Captain
Jason Jonas

Member since June 2014

Key West, United States

Background
Father/Son team, Don and Jason Jonas, can provide an amazing day at sea! Here’s a little history about the team. Don’s family moved from Connecticut to Key West when he was just a child. At 16 he bacame a diver for world renowned treasure hunter, Mel Fisher. During the 20 years of employment with the Fishers, Don became Captain of their 85′ dive boat, the JB Magruder. Jason, born and raised in Key West, at age 18 earned his Captain’s license. Like father, like son they furthered their careers by gettting their 100 ton Master Captain’s license. In the 2008 Drambuie Marlin tournament, Jason caught the biggest Marlin, weighing in at 350 lbs!! This landed an interview and article on ESPN website. Their hard work and dedication has taken them fishing and sailing to exotic places such as Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Along with their 35 years combined experience, professionalism and knowledge of surrounding waters you will have the ultimate trip.

Hey, I'm Captain Jason Jonas

Key West, United States
Background
Father/Son team, Don and Jason Jonas, can provide an amazing day at sea! Here’s a little history about the team. Don’s family moved from Connecticut to Key West when he was just a child. At 16 he bacame a diver for world renowned treasure hunter, Mel Fisher. During the 20 years of employment with the Fishers, Don became Captain of their 85′ dive boat, the JB Magruder. Jason, born and raised in Key West, at age 18 earned his Captain’s license. Like father, like son they furthered their careers by gettting their 100 ton Master Captain’s license. In the 2008 Drambuie Marlin tournament, Jason caught the biggest Marlin, weighing in at 350 lbs!! This landed an interview and article on ESPN website. Their hard work and dedication has taken them fishing and sailing to exotic places such as Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Along with their 35 years combined experience, professionalism and knowledge of surrounding waters you will have the ultimate trip.
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Customer Reviews

4.77 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Captain Jason and Heath were fantastic. The boat was spectacular and my family had fun catching fish and riding the crystal clear blue water.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 30, 2017

Jason & Heath were both very knowledgeable

Fished June 2017

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Jason Jonas (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thank you for the great day! Hope to fish with you guys again!


Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

High Stakes are full pakage!
Proffesional super nice Crew with top skills. A sweet boat with lots of space and all the right gear.
We got a huge sailfish and had a great day.
Thanks Capt. Jonas for good action on the sea, cant wait to go again…

Fished April 2017

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Jason Jonas (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thank you for a great trip and looking forward to fishing again.


Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Excellent boat captain & first mate would do it again

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Very rough water. Of course no fault of charter. Caught 3 fish early nothing rest of the day.  Captain and first mate did as much as they could.  Head needed some repairs but was usable. Just a tough day to be on the water.

Fished November 2016

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Jason Jonas (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The head has an emergency kill toggle switch next to the flush button. Sometimes on a rough day it can be accidentally flipped into the off position. Head works just fine zero issues. Next time there is an problem please let the mate or me know as soon as it happens. Congrats on your big Blackfin Tuna.

Went fishing on Friday, November 18, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Jason Jonas (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Unfortunately when the weather is not ideal catching can be difficult. We all wish for calm days and following seas but it just wasn’t the case of this trip. 20 plus knots of wind out of the north and arriving cold front can shut the bite down. I recommend fishing here in the summer months when the weather is nice and the bite is more active. Best of luck in the future.

Went fishing on Thursday, September 8, 2016

No fish .

Fished September 2016

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Jason Jonas (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, September 19, 2016

I respectfully disagree. We caught plenty of fish just not the one you were hoping. Better luck next time..

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cant imagine rhat there is better fishingcharter in Key West. The boat is realy nice and the crew is excellent.
Caught a realy nice wahoo +45 and some barracuda. But the highlite was that we got a Blue Marlin +400 on the hook for over an hour. That was a memory for life to feel that crazy power on the hook.

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, August 5, 2016

This was my first off shore experience.  These guys were very professional, fun, and passionate with what they do.  There overall concern is to make sure you catch fish and have a good time.  I would highly recommend this charter to anyone looking for a great experience.

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 31, 2016

We had the time of our live
Our captain was the best ever
I took my son and his sons 9 10 & 11
The captain and crew were the greatest
With my grandsons
Making sure they had the experience that make memories worth making more

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Our family had a great time with The Capt and Crew of High Stakes.  4 teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 19 actually put down their phones for 6 hours to enjoy their first offshore fishing trip.  Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, we still got on some fish throughout the day.  When the whole family asks after the trip when we get to do it again, you know it’s been a good day.  Can’t wait to go out with High Stakes again soon ... Hopefully for a Marlin trip to Cuba.  Thanks guys for a great time.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, April 25, 2016

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First mate AJ and the captain were awesome. The boat and equipment all top notch. Thank you for a great day of fishing.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Had a great time caught a nice sail and a dinner for 2 mahi they even directed us to a great little bar where they cooked our fish slow bite with the moon stuff but they were able to put us on some fish in high seas!!!!

Fished September 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, July 31, 2015

The experience was great, the Captain and Crew were very attentive and helpful, definitely I will use them again in my next visit to Key West.

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our family of 5, including 3 boys, ages 13, 11, and 8 had an amazing time with High Stakes charters.  We actually fished with them twice during our stay in Key West, and had a great time both trips.  The captains, Don and Jason, and mate, AJ, were awesome.  We caught plenty of fish, and they were very helpful to all of us.  This was a great experience for all of us, and we would definitely recommend them again.

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Had a great time with AJ and Don.  Bad moon phase but the guys worked hard to catch us some fish.  A big plus to AJ for keeping everyone entertained. 

We will use them again the next time in Key West

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We caught one Wahoo and lost few. Capt. Jason i sreally nice guy. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough leaders and couldn’t catch more Wahoo.

Overall nice trip and look forward to the next one.

Fished February 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 4, 2014

We enjoyed the trip and the crew was great. Thank you for handling the trip logistics for us.

I would certainly come back

Fished September 2014

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Believe it or not, this trip was the 7th time I was visiting Key West. I’ve booked many charters so far and the High Stakes is THE BEST. It doesn’t matter how big or small boat is, this one is the right one.
People on the boat are down to earth people, genuine and made us feel relaxed and welcome. Jason helped us a lot with the booking process and was patient and helpful. We caught yellowtail snapper and got it prepared for us in a local restaurant. Captain Don is fun, totally knowledgeable about the keys and he for sure provided us an unforgettable experience.

Highly recommend High Stakes for your next visit to Key West, no matter your fishing ability. They will take care of you.

Fished June 2014

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 19, 2014

As usual, the time we spent with High Stakes was outstanding! This is the 3rd tournament that we go with them, won a 1st place twice and this year reached a top 10 in Key West Marlin Tournament. I would never consider any other charter instead of High Stakes!

Thank you Jason and Don for all…

Fished July 2014

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I live in Key West with my family and what can I say… We had fantastic time on High Stakes. Jason and Don are extremely polity, kind and know what they’re doing. It was more like catching than fishing :)
Captain took us on fish and we caught around ten Mahi-Mahi and a huge Wahoo. Since this was the first time for us to go for Deep Sea Fishing, we had a blast!

I can just highly recommend this cahrter boat! Not even a small dissapointment. Perfect!

Fished May 2014

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