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.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Gulf Towers
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1500
    up to 6 persons
    go the distance you won't regret it. Fish areas with high density fish populations and very low fishing pressure. Catch your fish of a lifetime! shrimp boats and wrecks
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 6 persons
    Full day offshore fishing reefs and wreck. You will have an opportunity to catch Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Tarpon, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 900
    up to 6 persons
    Enjoy wreck and reef fishing for Barracuda, Amberjack, Cobia, and many other species with one of the best guides in the area. All you need to make a successful catch possible will be provided for the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 6 persons
    This trip includes wreck and reef fishing for a variety of species. Ideal for any angler, beginner to pro! Target Amberjack, Barracuda, Cobia, and many more.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Barracuda (Great)
  Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

  Grouper (Goliath)
  King Mackerel (Kingfish)

  Snapper (Yellowtail)
  Tuna (Blackfin)

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.

30 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
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 an early age. Fishing and diving became my second nature. First, I started working as a commercial fisherman and then added being a professional guide to my resume. I'm a third generation captain and professional guide. I've proved my skill in various tournaments.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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