Captain
John Jackson

Member since January 2016

Key West, United States

Background
Born and raised in the florida keys I learned to fish at a early age. Fishing and diving became second nature. First working as a commercial fisherman and then adding professional guide to my resume. Third generation captain and professional guide. Tournament proven
Techniques
Prefer spinning gear and live bait Mullet pilchards crabs and other white baits

Hey, I'm Captain John Jackson

Key West, United States
Background
Born and raised in the florida keys I learned to fish at a early age. Fishing and diving became second nature. First working as a commercial fisherman and then adding professional guide to my resume. Third generation captain and professional guide. Tournament proven
Techniques
Prefer spinning gear and live bait Mullet pilchards crabs and other white baits
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

    
Key West
trips from
US$ 500
  
Key West
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US$ 500
Key West
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US$ 750

Customer Reviews

4.63 out of 5 stars from 35 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We tried to catch tarpon but they weren’t having it so we moved on to barracuda, yellowjack, snapper and finally a Goliath Grouper. Tried to catch a shark at the end of the day but no go. Great memories.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hardly caught any fish

Rodney Phelps does not recommend Reel Easy Charters

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

We wanted to target either tarpon or goliaths as a goal going in.  When we first got on the boat Capt. Jason let us know the tarpon were not biting good.  But we wanted to try and target them first.  We spent about a hour and a half trying to catch a tarpon.  Once we realized we probably wouldn’t have a bunch of luck.  He said we could target goliaths instead.  We went and caught some jack fish for bait.  We then went to a spot with the jacks and targeted goliaths.  We hooked into goliaths and sharks.  We only landed one due to how strong the fish was.  Capt. Jason let us jump in the water and get fotage of the goliaths with our GoPro cameras. 

Would recommend this trip to anyone looking for targeting goliaths.

Capt. Jason recommend we come earlier in the summer for tarpon.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Had a great trip with Captain Andrew. Moved around and did several types of fishing. He’s knowledgable about the area and and offered lots of insight about fishing in Key West . Great time!!!! Recommended!!!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 24, 2017
Raylan Deanna does not recommend Easy Does It

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 22, 2017

I was very pleased with our fishing trip. Captain Jarred was exceptional in his experience & professionalism. He put us on fish everywhere we went showed vast knowledge of the different species of fish and their habits. I was very impressed & satisfied with my experience & would highly recommend Captain Jarred & Real Easy Charters to anyone wanting a great fishing experience. Jack Wilson

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great time with captain Jared, we would definitely book again.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 16, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 9, 2017

Great trip. Captain was great.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

Highly recommend

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 11, 2017

The boat was fine and so was the captain. We wanted to catch Tarpon, however, they are pretty challenging. We ended up catching some nice mangrove snapper, 8 of them, which we were happy. My disappointment came at the end. I went to use the restroom when we docked since it had been 4 hours. Our guide went to clean our fish at another distant table but didn’t tell us. We looked everywhere. We did not get to see our catch nor take a family picture of our day. Making memories with my kids and capturing them are really important to me.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 3, 2017

The trip was with my wife and 9 year old daughter. We had an awesome time, my daughter will remember this forever. She caught snapper, yellow jacks, and sharks. Even getting to fight a 6ft lemon shark. Part of the day was supposed to be snorkling , but after seeing a few sharks she was not getting in the water. The captain knew exactally what type of fish would be in each spot, we caught fish at each spot and lost many big ones to sharp teeth or rocks. He also entered my daughter in a tournament for her 8 pound yellow jack.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 2, 2017

We had a blast.  Went out to several locations, almost caught limit in snapper.  Got to fish on several wrecks at or just under the surface.  Caught 7 snapper, 2 Yellow Jacks, 5 sharks (3 different kinds) and 1 permit!  Captain was very knowledgeable and nice.  Adjusted several rods with left handed reel.  Had a great time on the water and even caught my first Permit with 1 cast!  Thanks for the great time.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 4, 2017

Captain Andrew was the best. We were out for tarpon, and they are both hard to find and hard to catch. Captain Andrew moved the boat swiftly around the schools we spotted and moved around a large area of water in search of schools. To break things up, we fished for smaller fish off of some underwater structures (caught two jacks) and went to a couple of places Captain Andrew knows as permit spots. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any tarpon strikes until nearly 8pm, and then, only because Captain Andrew really stayed on those fish. We lost both in the end, but not for lack of trying. Fish or no fish, it’s beautiful to be out on the water at sunset in Key West, and just seeing the huge tarpon churning on the surface is amazing. Great experience. Ladies—one thing to know: there is no head on the boat.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, May 26, 2017

I booked this trip twice in a week! Jason was nothing but professional and put me on the tarpon. We hooked up several times and got 2 monsters to the boat. I told Jason I wanted to catch a tarpon and he made it happen. I would highly recommend using reel easy, great company that know how to fish.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 22, 2017

I was new to flats fishing I wanted to focus on permit and tarpon. I got both species (2 permit and one medium sized tarpon). Very happy with both crew and boat. What a great experience wil be back next year.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The trip started out with a phone call requesting we change days, which we cheerfully obliged. However when we arrived at the marina we were informed that we are not fishing with captain John on his boat rather one of his guides on a different boat

While the guide was certainly friendly and courteous he appeared to lack some experience
For example we spent the first hour of our trip searching for bait
I have fished all over the country and I know there are days they just don’t bite. However, I would expect a trip this expensive to be as advertised
 
Reel Easy seems to more concerned with volume than personal service

Joseph Cribbin does not recommend Reel Easy Charters

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 7, 2017

One of the best fishing experiences of my life.  Our guide, Jared, who works for the John S. Jackson fleet, put us on snapper and grouper, prior to hooking up monster yellow Jack, barracuda, and multi-species/variety of shark.  This was a bucket list trip for me originally (hypothetically) for tarpon and permit, but ultimately ended up being a bucket list trip due to my boat captain Jared and him making it an amazing day!

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trip overall was good. We moved around a bit more than I would have liked, but they seemed to bite a while then stop so maybe that was needed. First fish of the day was a nice shark caught on a pin fish using very light tackle. What a battle! A true fishing memory to last a lifetime.
Cooked those yellowtail right on the pier when we pulled up- the best meal I have had in a long time!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, April 21, 2017

Really nice and knowledgeable guides

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, April 10, 2017

Capt had to work twice as hard under challenging conditions as wind was much stronger than expected.  He was well prepared with excellent equipment and stocked with appropriate live bait.  We had a great time and will be back for another charted.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Had a great morning with Captain Jason of Fish Reel Easy.  This guy is super fishy, which for those of you who do not know, this is a good thing.  He knows his stuff, and puts you on the fish.  He is very professional and works his tail off to make sure you have a good time.  He was great with my little guy who insists that Jason is his new fishing buddy. These guys are great and communicated through the whole process, from booking to arriving at the dock. I would highly recommend Jason and the Fish Reel Easy crew.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fresh bait. Finding sheltered spots on a windy day. Good patience, always friendly. Helped everyone with bait, fish. Very nice day with Jason. Would go again in a minute.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Had to go buy hooks in the middle of the first day.  Not prepared when we showed up.  It was blowing pretty good both days but the overall approach wasnt good.  Other boats on the same dock came back with plenty of fish.  Nice guys but it seemed mailed in based on the 20 or so charters I have had.

Paul Corbett does not recommend Reel Easy Charters

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Captain Cody worked very hard for us and it paid off with lots of fish.

Fished March 2017

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John Jackson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thanks Ernie we appreciate your business and hope to fish with you and your group again in the future
Tight lines
Capt John


Went fishing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Very knowledgable guide who worked hard to find a variety of fish. Good day on the water.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, May 20, 2016

Great time fishing with Captain John Jackson.  Great fisherman and patient teacher.  We caught many fish, but the experience made it great!  Would definitely book this charter again.

Fished May 2016

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