Jolly Roger II

Key West, FL is home to some of the world’s most famous fishing grounds – what better way to discover them than alongside a captain who grew up exploring these waters? Captain Joe Mercurio comes from a long line of Floridian fishermen, and can’t wait to pass on the knowledge he’s inherited. Come aboard Jolly Roger II and get ready to discover plenty of local tips and tricks – you’ll be fishing like a native Floridian in no time!

Capt. Joe has been fishing these waters for over 37 years. He bought the “Jolly Roger II” boat from his father, and his grandfather owned one of the first charters boats in Key West in the 40s – it’s safe to say that a passion for angling is a true family tradition for him! He uses his wealth of knowledge to provide a variety of angling adventures that are suitable for guests of all ages and skill levels, all on board a luxurious fishing machine.

The vessel in question is an impressive 39’ Chu Chu sportfishing vessel, able to accommodate up to 6 anglers. She’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a fun family getaway, or want to tangle lines with some of your best angling buddies. On board, you’ll find top-of-the-line navigational and safety gear, as well as a full toilet. There are 5 fishing chairs on the back deck, a fighting chair for battling big game, and outriggers to cover plenty of ground when trolling.

Speaking of trolling, your captain specializes in putting guests on fish by using his “reef to bluewater” trolling method. This means that you’ll be exploring fishing grounds around the local reefs, as well as up to 25 miles offshore. You’ll have the chance to hook Mahi Mahi, a variety of Marlin, Barracuda, Wahoo, Tuna, and more. Don’t worry if you’ve never fished before – your captain and first mate will be on hand to show you the ropes.

Your trip includes rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license. Your captain will fillet your catch, too. Come aboard Jolly Roger II and learn how to fish like a true Floridian!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,150
    up to 6 persons
    This full day trip is a great option for anglers looking to explore the best fishing opportunities that Key West has to offer! You'll have the chance to head up to 25 miles offshore, as well as exploring the local reefs, using a method that your captain calls "reef to bluewater trolling." You'll be targeting anything from Mahi Mahi, to King Mackerel, to Skipjack and Albacore Tuna, as well as Sailfish and White/Blue Marlin. Your captain will provide top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and your license.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    This 6-hour trip will give you more time out on the water, which means you'll have plenty of time to hook your dream catch! You'll mainly be "reef to bluewater" trolling with your captain, which means you'll be targeting the local reefs and waters 5 to 25 miles offshore to hook anything from Mahi Mahi, a variety of Tuna, King Mackerel, and plenty more. Your captain loves customizing trips, so let him know if there's a species you'd like to catch. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your license are included.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    This 6-hour trip will give you more time out on the water, which means you'll have plenty of time to hook your dream catch! You'll mainly be "reef to bluewater" trolling with your captain, which means you'll be targeting the local reefs and waters 5 to 25 miles offshore to hook anything from Mahi Mahi, a variety of Tuna, King Mackerel, and plenty more. Your captain loves customizing trips, so let him know if there's a species you'd like to catch. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your license are included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This 4-hour morning trip is the perfect option for anglers looking for an introduction to Key West's stunning fishing grounds! You'll mostly be trolling from 5–25 miles offshore for the chance to hook Barracuda, King Mackerel, Wahoo, and plenty of other saltwater favorites. You'll be joined by your captain and a friendly first mate, who'll show you the ropes. Your captain is very adaptable, so just let him know what you want to reel in. Your trip includes rods, reels, bait, and a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    Spend your morning exploring Key West by land, and then join your captain for a 4-hour trip out to the hottest fishing grounds! Your captain mostly takes guests trolling – he calls it "reef to bluewater trolling," as these are the areas you'll be targeting. You'll have the opportunity to hook anything from King Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, and maybe even a Mahi Mahi or two. Your captain loves tailoring trips to suit your needs, so let him know what you want to catch. Rods, reels, bait, and tackle included.
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About the Captain

Joe Mercurio III
Key West, Florida, United States
6 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
Capt. Joe has been fishing for the past 37 years, and has been a licensed captain for 27 of then. He was born and raised in Key West, so it's safe to say he knows these waters like the back of his hand. When it comes to the boat you'll be fishing from, it's pretty much a piece of Key West history – Capt. Joe's father owned the boat before him. This family's tradition of fishing doesn't stop there, though. Capt. Joe's grandfather had one of the first charterboats in Key West in the late 40's. Come aboard and make yourself a part of Floridian fishing history!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Goliath)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)

Sailfish
Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Skipjack)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Chu Chu (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 350HP 3126 Cats engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 17 knots.

Length
39 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Brian P.
Miami, FL
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Capt. Joe

VERIFIED   August 18, 2019
We had a great trip with Captain Joe and his mate Stan!!  If we ever do one again out of Key West, I’ll be sure...
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David D.
Miami, FL
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Half day on the Jolly Roger II

VERIFIED   July 27, 2019
Experience counts. Captain and crew are stellar. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen on this boat!
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Mike R.
Miami, FL
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   July 20, 2019
Great days fishing.Really helpful and professional. Great Captains mate.Worked non stop for us .
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Charles H.
Moseley, VA
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Full Day

VERIFIED   March 13, 2019
Tolling all day. Nothing worth keeping, but we all caught a few. The floating sea grass kept the mate busy all day keeping...
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Michael And Dana Mcbride
Austin, TX
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VERIFIED   March 9, 2019
Fishing was a little slow, but Captain Joe and Stan worked steadily to get us on the fish. My wife and I enjoyed the charter...
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