Captain
Mike Rathjen

Member since June 2016

Islamorada, United States

Background
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.

Hey, I'm Captain Mike Rathjen

Islamorada, United States
Background
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.
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

Islamorada
trips from
US$ 800

Customer Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Captain and crew were beyond expectations.  Colby (mate) was experienced way beyond his 27 years and made for a fun and fruitful trip.  We hit Mahi all day, stayed away from the storms and had a blast.  I am already planning my next trip to the Cays in the fall and will book again with Captain Mike on the BallieWho!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, 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 fish weren’t easy to find. But they never gave up & we ended up with 11 beautiful Mahi!! Colby was great at answering all our questions and sharing fishing info. Captain Mike made quick work of filleting our fish…he probably fillets fish in his sleep.  We would definitely recommend taking this charter!!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great day enjoyed it a lot.great 5 year anniversary day thanks captain Mike and Brad

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 2, 2017

Had a great trip.  Capt Mike took us out about 20 miles and got us on the Mahi.  We caught a ton of them It was a great time and we look forward to doing it again soon.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our trip was well worth the money.  Captain Mike and Crew were outstanding and full of knowledge. We caught what we were hoping for and they were both great host to their well equipped boat.  It was nice to have the restroom and bottom cabin area to store our food and dry things. Great experience and we will see you again next year Captain Mike and Crew. Thanks for the great memories.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Was expecting a long day of fishing with my two kids but they got sick. Were throwing up most of trip and captain said we could do half day trip which saved me money. Got on tuna and some mahi. We were catching more than the other boats around.  Great guys, the captain and his mate. Would definitely recommend them

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great crew, worked hard to catch sailfish even though seas were rough, caught limit of yellow tail snapper. Would recommend fishing with Capt.Mike and Ryan, were great guys who enjoy what they do and really worked to make a good trip.

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Went fishing on Friday, April 14, 2017

Not really what we were expecting, crew was friendly but somewhat pushy and violent at times. We had screaming on board with the crew getting nervous over us trying to take an active role. Even got some yelling for touching the rods and trying to engage. Captain and mate smoked constantly without ever asking if we minded it. After the trip the captain was extremely pushy over the tip. Fishing was good and they are very good at getting you to the fish. Manners need some serious improvement though.

Ricardo Menendez does not recommend BallieWho Sport Fishing Chaters

Fished April 2017

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Mike Rathjen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 21, 2017

I am very sorry that you felt this way from fishing with us we try very hard to make sure all of are clients catch lots of fish. I know we can get excited trying to keep the rotation going perfect when the fish are biting and I’m very sorry if you felt uncomfortable while we where doing so. But the reason why we do that is yellowtail are a very line shy fish and we try to do it the best way we know so we can make sure you catch 40 yellowtail snapper in a hour like we did on this day. Now that you have addressed there was a cigarette problem from the mate we have now made a new rule no smoking on board with are clients. When it comes down to tiping I ask every client at the end of the day if they would like to leave a 15 to 20% tip for the mate on the card or they can give them cash it’s totally up to the client. The only reason we ask for the tip is some people do not know any better. But it’s the same thing as when you walk into a restaurant and tip your waitress are mates work very hard to make sure the boat is prepped and ready to fish at all times and tips are there main way of income . Again i’m very sorry how you felt on your trip please let me know if there’s anything i can do to make it up fell free to contact me thanks Mike.

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Capt Mike and his mate Ryan were awesome.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and strong winds forced us in early after my 12 year old son became sea sick.  However, we were out long enough to load up on Yellow Snapper.  At Mate Ryan’s recommendation we took our fresh catch to Lazy Days that evening where they cooked us up an awesome fish dinner.  Will definitely book another trip with Capt. Mike and Ryan.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Experience of a lifetime but phone fell in the water along with all my pictures

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, February 6, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Great guy, felt like I was fishing with one of my buddies back home.

Fished January 2017

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