Reel Easy Fishing Charters in Key West, Florida

Guided by John Jackson

Deep Sea Flats Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

14 Years of Experience
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Captain John of Key West Florida is your one-stop shop for all things Florida Keys fishing!

The son of a commercial fisherman, Captain John spent many days and nights exploring the many wonders that the lower keys has to offer. Raised on Sugarloaf Key, located between Key West and Big Pine Key, Captain John enjoyed exploring these world-class waters inside and out fishing, diving, and exploring the many islands, channels, creeks, and waterways which make up what is known as the back-country.

With his younger brother James, Captain John would search for new places to fish and dive and would always bring home fish or lobster for their mother to cook.

As Captain John grew up, he began to broaden his explorations beyond the backcountry to fishing and diving reefs, another entirely different ecosystem full of different wonders and fascinating creatures.

As a young man, Captain John earned many commercial licenses and spent the majority of his time fishing and diving for lobster.

In the late 80's, Captain John created his own charter company and has shared his knowledge and experience with others ever since.

Captain John is thankful to call the lower keys home, saying, "this diverse Eco-system has and will forever be a magical place to me".

Come join Captain John for an incredible adventure on the water!

Reel Easy Fishing Charters Trips

Have you ever wanted to catch that once-in-a-lifetime fish, capture that awe-inspiring sunset, or enjoy an unforgettable day with your family on the water? With Captain John, you can do just that. Spend your half, 3/4, full or extended day trip exploring the beautiful flats around Key West as you chase down tarpon, permit, barracuda, sharks, snappers and more. This back country/flats charter is a popular choice for both longtime anglers and families because of its wide range of fishing opportunities. Hop on the 24' Yellowtail and the highly-rated Captain John will take you where you need to be. Your adventure will begin at the dock as Captain John explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West "Flex" Sportfishing

100% (10)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

What sounds better than a quiet chain of islands in the beautiful Florida Keys with world class fishing? With Captain John, you can visit exactly that place. Spend the day exploring the beautiful flats around the Marquesas Keys as you chase down groupers, sharks, snappers and more. A couple dozen miles West of Key West, the Marquesas Keys are a hidden treasure when it comes to Florida fishing. Surrounded by flats, wrecks and reef features, these remote islands are home to some of the best fishing in the world. The journey starts aboard Captain John's 24' Yellowfin in Key West. Expect a bit of a trip to get to these islands, but it is well worth the wait! No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Marquesas Key "Hidden Gem" Trip

100% (5)
24 ft 1 - 5 People From $240 / person

What's better than Tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys? Doing it twice in one day! Whether you want to spend a half day or a full day hunting these "Silver Kings," the highly-rated Captain John has you covered. Hop on his 24' Yellowfin and chase the first biters in the morning, and if that's not enough, stick around for more prime-time tarpon fishing at sunset! Tarpons have become the most sought-after game fish in the Florida Keys. This mammoth migrates up and down the coast filling up the bridge passes and backcountry waters. Tides, weather, and moon phases play an essential factor in a Tarpon’s behavior, but these kings are always hungry, biting on both live and artificial bait. We recommend going after these fish between March and August. Your adventure will begin at the dock as Captain John explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Tarpon Hunt

100% (5)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

Have you ever wanted to catch that once-in-a-lifetime fish, capture that awe-inspiring sunset, or enjoy an unforgettable day with your family on the water? With the highly-rated Captain John, you can do just that. Hop on the 24' Yellowfin and enjoy an evening of Tarpon fishing under a beautiful Florida Key sunset, when the tarpon are biting the most! Tarpons have become the most sought-after game fish in the Florida Keys. This mammoth migrates up and down the coast filling up the bridge passes and backcountry waters. Tides, weather, and moon phases play an essential factor in a Tarpon’s behavior, but these kings are always hungry, biting on both live and artificial bait. We recommend going after these fish between March and August. Your adventure will begin at the dock as Captain John explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Half-Day Tarpon Trip (Seasonal)

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

If you're looking to mix it up out in Key West, this trip has your name on it! On this Lobstering trip—perfect for families—you'll use nets and "tickle sticks" to bag Spiny Lobsters, which are a blast to catch and even better to eat. Catching Lobsters takes a little practice, but once you've done it once, you'll never forget it. Captain John can give you all the expert tips, but it's a simple task: use your tickle stick to coax the Lobsters into your net without letting them swim away, because if they decide to take off, they're surprisingly speedy. Once they're netted, you can swim back to the surface and throw that bug on ice! Captain John provides the nets and sticks, but you'll need to bring along your own snorkel, scuba mask, fins, and gloves if you choose to wear them. These pieces of equipment are essential, so come prepared! For everything else, John has it covered. Just remember sunscreen (no spray please) and a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. The Lobsters are out there—get out there and get after it! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Lobstering - 24’ Yellowfin

100% (5)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $167 / person

Have you ever wanted to catch that once-in-a-lifetime fish, capture that awe-inspiring sunset, or enjoy an unforgettable day with your family on the water? With Captain John, you can do just that. Spend your half, 3/4, full or extended day trip exploring the beautiful flats around Key West as you chase down tarpon, permit, barracuda, sharks, snappers and more. This back country/flats charter is a popular choice for both longtime anglers and families because of its wide range of fishing opportunities. Hop on the 24' Yellowtail and the highly-rated Captain John will take you where you need to be. Your adventure will begin at the dock as Captain John explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Offshore Excitement!

100% (5)
30 ft 1 - 4 People From $225 / person

Recent Reviews of Reel Easy Fishing Charters

Jonathan

Verified Review Fishing

David made it fun and kept me busy. I plan to use him again!

Scott

Verified Review Fishing

Great trip! Capt Zac was awesome to fish with. Highly recommend 👍👍👍

Jackie K.

Fishing

First of all, it was a beautiful day, so we lucked out there. We met captain Brandon at the dock. Truthfully, our first impression, was not 5 stars. It may have been early and the Captain seemed a bit short on details and not very responsive. However, after we found out fishing spot, the Captain seem to become more cordial to us. My son, who is on the spectrum, was quite and pretty upset when everyone else caught Fish. Captain Brandon did not let him quit and was very good with him. He was able to catch 2 Red Snappers, and would gotten a 3rd but the line snapped. It was a great day for all and Captain Brandon was awesome. I would recommend this fishing charter to anyone, if you are a first-timer (like us) or a veteran angler that wants to go to the best spots to catch fish in Key West! A great time was had by all!

Jacob S.

Fishing

I came down here for my 50th birthday to do a little fishing and have a good time. My wife and I were teamed up with Captian Zac on my birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was amazing, and Zac got us on fish near a wrecked ship. We fought some Yellow Jack, Nurse Sharks, Goliath Grouper, Permit, had a shot at a Bull shark, and were harassed by Baraccuda the whole time. This trip has started in an amazing way, and my hat is off to these guys who do their best to put customers on the fish. Today, they did, and it made my birthday. Thank you again Zac!

Crystal Y.

Fishing

One of the best guides we’ve had! Captain Chris was energetic, funny, knowledgeable, efficient, and overall so patient. When you’re on a boat for 4+ hours, you hope the other person is great. We had a great time, caught a ton of snapper, and I appreciated all of his funny anecdotes and knowledge about the water. I swear the guy never stopped hustling to get that bait on your hook, he was like a machine. Thank you for the experience and we’d book with him again

Darris

Verified Review Fishing

This wasn't our first fishing trip in Key West but it was one of the best, Zack was a great captain, we had an awesome time. While other boats in the vicinity had limited luck Zack had us on fish all day. I can highly recommend Captain Experiences you will not regret it, five stars all the way, thanks again from the Charleston, SC. foursome.

Jim

Verified Review Fishing

We had a fantastic trip with captain David. He was patient with 2 beginners. We caught our limit with snapper and finished the day with a 20lbs Cobia

Amy

Verified Review Fishing

We had an amazing time on our trip. Our first trip with another company was canceled that morning and I was able to book another trip the same day. The lady at Captain Experiences helped me find something for my family. Then we absolutely loved the fishing and Captain Zac. He helped everyone catch a fish! I would definitely recommend!

Danny

Verified Review Fishing

Had a good time only thing wrong with the trip was the wind. had to hide in the mangroves but caught some fish

Margie H.

Fishing

We could not ask for a better fishing experience! Very knowledgeable and hospitable. Chris put us on the fish all day long! Thanks Captain John for such a great charter service! We had an absolute blast! Three of my friends had never been on a charter and there first one today was a success!

Katy M.

Fishing

JJ was the perfect combination of helpful and fun! He is a third generation fishing guide having grown up in the Keys and after vacationing for 10 days all over the east coast with endless adventures, my boys said this experience was the highlight of our trip!!!

Species

Amberjack, Atlantic Mackerel, Barracuda, Black Grouper, Blackfin Tuna, Florida Pompano, Gag Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Hammerhead Shark, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Lane Snapper, Lobster, Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Permit, Sailfish, Tarpon, Wahoo

Techniques

Bottom Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Flats, Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

5130 Overseas Highway, Key West, FL 33040, United States | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, Summerland Key, Key West

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