Captain Joe Meadows is a Master Offshore Captain USCG certified. He has over 28
years experience on the water. Over 18 years have been boating, fishing, and diving along
Florida's west coast, from Port Richey to the Florida Keys, and includes several trips to
the Bahamas. Since retiring as a manager from IBM Corporation in 1991, he has been a full
time charter boat captain. He has recently completed a circuit from Fernandina
Beach to Port Richey, and is a very well-known and highly
respected charter boat captain in both locations. Port Richey, Capt. Joe's home port, is
conveniently located close to the Tarpon Springs
Sponge Docks, popular with visitors from around the world.
Captain Joe offers Offshore Fishing and Diving and Specialty Charters aboard the Paladin, a 42' Jersey Sportfishing boat. Young anglers are
welcome, so you can make this a great family outing! Captain Joe is happy to catch and
release at the angler's request.
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
With the ambiance of a Greek fishing village, Tarpon Springs, Florida is
a location you'll want to visit again and again. Sample some of the world's finest Greek
food - from the delightful Oopah (flaming cheese appetizer) to the rich pastries, such as
Baklava. You'll stroll the working Sponge Docks and visit its quaint shops.
You can learn of its history steeped in Greek heritage. A perfect way to relax after a
great day on the water with Captain Joe.
The Paladin is a 42' twin diesel Jersey Sportfishing boat. It
comes fully equipped, including outriggers, fish finder, LORAN, depth gauge, auto-pilot,
and ship-to-shore radio. It's wide 14.5' beam gives 6 anglers plenty of fishing room. It
has a fully equipped galley, including full-sized refrigerator, both microwave and
conventional ovens, garbage disposal, and dinette. Other amenities include an on-board
clothes dryer and full head with separate stand-up shower. It sleeps six comfortably. A
luxury boat that knows how to work the bluewater!
Captain Joe offers offshore charters for Grouper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Shark, Snapper,
Permit, Cobia, Tarpon, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin. He is experienced in many different
angling methods, including trolling, downriggers, and bottom fishing, and uses live or
natural bait, or artificials, as required. Young anglers are welcome, so you can make this
a great family outing! Captain Joe uses the finest fishing equipment available, much of it
custom made. He carries everything from big game tackle (130 pound class) to light
spinning equipment (6 pound class)! If you have your own equipment, Captain Joe welcomes
you to bring it along. Standard fishing charters are listed below, but if you have a
special request, be sure to contact us at the Florida
Captains' Page-- and don't forget to check out the Specialty
5 Hour Charters
9 Hour Charters
12 Hour Charters
24 Hour Middle Grounds Charters
48 Hour Middle Grounds Charters
All standard fishing trips include fishing license, bait, tackle, custom rods/reels and
instruction if necessary. Captain Joe uses rods custom built by the Reel Rod Company in
Tampa, Florida. It is customary to tip the mate 15 - 20% of the price of the charter, on
charters where a mate is provided.
Now that's a Large Grouper !
Want something other than a standard fishing trip? Captain Joe offers Specialty
Charters that are really special:
Shelling, Swimming, or Just Plain Relaxing
Sightseeing on the Intracoastal Waterway
These specialty charters can be tailored to meet your needs. Trips to the Middle
Grounds and the Bahamas are truly spectacular. Among the fish caught on these deepsea
charters are Pelagics, which include Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, and Dolphin.
For detailed information contact Captain Joe.
Capt. Joe Meadows
Port Richey, FL
Email Capt. Joe Meadows
Phone Toll Free: 1-888-capt-joe (1-888-227-8563)
Please mention the Florida Captains' Page when calling or e-mailing!