Deep Sea Fishing in John's Pass
The deep sea fishing John’s Pass has to offer is all about long hauls and big payouts. John’s Pass has access to some of the deepest waters in the entire Gulf of Mexico. Getting to them is no mean feat, but if you do you’ll be well rewarded. Huge Snappers, Groupers, and other deep-water species lurk thousands of feet below, while Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and more patrol the pelagic waters.
The great thing about fishing here is you will always be able to find a charter. John’s Pass is the gateway to the Gulf for much of the surrounding area, and you have three marinas and dozens of boats to choose from. You’ll find the perfect trip and the perfect boat for every style of fishing here.
What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip
What your trip focuses on depends entirely on your definition of “deep sea fishing.” Many local charter captains use the term to talk about offshore deep dropping trips. Others say only big game species like Sailfish and Tuna count. Whatever you’re after, one thing’s for sure. The fish will be huge and they’ll put on one heck of a fight.
The John’s Pass area isn’t blessed with the instant deep waters found along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. You may have to travel 100 miles to hit the 100-fathom curve. Go a little farther, though, and you’ll be fishing along one of the most dramatic drop-offs in the country. The seafloor plummets 9,000 feet in just ten miles in some spots. This makes it an incredible place to fish.
You need 12 hours minimum to enjoy the deep sea fishing John’s Pass is known for. Your trip will usually focus on hitting deep-water reefs to reel in monster bottom fish. Snowy, Yellowedge, Calico, and Warsaw Grouper live down here, as do Tilefish, Queen Snapper, and the monster from Cloverfield.
All you bluewater purists out there, don’t worry - there’s plenty of pelagic action here too! Troll from reef to reef to bring in Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and even the occasional Marlin. You may need to run 100 miles to hit the fishing grounds, but once you do, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mix of species.
Deep Sea Fishing Techniques
Covering as much ground as possible is key when targeting big game pelagic species. Trolling is the go-to tactic, using spreads of lures or tough baits like brined, chugger-headed Ballyhoo. These allow you to troll much faster, covering more ground and hopefully finding more fish.
Once you hit the reefs, your captain will chum the water and drop tasty baits like Squid on heavy tackle. Your hooks may have several pounds of lead helping them on their way to the bottom, so electric reels are essential unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Need to Know
The great thing about deep sea fishing in John’s Pass is that you will usually have everything you need onboard. Fishing licenses are covered by the boat, and all tackle and bait are usually included. All you need to bring is personal supplies like food, drinks, sunscreen and sensible clothing. And don't forget your camera, because you'll be catching some truly massive fish!
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in John's Pass
- Size 5 to 20lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in John's Pass
"3/4 day Trip"
Mike Arrick fished with Deep Color Fishing on October 18, 2018
Bite was tough, but Hank worked had to find what we got. My 11yrd & I had a blast. Thanks Deep color fishing for the experience!
"6 hr. trip with Capt. Hickman, El Capitano"
John Kidd fished with ElCapitano’s Offshore LLC on July 7, 2018
We had a great time with Capt. Hickman at the controls of El Capitano. He was knowledgeable and very patient with us as inexperienced deep sea fishers. He was where he said he would be and on time. Baited our hooks & cleaned the fish for us. If you get a chance to book a trip with him do it.
"Different generations fishing extravaganza!!"
Rodney Murray fished with Deep Color Fishing on November 18, 2017
Hank, thanks so much for an awesome day and we could not have selected a better guide or person to go fishing with. All the best to Deep Color fishing. We will be back!!
Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in John's Pass
Catch On Charters
St. Petersburg • 23 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 450
Reef Relief Charters
Saint Petersburg • 31 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 450
La Costa Charters
Treasure Island • 32 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 125
Fishhawk Charters - Contender
Madeira Beach • 35 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 1000
Top Knotch Fishing Charters
Madeira Beach • 36 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 700
Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing
St. Petersburg • 32 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 550
ElCapitano’s Offshore LLC
Madeira Beach • 32 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 700
Charter Boat Indian Outlaw
Treasure Island • 46 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 900