Capt. Mike Merritt’s Guide Service

150 Smallwood Drive
Chokoloskee FL, United States

Capt. Mike Merritt’s Guide Service is based out of Chokoloskee, Florida, and offers private charters among the Ten Thousand Islands in Everglades National Park. If you would like to fish one of the most pristine areas in the world, with a unique ecosystem found nowhere else, this is the place. Fishing is great all year round, and there is such diversity of area that even on windy days there are places to go and fish to catch. Among the Ten Thousand Islands you can fish the outside barrier islands, the rivers and creeks, and hundreds of miles of backcountry waters, making this a trip of a lifetime for many people.

You will set out on a 22’ Pathfinder boat that is powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 Stroke outboard motor. It comfortably accommodates up to three anglers, and is equipped with GPS, VHF radio, live-bait tank, and a wireless trolling motor to navigate you into those shallow hot spots and hard to reach areas.

Capt. Mike Merritt’s Guide Service use high-quality Shimano gear, fluorocarbon leaders, braided line, and live-wire circle hooks for the optimum chance to reel in Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon, and many other species. They offer six and eight hour trips, which include the use of rods, reels and tackle, bait, lures, and fishing licenses, and can also clean and package your fish at the end of the day. To top off your adventure, why not take your freshly caught fish to one of the local restaurants, where they can cook it up for you to enjoy.

Capt. Mike Merritt’s Guide Service also offer accommodation in their 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom condo, located just 5 minutes from the dock. The condo features a full kitchen, laundry, and living room, as well as a Queen bed, and two twin beds.

Capt. Mike Merritt’s Guide Service is based out of Chokoloskee, Florida, and offers private charters among the Ten Thousand Islands in Everglades National Park. If you would like to fish one of the most pristine areas in the world, with a unique ec


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Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2010, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Jigging
Targeted Species
 
Bass (Spotted Peacock)
 
Black Drum

 
Permit
 
Redfish

 
Snook
 
Spotted Seatrout

 
Tarpon
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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, Checks.

About the Captain

Michael Merritt
Chokoloskee, Florida, United States
Member since March 2016
I grew up in Everglades City, Florida. My Father and Grandfather fished here. I naturally grew up fishing here for Snook, Reds, Tarpon, and Sea Trout. I fished the professional circuit of the IFA Redfish Tour for 2 years, and I was a top ten finisher 4 times, and finished my final year in the top ten for the year. Fishing has always been my passion and it's what I love to do. Snook fishing is my specialty as I caught my first Snook when I was 7 years old and have been hooked ever since.
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Customer Reviews

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It was cold, windy, and low low tides. Tough fishing conditions. Mike worked hard to find the fish. Ended up catching over 40 snook, at least 5 in the slot. Three keeper black drum. When nobody else catches fish, Mike gets his limit.

Fished January 10, 2017
Michael Merritt (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 23, 2017

Great job John Johnson!

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