Reel Contender

5130 U.S. 1
Key West FL, United States

Reel Contender is an offshore light tackle charter boat designed for getting to the fish first on the waters out of Key West, Florida. Whether it’s Sailfishing you are after or jigging over deep wrecks, or even deep dropping for Swordfish – Reel Contender will get the job done.

Enjoy your fishing trip aboard “Reel Contender”, a spacious 30-ft center console, which comes powered by twin 250 HP Suzuki engines. Originally built in 1998, the vessel was restored in 2017 and has a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots. Its navigational electronics include a GPS, a VHF radio, and a fish finder. There is a toilet on board for your maximum comfort when spending your day on the water, an ice-box to keep the catch fresh, and a live bait tank, as well as outriggers and downriggers for a professional fishing experience. The “Reel Contender” provides comfortable fishing space for up to six guests.

Reel Contender offers four, six, and eight-hour packages to choose from. On your day out, you will be able to fish nearshore, offshore, the reefs, or go wreck fishing within 10-40 miles.

From light and heavy tackle to kite fishing, fly fishing, jigging, trolling, drift fishing, popping, spinning, and bottom fishing – the Captain knows all the best methods to catch the fish. Your main targeted species will be Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Tarpon, Yellowtail Snapper, Permit, King Mackerel, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Barracuda, Amberjack… and who knows what else? The list just keeps going!

Each trip with Reel Contender comes inclusive with all you need to put a great catch together. You will be provided with fly fishing equipment, as well as the fishing licenses, rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures. You will be offered drinks during the fishing adventure, so you could feel free to bring your own snacks. If you decide to keep the catch, it will be cleaned and filleted for you at the end of the trip for a ride home.

Reel Contender is an offshore light tackle charter boat designed for getting to the fish first on the waters out of Key West, Florida. Whether it’s Sailfishing you are after or jigging over deep wrecks, or even deep dropping for Swordfish – Reel


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  • Full Day Trip - Gulf Towers
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1500 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Offshore
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1100 private charter
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 900 private charter
  • Half Day Trip
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 250HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
10-40miles
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Amberjack
 
Barracuda (Great)

 
Cobia
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Grouper (Goliath)
 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

 
Permit
 
Sailfish

 
Snapper (Yellowtail)
 
Tarpon

 
Tuna (Blackfin)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Checks, American Express.

About the Captain

John Jackson
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
Born and raised in the florida keys I learned to fish at a early age. Fishing and diving became second nature. First working as a commercial fisherman and then adding professional guide to my resume. Third generation captain and professional guide. Tournament proven

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