John's Pass

9 Fishing Charters

John's Pass Fishing Charters

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John's Pass: 9 fishing charters available

Offshore Addict Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(54 reviews)
Madeira Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,000

Salty Confusion Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
Madeira Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,050

Belmonte Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Madeira Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $950

ReelFunFishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Treasure Island
trips from $350

Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Madeira Beach
trips from $1,150

La Costa Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(257 reviews)
Treasure Island
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $140

Salty Dog Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Madeira Beach
trips from $375

La Costa Charters – 22'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Treasure Island
trips from $350

Top Knotch Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Madeira Beach
trips from $500

FAQs about Fishing Charters in John's Pass

The average price for a private 4 hour John's Pass fishing trip is $691, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,218 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Offshore Addict Charters, Salty Confusion Charters, and Belmonte Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in John's Pass. Full list of top fishing charters in John's Pass.

Offshore Addict Charters, Salty Confusion Charters, and Belmonte Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in John's Pass.

The most popular fish species you can target are Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, and Red Snapper. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, jigging, and heavy tackle. Offshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The southern end of Madeira Beach is where you’ll find the heartland of Pinellas County’s angling community - John’s Pass. John’s Pass fishing charters have a well-deserved reputation for being able to cater to the needs of almost any angler under the sun. Whether you’ll be staying in Boca Ciega Bay to fish shallow water, or you plan on going far out into the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll have more than your share of world-class angling.

John’s Pass Fishing Spots

A lot of professional fishing charters in John’s Pass run their trips with a “no fish, no pay” guarantee, which just goes to show how confident they are both in their abilities and the fishery in general. If you want to experience everything John’s Pass fishing has to offer, make sure to clear your schedule for a couple of days. You’ll need it.

Boca Ciega Bay

While people absolutely adore Boca Ciega’s bigger cousin, Tampa Bay, there’s a reason why plenty of anglers pick Boca Ciega instead. The both have very similar inshore fishing opportunities, while Boca Ciega is in a better position for anglers who want to go into federal waters later.

There’s no real need to stray out of the bay if you’re looking to get some good table fare. There’s a huge number of resident Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead for you to go after. Other species like Bonefish, Snook, and Tarpon will keep the sporting anglers busy all day long as well.

Madeira and Treasure Island Reefs

If you’ve only got time for a shorter trip, that doesn’t mean you’ll need to stick inshore. Treasure Island Reef is less than five miles out, and is a great fishing spot for most of the year. Along the Madeira Beach Reef, which is some six miles out, you’ll find droves of Snappers, Hogfish, Groupers, and other delicious bottom feeders. You shouldn’t have too much trouble filling your coolers even on a half day trip.

Those spoiling for a fight can look forward to Kingfish and Barracuda coming down to the reefs in spring and fall to hunt. If you’re skilled enough, the hunter will become your prey.

Federal Waters

As any experienced angler knows, the deeper you go, the bigger fish you’re bound to find. This is why you’ll have people going up to 100 miles out to catch some really huge bottom fish. From Red, Mutton, and Lane Snapper, to Red, Black, and Gag Grouper, you’ll have a real field day if you go out far enough. Of course, if you’re interested in a trolling trip, there’ll be a fair share of Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and Sailfish for you to hook up.

Deep sea fishing trips targeting big gamefish can be much longer than your average inshore trip, so bear in mind you’re looking at some 10-12 hours on the water when going deep into federal waters.

Fishing Techniques

Just like in any other shallow water fisheries, light spinning rods will be your weapon of choice when fishing the bay for Reds, Snook, and others. The choice between live bait such as Shrimp or Crab, and artificial lures like topwater plugs and jerk baits depends on you preferences as well as what you hope to catch. For example, Redfish are very susceptible to Shrimp, while jerk and topwater plugs work best when going after bigger Snook.

More or less the same rules apply out on the reefs as well. When going from reef to reef during a longer trip, you are free to troll for Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, or Sailfish if you’ve gone far enough. Once you’re at a reef, chumming is a foolproof method of getting the fish to come to you.

When it comes to Tarpon, however, not much compares to trying to hook a Silver King on the fly. Try patterns that utilize crustacean colors for the best results, because Tarpon really like Crabs. If you plan on fishing in the late-afternoon, or any other time with low-light conditions, darker patterns such as purple/black can be used to great effect.

Need to Know

Most inshore charters have a standard trip time of 4-6 hours, with $100 per hour being the norm (though the most experienced captains may charge a little more). The same applies for nearshore reef trips, with longer trip options if you’re looking to tackle reefs a bit further away. If you plan on going on your own, you’ll need to be aware of the current state and federal regulations when it comes to size and bag limits for your catch.

John's Pass
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Have you ever tried Scamp Grouper? No? Now’s your chance to head out to the reefs, and get some delicious bottom feeders for the dinner table.

February

The Spotted Seatrout will be the inshore star this time of year, followed by Redfish. Shrimp remains the bait of choice, but Sardines are useful too.

March

Offshore waters are on fire if you’re in the market for Amberjack and Snapper. Kingfish, Tuna, and Cobia are also found on long-range trips.

April

April means Tarpon season is about to start. Anglers from all over the country will be coming in to try their luck against the Silver King.

May

When the average temperature goes up in the high-eighties, you know summer’s coming. And with it comes great fishing for Snook and Tarpon.

June

The start of summer is probably the best time to come if you can choose. Both inshore and further off in the Gulf, the fishing is simply amazing.

July

Summertime fishing means you’ll need plenty of room in the freezer. Red, Lane, Mutton, and Yellowtail Snapper are all over the reefs, and they’re not alone.

August

It’s a good time for that deep sea trip you’ve been thinking about, as this time of year is peak season for the Mahi Mahi bite.

September

If you’re lucky enough, the good weather will continue on through September too. A whole number of great fish can be found offshore, with Tarpon and Snook closer in.

October

It’s not uncommon for Tarpon fishing to still be a thing this time of year. If so, grab your fly gear and off to the flats while you still can.

November

As offshore fishing starts to wind down, anglers will turn their attention inshore. Now that the tourists have mostly left, you can fish in peace.

December

The bridge over John’s pass is a great place to visit for some Sheepshead, Gag Grouper, and Jack Crevalle fishing.

John's Pass Fishing Calendar

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If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Samantha  I.
Samantha I. Black River Falls, WI
We went out on a private charter, and we were hooking fish within seconds everytime we dropped a line in the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went out on a private charter, and we were hooking fish within seconds everytime we dropped a line in the water.
Jason  R.
Jason R. St. Petersburg, FL
Come prepared for the sun and heat. Proper clothing and sun block. After that set back enjoy the ride out to the fishing hot spots and be prepared for a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come prepared for the sun and heat. Proper clothing and sun block. After that set back enjoy the ride out to the fishing hot spots and be prepared for a lot of fun.
Rodney  J.
Rodney J. Washington, DC
Reminder that red snapper season opens in June so all red snapper you catch will be released. Still May is great month for fishing here.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reminder that red snapper season opens in June so all red snapper you catch will be released. Still May is great month for fishing here.
Larry  D.
Larry D. Tampa, FL
book a full day; our half day experience was great but we all could have stayed out longer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
book a full day; our half day experience was great but we all could have stayed out longer
Holly  G.
Holly G. Hyattsville, MD
If you pick one of the charters out of John's Pass, you can spend some time on the boardwalk before or after your trip. Highly recommend La Costa Charters and Capt Patrick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you pick one of the charters out of John's Pass, you can spend some time on the boardwalk before or after your trip. Highly recommend La Costa Charters and Capt Patrick.
Dan  G.
Dan G. Tampa, Florida
Great location and sites going out under Johns Pass and running out in the Gulf.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great location and sites going out under Johns Pass and running out in the Gulf.
Brian  V.
Brian V. Mechanicsville, MD
Use captain Brandon at Salty Dog!! He loves his job and wants nothing more than you to have a great experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use captain Brandon at Salty Dog!! He loves his job and wants nothing more than you to have a great experience
John  L.
John L. Pinellas Park, Florida
We fished with Salty Confusion Charters and had an excellent day catching a lot of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished with Salty Confusion Charters and had an excellent day catching a lot of fish
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Chicago, Illinois

ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
We had an amazing experience fishing with captain Mike. He is very professional and took care of us all the time. We highly recommend. Captain Mike we going to repeat that experience for sure! Thank you.
Monica  V.
Monica V. Charlotte, North Carolina
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Pat and Keith made it a great event while on vacation. Solid day on the water with a team that has the Gulf mapped out. Our group consisted of a few first timers and a few who’ve been out deep before but all were welcomed, encouraged, and helped. We skirted sandy and hard bottoms on our 5-6 hour charter and fed a family of 16 that night with the day’s catch. Recommending Offshore Addicts for your first time or for a repeat excursion out. Mike & team from HOU, TX
Michael  M.
Michael M. Spring, TX
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
It was a great day of fishing the crew was excellent they treated as well they even for later fish he knew the right fishing spots and we did well thank you very much and we will be booking again
Linda  R.
Linda R. Coopersburg, PA
Belmonte Fishing Charters
Belmonte Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Every spot we stopped the bite was steady. Couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water. Anthony and Tyler hooked us up with an awesome time, will be the only fishing captain we take when visiting the Clearwater area in the future.
Mary  M.
Mary M. Clinton, TN
Belmonte Fishing Charters
Belmonte Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Anthony and his crew were the best! We wanted to go after sharks and they did not disappoint. We caught several over 8 feet and some broke off the line. We had a blast!! We will be back again. They will let you be as much hands on as you want to be.
BRIAN  M.
BRIAN M. Nixa, MO
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Very fun day with Mike, he is gonna make sure you catch fish and not go home empty handed.
Corey  K.
Corey K. United States
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain, crew, boat and equipment was perfect. Got on nice fish all day. Crew was easy to get along with and gave a lot of helpful tips. Would highly recommend this operation if you want a great day on the water!
Stephen  W.
Stephen W. Gulfport, FL
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Wow! We had the best time with Mike! He knows the area so well, took us to the locations that we requested. He was flexible and was there to make our trip really enjoyable. He was super friendly, and an experienced fisherman, he could bait our rods, and switch like nobody's business. He cleaned all of our fish, and just simply took care of us.
Dianne  E.
Dianne E. Swatara, PA
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Bob. He is very professional and reliable Captian. Boat is well maintained and clean. We caught lots of fish, he has great fishing spots. Captain also taught us proper techniques using the fishing equipment and baiting the hooks. We will definitely go out with him again. Definitely worth going out fishing with Captain Bob...
Paul  L.
Paul L. Homosassa Springs, FL
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Super nice Captain, Great boat, pounds of filets to grill up this afternoon, Captain Mahi Mike is the best!!
Peter  T.
Peter T. Tampa, Florida
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Great boat, captain and crew! Had a wonderful time. Landed plenty of fish and enjoyed the water.
Brian  H.
Brian H. Valparaiso, IN
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Great experience with Keith and Pat, started slow but they made sure we found fish!! Great day with fellow Hoosiers! Totally would recommend Offshore Addict.
Robert  K.
Robert K. United States
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
We cannot say enough wonderful things about our charter! Worth every cent!!!! It was perfect for mom, dad and in our 6 year olds words it was FANTASTIC FUN!!!! We encountered some rough waters and felt safe and comfortable the entire time...this boat and crew were A+ from us!
Kerri  R.
Kerri R. Oak Park Heights, MN
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
Cartain Bob knew what he was doing. Had everything ready to go and took us out for a fun day on the Gulf. Kept me and my three sons busy. The fishing was hit or miss but left with three large red groupers. He took us to a spot where we could catch some amberjack and experience a hard fighting fish. Brian.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Effingham, IL
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Caption Bob works hard to get you on the fish. He has a great personality and hard work ethic. We would highly recommend.
Charles  K.
Charles K. Endicott, NY
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We booked the 3 hour trip which was perfect for my 6 years old. Capt Frank made sure that the little guy was able to catch! We then took our catch to Crappys on the Pass to have our catch cooked, per 5”the Capts suggestion. Overall a great run for the whole family and didn’t tie up the whole day!
Tonya  O.
Tonya O. Constantia, NY
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain Keith was amazing, put us right on the fish and non stop bites the entire time. Really enjoyed the entire experience and would highly recommend it to anyone. Awesome Experience
Darrin  M.
Darrin M. Seminole, Florida
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We have been on several charters and this is the first one that promised big and delivered big. If we went to a spot that the fish weren’t hitting right away, Captain Frank was moving the boat after 15 minutes and ready to get us to where they were. Great boat and great time! Will absolutely go again.
Chris  C.
Chris C. Valrico, Florida
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Excellent trip . Caught lots of fish . Had a great time. Highly recommend Capt. Bob. Looking forward to booking future trips.
Nicholas  M.
Nicholas M. Largo, Florida
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Enjoyed our trip. We were put on great fishing. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Kim  C.
Kim C. Kuttawa, KY