Come aboard the "Reel Life" and spend an unforgettable day on the water with captain Tommy. No matter what your level of experience, Tommy will help you put the big ones in the boat!


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters: These shall see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
Psalm 107:23-24

We don't sell hours. We don't watch clocks. We catch fish!


 7705 Main St.
Middletown, Va. 22645


Party Prices

Eater Trips $385

Good Eatin!

These outings are all about putting good eating fish on your table and in your freezer. We use lighter gear and tackle and get into those places these fish love to dine.

Trophy Cat Charters

$385 / $485

These trips are all about putting the big cats in the boat! A party up to 3 for only $385 can go searching for these citation fish. For $485 a party of 3 lands a 30+ pounder or their next charter (same party) is


Cabin Excursions!

Contact us for prices.

Starting in November!

2 day trips on the Potomac River, including cabin lodging and meals if desired. Come off the water to a hot prepared meal, good comraderie, and a good nights sleep. Head back out with a packed lunch! These cabins include all the comforts of home. You bring your clothes and personal belongings and let us handle the rest!

Ask us about special pricing for these special adventures!


Tommy Athey has a sense of humor. He also has a sense of fairness that to him demands giving his clients his absolute best, every time, every trip.

There are plenty of captains and guides that will be happy to have your service. The fact is that many people use the same guides over and over. There are some damn good ones. Tommy is one of them. In fact, one of the very best. That's partly because he offers great value. But it's also because he is absolutely passionate about fishing and never stops learning, trying new things, studying every detail.

He thinks like a fish. He lives it. He practically breathes under water.


Tommy has been an adventurer his whole life.

Tommy was first certified as a guide at the age of eighteen. He has driven cattle across the wild United States west, has guided deer hunts, elk hunts, and pig hunts in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas. He knows not only how to fish, but how to guide. That's important. Tommy knows each group he takes out is different and unique, whether it's college buddies looking to land big ones, or a father and son (or daughter) that is out for the bonding as much as the fishing. He knows when to interact and when to stand back. He knows the trip is about YOU, and he knows how to serve his clients. They come back again and again. With Tommy, it's not time he sells you.


A bad day fishing beats a good day working!

Tommy doesn't watch the clock. He'll give everything for as long as possible to ensure you have the most successful adventure possible.


The Reel Life is a 22 foot paramount center console. She is powered by a Yamaha 150. She's not the biggest boat out there but she is one of the most versatile.

  • Equipped with a custom rod rack that enables us to fish 10 rods a set.
  • Good steep V that handles rough water, making way and at anchor.
  • Bench seat a Abaft the beam to watch the bowel rods.
  • Portable chairs at the stern so we can move them when you hook up.
  • Plenty of room to fight your fish and get good pictures.

This boat is not overwhelmed with options. She is built around keeping a lot of bait in the water. If you're looking for a boat ride you got the wrong guy. If she's not covered in cut bait blood and catfish slime at the end of the day we're not happy. Fishes 3 guest plenty comfortable.