Meridian Charters

5130 U.S. 1
Key West FL, United States

With a combined 30 years of fishing experience in the waterways of South Florida, Captains Jeremy and John have made fishing the Lower Keys their passion and lifestyle. Today, Meridian Charters is a comprehensive guide service offering everything from fishing packages for the hardcore tournament anglers to dolphin watching, snorkeling, island hoping and an all-round relaxing day on the ocean.

The boat is a 32’ Stamas Express powered by diesel engines and with the maximum onboard capacity of 6 anglers per charter. The boat features an enclosed cockpit as well as an air-conditioned cabin, providing shelter from the waves or the sun. It is furnished with quality integrated electronics package, including a radar, AIS and sonar, and comes outfitted with a spacious marine toilet along with freshwater showers. There’s a large integrated swim platform with a ladder allowing for an easy sea access. Large coolers and fish boxes for oversized catches can also be found on board.

Depending on the day, your trip will be guided either by Capt. Jeremy or Capt. John. Jeremy, the owner of Meridian Charters has over 15 years of commercial and charter fishing experience in the Lower Keys, which he uses regularly to help make his guests’ day on the water as memorable as possible. His right-hand man, Capt. John is a seasoned guide with over 5 years of professional guiding and a lifetime of fishing experience. In terms of tackle, the boat’s spinning gear consists of custom-built Esky rods and Daiwa reels, with conventional tackle mainly by Fin Nor and Penn International.

Meridian Charters specialize in offshore and reef fishing for a wide range of pelagics migrating through the Lower Keys. Offshore fishing usually consists of live baiting for Sailfish, trolling for the likes of Wahoo and Tuna, deep dropping for Swordfish, Mahi Mahi fishing in the summer and more. On the reefs, you can target a variety of Snappers and Groupers, Kingfish, Cobia and more.

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Stamas express () originally built in 2000, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 240HP Yanmar engines.

32 ft
6 persons
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Grouper, Snapper, Jacks, Shark
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
gear by Esky, Daiwa, Fin Nor, Penn
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Soft drinks & water
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 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

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

Customer Reviews

4.61 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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Kellie Hazelton  • Fished February 14, 2017
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It was a beautiful day, and light wind! We caught a lot of fish. Some were rather large! I would definitely do it again!

James Deren  • Fished March 14, 2016
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We set out to sea for my “Big 50” and a fun day at sea. 4 miles out one of the engines overheated! The captain reacted very quickly. He called in the problem and made us all feel at ease. It seemed that an oil filter needed changing and he did it as quickly as possible. They had the same problem a day earlier on the other engine. Why weren’t both changed to prevent this on a chartered trip? We lost about 40 minutes of valuable time that you cannot make up when you are going trolling for Mahi! The captain tried to make up for it in the early afternoon and we went bottom fishing over a reef and caught 24 small/medium size yellow tails for a good fish fry back at the hotel that night. Poor planning caused an emergency that could have been avoided. This ship is off my list!

Fernando Barragan  • Fished July 11, 2015
John Divoll (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 18, 2015

We were really sorry you had to see the mechanical failure side of boating on your charter.  We recieved a load of bad fuel, and it clogged our fuel filters.  There are 4 of them, and we didn’t realise the scope of the problem until they all failed.  We are a busy operation, and very very rarely have issues like this occur, however, boats do break.  I would like to extend an offer for a discounted fishing trip for your next visit, in the hopes of changing your mind about our operation.  You may contact me by email if you have any further questions or concerns.

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