About Island Time Charters Key West2018-10-31T17:41:08+00:00


Our mission is to provide a Key West Charter that is one-of-a-kind and unforgettable adventure to our customers.


Island Time Charters professional Boat Captains combine years of experience, fun and knowledge to provide you and your family with an incredible charter experience in Key West.

Captain Jamie Merkel

Captain Jamie grew up fishing, diving, spearfishing, lobstering and free diving in the Florida waters and the Keys. The greatest gift of his parents was saturating him in the water from the age of 2. It was inevitable that he would eventually find himself in Key West running charters. A diver at 14, instructor at 19 and instructor trainer at 22, it was that this was his path. Certifications: 100 Ton USCG Captain, Multi Agency SCUBA Instructor Trainer, First Aid/CPR Instructor Trainer, Certified Free-diving Instructor Trainer, Certified Spearfishing Instructor Trainer, Certified Skin Diving Instructor Trainer, Proud Contributing member of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Proud member of the International Game Fish Association

Captain Mel Mansbridge

Mel is a Captain as well as our business manager. She is a native Floridian and has had a love for the ocean since a young girl. She moved to Key West in 2012 to be close to the ocean and live her dream of becoming a boat captain. She worked as a mate on sailboats and while becoming a captain and loves fishing, diving, lobstering. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for Reef Relief, spear fishing, diving and sailing to neighboring islands. Including The Bahamas and Cuba; with dreams of more travels via boat. She considers a day of success filled with lots of laughter and making new friends. Why spend another day on land when you can spend it on the water!

Captain Greg Johnson

Captain Greg Johnson offers over 15 years of experience as a USCG licensed professional captain. His professional highlights include vessel deliveries through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Captain Johnson has extensive knowledge of the local Key West echo system, surrounding waters, and marine life. He is a 17 year resident of the Florida Keys and originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Captain Johnson is a loving father of two boys, 3 and 6 years of age, and his hobbies include paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and spear/fishing.

Captain Michael Ludwigsen

Captain Michael Ludwigsen was born and raised in Chestertown, MD and I’ve been living in Key West for 3 years. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry for 9 years. In my free time you can find me out on the water. Captain Ludwigsen is passionate about fishing and knowledgable about all the local waters in Key West and the fishing they have to offer.

Captain Matt McNally

Captain Matt McNally is from eastern Kentucky and moved to Key West in 2001. He started working as a mate on fishing charters in 2003. Knowing this was his passion he decided to get his captain’s license. His experience includes running center console boats, sport fishing boats, commercial fishing, as well as deep dropping and yellowtailing. In his spare time he likes to do what ever puts a smile on his face!

Our Fleet

Mola Mola

Angler 24’ – “Mola Mola”, a center console Angler, features a T-top for shade as well as an additional bimini, an open bow and cushioned seating for 6. Mola Mola is ideal for smaller groups who want to focus the fun in-shore.

Nari Nari

Intrepid 28’ (2) “Nari Nari”: our intrepids provide seating for 6, T-tops for shade, a dry ride no matter the seas, and Sea Deck flooring (nice and soft on the feet). The Intrepids handle the majority of our oceanside charters and are ideal for deep sea angling or trolling. They feature twin outboards allowing us to get you quickly and smoothly from Point A to Point B.

Sardi Sardi

Ranger 17’ – “Sardi Sardi”, a center console Ranger, is a “flats” boat and is perfectly designed for fishing the backwaters and closer to shore. At 17’, it accommodates groups of 2-3, and provides cushioned bench seating, a bean bag seat and a T-top; a swivel chair (for that fight of your life!) is also available.

Galliant Effort

Sea Ray 59’L – “Galliant Effort” is our flagship and you will appreciate the sense of luxury and comfort the minute you board.  She features 3 staterooms, salon seating for 8, full kitchen, 2 heads, state of the art sound system, cockpit seating for 6 and an on-board dinghy. Galliant Effort creates the ideal environment for a romantic sunset cruise or an off-shore outing with friends and family.

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No request is too big or too small for our captains. If it matters to you, it matters to us. Let us make your adventure in Key West adventure unforgettable in every way.


Island Time Charters Key West uses only the world’s finest crafted products on every charter. Special thanks to all of our fine sponsors!