Diamond Ghost Charters Fishing
Date 2018 Another
fantastic fishing excursion!!
Capt Tony is a great guy
and always finds fish. We bring my aunt and uncle and a couple of friends
and Tony ensures a good time is had by all.
We caught 18 really good cohos and laughed a lot! We’ve been fishing with
Capt Tony for 6 years now and have never been disappointed!!
Very professional, boat in excellent shape as well as his equipment. Highly
Date June 2018 Caught
We've been fishing with Capt. Tony every year
since 2004. He's the guy to go with. He does his best to get us on the
fish. He's always adjusting
the depths of the lines, colors of the lures and communicating with the
other boats out on the water when the fish aren't biting. We've been so
satisfied with Capt. Tony that we have no reason to try anyone else.
We look forward to our tip every year.
Date June 2018 Great Fishing Trip
I have been deep sea fishing and fishing with
different charters on Lake Michigan for a number of years. Tony had us
catching fish in the first 30 minutes,
and throughout the trip, even in the cold and rain, we came close to limiting
out, we had a great experience, Tony was on the ball and very professional,
we will use him again for sure!!
Date June 2018
A HUGE thank you to Capt. Tony for a wonderful
experience. My father-in-law, brother-in-law, and myself had a terrific
Lots of laughs, and plenty of salmon! Looking forward to the next salmon
adventure with Diamond Ghost Charters!
Date May 2018
Another Great weekend
Another great weekend with Capt. Tony.
We have been fishing with Capt. Tony for over 5 years and every year we
are catching more fish then
what we know what to do with. He is great to keep you on point and
manages to make sure you always have a fish coming in. We usually have
6 people on the boat and we are all pulling in fish every time. It
has become a family tradition that will continue with Capt. Tony for
Date May 2018
Captain Tony knocks it out!
We limited out on our morning Charter with
Captain Tony. We headed out to 200' and had 2-3 on soon after the lines
Tony runs a tight ship and keeps it fun.
Date May 2018
We all had a great
time. Capt. Tony did a great job for us. Enjoyed the cold, wet and 1-3
ft waves. That's Lake Michigan!
We limited out on Lakers and added a King and a Rainbow. Will do this
I've been fishing on charter boats about 10 times in my
lifetime. Tony is the only captain I've gone out with that has always
made sure I caught fish.
Not only do we catch fish, but in the 3 times I've gone out with
him, we've caught our limit and headed back to shore early every time.
fast and efficient on the boat, and while he's doing 3 different
things, he'll turn around and tell me there's a fish on a line that I
didn't see . He's always
friendly and happy to have me on board. Looking forward to my next
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!
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
The equipment is good condition and he keeps the boat in
excellent condition. August 20 was a great day for fishing in the
We were headed back within 2 1/2 hours because we already
maxed out our keep limit! Looking forward fishing aboard the diamond
Date August 2016
friends and I (all novices of lake fishing) booked a charter
with Diamond Ghost for August 5th, 2016. We met with Captain
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
The fishing ran hot and cool (they call it fishing after
all, not catching), but it was a completely enjoyable trip as Captain
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 outfit,
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 explained
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
any charter in the marina, but if you want to go Salmon
catching, I would highly recommend Capt. Tony and Diamond Ghost
you won’t be disappointed!” Looking forward
to next years trip!!!
Date June 2016
a Charter with Captain Tony and had a Great time!! I have chartered
2 other times at this harbor...
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 was amazing!
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
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 water buddy...
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 with him.
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.
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 novice fishers,
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 using
Tony on your next charter. I know we will be back
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
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,
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
to Capt. Tony for a memorable experience. We will be calling again
next year. Chauncey, your spot on with your backing
of Diamond Ghost Charters,
it's nice to see first
hand a sponsor being true to his reputation and performing beyond
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
testament to Capt. Tony, and Diamond Ghost Charters.
With all Respect, Brian G. Driscoll
Local 281 Fire Sprinkler Fitter Chicago, IL
Date August 2013
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.
Course Superintendent Country Club Of Peoria
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.
Date August 29th & 30th
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 day we
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
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
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
Date June 22nd
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
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
Sincerely, Jeremy Ferg
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
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!
Date July 7th 2011
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
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 guys
regards, JT John
Theobald National Sales Director, PLM Solutions
June 12th 2011
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 trip a
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
the coming months. We thank you again for
a wonderful trip Brian Miller Kane County Phesants Forever President
Chapter # 852
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 fishing experience
the best it can be by putting 100% effort into each trip.
Charter Date 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
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
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 camaraderie.
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,
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
you and your great service to all of my friends
Thanks and best of luck this season.
General ManagerBass Pro Shops -Bolingbrook, IL
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 limit (again),
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,
have fished thePacific. Thanks again and see you next season
Rick Kunstman Chicago IL
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
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! Thanks Again,
Russ Russell Dingus Bridgeview,IL
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
Date 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
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
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
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 did.
Date July 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 B
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
June 15th 2004
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 from everyone.
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.
we can make this an annual outing from work. Thanks
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 & ANGEL
Thursday 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
Date: 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
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 out
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 you !!!
Hope to fish with you soon. Sincerely, Po
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Tony @ ( 847 ) 838-2037