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Captain Johnny Irwin

Captain Johnny Irwin is a revered Key West fishing guide. Born and raised in the Florida Keys Captain Johnny's guiding resume goes back over 50 years! A second generation fishing guide Captain Johnny is one of the best known guides in the Florida Keys and Key West.

From an early commercial fishing start Captain Johnny was taught the charter guide business by his father and uncle, both well-known guides of yesteryear. From the flats to offshore, the ultra-versatile Captain Johnny is equally at home. For the past ten years, the backcountry has been Captain Johnny's office. A recognized Tarpon and Permit specialist Captain Johnny brings a unique perspective to the elite Key West Pro Guides team.

A stellar talent, good-humored attitude and a sincere desire to provide an unforgettable fishing experience describes Captain Johnny Irwin. Step onboard Captain Johnny's new 23' Sea Chaser with 4 stroke Suzuki power and pursue your trophy. Competent with light tackle and fly equipment Captain Johnny enjoys offering instructions to the novice angler. A Night Tarpon and Shark fishing expert not surprisingly family outings are a specialty of Captain Johnny's as well.

Captain Johnny Irwin also professionally fishes his current home waters near Carrabelle, Florida a few months each year.

    Boat Information
  • 23ft. Sea Chaser with 175hp. Suzuki 4-Stroke
  • Calm, shallow water - No Seasickness!
  • Comfortably fishes up to 3 Anglers
  • Bait, tackle, license, bottled water & ice supplied
  • Bring only drinks, snacks, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, & camera
  • Ladies & children welcome

Read the Saltwater Sportsman magazine article
featuring Johnny Irwin. Click below to view each page.

Check out just a few of his 5-Star reviews!!

Family fun in the beautiful backcountry!
Key West Pro Guides are GREAT TO WORK WITH! The folks who work there KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. The web page is INFORMATIVE. The booking process with Captain Roc is STRAIGHTFORWARD. Cost structure is TRANSPARENT. The company offers DIRECT PICK UP for cruise ship passengers right at the docking pier to save time. NO SURPRISES. Our family spent an incredible morning fishing with Captain Johnny Irwin -- he was on time and well prepared. We enjoyed visiting the beautiful backcountry, saw tons of wildlife including pelicans, and Captain Johnny had us on fish the whole time. Our 14-year old daughter and 11-year old son fish occasionally and Captain Johnny's patient and friendly manner had them up to speed in no time. We drifted shrimp and brought in numerous Lane and Mutton snapper, and then trolled and brought in lots of Jack Crevalle -- perfect for kids! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Steve G


Highlight of our vacation
My husband and I came to Key West a few weeks ago on the cruise ship 'Enchantment of the Seas'. We just wanted to drop a line to say that we had a fabulous time on our charter. Capt. Johnny Irwin was our captain and what a nice guy. All we wanted was to catch was a few fish, just bend a rod and enjoy the afternoon. Never did we expect to hook and land a 150lb. Tarpon! It took us over an hour and my husband says he has never even seen a fish so big. Our fishing trip was the highlight of our vacation, thanks a million...
Trev and Barb
Bend, OR.


Excellent day on the Water
We had the best experience one could have hoped for with Capt. Johnny Irwin. Capt. Johnny met us on the dock on time a ready to go. We headed out to look for some of his bait traps, then he said we should take a few minutes to cast net some mullet. One cast later and we had at least 4 or 5 dozen, he laughed and said "were gonna have some fun now"! My wife looked at me and we both knew he was the right guide. We headed back to an area where there were a few boats hooked up, More that were not and all Capt. Johnny could do was kind of laugh under his breath, then he said to us “watch this”. The bait barely hit the water and all hell broke loose! We had a monster Tarpon on, and I fought it for 45minutes. After we landed it, we went right back to the same spot and Capt. Johnny had that same laugh, put the bait out and in less than a minute or two, WHAM! Another, this was my wife's fish, an hour later and we boated that one. We asked if we could try for some smaller fish and maybe something to eat. We caught sharks, jacks, snappers, it was a blast. Thanks Key West Pro Guides and a special thanks to Capt. Johnny!!
Mark and Lisa


A veteran who knows the water!
Absolute blast with Captain Johnny. The booking process was super easy, met our guide at the marina and he was eager to show us a good time. We ran for a few minutes then caught a well full of live baits. Capt. Johnny took us to a spot to try for some Tarpon and within minutes we were on! We jumped 8, landed 3, then a monster sharks ate well. We asked about Permit, Capt. Johnny had some crabs, we went to a few small reefs and landed 2 for 3, all before noon! Excellent time, super funny and cordial guide, will be back in the fall!!


Great Trip – Great Guide!!
Scheduled a last minute trip with Key West Pro Guides. We were in Key West on a cruise and I had used them before on a large corporate outing last year. Spoke to Capt. Roc and he told me that Capt. Johnny Irwin was available to take us out in the afternoon and we would 'love' this guy. They even asked us what kind of beer we like to drink and had plenty of water onboard. We started out on Tarpon, hooked 3, but the Sharks wanted them more than we did. We switched gears and tried for some sharks and can't tell you how good that really was! Capt. Johnny took us to a very shallow spot where you could have literally walked on them there were so many. We landed 6 Lemon sharks and fed many, many more. We finished off the day throwing lures to Jacks, all within the site of our cruise ship. Great experience, we will be back this winter with my company and will for sure ask for Capt. Johnny!!!


5 Stars for Capt. Johnny
Not sure where to start this review, we were sooo happy with the day on the water. This was a surprise gift for my husband. I researched several guides in Key West and honestly didn’t like how they talked down or stupid to me. When I called Captain Rock, he was the nicest, nicest guy EVER on the phone. All I knew was I didn’t want to spend all day on the water, but other than that, knew nothing about what to fish for. Captain Rock told me to let us handle the entire experience and he assured me my husband would have the trip of his life, boy was he right!! We fished for snappers, jacks, tarpon, permit, barracudas, sharks and caught all of them. Captain Johnny even filleted them at the dock and we had fresh fish for lunch, it was perfect. Were “hooked” We will be back

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