Captain Mel's Sportfishing Charters

Captain Mel’s Sportfishing Charters invites you on a trip to explore the iconic waters of Key West. Here you will find year-round action around reefs, backcountry waters, or in far offshore depths where Grouper and Snapper are. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, Captain Mel will make sure you have a blast on the water.

Captain Mel has been a fisherman his whole life. Having fished around the waters of the Bahamas, guiding anglers around the water of Mexico and the Caribbean, and now Key West, he’s gathered deep knowledge of fish and techniques that work the best. For the past 20 years, Capt. Mel has been putting numerous customers on fish—just have a look at the gallery and you’ll be impressed.

Your vessel for the day is a 28’ custom-built Spencer which the captain built himself. The boat is a versatile fishing vessel that will give you plenty of shade and comfort whether you’re fishing the backcountry fisheries looking for Sharks or fishing offshore for Mahi. The boat is powered by twin 150 HP Yamaha engines and features GPS, a fishfinder, as well as a live bait well and an ice box. Capt. Mel has a selection of fishing gear and you will mostly use freshly caught bait. Trolling or bottom fishing, he’s got what you need.

In summer time, your trip can take you up to 20 miles offshore. If you want incredible fishing action sooner, go around the inshore waters looking for Tarpon. You can choose just one species and fishing technique, or combine several, the captain will take care of the rest. Either way it’s going to be a vacation to long remember!

When packing for the trip, remember to bring food and drinks. The captain will take care of the gear and the fishing license, and will also provide life jackets for kids. You should pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and of course, a camera. At the end of the trip, Capt. Mel will clean, bag, and ice your catch, so you can have it prepared in one of the local restaurants and have a nice dinner with your family.

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  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Vacation Special (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    up to 6 persons
    This 5 hour vacation special is a great value for your budget. You will have a lot of time to fish, enjoy the island, and have a great morning. Each trip is tailored to your wishes and based on conditions. You can focus on one species and type of fishing, or combine several. Popular combos are 1) reef and backcountry Shark, 2) reef and offshore Mahi, 3) Tarpon & reef/offshore, or 4) fishing and a sandbar. The captain will bring all the gear, you should pack food, drinks, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
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About the Captain

Mel Strahosky
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2017
Captain Mel has spent a lifetime guiding clients throughout the Caribbean, from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas and Mexico, and for the last 20 years -- Key West. Born and raised in Miami Beach, he started working on charter boats in his early teens and has never looked back. He currently holds a 100 ton Masters license, owns and fishes on a boat that he designed and built himself.

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Custom-built Spencer (Center console) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

28 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License


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


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:
American Express

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Michael S.
United States

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VERIFIED   June 29, 2018
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