John's Pass Fishing Charters

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John's Pass Fishing Charters

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John's Pass: 12 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(143 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(330 reviews)
Treasure Island
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(30 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Treasure Island
trips from $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from $900
Madeira Beach
trips from $950
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Madeira Beach
trips from $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from $1,300

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in John's Pass

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in John's Pass are: Full list of top fishing charters in John's Pass

The average price for a private 4 hour John's Pass fishing trip is $663, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,140 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in John's Pass that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in John's Pass are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in John's Pass are:

The top 3 types of fishing in John's Pass are:

Many fishing charters in John's Pass provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in John's Pass are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in John's Pass are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $291
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $592
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $860
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $569
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,118
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,650
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,250
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,100
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,625
  • 14-hour fishing trips – $4,400
  • 15-hour fishing trips – $3,267
  • 22-hour fishing trips – $2,850

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
4.7 / 5
Based on 27939 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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Fishing was good, grouper were out of season but we knew that going into it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing was good, grouper were out of season but we knew that going into it.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B.
The heat is intense so dress appropriately and drink plenty of water. The fishing is excellent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The heat is intense so dress appropriately and drink plenty of water. The fishing is excellent.
Toby  C.
Toby C. Port Byron, IL
Fish with La Costa Charters and take plenty of water and sunscreen and have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with La Costa Charters and take plenty of water and sunscreen and have a great time.
Paula  A.
Paula A. Springfield, IL
Hell to the yes!! Go see Captain Jacob with Double O Fishing Charter, you won't be disappointed!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hell to the yes!! Go see Captain Jacob with Double O Fishing Charter, you won't be disappointed!
Cassandra  D.
Cassandra D. Avon Park, FL
Allow enough time to take your catch to Crabby's on the Pass when you get done fishing. For $10 a person they cook your catch and provide two sides. It is right on the water and there is a good chance you will see a dolphin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Allow enough time to take your catch to Crabby's on the Pass when you get done fishing. For $10 a person they cook your catch and provide two sides. It is right on the water and there is a good chance you will see a dolphin.
Traci  B.
Traci B. Leon, IA
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
DELTON  T.
DELTON T. Adams, TN
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
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
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FishingBooker Member Chicago, Illinois

Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Captain Kevin is fantastic! He put us on fish non-stop for the entire guide! He’s also fun to be around. We’ll be back.
Ray  H.
Ray H.
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Book with Trae for an excellent day of fishing. Trae and Brianna a great hardworking team with an obvious focus on ensuring their guests have a memorable experience. A great value for an anyone searching for a real Florida deep sea fishing adventure. Upon completion of your trip with Top Knotch you will find yourself contemplating how soon you can book the trip again
Matthew  C.
Matthew C.
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
We had a great time catching Spanish Mackeral and Bonito with Captain Kevin this morning. He put us on lots of fish and did a great job fileting our catch when we were done. Can't wait to go again!
David  V.
David V.
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Kevin is the man. Great times fishing with him a couple of buddies. On fish all morning!!
Shawn  S.
Shawn S.
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Captain Kevin, Catch On Charters, took my wife and I on a 5hr. trip. As soon as we got to the first spot, he checked for activity and not much was happening so he moved a short distance to another spot and then the ladyfish started wearing the hooks out. I managed to hook 3 black tip sharks, which was a fantastic experience for someone who had not hooked a fish large enough to pull the drag of the spool. Capt. Kevin did a great job keeping my wife and I busy catching fish.
Edward  W.
Edward W.
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
This may have been the best charter of my life. The crew was awesome, friendly, extremely knowledgeable. Had a few tricks that I hadn’t seen in 50 yrs of fishing. Mate was skilled, and really added to the great time we all had. Doesn’t hurt that we were slaying the fish almost the entire time. Kids were “tired of reeling”, we will be back with this crew in the future.
David  W.
David W.
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
I would like to say the trip I had was fun!! The captain is awesome!! And we caught some amazing fish!! I would love to book again with him anytime when I come back!! Thanks again for an awesome fishing trip Captain Mike!!
Brendon  V.
Brendon V.
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
We came down from Indiana hoping to have a great time and catch some fish. Captain Frank went above and beyond to make sure he exceeded our expectations. We had an absolutely awesome time with Captain Frank. He took us to the hot spots where the fish were hitting as soon as our bait hit the bottom. We left with a huge bag of fish. Oh and let’s not forget the boat. It was incredible as well. We will definitely book with Captain Frank again for our next trip.
Lowell  D.
Lowell D. Goshen, IN
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Skirtchaser Charters. 36’ Yellowfin
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
What a great trip we had. Caught more fish than we know what to do with. Also gave us tips on a restaurant that would prepare our catch. Carefree experience and well worth the value.
Ron  F.
Ron F. Parrish, Florida
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
This was probably the best salt water fishing trip. I would recommend this fishing charter to everyone.
Jerod  A.
Jerod A. Odessa, Florida
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Had a great afternoon on the water with Captain Kevin! He was great at helping my boys learn the technique and taught them how to bait their own hooks. He was enthusiastic and made every catch exciting (we had lots of them). Awesome experience and highly recommend Captain Kevin! Thank you!
Andy  M.
Andy M. Roe, AR
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Great fishing with Catch on Charters. Awesome experience! Lotsa fish , great captain. Thanks Kevin
Roderick  H.
Roderick H. League City, TX
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
We had a blast and caught a cooler full!!!! Captain Mike was great and ensured that my 6 year old had an amazing first experience on the boat!!! He is ready to go again!!!! Great experience and highly recommend Captain Mike!
Shea  B.
Shea B. Lake Park, GA
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Kevin was a great captain. Has us on the fish all the time. We gad a great time with captain Kevin. Very patient and full of knowledge.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Lima, OK
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Mike is very knowledgeable and knows where to catch fish. Extremely personable!
Tony  K.
Tony K. Lugoff, SC
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
The captain put us on the Fat Bottom girls immediately and plenty of fish to take home for a delicious supper.
Christopher  L.
Christopher L. Boomer, NC
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Awesome time and an excellent trip Capt. Trae and John were the best limited out on Red Snapper and Red Grouper and even some other snappers Already talking about booking again
Joseph  C.
Joseph C. Crystal River, FL
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Captain Kevin did an excellent job of trying to put us on the fish today. We trolled on the way to the reef and came away with a nice Bonita and a Spanish Mackerel. Fishing was hard but Kevin still worked his but off trying to find something they would bite. We have used him once before and will definitely use him again!
Tim  M.
Tim M. Richmond, KY
Catch On Charters
Catch On Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Had a great day on the water with Catch On charters. We caught several Spanish mackerel and snapper that we took home to eat. Captain Kevin was very helpful and led us to the fish. Would definitely use his charter service again.
Sean  S.
Sean S. Fox Chase, KY
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Great time out on the water with Anthony we caught a variety of fish from grunts to red grouper to hog fish plenty of fish for 2-3 days in just a few hours well worth the time and experience planning to come back again.
Caleb  M.
Caleb M. Oviedo, FL