Capt JB’s Charters

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“Capt JB’s Charters” invites you on a fishing adventure launching out of Apalachicola, Florida! A day out with Captain John, a local to the area, gives you the opportunity to get a taste the areas peace and quiet, as well as some epic fishing!

Hop aboard his spacious 25’ Epic center console, ideal for up to 6 anglers. She’s powered by a 250 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine and is rigged with top-notch navigational electronics, including GPS and Fishfinder. There’s also a T-top cockpit for welcome shade, a live well, and a 10’ power pole shallow water anchoring system to keep you rooted.

Capt. John accommodates all of your inshore and nearshore fishing needs! He’ll have you going after the likes of Redfish, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Tripletail, and Pompano. What’s more, he offers specialized Shark trips, as well as nighttime Flounder gigging trips!

On board you’ll find equipment for a wide range of fishing techniques including bottom fishing, spinning, popping, drift fishing, trolling, and jigging. If you want to bring your own gear and tackle, feel free to do so! All you really need are any drinks and snacks you’d like to enjoy.

Enjoy a serene day on the waters just outside Apalachicola and go home with some seriously tasty fish aboard Capt JB’s Charters!



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  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore/Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Take off on this slightly longer trip and go into deeper waters to target delicious bottom fish! You'll go after the likes of Snapper, Grouper, and Seabass with gear provided by Capt. John. If you're looking for more action– this is the trip for you!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Flounder Gigging
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Head out for a unique night trip that will see you gigging for Flounder! It's best to target these flatfish long after the sun has gone down and Capt. John provides all the gear you need to do so. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome, however it's recommended that children are over the age of 12.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Face off against the ocean's fiercest competitors with a half-day of Shark fishing! You'll battle it out with the likes of Bull Shark and Blacktip Shark with gear provided by Capt. John. This trip is recommended for more experienced anglers and is not suitable for children.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will see you fishing the Bay for Redfish, Black Drum, Tripletail, and more. Capt. John provides you with all the gear and tackle, as well as with the licenses. Pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If afternoons are your active hours, opt for the PM trip! You'll explore the Bay for the likes of Redfish, Black Drum, Tripletail, and Trout. Capt. John provides all the gear you need and is happy to clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip. Pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Whether you've got a few free hours in the morning or the afternoon, Capt. John is happy to take you out on the water! Explore the inshore waters and bring your youngsters out for their first spin on the waters.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $250
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you've only got a few hours to spare or want to take your youngsters out for a fishing lesson, opt for this short trip! Departure times are flexible, just get in touch with Capt. John beforehand.
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About the Captain

John Layne
Apalachicola, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
15 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Captain John Layne was born and raised fishing in the bays and flats of the Apalachicola Bay. He's an avid angler and passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his guests. Hooking big Redfish inshore is his specialty! He also loves sharing his knowledge and learning from other passionate anglers.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Epic (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
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
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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Night Charter with Captain JB
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February fishing trip
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
85%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Melissa M.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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Night Charter with Captain JB

VERIFIED   March 20, 2020
So knowledgeable, professional, kind and courteous! The best 50th birthday gift ever for my husband! Thank you!
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Dean M.
Marietta, GA
 5.00
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VERIFIED   September 26, 2019
Spent the September morning in the bay hooking up with nice reds and more trout than we could keep.  John met us at the...
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Andrew H.
Manchester, MO
 5.00
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Half trip, bayside

VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
Had a hell of a time, and a historical review of Apalachicola learned a lot and my rod never sat still. Would recommend captain...
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Jessica M.
Port Saint Joe, FL
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Shark fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 25, 2019
The shark fishing excursion with captain John is amazing! We had a blast, by far our favorite thing we did on vacation. Will...
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Sue T.
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   February 16, 2020
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