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Captain John Jackson — "Reel Easy"

Hi there, my name is Capt. John Jackson, let me tell you a little about myself and my experiences fishing the waters of Key West.

I feel lucky to have grown up in the Florida keys, the son of a commercial fisherman, I spent many days and nights exploring the many wonders that the lower keys has to offer. Raised on Sugarloaf key which is located between Key West and Big Pine Key. Sugarloaf was a magical place chalked full of adventures. As a young boy my summers and weekends were spent on the water fishing, diving, and exploring the many islands, channels, creeks, and waterways which make up what is known as the back-country. With my younger brother (James), we would search for new and better places to fish and dive always bringing home fish or lobster for mother to cook. As I became older I began to broaden my explorations and was soon fishing and diving the reef which was another magical place full of different wonders and fascinating creatures. As a young man I held many commercial licenses and spent the majority of my time fishing and diving for lobster. In the late 80's I created reel easy charters and have been sharing my knowledge and experience with others. Its a special feeling to call the lower keys home, this diverse Eco-system has and will forever be a magical place to me. Come join me for an incredible adventure on the water aboard the Reel Easy!

Captain John Jackson

    Boat Information
  • 24ft. Yellowfin Bay - 275hp. Mercury Verado
  • Beam 8' 6" - Draft 14"
  • 8' Power Pole
  • Hydraulic Jack Plate
  • 16 Rod Holders
  • Calm, shallow water - No Seasickness!
  • Comfortably fishes up to 4 anglers
  • Bait, tackle, license, bottled water & ice supplied
  • Bring only drinks, snacks, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, & camera
  • Ladies & children welcome


Two More off the Bucket List!!
Went to Key West for first time. Talked to Capt Roc to set up a light gear trip for tarpon and then for sharks. That is what I caught. He set me up with Capt John Jackson of Reel Easy Charters out of Hurricane Hole Marina. His boat is sleek and fast and we were fishing in 15 minutes. That tarpon scene was awesome as I watched them dance and soar out of the water. I soon learned how to "bow to silver king" and landed my first tarpon. Then it was off to the sharks for quite an experience up close and personal. Captain John was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I am hoping to go back soon and do it again. When my I got off the boat my wife said my smile was almost bigger then when ... oh you get the point. Go with Pro West Guides and ask for Reel Easy Charters

Paul F
Ledyard, Connecticut


Great Trip
We had a blast tarpon fishing with Capt John Jackson out of Hurricane Hole. KWPG was incredibly helpful booking the trip on short notice, and Capt Jackson was the best. Seriously, this guy is the best tarpon guide, and put us on monster fish right away. I landed a 120lb BEAST, and had the time of my life.

Top to bottom, these guys are great!


Brilliant Fishing!!
Had outstanding day fishing Saturday with Captain Ryon Logan. Caught lots of tuna and yellowtail. Waiting for delivery of it to my home!

Sunday's trip with Captain John Jackson was also fantastic. Caught FIRST Goliath Grouper! Estimated to be 250-300lbs! Also hooked up FIRST sailfish.

Can't wait to get back to reel them in with KWPG.

Thanks for another great fishing experience.

Duane S
Yardley, PA

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