Singing Reel Charters

Singing Reel Charters runs year-round fishing trips out of Whale Harbor Marina, in the sportfishing capital of the world — Islamorada. Whether you’re looking for juicy table fare around the reefs and rocky bottoms or want to go further offshore, this charter service will help you get a catch to remember.

Captain Tony has been fishing his whole life. He grew up around the water and has a knack for finding the fish. He knows the good spots of Islamorada and works around the clients to make their trip worth the while. With Capt. Tony, it’s not just about a friendly service, but also about learning what fishing is. He will gladly share tips and tricks with any angler, from a family with kids to seasoned fishermen.

Captain Tony operates the Singing Reel II, a 42’ Hatteras Sportfish Convertible with a 14’ beam. She is powered by Twin 671-t Detriot 485 HP engines, is fitted with only the best electronic equipment, and uses high-quality rods, reels, and tackle. The boat can take up to 6 people. She has 3 berths, a salon, a head with a shower, and a fully equipped kitchen. For your entertainment, there are also 3 flat screen TVs and a stereo on board.

With Singing Reel Charters, you can try anything from trolling for Wahoo & Mahi Mahi to bottom fishing for Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper and Grouper. You can either explore the reefs or head further out. Captain Tony will help you out and will tailor the trip to meet your needs. His trips are flexible, as he cares about providing an enjoyable fishing experience.

Capt. Tony will supply all the rods, reels, and tackle, as well as live bait. You basically need to hop a board and get ready for the action. Bring your own food and drinks. Don’t forget to pack your camera. There is bottled water onboard as well. You will want to have a nice shot of your trip. Invite your friends and come along!

The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip price!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Tarpon/Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $500
    This short trip can be filled with action in no time. You will be going after Tarpon and Shark at the sunset. The departure times are flexible and trips run for three hours. This is your chance to reel in some of the largest fighting fish primarily around the bridges and back bay areas. Light tackle makes this a fun challenge. The fishing license is included in the trip. The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him – 20% or more of the total trip price is customary.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    The half day trip runs for four hours and it is perfect for both families as an introductory fishing trip and the most experienced anglers. You will be primarily fishing around the reefs and targeting Yellowtail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Grouper, Mutton Snapper. This trip is not an offshore trip. The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip price!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    $1,000
    The half day trip runs for four hours and it is perfect for both families as an introductory fishing trip and the most experienced anglers. You will be primarily fishing around the reefs and targeting Yellowtail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Grouper, Mutton Snapper. This trip is not an offshore trip. The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip price!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    An inshore 6-hour trip. Usually leaving the dock at 7:00 or as early as 6:30 a.m. depending on the time of year. We also clean and package your catch for travel. This is inshore, targeting Yellowtail, Mangrove, Mutton Snapper, Tuna Sailfish, Wahoo, Grouper, and more. This trip consists of reef fishing, trolling, throwing pitch baits, chunking, and deep dropping the wrecks, discuss the details with the captain. The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    A 6-hour trip usually leaving the dock at 7:00 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. We also clean and package your catch for travel or restaurant. This day trip can be offshore, reef, or a mix for fish of choice. Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and more. Offshore fishing consists of chunking, deep dropping, or reef fishing to catch Yellowtail, Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, and more depending on the season. Discuss the details with the captain. The mate works for tips so don't forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip price.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    This eight hour trip is a great choice! It can be a mix of reef fishing to catch Yellowtail, Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Grouper, and Mutton Snapper, Tuna, Sailfish, and Wahoo. Fishing consists of trolling, throwing pitch baits and bottom fishing. The first mate works for tips, so don’t forget to tip him 20% or more of the total trip price!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,700
    An 8-hour trip usually leaving the dock at 7:00 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. We provide the license for up to 6 people, bait, tackle, reels, rods, drinking water, and clean ice. We also clean and package your catch for travel or restaurant. Depending on the time of year, it can be a mix of reef, wreck, and offshore fishing to target Yellowtail, Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Grouper, Mutton Snapper, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi, and more. The mate works for tips, so don't forget to tip him 20% or more of total price.
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About the Captain

Tony Nagel
Islamorada, Florida, United States
48 Fishing Reports
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213 Customer reviews
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Member since August 2016
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Master Capt. Tony has been a fisherman his entire life. With over four decades of experience, Capt. Tony knows all the nooks and crannies of local waters. Taking up sport fishing at an early age, Tony has honed his skills over the years and knows how to put you on fish. He has grown up working with many great fishermen and learned a great deal about fishing but also about custom rod making. From Montauk Point to the Canyons off New Jersey to Ocean City Maryland, as well as Costa Rica and Dominican Republic and more, Capt. Tony has fished with success. He likes helping and teaching newbies as well as fishing aside the most experienced anglers. A trip with Capt. Tony is an enjoyable experience. Capt. Tony is a USCG Licensed Master Captain.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Hatteras (Convertible) originally built in 1971, and restored in 1988. Powered by 2 485HP Detroit engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef & slightly offshore
Nearshore Fishing
Reef
Offshore Fishing
Tuna, Whaoo +
Reef Fishing
Yellowtail, Mutton snapper + more
Wreck Fishing
Mutton Snapper, Grouper + more

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Light tackle specialist
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Mutton Snapper, Grouper + More
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
full size bathroom
Air Conditioning
central air
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Sleeps 5

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
High quality gear
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fish cleaned and packaged
Drinks
Cold water
First Mate
(20% gratuity expected)
Fishing License
included for 6 people
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Family and children always welcome
You Keep Catch
fish cleaned and Packaged
Catch and Release Allowed
Let us know at the beginning of the trip

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
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 213 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Brian C.
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3/4 Day with Capt Tony

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on November 5, 2022
My family and I had an incredible day on Singing Reel Charter with Captain Tony.  He put us right on top of the fish for the...
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Fishing with Tony

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Inshore on October 22, 2022
Wow. What a day. Captain Tony and Travis were amazing. First, the boat. Big, roomy and comfortable. It literally feels like...
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Kristen M.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Best time fishing ever!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on October 7, 2022
I’ve fished a bunch offshore most of my life and this was by far the most epic fishing experience yet! We didn’t have time...
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Tony M.
Key Largo, Florida
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Captain Tony and Travis / The Only Way To Fish

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 3, 2022
I took my wife and 2 kids with very limited to zero fishing experience with Captain Tony and Travis.  AWESOME.  We had such...
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Diana F.
Seneca, SC
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Half Day trip with Singing Reels Fishing

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Inshore on June 10, 2022
We originally booked a full day with Captain Tony, but ended up coming in early due to the excessive heat the day we went out. ...
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FAQs about Singing Reel Charters

Singing Reel Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Tarpon/Shark (3 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Offshore (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Singing Reel Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet full size bathroom
  • Air Conditioning central air
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed Sleeps 5
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen Ref, Stove, Micro & oven
  • Refrigerator Refrigerator, Freezer
  • Multimedia System 2 stereo systems
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box freezer & ice box for beverage only
  • Radar

Trips booked with Singing Reel Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (High quality gear)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Fish cleaned and packaged)
  • Drinks (Cold water)
  • First Mate ((20% gratuity expected))
  • Fishing License (included for 6 people)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Singing Reel Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Reef & slightly offshore)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Reef)
  • Offshore Fishing (Tuna, Whaoo +)
  • Reef Fishing (Yellowtail, Mutton snapper + more)
  • Wreck Fishing (Mutton Snapper, Grouper + more)

Singing Reel Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Light tackle specialist)
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Mutton Snapper, Grouper + More)
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Singing Reel Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo