BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters

Fishing out of Whale Harbor Marina in sunny Islamorada, BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters runs a range of fishing trips in the rich offshore waters that make the Florida Keys famous among sport fishermen worldwide. Discover the numerous tropical reefs that are home to dazzling fish, or head to the deeper spots in search of Billfish and some delicious species.

You’ll be fishing on board a state-of-the-art 46’ Warren O’Neil offshore sportfishing boat that can accommodate up to 6 anglers. Restored in 2015, it’s fitted with twin 575 HP Caterpillar C9 engines, running gear, and top-quality electronics, as well as outriggers and downriggers to maximize your fishing potential. This fishing machine is ready and waiting to take you on your best day of angling yet!

All charters are private, meaning the crew will tailor your fishing trip to suit your individual needs and preferences. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced angler, everyone aboard will get the attention and advice needed for an enjoyable day on the water.

These waters are home to some of the most exciting fish in the world, so there’s a variety of species you can target. You can troll for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo. Bottom fish for Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack, and the experienced crew will bring you to the fish.

The use of top of the range fishing gear is included in the price of the trip, including rods, reels, and tackle, as well as live bait and lures. The crew will be happy to clean and fillet your catch once you return to the dock, so you can take it home and straight to the table.

Join BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters for an unforgettable day of fishing the Keys, and make some amazing new memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,000
    If you're a serious angler who wants to get the most out of the Florida Keys' stunning waters, then this is the trip for you. Get on the water for 10 hours and experience some stunning fishing grounds as you go after a range of huge, exciting, and delicious fish. Hit the reefs and bottom fish for Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, and more. Or troll the deeper waters for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Marlin. Wherever you go, the fishing will blow your mind. Fill the boat and head home with a smile on.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip – Swordfish
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,000
    Spend 10 hours on the water as you go in search of some of the nation's most loved table fare. As tough-fighting as it is tasty, you're in for a thrilling time on the water as you head offshore in search of this beast. Spend hours fishing the deep blue seas to lure the bite of a monster-sized Swordfish and fill the boat with enough meat to take home for weeks. Be careful though, the fight could easily break your line, or pull you over, so settle into the fighting chair, and get some help from the mate.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,500
    An 8-hour trip will give you plenty of time to explore a range of fishing out of Islamorada. With a wealth of fishing grounds just a stone's throw away, you can choose between bottom fishing the reefs or heading offshore and trolling for the bite of some big game fish. Along the shallower waters, go for Snapper, Grouper, and more. While in the deeper waters, target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Marlin, for the fishing experience of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    With the incredible waters on offer just out of Islamorada, you'll have the chance to explore a range of productive fishing grounds even on this 6-hour trip. Discover reef and offshore fishing as you try to fill the boat with a range of delicious fish. Test your skills against some of the ocean's strongest creatures and head home with a well-earned reward. Bottom fish the reefs for Grouper, Snapper, and more. While offshore, you'll troll for Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna.

About the Captain

Mike Rathjen
Stuart, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
23 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since June 2016
Captain Mike is a passionate fisherman who offers family-friendly fishing trips aboard his first class boat, the Ballie Who. Mike holds a Master 100 Ton captain's license and he is enrolled in the Maritime Consortium, as well as holding numerous other safety and proficiency qualifications.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper

Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Swordfish Swordfish
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Warren O'Neil (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1968, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 575HP Caterpillar C9 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
46 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
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 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Full Day Trip with Captain Mike on the Ballie Who III
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
78%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Cameron B.
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Full Day Trip with Captain Mike on the Ballie Who III

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 6, 2020
Absolutely incredible day of fishing with Captain Mike Rathjen on the Ballie Who III.  We booked a full day trip on short...
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John G.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fishing with Mike

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Bradenton, Florida
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Enjoyable Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 13, 2018
My wife and I joined Capt. Mike and Sam on a half day trip and they were very knowledgeable, professional, helpful, and friendly....
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3/4 day trip with Captain Mike and Colby

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 17, 2017
The Ballie Who is a beautiful boat! Captain Mike & Colby were awesome! It was not necessarily a great day for fishing, as the...
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Michael W.
United States
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Half day trip w/ Captain Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 11, 2017
Capt Mike and his mate Ryan were awesome.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and strong winds forced us in early...
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FAQs about BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters

BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,250 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip – Swordfish (10 hours)

When you book a trip with BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with BallieWho Sport Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Swordfish
  • Wahoo