Captain
Jesse Johnson

Member since April 2016

Pensacola Beach, United States

Background
I grew up just south of Tallahassee in the Big Bend where my father was a charter Captain for many years. As early back as I can remember, Dad was taking me out on the boat and sharing his love of fishing with me. Some of the best times of my life have been spent on the water. My beautiful wife also comes from a family who loves to fish and so often times, it becomes a family affair. Over the last 30 years I've learned to respect the ocean and how to keep my passengers safe on the water. I've realized the only thing I love more than fishing, is taking out others fishing. Fishing is a way of life for me. So it was only natural to finally live my dream of becoming a Charter Captain. I can't wait fish with you!
Techniques
I don't know that I have a preferred style of fishing because I love it all. I am most experienced with offshore fishing like trolling, bottom or reef fishing. I also enjoy near and inshore fishing.

Hey, I'm Captain Jesse Johnson

Pensacola Beach, United States
Background
I grew up just south of Tallahassee in the Big Bend where my father was a charter Captain for many years. As early back as I can remember, Dad was taking me out on the boat and sharing his love of fishing with me. Some of the best times of my life have been spent on the water. My beautiful wife also comes from a family who loves to fish and so often times, it becomes a family affair. Over the last 30 years I've learned to respect the ocean and how to keep my passengers safe on the water. I've realized the only thing I love more than fishing, is taking out others fishing. Fishing is a way of life for me. So it was only natural to finally live my dream of becoming a Charter Captain. I can't wait fish with you!
Techniques
I don't know that I have a preferred style of fishing because I love it all. I am most experienced with offshore fishing like trolling, bottom or reef fishing. I also enjoy near and inshore fishing.

My Charter Listings

Pensacola Beach
trips from
US$ 900

Fishing Reports

From the Captain's Log: 9/23/16

September 23, 2016

The Fox family showed up early this morning and eager to get offshore to catch red snapper. We made good time out to the Massachusetts and had a livewell full of bait in time to watch the sunrise. The… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 9/11/16

September 11, 2016

Fishing Report from the Captain's Log: 8/25/16 We met the Johns crew at 6 AM with snapper on our minds. This was my first snapper trip of September and after hearing some not so good reports I wanted to… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 8/25/16

August 25, 2016

The Moore crew came all the way from Paris (Texas) to do a little offshore fishing. There was a pretty stiff east wind, but we made it out nonetheless. Since it had been a few days since the last… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 8/8/16

August 08, 2016

The Schuster family and I headed out for more kings today. We had fair conditions early on and made pretty good time getting offshore. Flipper was out in full force, it seemed like every time we got into some… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 8/6/16

August 06, 2016

We had a short trip today with the Dalton crew. We headed out to find some king mackerel, since the bite has been really hot. For some reason, the kings didn't cooperate today but the bonito were thick. We… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 8/3/16

August 03, 2016

We had another great day on the water, spent with the Bounds family. We headed east for some king mackerel and it didn't take long to find them. We pulled artificial plugs and nearly every pass was a hook… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 7/28/16

July 28, 2016

We met our awesome father and son crew today around 7 am. Weather was finally in our favor, so we headed east for some kings. We found a LOT of bonito! It was one after another, which was entertaining… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 7/22/16

July 22, 2016

Today started out with heavy rain at the marina with more due south in the gulf. The Weeks crew was not too concerned with a little rain so we pushed off around 6 with and headed to the west.… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 7/12/16

July 12, 2016

Fishing Report from the Captain's Log: 7/12/16 We were met with scattered thunderstorms this morning. We made the call to head west, but still had to dodge storms most of the day. With red snapper closed and not a… Read Full Report →


Last Day of state water SNAPPER

July 10, 2016

The Kile crew showed up early this morning, which really started the day off right. We took advantage of the calm seas and ran east at about 35 mph to dodge the thunderstorms directly south of the pass. We… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 7/7/16

July 07, 2016

We had 2 separate families go fishing with us today! It's a great part of the job to get to know so many different and fun people. Just like the last few days finding the fish was hard. With… Read Full Report →


From the Captain's Log: 7/6/16

July 06, 2016

The Schumacher Crew We left the dock at 6 AM this morning on the hunt for red snapper. We scooped up some live cigar minnows from the bait boat and headed south. I was hoping for a better bite… Read Full Report →


Choppy day but still found the fish.

July 05, 2016

Fishing Report from the Captain's Log: 7/5/16 Today was the Netherland family's first offshore trip and red snapper was the target. We stopped at the Massachusetts first thing to catch some bait, and loaded up pretty quick thanks to… Read Full Report →


Great Day with the Nipperts

July 03, 2016

We had another beautiful day on the Gulf of Mexico, and another great family/crew to fish with, the Nipperts. The plan was to catch red snapper, and that's what we did. We had several first timers on board, which… Read Full Report →


Asa's Birthday Charter Trip

July 02, 2016

The Gatlin crew was early and eager to go fishing this morning. Today was 9 year old Asa's birthday so we pushed off around 5:45 to make some memories. The bite wasn't outstanding today, but we picked up a… Read Full Report →


July 1st Fishing - 6 Hour

July 01, 2016

The Trimuar crew We had a rainy morning until about 5:45, when most of the weather seemed to push north. The Trimuar crew was ready to see what the gulf had to offer so we set off around 6:20.… Read Full Report →


Limit of red snapper & some mangroves

June 27, 2016

Today's charter was much anticipated as a friend and former coworker came down from Texas with his crew to fish with Gulf Life Charters. Decided to go west today and check some spots. It was slow finding the fish… Read Full Report →


Huge variety, great crew, awesome day!

June 26, 2016

I was excited to meet Mr. Lee and his crew for this mornings charter. They drove through the night from Atlanta and arrived at the marina by 2:30AM, so we were able to meet them and leave much earlier… Read Full Report →


Mahi & Triple Tail

June 25, 2016

Trolled all day along a nice weed line. Sight fished as well. Ended up with some mahi, not the biggest, but enough to take home for several dinners. Also caught a nice Triple tail on some squid! Great day! Read Full Report →


Great Friday Fishing

June 24, 2016

Fishing Report from the Captain's Log: 6/24/16 We met the Hall family at 6 AM. Weather was beautiful, grabbed our bait and headed south. The boys Coby and Caleb had the touch, red snapper limit in about 30 minutes.… Read Full Report →


RS Limit in 45 minutes!

June 23, 2016

Fishing Report from the Captain's Log: 6/23/16 It was great to get back on the water today! We met up with the Leonard crew at 6 AM and headed for the pass. We caught our bait quick at the… Read Full Report →


Gulf Life Charters Family Trip

June 10, 2016

We have been extremely lucky in the fact that we have booked trips consistently since starting the business. That hasn't left much time for personal fishing trips, but we had an available day today and with only 2 days… Read Full Report →


Awesome variety today.

June 08, 2016

Getting bait was tough this morning. The storm must have pushed it out elsewhere. After struggling for about 45 minutes we decided to push on with the limited live bait. We caught a few decent sized Snapper at the… Read Full Report →


Sunday's Report

June 05, 2016

We decided to wait for the thunderstorms to pass again this morning. My Texas crew and I hit the water around 9 AM. We caught bait quickly at the pass and headed south to quarter the stiff east wind.… Read Full Report →


Bad weather didn't stop us!

June 04, 2016

We almost didn't make it out today because of the bad weather. Got a later than planned start once things calmed a bit. Despite Mother Nature, we managed to get out there and get our Snapper limit! Great crew… Read Full Report →


Fishing on a Friday

June 03, 2016

There's nothing better than waking up on a Friday and going fishing! Had an absolute blast with a great charter group of 6. Bait traps didn't produce so we steamed on up to the pass to load up on… Read Full Report →


Memorial Weekend Sunday

May 29, 2016

Easy and fun trip with a great crew. We got our limit of Snapper & trigger. These guys were experienced fisherman and they filled the fish box fast. Lots of laughs and fun. They are planning to come back… Read Full Report →


Rough Seas but fun day.

May 28, 2016

Had a great time fishing with Marty & Felicia. The rough seas made it a little tough and the sharks were working hard to steal what we were catching but still ended up with a couple nice Triggers, 2… Read Full Report →


Monday Fun day!

May 23, 2016

We had another beautiful day on the Gulf of Mexico. Full moon seemed to give the fish a little lock jaw, but we managed a good box of fish and had a great time doing it. The red snapper… Read Full Report →


Limit of Snapper & a nice Mangrove

May 15, 2016

Had a great day on the water with the VanMeter's this past Sunday! The ride out was a little bumpy but it laid down beautifully by late morning. Caught our red snapper limit, a pile of 13.5" triggerfish and… Read Full Report →


Fishbox full of Snapper.

May 07, 2016

What a great opening day for Snapper season! Gulf Life Charters had a party of six on board for a full day trip. The seas could not have been more cooperative. We headed out around 6 am and enjoyed… Read Full Report →


Beautiful Day for slaying the Triggers

April 24, 2016

What a beautiful day for fishing Sunday was. The morning was nice and cool as we headed out Pensacola Pass for some Trigger fishing. We only had to hit 2 spots. The first place we stopped we were pulling… Read Full Report →

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5.00 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, June 24, 2016

Great trip, couldn’t have asked for a better time. Caught a ton of fish and had a great experience! Thx Captain Jessie and Chris.

Fished June 2016

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Jesse Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thanks for coming out with us today! Your family was an absolute blast to have on board! Coby and Caleb really slayed the fish today. Hope you will come out and fish with us again soon!


Went fishing on Sunday, April 24, 2016

Everyone said that the fish we caught were the biggest triggers they have ever seen.

Fished April 2016

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Jesse Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 6, 2016

They were pretty huge!  There’s a good chance you’ll never reel in another monster like you did - hooked right between his teeth! Incredible catch!


Went fishing on Friday, May 15, 2015

Last Snapper season I came in to town with a couple buddies as I’ve known Capt Jesse since high school. In fact, he used to out fish me even back then. But when an opportunity for work came up in my ole’ buddy’s area, he mentioned he could take us offshore fishing. It was a blast. My crew had the best time. Capt Jesse really showed us what the Pensacola fishing area has to offer. We slayed the Mahi while doing a bit of trolling out to the snapper holes. We also landed a huge Bonita that we all had an opportunity to fight. It was like the smaller and faster version of Wicked Tuna. That adrenaline really gets you going. We hooked up to a Wahoo but he pulled the hook right as we were bringing him up to the boat.

By the time we made it out to the snapper holes, we already had some quality meat in the box. We had a blast limiting out on snapper using hard tails and grunts as bait that we caught right outside Pensacola pass. The bigger bait was hooking the bigger fish. Buddy of mine was using squid and caught a couple undersized trigger and then pulled out one of the biggest one Captain Jesse had seen. It was a sea monster. We were out there most of the day and the tides started to turn so we rode in. We were on a different boat than he’s got now but it was well maintained and he knew how to Captain it like a pro. He showed us a great time that we still talk about today. Now that he’s official we are trying to get up in the next couple months to do it over again.

Book with Captain Jesse at Gulf Life Charters and you are bound to have a great time. He is laid back but takes fishing serious and does everything he can to ensure that you catch fish. We each got to take home about 20 pounds of fish. Matter of fact, my wife just cooked the last of it the other night. Looks like a good excuse to head on up to Pensacola.
Thanks Man. You done good.

Fished May 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I love fishing. My Dad used to take me out all the time down in South Florida. Now that I’m a Mom, I still love to fish and as a single parent to my little BOY, I get to share the fun with him. We booked with Captain Jesse and Gulf Life Charters because he was recommended to me by family member. Other charters I called said that my son was too young and the trip could be too much. So when I called Captain Jesse, he explained that my son would have to wear a life vest (of course) and that we would play the trip by ear and if at any point I felt uncomfortable that we could turn back in.

Well, the trip was AWESOME! Captain Jesse was SO patient and so kind. He was funny and attentive. He really took the time to teach my son about the different aspects of fishing, explaining all of the terms and my son was loving the adventure. Of course I did most of the fishing but my son did get to pull in some live bait on the live bait rigs that we stopped at on the way out. He even stopped for us on the way back into shore so he could pull in a few more bait fish. At one point Captain Jesse had to help him because 4 fish got hooked at 1 time! Now my son won’t stop talking about going fishing on the big boat again with Captain Jesse.

I have always enjoyed bottom fishing so that is the particular trip that I requested. We caught Triggerfish, Red Snapper (but they weren’t in season), a grouper, we got our limit of Triggerfish and I even got to fight a shark for nearly 30 minutes and he broke the line when he got to the surface.

Oh and we saw dolphins. It was so cool because they were jumping all around us. I normally have to pay like $40 for us to go to the Gulfarium and we got a dolphin show for free. My son loved that.

All in all, I would recommend Gulf Life Charters and Captain Jesse to any and everyone. It was abundantly clear that he knew exactly what he was doing. Even when my son was acting like a 4 year old, he stayed calm and even goofed around with my son cheering him up. The boat had free bottled water which was great because I only packed a few drinks and snacks for my son. It also had a bathroom and that feature was GREAT because growing up my Dad’s boat only had a bucket for me to use and as a teenage girl that wasn’t always the best experience.

Captain Jesse, THANK YOU for the great experience!!! We will definitely want to go fishing with you again soon. I appreciate all the effort and time you took with us. You were the very best!!!

Fished April 2016

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Jesse Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 6, 2016

Had a great time fishing with you both too! Happy take take you out anytime. Your little man was a quick learner! Come on out for Snapper Season! We’d love to have you!

Went fishing on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Captain Jessie can only be described as incredible. He took us out to the fishing grounds and we caught more fish than we could take home. My favorite fish was the 60 pound cobia I caught. I highly recommend Jesse and Gulf Life Charters to everyone!

Thanks
Mike Hansen

Fished April 2016

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Jesse Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 15, 2016

Thanks Mike! I appreciate your business. That Cobia was something else, wasn’t it? Hopefully I’m able to take you out again the next time you are in the area. Thanks for choosing Gulf Life Charters.