Diamond Ghost Charters Salmon Fishing
·Date August 2nd 2017
What a great morning! Fish on about every 3 mins.! Wish we had a larger
limit as I'm sure we could have
caught 3-4 times the limits. Tony knew right where to go and what they were biting on! Nice clean
boat and ready to go.
Will return as son as we eat a lot of these fish. Thanks Tony!
Date July 25th 2017
One of the best captains i have ever fished with.
Heullva guy and really makes it fun!!!
Date June 21st
Father/Daughter from Canada have a blast fishing with Captain
We thoroughly enjoyed
our charter with Captain Tony. He went overboard (ok not literally) to help
us rookie fishermen.
Date August 2016
We had a gorgeous solstice morning watching the sun rise, catch our
limit and then eat our Coho fillets at Linda's restaurant
(also recommended - great people). We caught a nap at Illinois State
Park next door while listening to the birds sing before
returning to Chicago.
I been fishing
aboard the diamond ghost for over 10 years now. I tried a couple other
charters but the diamond ghost is where its at.
My 2 friends and I had a blast aboard the diamond ghost! Within minutes
of dropping the lines in the water, we already had bites.
The equipment is good condition and he keeps the boat in excellent
condition. August 20 was a great day for fishing in the morning!
We were headed back within 2 1/2 hours because we already maxed out
our keep limit! Looking forward fishing aboard the diamond ghost soon!
Date August 2016
and I (all novices of lake fishing) booked a charter with Diamond
Ghost for August 5th, 2016. We met with Captain Tony
at 4:30 AM and he quickly got us onboard and headed into the lake.
Within 30 minutes we had lines in the water and fishing began.
The fishing ran hot and cool (they call it fishing after all, not
catching), but it was a completely enjoyable trip as Captain Tony made
every effort to find fish for us to catch. In the end we caught
15 fish in total, including Kings (one a 20 pounder), Coho, Rainbow
and Lakers. These catches produced over 50 lbs of cleaned fillets
for us to take home and share.
As an added bonus, Tony's wife Diane answers the phone and makes
the reservations for your charter. There was no calling a charter
leaving messages and waiting days for a return call. She answered
my first call to Diamond Ghost and was a delight to deal with. She
the procedure, answered all of my questions and then sent me maps
and other useful information to make our trip better.
Diamond Ghost gets an OUTSTANDING 5 Star Rating from us. We
will be back
Date July 2016
successful trip with Capt. Tony and Diamond Ghost Charters.
5th year in a row, and Capt. Tony always
puts us on the fish. Boated 14 trophies and missed nearly
as many. If you want to go Salmon Fishing, you can choose
any charter in the marina, but if you want to go Salmon catching,
I would highly recommend Capt. Tony and Diamond Ghost Charters,
you won’t be disappointed!” Looking forward to next
Date June 2016
Just finished a Charter with
Captain Tony and had a Great time!! I have chartered 2 other times at
before using Tony... and to be
honest this was the best trip thus far!! We caught 11 the first day and
15 the second...
and they were all...as Tony would call them "CHUNKY"...lol...
In fact I caught the biggest
fish I have ever fished for on Michigan this time!! 16 lbs King!!! It
Again thanks for a great mini vacation!!
Date June 2016
Hey Captain tony.....just wanted to
say thank you again...had such an awesome time in the water today....
you’re not just any charter Capt....you’re an awesome charter Capt...
And a friend....thank you again....
keep the lines tight and put em in the box....stay safe on the
Charter Date June 2015
Captain Tony will put you on the
fish ! It's Always a Great Time With Him On The Water. 3 years now
Charter Date June 2015
Hi again Captain Tony,
We had a great time with you, caught
our limit and didn’t worry about a thing despite the weather, thanks
to your fishing and boating skills. You obviously
know what you’re doing and keep your boat in top order.
Great job! We had a blast! Hope to see you again next
year if not sooner!
Terry and John Knight, Mark and Jack Buschm
Charter Date June 2015
Captain Tony is a top notch Captain. He knows where to
find the fish and is very knowledgeable at fishing. Most of us were
but after we left, we felt like experts. Tony did an amazing
job of helping us out and making us laugh. I would highly recommend
Tony on your next charter. I know we will be back again.
Charter Date May 6th 2014
I have been going fishing with Captain Tony for
many, many years. There has never
been a time when I have left the Diamond Ghost
disappointed in the service provided. Over
the years, Captain Tony has been host to my family, elderly
father-in-laws, outings “with
the guys,” and just my wife and me.
Captain Tony accommodates everyone!
Every trip is a 100% effort on Tony’s part to catch fish,
make his guests comfortable, and provide an enjoyable experience
for all. You will not find
a harder working charter captain on Lake Michigan.
Because of his enthusiasm and love of the sport, “Fish
On” is frequently heard on the Diamond Ghost. In over 20 years of fishing with
Tony, we have never been skunked. (I hope I just didn’t jinx my
next trip. I know Captain Tony will
do his best to make sure I didn’t as
long as I don’t bring bananas on board.)
Charter Date August 2013 Wanted to drop you a line
about one of your sponsors, continuing guests and Lake Michigan guide Captain Tony and Diamond Ghost
Capt. Tony, thanks for a great
day of fishing. Michael couldn’t be prouder of his catch,
showing everyone. Appreciate all your time and all your
effort. It was a good
A little background, I personally listen to your show live
or via Podcast almost every week.
I love the show. Considering I rarely get out enough your show fills the void,
and when I am able to get out I listen to the reports you provide and appreciate the information provided
by your guests. I set up a last
minute trip with Capt. Tony, about
a month ago (which I figure as last
minute), largely based on your opinion, his professionalism, and knowledge
given each week
on your show .I want to thank you for the
recommendation and to Capt.
Tony for a memorable experience. We will be calling again next year.
Chauncey, your spot on with your backing of Diamond
it's nice to see first hand a
sponsor being true to his reputation and performing beyond expectations. Choosing a charter boat on Lake
Michigan is a daunting task, especially
when setting it up for 6 men 2 of whom haven't owned a
fishing license, ever, The
fact that with only 4 fish in the box everyone was wanting to sign
up again next year, is a true
testament to Capt. Tony, and Diamond Ghost Charters. With all Respect, Brian G. Driscoll
Local 281 Fire Sprinkler Fitter Chicago, IL
Charter Date August
I just wanted to thank you for the great
trip you provided for Max and I. We had
a great time and are enjoying all the fish. It was a highlight
of Max’s summer and he has
told everyone about it. I know I learned a ton about
catching salmon and will come prepared next time to “keep reeling!”
I am already looking forward to the next trip.
Thanks again and I will be in touch.
Andrew MorrisGolf Course
Superintendent Country Club Of Peoria
Charter Date September
I want to thank you for another awesome
fishing trip. This is our 13th year in a row that we’ve
gone out with you and its always one of the highlights of our year.
This year was our most successful as far as catching fish, we
caught our limit and 15 out of the 20 were big. I’ve always said
that catching fish was just the icing
on the cake, being out on the water with my friends on a sunny day
with someone we like and trust makes it all worthwhile. We’re
already looking forward to next year.
Charter Date August
29th & 30th
My husband Greg and I
had the opportunity to fish with Capt. Tony on Diamond Ghost
Charters on Aug. 29 and 30th. We lucked out both days. The first
caught 7 fish 3 short of our limit. On the 2nd day we limited
out with my final fish a salmon weighing in at 16#. We had a great
time and Tony worked constantly
changing rigs and depths as they started hitting. We have been
charter deep sea fishing on a number of occasions in NJ, Fla., RI,
and Maine and as much as we enjoyed those trips
there was no comparison to the great time we had with Tony.
We'll definately be back. Thanks for the great time!
fishing day! Take care, Dave & Michael Hello Tony,
I wanted to tell you that Dave and Michael had a great time...our
son willlong remember his giant trout. And, I
grilled some of the salmon last nightand it was so delicious!!
I haven't had fish that fresh since my fatherwould go fishing
years and years ago.
Thank you. Pam Pidgeo
Charter Date July
2013 Capt. Tony,
Just wanted to send you a note thanking
for you for yet another unbelievable fishing
trip this past Sunday. I didn’t think we could top
last year’s trips, but you out did yourself in putting us
on the fish Sunday. I can’t get any work done with all the emails
going back and forth among the guys the past two days talking
about what an unbelievable trip that was. Can’t wait for next
year’s trip. There are 4 of us that are itching
for a repeat this year. Again, thanks for a great time fishing
and a bunch of laughs. You are the Best Man, Big Mike
Charter Date June
On June 22nd five of us went fishing
at 4 a.m. The night before a terrible storm came through the
northern suburbs, over half a million people were with out power.
Even though the storm was past, Lake Michigan still had four
to five foot waves, no problem for the well maintaind "Diamond Ghost".
The bait fish and salmon were
scattered by the storms. Capt Tony was not sure if he would be able
to find the schools. He kept changing lures, depth, trolling speed
and direction. He is the hardest
working charter boat captain I've ever fished with.
Honestly he never sat down or stopped to eat anything.
We ended up with twelve nice coho's and all of us had a great time.
I recommended Capt Tony to a friend
and he choose to go with a captain out of Waukegan, IL instead.
They got skunked. My friend told me their captain put
out eight rods
and then just sat on his butt for five hours driving the boat.
They didn't get any money refunded for catching zero fish.
He said next time he'll take my advise and book Capt Tony.
Sincerely, Jeremy Ferg
Charter Date July 18th
On July 18th, 2011, my 11-year old son, Michael,
and I went on a five-hour Diamond Ghost Charter with Captain
Tony and had a great time! My son loves to fish and for his
birthday, we booked him this trip. We left at 4AM and were
catching salmon a short time later. While we caught King Salmon
and trout, Michael was most proud of a very large
trout that he caught. Captain Tony filleted the
fish and we cooked some of it Monday night on the grill at home.
It was delicious! The rest is in the freezer. We
had a great time.
Captain Tony really knows his fishing. The boat was very
nice and he was a good captain. We would definitely do it again! Thank
you Captain Tony!
Charter Date July
Just wanted to tell you again how much fun the
Salmon fishing trip was! Plenty of nonstop action and
hitting our limit (and the 7 that fell off) plus beautiful weather,
couldn’t ask for anything better! Once again
your knowledge and professionalism came thru as usual as it has been
for 10 years, wouldn’t use anyone else…
See you again in a month with the
JT John Theobald National
Sales Director, PLM Solutions
Charter Date June 12th
Captain TonyBrain Miller here with the
Kane County Chapter of Pheasants Forever. First and most
I wanted to thank you again for providing us with an outstanding
few weeks ago. This was a first time charter for all of us
and we all left excited to do it again. You cancount
on us as yearly customers! I hope even get a trip booked later in
the coming months. We thank you again for a wonderful
trip Brian Miller Kane County Phesants Forever President Chapter # 852
Charter Date May
15th, 21st and 28th 2011
I have been using Diamond Ghost Charters
and fishing with Capt. Tony for over 15 years. Tony
is a true fisherman who's goal is to make his customer's
the best it can be by putting 100% effort into each trip.
May 11th 2011 Captain Tony,
The 5 of us want to thank you for the great outing
we had with you last Monday morning. This time we limited out
with 25 salmon in 4 hours with 9 lost. Marty and I have
fished with you for about 15 years and the other 3 guys for the
last 3 years. As always you are a pleasure to deal with.
We appreciate your hard work and efforts to getting
us our limits. You also keep it lively with some well place jokes.
We know you also enjoy the interaction with us guys especially
the back and forth bantering between Marty
and myself. Many years back prior to finding you I went out with
2 other boats that had a captain and mate and they got nowhere
the production that you get. You truly work
hard and earn your money.
Continue having a successful season
and we will see you again next year.
Bob, David,Marty, Phil, Steve
Charter Date May 12th 2011 Capt Tony
Thanks again for a wonderful experience
on the water last week. It was a great adventure and I truly
appreciate your expertise, the great equipment and your
You have an extremely deep passion and knowledge of fishing
Lake Michigan which make the experience fun and action-packed.
We tend to limit out on every trip, but you
exceeded my expectations last week when our group had our
limit in the boat by 8:30am. I look forward to another
adventure this summer/fall. And I will be sure to recommend
you and your great service to all of my friends and family.
Thanks and best of luck this season.
General ManagerBass Pro Shops -Bolingbrook, IL
Charter Date 23rd August
2010 Captain Tony,
Thanks for yet another great day of fishing on
Lake Michigan. My fishing buddy and I really enjoyed the day,
and even though we were really bushed from pulling in the
we went home tired but happy. Seven years in a row you
found us the biggest fish in the lake !!!! The salmon
put up a good fight and taste even better, because we
have the story to
go with the meal.The trout are delicious fresh caught and
the whitefish was a real surprise this year. Our California friends can't
stop talking about the trip we treated them to, and they
have fished thePacific. Thanks again and see you next season !!!
Rick Kunstman Chicago IL
Charter Date August 3rd
2010 Hi Capt. Tony. Thanks again for a great trip.
I'm glad the weather cooperated with us and the conditions
were good. Irina was amazed at the size of
the fish. Hopefully I'll see you at Rosemont.
Have a good rest of the season.
Norm Garges Chicago , IL
Charter Date May 10th
2010 Hi capt. tony just wanted to say thanks for the great
day of fishing saturday, i,ve been on alot of charters but i,ve
never limited out that fast! i,ll
be calling you soon because i want to go after those kings next!
Russ Russell Dingus Bridgeview,IL
Date July 29th &
30th 2006 Holly
& Tom We have been coming down from MInneapolis for the last 4 years
and enjoy each year we fish with Captain Tony. 2006
was a great year
for us. We brought in 17 fish each day that we were out and
the adrenilie kept flowing. Looking forward to our
trip this year and we try to bring new people each year.
Thanks Captain Tony
August 2006 Dear Captain Tony
This letter is to thank you for a wonderful fishing
trip in August. My father and I decied to go on the recommendation
of a friend who also gave you a wonderful review.
Evan so, we weren't sure what to expect. I have to say that
it went well above and beyond anything we expected. In six hours
we caught twelve fish totaling more than 120 pounds:
Many people think that these charters are expensive, but in reality
the amount of fish that we caught would've cost at least that much
if we had bought it at a grocery store.
Needless to say, we scheduled another trip as soon as we stepped
off of the boat. Your equipment and boat were top notch, you
were professional, and your experience made
the trip that much more enjoyable. Thanks again for a wonderful
trip and my father and I will see you again in August.
Sincerely, Max Nelson Bloomindale, IL
Date August 7th 2005
Hey Tony; Just a note to thank you
once again for a fantastic day out on the"Big Pond".
As always, you have
demonstrated your commitment to
making sure that your customers have a great and memorable
trip. Not only were we able to catch some nice "Kings", but I had
another chance to enjoy your company,
and learn more about many different techniques that you use, to put
us on fish. I've had nothing but great days, since first going
with you on my yearly fishing trip some
5 years ago. I look forward to the next one, and until
then, "Keep them reels screaming"!
Date August 7th 2005 Dear Captain Tony Our
return trip with you on the Diamond Ghost was as expected a great
time doing some great fishing. Tom told me that not
all captains go out of their way like you do to find the fish and
change lures to what's working to catch the fish. Like last summer,
you went beyond the 110% and gave
us all a bomb of a fishing experience. Thanks so much for all you
30th 2005 Capt. Tony, Thanks for the best fishing trip this year !!!
You are in a class by itself among charter captains. You even took care
of the 8 year girl cheering
her on with that big one. You put us on fish after fish after fish.The
count I believe was 23 for 44. Never seen that much action in the 7
years of going with Diamond Ghost.
You always produce fish with your 7 day a week service. Thanks Rob
Date June 18th 2004 The
fishing trip on the Diamond Ghost today was THE BOMB- -thanks
for making every part of the experience a total pleasure.
I asked Tom how he
"picked" you for our group's chartered fishing trip
he had asked around at the shows and heard nothing but good
things about you, your experience, boat and equipment.
You did give 110% and then some. We're looking forward
to more fishing on the Diamond Ghost. Jackie
Date June 15th
Hi Captain Tony. I just wanted
to thank you again for a great time on Tuesday. When we
ate our lunch behind the yacht club I got excellent feedback
It was pretty wild that you grew up on the same street as
Dominic. We all loved your old neighborhood stories. Especially
about the sealed garbage cans. Hopefully
we can make this an annual outing from work. Thanks
Date June 14th
2004 Tony, Thanks for the trip, Aaron said he had a great time and
his Dad is already planning another. I will give the office a
call to see some dates
for my clients, Probably one in Aug. and one in Sept. along
with one for Aaron and his Dad. John Theobald
Date: May 25th
2003 THANK YOU: THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL FISHING
EXPERIENCE THIS PAST SUNDAY (5/25/03). WE HAD A GREAT
TIME AND THE CHINOOK WAS MIGHTY
TASTY. WE WILL SEE YOU SOON
FOR ANOTHER CHARTER. NISHAY
June 06, 2002 My sons and I along with a neighbor friend
had a wonderful fishing experience on the Diamond Ghost last May.
We caught our limit and
had a ball. Capt. Tony is an experienced seaman and fisherman.
I highly recommend a fishing cruise with Capt. Tony. We hope
to be there for the big ones in August !
Hal Aurora, IL
Mon., Aug. 2001 Hey Capt. Tony ! Thanks
for the great weekend ! ! All of us had a great time ! My brother
and I were really suprised when you shared your
lunch with us. Not to mention you even eat our
food with us. That was something we had never seen
or expected. It's very good to know that there some guys
there like yourself that are very open minded. My brother
and I are planning to fish with you from now on and already in
the process of planning and booking another
trip with you. Thanks Tony ! You really made
us feel welcome and relaxed. We plan only to fish with
you and your vessel from now on ! Good fishing and tight lines to
Hope to fish with you soon. Sincerely, Po Lo
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