Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft

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 pelagic predators with an experienced crew and an awesome boat. Charter fishing doesn’t get any better than this!

The “Phoebe” is a 48’ 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 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 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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,700
    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
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    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! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $900
    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 the Captain

Frank Drudi
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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45 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

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Targeted Species

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

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

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

Boat Specs

Willis Craft (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1966, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
48 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Matthew wanted to catch a Mai Mai and he did!!!
Matthew wanted to catch a Mai Mai and he did!!!
Matthew wanted to catch a Mai Mai and he did!!!
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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David F.
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Awesome day Capt Frank and Capt Tony

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on January 23, 2021
Capt Frank and Capt Tony as first mate was an awesome combination.  They were open to planning it however we wanted.  I had...
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Outstanding Day Fishing!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 28, 2020
The trip was great.  Frank made sure we got our dinner first thing as we headed out for the Snapper in the pic.  We all took...
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Awesome day out on the water

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 1, 2021
Had a great time out on the water. We requested to find the Mahi and they delivered! Thanks for the great trip. Very accommodating...
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Matthew wanted to catch a Mai Mai and he did!!!

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on June 3, 2021
What a great day with Capt. Druidt, Mate Tony and Intern Ben.  They were a lot of fun & professional.  We caught so many...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on June 2, 2021
We had a last minute trip with our original boat that cancelled on us. The Captain was very prompt and got us out. Crew was...
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FAQs about Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft

Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft offers the following trips to customers:
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - Extended Full Day Trip - Swordfish (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20% gratuity)
  • Fishing License

Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 28 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Chelsea Charters – 48' Willis Craft include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Wahoo