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Mexican Gulf - Venice, LA Charter Review - 42 Freeman

Old 10-03-2019, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by tbaxl View Post
i gave up on venice after last year, easier to just run to the same spot from other venues.
grand isle louisiana.......
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by sunkcost View Post
Iíll preface this with yes I expect to be bashed for the post, but itís an honest take from my charter with these guys. I fished on another 42 over the winter going down to Venice with expectations for great fishing and wanting to leave thinking the 42 would be my next boat and not a Viking.

Venice is a cool place and if the fishing and charter industry there dies so will the community.

I left saying i wouldnít fish with mgfc ever again and I would never be replacing my competitors 40 ft cc with a freeman. Iím also used to fishing on a boat with a lot of yelling, long northeast canyon runs on a cc and a grisly thick skinned crew. Iíll also never put a trip here over a trip to Costa Rica. Captain thought he walked on water, and felt like he was just taking us for a boat ride. Boat was a great platform, but didnít like the rough water that day as the journey south sea Vee ran right past us while we struggled to make 20 knots.

Not bashing anything, just concurring with some reviews above.

I call this BS.
Old 10-04-2019, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post

If these boats fish 250 days a year.....
You're gonna put Ron White and Larry the cable guy out of work.
Old 10-04-2019, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by doughboy361 View Post



I call this BS.
i call it fiction....maybe the seavee was on a trailer attached to a truck?
Old 10-04-2019, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluewaterbyrd42 View Post
As the thread has come to my attention that I have upset clients also has me upset. As a person in the entertainment industry you must first take care of the people that hire you to perform a duty. That being said letís let people know the other half of the situation.
1. The charter was not switched on the call of the company or captain it was requested by the client to be moved for certain reasons and the current captain was already booked unfortunately but we happened to have another older 42 available for hire.
2. As the wind forecast was 10-15 with 2-4 ocnl 5s for an offshore forecast, and per request of the 65 year old father in the morning as we were leaving dock that ďif it is too rough we are turning around! I have a bad back!Ē My following statement was that if thatís the case. No worries. You say when and its time to go. But the bean bags nearest the motors will be the most comfortable ride for you. As the rest of the entire offshore center console fleet in the world uses bean bags for means of seating during running. One simple statement from my mate was yes. Tapping him on the shoulder and saying. Those beans bags and pointed. If he wanted the seat as some customers do. Then itís theirs No questions asked.
3. Throughout the morning as we finally got to our fishing spot after bouncing thru rough seas we began fishing. After multiple hookups on smaller blackfin, Bonitaís and some undersized yellowfin and multiple times of me and my mate asking if they wanted to fight the fish they only wanted to fight ďgood onesĒ. After a dozen or so ďare they good onesĒ from the charter. Yes. My question is why donít you come fu**ing reel it in and see. Sure. That was my fault. Shouldíve been stated differently. As for rushing off to the helm. Yes. With wind blowing and waves 3/4s pushing the boat off pattern and also bait lines behind the boat nearing the motors. Yes. All captains move swiftly to prevent accidents w lines and motors and to also hold pattern and remain fishing.
4. While swordfishing w discussed every option on the boat as they were deciding on building one. They noticed the amount of stereo package and the son asked if itís loud. As the amount of speakers you can see. Yes. Itís loud. During fishing I do not like to blare the stereo for reasons of doing a job and paying attention to the surrounding equipment for hearing whatís happening is a must. And by the look on the dad is he didnít need to hear how loud it was anyway.
5. As for fishing out the back of the boat. Sure. Everyone is welcome. Please do. As I pointed him to rods and suggested what baits to use and where to throw them. And he did. As did I. Soon as my bait hit the water it was sharked and I, once again. Cussed. SHIT! But not at the customer as for my bait was taken by a damn shark. Maybe he thought it was directed towards him cause we were standing near each other.
6. Nearing the end of the day. Which was 2 hrs after our time of our charter. Roughly 10 hrs is trip. Stayed extra late for the slow fishing. Minus the multiple undersized yellowfin and pulling off a swordfish right under the boat. Fishing was fairly slow. We are now at the dock pumping fuel, After cleaning fish we are prepping for the next days charter. Putting on fresh leaders and going thru the gear. The dock ticket is open for customers while pumping, having dockhands walking around servicing customers They ask for ice from my boat. I simply say that the marina is open and can assist you with anything you need. He wants ice from my fishbox cause it was full. I say ok. Fill a bucket for him. He says thatís not enough and can he have more so I fill an entire shrimp basket for him.
7. If anyone has been to Venice fishing they understand how important it is to accommodate and entertain the customers. Cause fishing is always second. I feel like myself and our company has always strived to be the best. At everything. It made me so upset that I heard about a bad review from someone that seemed to have a good time fishing to only leave and get home to talk about how bad their trip was w me. This is my whole life as a charter captain and Iím fully invested in making my clients happy and wanting to return with us. I just wish that some would say so while actively fishing rather than a few days later if they werenít enjoying themselves Sure. Things couldíve been dealt with differently and as a captain Iíll vow to work on that. Having heard about this post from third party people and starting a profile to help me get better at my job should say that we are not an entitled company or crew but strive to be the best. And if weíre not. We want to know how we can be. Thank yíall for reading all of that!
Cheers!
I fished with Capt. Byrd three years ago in May with a party of six on a 37 Freeman. He worked his ass off to find us YFT, running out eventually 90 miles. While I would agree he isn't super social to start; he was direct, concerned about safety, keeping his gear in good working order and definitely loosened up as the sun came up. He was both captain and mate that day both filleting the fish and filling our coolers with ice.

As for MGC, our original trip was planned for March, but they were professional enough to let us reschedule to May just three days from the original charter when the weather looked like 6-8 footers. I'd say the OP had a bad day which Collin has taken some responsibility for, but everyone has an off day now and then. I will schedule with him when we head back down this spring. No skin in the game here, just a contrary experience from the OP's. This is clearly not my first post, but might as well be as none of the others are worth a damn either......
Old 10-04-2019, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by doughboy361 View Post



I call this BS.
thats why I love this site and because I have a reason to make a fake story. Like I said, I really wanted to leave Venice with a reason to call freeman to place an order instead of moving out of the cc world for a sporty. Unfortunately not the case. Iíve been a diehard cc guy with over 3500 hours on our last two ccís in the northeast.

In the February head sea that we were in, we couldnít make headway and the boat hooked horribly. As also mentioned, the journey south boat ran past us in that slop like we were standing still. Got up on it and ran. I know every boat runs differently and these boats have their upside and downside, but to call bullshit on this is laughable. Iíve spent enough time on these big ccs to know that there isnít one boat that does everything, but shining light that the freeman wasnít the end all I hoped it would be. Windows and doors for me now.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by sunkcost View Post


thats why I love this site and because I have a reason to make a fake story. Like I said, I really wanted to leave Venice with a reason to call freeman to place an order instead of moving out of the cc world for a sporty. Unfortunately not the case. Iíve been a diehard cc guy with over 3500 hours on our last two ccís in the northeast.

In the February head sea that we were in, we couldnít make headway and the boat hooked horribly. As also mentioned, the journey south boat ran past us in that slop like we were standing still. Got up on it and ran. I know every boat runs differently and these boats have their upside and downside, but to call bullshit on this is laughable. Iíve spent enough time on these big ccs to know that there isnít one boat that does everything, but shining light that the freeman wasnít the end all I hoped it would be. Windows and doors for me now.
can u clarify how the boat hooked in a headsea?
Old 10-05-2019, 06:46 PM
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Great. The analysis paralysis gallery continues.

I should have split those into two sentences instead of conjoining two thoughts.

here is the broken up dumbed down version.

the boat road like shit in a head sea, pounding the high hell at 20 knots. Stop, period, next thought.

On the quarter to following sea the boat road like shit as well. Gaining momentum down the wave and hooking as bad as a 43 post I used to fish on. Period, stop end of second thought.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:25 PM
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A 43' Post in a following sea is like trying to steer a 3 barge tow downstream in a Mississippi River flood. I quit going to Venice over 10 years ago because of the general attitude of the vendors there. From the hotel staff to the captains. There are much better places in LA that are less hyped.
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