Chelsea Charters - 38' Phoebe II

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
      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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

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

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.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Kite Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
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
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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

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4.73
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
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100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Kathryn (and Brian) Cherry
Okatie, SC
 5.00
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Half day trip with captain Frank

VERIFIED   May 6, 2018
I searched for days to book the perfect FIRST deep sea fishing adventure for our family while visiting Key Largo. After contacting...
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Alex Sabel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
 5.00
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6hr Wreck Trip

VERIFIED   July 1, 2018
Our trip with captain Frank started on a sour note. Email confirmation of our trip had the wrong time and address. We got to...
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Sue Oehmig
Adamstown, MD
 5.00
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Unbelievable Catch

VERIFIED   July 3, 2018
Had an awesome day of fishing aboard Chelsea Charters. Capt. Frank put us on schools of fish and mate Travis had us reeling...
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Sean Mcginley
Charleston, WV
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 18, 2018
Had a fantastic day on the water with Captain Dru and first mate Travis. They had us on the fish right away, and worked super...
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Michael Mazzoli
Tampa, FL
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Full Day Sail Trip

VERIFIED   March 24, 2018
The crew was ready to fish. There were five of us and we were all able to reel in fish.  Great boat if you are looking...
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