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J Van Charters offers fantastic inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Clearwater, FL. This is a town well named, known for its beautiful crystal seas and white sandy beaches, not to mention the awesome array of fisheries in the area.

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the area is an angler’s paradise of secluded shallows and vibrant reefs, with great access to the deeper waters of the Gulf – the most difficult thing about fishing here is choosing what to target!

The vessel you will be fishing aboard is a 27’ Pro Cat catamaran boat, with room aboard for up to 6 passengers. Powered by two 150 HP Suzuki engines, it can reach speeds of 36 knots, meaning you will waste no time getting to where you need to be. The boat comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, a livewell bursting with fresh live bait and a trolling motor for sneaking through the skinny waters in search of spooky shallow-dwellers.

Whether you are looking to go offshore or inshore, the crew will be sure to put you on the best fish. You will be presented with a huge array of options when it comes to tackle. Spend the day trolling for Kingfish, bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper, or sight casting for Redfish. Get up close and personal with some spearfishing, for those looking for a more hands on fishing experience.

All trips come with nothing but the best fishing equipment and bait to make sure you catch the biggest fish, which Capt. Jim will clean and fillet for you back at the dock – just make sure you bring a big cooler to put them all in! Please be advised weekend prices apply for public holidays as well.

Come and enjoy a day of Florida fishing with J Van Charters, and have an unforgettable time!



About the Captain

Jim Vanderbeck
Clearwater, Florida, United States
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45 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2017
I've been fishing since I can remember. I have fished all over the East Coast, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. I have 25 years of experience fishing in the Clearwater Florida area. I'm a 12-year Coast Guard veteran. I'm more comfortable on or in the water than anywhere else.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snook Snook

Boat Specs

Pro Cat (Catamaran) originally built in 2007. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Visa
Mastercard
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Dennis P.
Notre Dame, Indiana
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Half Day AM Trip with J Van Charters

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekday on March 23, 2021
This was a great trip for some saltwater fishing with my son (he pulled in a nice 4’ Bonnet shark, among several other species). ...
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New Port Richey, Florida
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3/4 day charter

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore on December 28, 2020
We had a great time! Jim and Mark were excellent, especially with my 9 year old. They were extremely patient with all of us....
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Springfield, OH
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6 hour trip with Capt Jim

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore on June 30, 2021
Water was too rough for the off shore fishing, so Capt Jim adapted and changed the course. He put us on the fish and kept us...
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Dominic R.
United States
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Fun full day!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Weekend/Offshore on December 12, 2020
Captain Jim put us on the fish, and in the boat they came.  Fridge is full!
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Kevin B.
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekday on March 15, 2021
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FAQs about J Van Charters

J Van Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $405 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekday (4 hours)
  • $405 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) – Weekday (4 hours)
  • $455 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) – Weekend (4 hours)
  • $455 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) – Weekend (4 hours)
  • $505 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (6 hours)
  • $555 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekend (6 hours)
  • $605 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Weekday (8 hours)
  • $655 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Weekend (8 hours)
  • $705 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $755 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekend/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $805 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Weekday/Offshore (8 hours)
  • $855 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Weekend/Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with J Van Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with J Van Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

J Van Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

J Van Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with J Van Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook