High Stakes Charters

High Stakes Charters runs offshore fishing trips with style. These fishermen have over three decades of combined fishing experience, and can put you on a variety of fish swimming around the waters of Key West.

From novice to pro anglers, anglers fishing with High Stakes Charters come back to the shore with a grin. And rightly so. Here you can find Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Blue Marlin, Snapper, Grouper, Wahoo, Sailfish and many other pelagics and bottom fish. Just one glimpse around the photos, and you will understand why many fishermen come back to fish together with Don and Jason Jonas.

This father/son duo aims to give their guests an exciting and unforgettable day on the water. When he was 16, Don became a diver for a prominent treasure hunter, Mel Fisher, subsequently captaining the crew’s 85’ dive boat. Jason was born and raised in Key West, and decided early on to follow in his father’s footsteps. The crew’s passion and love for fishing saw them discovering and testing the waters of numerous famed fishing destinations, including Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and more.

High Stakes is a 53’ Striker Sportfisher powered by twin 650 HP Caterpillars, capable of cruising at 25 mph. She can take up to 6 fishermen. The boat is rigged with an array of navigational and fish finding technology, such as a Garmin 4210 GPS and Sonar, as well as VHF radios. The vessel features two private bathrooms and 4 ACs on board, as well as a spacious seating area, with 3 leather couches. The galley is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and sink, as well as electric two-burner cooktop. There are two staterooms on board, with one queen and two single beds.

High Stakes Charters is located at Oceanside Marina, on the south side of the island. All fishing gear is provided, as well as the fishing license. Pack your camera, prepare food and snacks, bring sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, and comfortable clothes. Hop on and let High Stakes help you get that fish.



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  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $2,100
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is the ultimate offshore fishing around Key West. It's 10 hours of action, a big boat, and big game. The trip work best for accomplished and seasoned anglers. The crew will bring the gear, tackle, lures, bait, ice, water in bottles and soda, and will take care of the license. You should bring non-marking shoes, a cap, beverages in cans, sunblock, comfortable clothes to move easily, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,700
    up to 6 persons
    Hardcore anglers, this one is for you. You will have a full day to venture into the Gulf or Atlantic waters of Florida and target Mahis, Marlins, Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, and other game swimming around. The crew will furnish the gear, tackle, license, bait, ice, bottled water, and soda, and will cover the fuel costs. You need to pack food, beverages (in cans), a cap, sunblock, a hat, non-marking shoes, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,300
    up to 6 persons
    This trip gives you more time, which means you might have better chances to land your dream catch. Offshore you can target Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, and more. The crew will supply the fishing gear, license, ice, bait, and will clean your catch. Bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and adult beverages, preferably in cans.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    This half day trip is a great package for novice anglers or families with kids. You will have just enough time to explore the fisheries on either side of Florida, depending on what you like, and target Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna. The fishing gear and license are supplied. Pack a camera, food and snacks, bring sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, and non-marking shoes. The crew will take care of the rest.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    Use the afternoon to explore rich fisheries that surround Florida. The target species are migratory fish such as Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna. The fishing gear and license are provided. You should bring a camera, food and snacks, sunscreen, a cap, shades, comfortable clothes, and non-marking shoes. Departure time can vary slightly. The trip works great for those with a busy schedule, novice anglers, or families with minors.
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About the Captain

Jason Jonas
Key West, Florida, United States
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Member since June 2014
The team behind High Stakes Charters is a father/son pair with several decades of combined fishing experience. Capt. Don became a diver for the world-famous treasure hunter Mel Fisher at an early age of 16. Working with them for two decades, he went on to captain their He 85’ dive boat, JB Magruder. Capt. Jason followed in his dad’s footsteps and earned his captain’s license at 18. They have worked on honing their skills and constantly try to further their fishing techniques. Back in 2008, at the Drambuie Marlin tournament, Capt. Jason landed a 350 lbs Marlin, followed by media coverage, interviews, and articles. The duo is focused, professional, and knows the waters intimately. Whatever your skillset, this crew will give their best to make your trip the unforgettable fishing experience.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)

Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Striker (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 650HP Caterpillar C8.7 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
53 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.77
out of 5 stars from 46 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
69%
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Kevin C.
Key West, FL
 5.00
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1/2 day am

VERIFIED   NEW  March 18, 2020
We barely threw our first line in the water and got a hog sized Blackfin Tuna. Capt. Jason and 1st mate Matt are TOP NOTCH....
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Lisa M.
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Excellent all around! These gentlemen are awesome. Provide a first class experience and cater to you. My 12 year old twins...
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Tony M.
Key West, FL
 5.00
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  March 10, 2020
Nice trip out…was windy and only caught barracuda…but crew was good and boat was very nice!
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Susan K.
Jupiter, FL
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VERIFIED   August 3, 2019
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Kristin D.
Claymont, DE
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Fishing with Jason

VERIFIED   April 19, 2019
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