ride through the bay, casting lines here and there or sight seeing. A fishing license and gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    On this half day trip you will be targeting fish such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Tuna, and Wahoo. Weather and season dependent, you will either kite fish with live bait or troll. The tour includes a complimentary cooler of refreshing beverages.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    On this trip yo will fish for Sailfish, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Depending on the season, you will either kite fish with live bait or troll. The tour includes a complimentary cooler of refreshing beverages.
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About the Captain

John Barker
Miami, Florida, United States
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Member since May 2014
Blue Waters II is operated by Captain John Barker (a second generation fisherman) and his son John Anthony Barker (third generation). They both grew up fishing the docks of Miami. With an undeniable love of the ocean, one day they decided it was time to run a charter boat together. They enjoy fishing using all types of techniques.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish Sailfish

Tilefish Tilefish
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Hatteras (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1972, and restored in 2013. Powered by 2 350HP Cummins Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
Disabled Accessible

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

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Friendly captain
92%
Recommend this charter
82%
Appropriate for children
81%
Satisfied with the boat
92%
Catch intended fish
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3/4 Day Trip - Captain John and John

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 25, 2021
The fish weren’t really biting but I sent my “wishes” for the trip a head of time and they went out of their way to make...
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Great crew but families beware!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2021
I decided to schedule a half day fishing trip for my father, husband, and small child.  Captain and son were great - friendly...
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Half Day Trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 9, 2021
We had a great experience with Captain John and Deckhand John A aboard the Blue Waters II. We ended up catching 3 Bonito Fish...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 4, 2021
My wife and I had a great charter with Captain John Sept 4th. Weather was great. Fishing started off slow but ended up catching...
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6 Hour Trip 4/25/21

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 25, 2021
Great trip, John and John got us on fish early, which was good because the bite slowed down towards the end of the trip. Thanks...
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FAQs about Blue Waters II Fishing Charters

Blue Waters II Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip - Fishing & Bay Ride (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Waters II Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Blue Waters II Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Daiwa, etc.)
  • Live Bait (Prepared ahead of time or fished for on the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Assorted chip selection)
  • Drinks (Soft drinks & water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Blue Waters II Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 10 miles)
  • Wreck Fishing (Three to five miles)

Blue Waters II Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Waters II Fishing Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo