John's Pass Fishing Charters

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John's Pass: 13 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(347 reviews)
Treasure Island
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trips from US $650
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(35 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from US $950
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Madeira Beach
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trips from US $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from US $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
Treasure Island
trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from US $800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Madeira Beach
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trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Madeira Beach
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trips from US $950
Madeira Beach
trips from US $950

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 US $668, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,167 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:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in John's Pass are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $375
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $367
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $720
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $625
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,056
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,300
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,150
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,880
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $2,258
  • 15-hour fishing trips – US $3,200
  • 22-hour fishing trips – US $2,950

Fishing in John's Pass

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
4.9 / 5
Based on 28542 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

John's Pass Fishing Seasons

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.

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What anglers said about fishing in John's Pass

If you are an inexperienced fisherman Figured It Out Charters was very informative with helpful instructions while fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are an inexperienced fisherman Figured It Out Charters was very informative with helpful instructions while fishing.
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
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.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
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.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters 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.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters 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!
Double O Fishing Charters
Double O Fishing Charters Avon Park, FL
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!
Offshore Addict Charters
Offshore Addict Charters Black River Falls, WI
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.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters 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
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters 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.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters 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.
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Top Knotch Fishing Charters 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
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters Chicago, Illinois

How did anglers rate fishing charters in John's Pass?

Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Joey was working with tough conditions but he was still able to put us on top of the fish!!
Jacob  T.
Jacob T.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Dawson was awesome and worked hard to get us on fish. I will be booking with him in the future and recommend you do as well. Suggest weekdays if possible, to cut down fishing pressure.
Jim  C.
Jim C.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain and crew were great! Found some eater fish while hunting for the Shark I really wanted to catch. After trying a few spots they found me a shark! Will definitely use them again, amazing experience!
Steve  J.
Steve J.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Joey and Linda were outstanding hosts on their beautiful fishing boat! They made sure to make us feel welcome and made sure that we caught fish! We were exhausted at the end of the day, but came home with lots of fish to fry and even caught some other extraordinary fish that were beautiful in photos!! I Highly recommend Sea Dawgs Charter Fishing!
Tammy  J.
Tammy J.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain and crew were great. Knowledgeable and wasted no time getting to the fish wherever they were biting. Inshore trip in March so nothing giant but the 2 of us caught probably 20+ fish in a few hours including a handful of keepers. Would recommend for all skill levels
Dylan  M.
Dylan M.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Was a great trip. My son had a blast and thanks to my wife's luck and Capt Dawson getting us on the fish we landed a boatslam! Snook, Redfish and Trout. All a first for us!
Andrew  Q.
Andrew Q.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We did the 8 hour fishing trip with 5 of our kids, ages 6-17. Captain Joey and Linda were wonderful… we are fishing novices and they were so patient with all of us. The captain was knowledgeable about where to go and where to cast our lines so we came back with plenty of fish, Linda was so sweet and helpful with the kids and was just wonderful! We had an absolute blast! We are so glad we took this trip!
Kenneth  R.
Kenneth R.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We had a choppy day on the water. Captain and crew went out of their way to put us on the fish. We will see you next year!
Michael  S.
Michael S.
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(35 reviews)
We caught fish we could eat for dinner. Just like the last time we fished with caption Mike the year before. Lots of action. Kept my son and his friend busy. That was the whole point of it. Successful fishing!!!
Andrew  G.
Andrew G.
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Mahi Mike is a fun and enthusiastic captain, who did a fantastic job putting us on fish, and keeping us on them. His local knowledge is also great, great time for the family!
Eric  O.
Eric O.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Joey from Sea Dawgs was a fantastic captain and knew how to put us on the fish! Extremely accommodating, interactive, and knowledgeable. He also had lines set out that actually hooked us into some great catches. I highly recommend Sea Dawgs - we were eating fresh fish that same evening!
Ken  A.
Ken A.
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Took our family of five including 3 teens on this charter. They did not disappoint! The guys were knowledgeable, friendly and so helpful. When we were not catching as much as they hoped, they moved spots. I know catching isn’t guaranteed but this was so fun and we caught plenty!! They even gave us ideas and tips for fish preparation! We would highly recommend them and would book again!
Nate  A.
Nate A.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We went out for a 4hr shark fishing trip with Captain Joey. Unfortunately, the bite just wasn’t great. We got one small sharp nose to bite and almost got it to the boat. But he did his best to put us in positions for success. During our shark fishing trip he also gave us opportunities to catch lady fish, Mackeral, and others. Great captain, just bad luck!
Brett  S.
Brett S.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(347 reviews)
Captain Patrick and First Mate Brad were great. They were flexible and willing to listen to our fishing hopes for the day. We had a great experience.
Bradley  V.
Bradley V.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We caught seven or eight dolphins species of fish, both off shoreline and inshore.
Richard  K.
Richard K.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain J. got us to all the right spots and made sure we were rigged up to get the job done. Mostly a rookie crew but still caught at least 40 fish 20 of which were legal to keep. Got a table at Friendly Fisherman and enjoyed a wonderful meal within an hour after our 4 hour excursion. Highly recommend Sea Dawgs private Charter.
Bruce  E.
Bruce E.
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Captain Anthony and First Mate Mike were wonderful guides for our first time fishing the Gulf of Mexico. They put us on fish immediately and kept our lines active all day. We had great success with catching nice keepers of red grouper and hog fish. Anthony filleted the fish and suggested a local restaurant that cooked our fresh catch for us. We had an enjoyable time with a couple of great guys that are committed to providing a wonderful fishing experience for their customers.
Laurali  S.
Laurali S.
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Sea Dawgs Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Madeira Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We requested to target reds and snook in the mangroves and Capt. Dawson delivered! Ww rounded it out with a nice trout, too! We had a great time!
Chris  T.
Chris T.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(347 reviews)
Captain and First mate were simply the best we ever had. Friendly, Helpful, Compassionate to a sick friend, caught about 60 fish between us, they then cleaned and bagged them for us. Highly Recommend this trip Joe Barr.
Joseph  B.
Joseph B.
La Costa Charters – 22'
La Costa Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Captain Patrick and Brad are awesome. Got us fish for dinner and got us on big fish too. Really a great experience.
Bradley  V.
Bradley V.

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