Chelsea Charters - 38' Phoebe II

(10) In demand!
Old Highway
Tavernier FL, United States

Chelsea Charters welcomes you down to the Florida Keys and invites you out for an action-packed day on the water. Take on tasty reef fish and hard-fighting pelagics predators with an experienced crew and an awesome boat. Charter fishing doesn’t get any better than this!

The “Phoebe II” is a 38’ Buddy Davis Custom Express which was expertly restored in 2017. She is powered by twin Cummins 450 HP engines and is licensed for up to 6 guests per trip. The vessel boasts a large, air-conditioned interior with a stereo and spacious seating where you can sit and relax. There’s also a private bathroom with a clean, functioning marine toilet on board.

The Phoebe II is equipped with quality fishing equipment, all of which is maintained on a regular basis. She has outriggers for the best trolling spreads and her large cockpit also has a fighting chair to let you take on big game beasts like Marlin and Sailfish.

The boat is captained and owned by Captain Frank Drudi. With over 20 years of fishing expertise and countless hours at sea, Capt. Frank has the skills and the drive to give you a fun, productive day out. Your first mate, Jason, will be happy to fillet and bag your catch once you get back to the dock.

The productive waters of Islamorada hold a large variety of migratory pelagics and other great fish. During your trip, you can target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Sharks, Sailfish, and more. The crew of Phoebe II caters to anglers of all ages and skill levels, regardless of if you’re just starting out or have been on the water your entire life.

All fishing equipment is provided, including both live and artificial bait and licenses for everyone onboard. Snacks and drinks are also included, so just bring your sunscreen, your camera, and plenty of energy for the day ahead!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip - Swordfish
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1500
    up to 6 persons
    This is an all-out offshore extravaganza, heading out to the deepest waters to take on the ultimate monster of the deep - Swordfish. Daytime Swordfishing is one of the most extreme forms of angling out there and was pioneered right here in South Florida. This is not a trip for beginners!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1200
    up to 6 persons
    The sky's the limit with a full 8 hours onboard. Take on deep-water bottom fish like Vermillion Snapper and Snowy Grouper. Battle Billfish like Marlin and Sailfish. Go head to head with ferocious Sharks. If it swims and it bites, you can catch it!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1000
    up to 6 persons
    With a couple more hours on the water, you can get in even more great catches of reef and pelagic fish. Snappers, Groupers, Sharks, and even Billfish are on the cards on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the morning fishing for a variety of tasty reef fish like Snappers and Groupers. You can also head further out to take on pelagic fish like Sharks, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the afternoon fishing the reefs of offshore waters for anything from Snapper to Sailfish on this exciting 4-hour trip.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Snowy)
Marlin (Blue)

Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Mutton)

Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion)
Snapper (Yellowtail)

Boat Specs

Buddy Davis Custom Express (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1983, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

38 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Kite Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

About the Captain

Frank Drudi
Tavernier, Florida, United States
Member since October 2014
Captain Frank Drudi has been running charters for over two decades and has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod. As the owner-operator of Chelsea Charters, Capt. Frank takes it upon himself to make sure that every trip aboard his vessel is fun, memorable and preferably bountiful. Let him show you just how good the fishing in the Keys really is.
Response time: 3 hours
Response rate: 89%

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Had an awesome day of fishing aboard Chelsea Charters. Capt. Frank put us on schools of fish and mate Travis had us reeling in fish as fast as we could. Unbelievable day of fishing. This was our 3rd charter with Chelsea Charters and we cant wait for our next trip!

Fished July 3, 2018
Frank Drudi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 16, 2018

Thank you again Sue. Look forward to fishing with you guys again.

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Our trip with captain Frank started on a sour note. Email confirmation of our trip had the wrong time and address. We got to the boat a little late. Once we left the dock everything changed. Captain Frank and his mate Travis were awesome. They made up for all our frustrations. We got on the fish right away and the action never stopped. The boat was a beauty we enjoyed every minute of this trip. Looking forward to doing this again in the near future.

Alex S.

Fished July 1, 2018
Frank Drudi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 2, 2018

Alex, Thanks again for a great day. Sorry for the mix up on the address. Hurricane Irma shut down our marina and we were forced to move. I didn’t think to change address on the Fishingbooker site. We will take care of it.

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I searched for days to book the perfect FIRST deep sea fishing adventure for our family while visiting Key Largo. After contacting Captain Frank - I knew this was the charter for us and I had made the right decisions. My husband was happy with the size of the boat which was spacious and immaculate for the five family members able to come in addition to captain Frank and first mate Travis (who were AMAZING) and mate in training Jason. I explained that I wasn’t sure how some of us were going to handle being on open seas but we really wanted to catch some fish that we could eat - he said “no problem - we’ll concentrate on the snapper and not go out very far”. God was smiling and it was a sunny day with calm seas - and the fish were biting!!!! First mate Travis explained the secret behind a successful fishing trip and primed our location, showed us the correct way to pull those beautiful fish from the ocean and didn’t have any problem reminding us (gently) that we weren’t keeping that rod low enough or using the rod to ‘reel in the catch’ — as we were all beginners. We had a blast and caught so much fish we didn’t have to buy meat for the rest of the week!!! To add to the excitement- while our daughter was reeling in a fish- out flew a BARRACUDA trying to gobble up her catch. The crew quickly baited a bigger hook on a stronger rod with her fine catch and my husband caught and reeled in the barracuda. That only happened because they thought so fast on their feet. As we all did so well, the captain finished our trip by venturing out into deeper water and my husband caught a huge mullet snapper. We didn’t realize how big our fish or how big the BARRACUDA was until we went snorkeling a few days later. What a great and awesome trip of a lifetime!! Thanks to Captain Frank and his team for making my husband’s 60th birthday one we will all remember for years to come!!!!
Kathryn Cherry

Fished May 6, 2018
Frank Drudi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 17, 2018

Thank you very much for choosing us for you charter.  I am glad you guys enjoyed it. Hope you can make it back sometime.

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