Reel A Salt

25 reviews
In demand!

Explore the productive waters out of Key West, Florida with “Reel A Salt”! Whether it’s Sailfishing you’re after, jigging over the deep wrecks, or even deep dropping for Swordfish – Captain John Jackson has you covered. He was born and raised here, so spending time on the water is second nature to him!

Hop aboard a 28’ Blue Wave center console, powered by a 350 HP Mercury engine with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots. She’s ideal for up to 6 anglers and comes equipped with the latest navigational electronics including GPS and Fishfinder. There’s also a toilet on board for your maximum comfort, as well as an ice-box and a live bait tank.

Whether you choose to stay closer to shore or venture into deeper waters, you’ll have plenty of targets on your hands. Head up to 40 miles out and it’s all about Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Explore the nearshore reefs and wrecks instead and you’ll hook into Cobia, Snapper, Barracuda, and Amberjack.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Florida fishing trip without the opportunity to go after Tarpon. Capt. John has you covered during "Silver King" season and also provides specialized trips catering to landing this famous beast!

Capt. John provides all of the gear you need for a successful day, including rods, reels, tackle, and live bait. At the end of the trip, he’s happy to clean and fillet any catch you choose to take home. Bring along any snacks and refreshments you’d like to enjoy and you’re good to go!

Experience some of Florida’s finest fishing and some of the most productive fishing grounds in the world with Reel A Salt!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Gulf Towers
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    Go the distance you won't regret it! You'll go deep on this 10-hour trip to fish areas with high-density fish populations and very low fishing pressure. It's all about Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, and Grouper once you're out here. Capt. John provides all the gear and guidance you need for a successful day. Pack drinks and snacks to get you going and strap in for the adventure!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    This split day trip is the ideal choice to get Tarpon at the end of your line! You'll head out early in the morning for 4 hours of fishing before coming back to shore and breaking for the hottest part of the day. Just before sunset, you'll head out again for another 4 hours, maximizing your chances of hooking into the Silver King. No need to worry about gear – just bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    Head even further out and make the most of the action in the reefs and wrecks on the full day trip! You'll have your hands full with plenty of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Snapper, and Grouper to hook! Capt. John brings along all of your gear and live bait. All you'll want you to bring are any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy throughout the day.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    Give yourself a couple of extra hours on the water to enjoy productive wreck and reef fishing in Key West! You'll go after the likes of Barracuda, Amberjack, Cobia, Snapper, and Permit with gear provided by Capt. John. Bring along enough drinks and snacks to keep you going and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Head out just before sunset to make the most of the hot Tarpon bite! The "Silver King" prefers to feed once the sun starts to go down, making this your best opportunity to land one of Florida's most famous fish. Capt. John provides all of the gear you need for a successful day. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to have and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Spend 4 productive mornings hours exploring the reefs and wrecks surrounding Key West! You'll target the likes of Amberjack, Barracuda, and Cobia with gear provided by Capt. John. Feel free to pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and settle in for an exciting day!
  • Private trip
    4 HourTrip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    If afternoons are your active hours, head out on this 4-hour trip and be back on shore by dinner time! You'll sight fish for the likes of Permit and Snapper to stock the cooler with or target Sharks for a hard fight. Capt. John provides all the gear you need for a successful. Just pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy before heading out on this family-friendly adventure!
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About the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
617 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Blue Wave (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 350HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

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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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.97
out of 5 stars from 25 reviews
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8 Hour Trip - see it all!
8 Hour Trip - see it all!
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Stephanie G.
Denver, CO
 5.00
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8 Hour Trip - see it all!

VERIFIED   September 21, 2020
Our trip with Reel A Salt was absolutely incredible!! Before we ever even left for our trip to Key West, I received a phone...
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Asterios H.
Miami, FL
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Great Yellow Jack Fishing with Captain JJ

VERIFIED   June 26, 2020
Captain JJ is amazing!  This was our first fishing charter and it exceeded all expectations!  We had hopes for Mahi...
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Jay C.
Strasburg, VA
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Half day trip with Captain JJ

VERIFIED   February 27, 2020
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!  I booked this trip for my son’s 21st birthday and we had 3 target species, goliath grouper, cobia...
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Mark K.
Key West, Florida
 5.00
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Awesome trip with Captain Hugh Morgan

VERIFIED   NEW  October 13, 2020
Be carful what you ask for!! I told him we wanted big fish and he put us on big fish!!  Let say it is a task bringing...
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Half Day with Captain JJ

VERIFIED   NEW  October 1, 2020
Best fishing experience my son and I have ever had.  JJ kept us on the grouper, snapper, barracuda and sharks.  Very...
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