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Fishin Blue Water 09-11-2019 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by averagetuna (Post 12916860)
A couple facts and realities:

1 - Alot of charter captains can be dicks, its overall a pretty hard job and customers generally are a pain in the ass

No, most are not dicks, at least no in places that rely on repeat business. On second thought, let me amend that - they aren't dicks to their customers. Yes, it is a hard job. No, customers aren't generally a pain in the ass. Some are but they are the exception, not the rule. If you are a charter fisherman and you think that, generally speaking, your customers are a pain in the ass you need to quit chartering and start commercial fishing. Charter fishing isn't for you.

Kenner 23 09-11-2019 12:58 PM

Troutchaser21, thanks for posting your experience in Venice. While i am a lowly inshore guide, i grinds my gears reading about another in the industry that takes his profession so casually. Drop me a pm if you ever want to fish big lake with your dad, he can have a seat and front deck on my boat any day.

averagetuna 09-11-2019 01:05 PM

Based on the side of the story we have, the captain is not good at all on the customer service side of being a captain, gotta wonder how they are booked so solid? But, he seems to be good at catching fish and all their boats are awesome, but his business should suffer regardless. Yall are hung up on what I said earlier being as "excuse" but it was not that, it was an observation that was unflattering to both the captain and the customer. Imagine not being able to figure out how to get ice for your fish in a marina full of ice, and then coming to the internet to post about it?? Just being realistic that there is certainly another point of view on how this trip went, we probably just wont hear it because the Captain is either busy fishing or busying playing his crazy stereo (only for himself - no customers allowed to listen).

Liveactionfishing 09-11-2019 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by Blazer7420 (Post 12919155)
A bunch of cocky mofo's for sure.

Not all of them. Capt. Chad and Carlos with voodoo were a couple of the nicest captains Iíve ever fished with. They knew the bite was going to be slow, they told us up front but we still had a blast fishing with them and would go back in a heartbeat to fish with those boys!

random hero 09-11-2019 01:08 PM

I fished with the Captain. I forgot my grundens and he was able to keep me warm the whole day. Great trip.

oceanelectric1 09-11-2019 01:20 PM

Tip
 

Originally Posted by hedgemere225 (Post 12915117)
Did you tip the captain or mate?

Id give him the tip of my Dick on his forehead and ask him how he liked his mushroom stamp.

Blazer7420 09-11-2019 01:23 PM

Captains have off days, just like anyone else.
There was another charter captain got written up here lately, his fan club came out in droves, same as this one. (Almost, this one appears to have more detractors).
Seems they just come out and rip the OP's as being bad customers, having unrealistic expectations, etc.
I really don't see the need to attack the OP, at least he is real, not like he posted a review and didn't take the ride.
I have seen other vendors come on here and either collaborate the OP, disagree with him, or work out a solution.
So far nothing from MGFC or the captain. It's not like they don't know they thread is out there.
Would seem like the perfect opportunity to do a little public relations management.

gap4040 09-11-2019 01:50 PM

Sorry for the bad experience. I haul my boat down there and have brought a handful of local deckhands/captains out on my boat to help me out. One of them was a MG hand that now runs a boat. He was an hour late, fully hung over, and was just no fun to be around, running down pretty much every boat that wasn't a freeman. Including mine. We came in early. He was asleep as I white knuckled my way through traffic and obstacles around the pass. You don't get to run that sort of boat by delivering a poor experience all the time. But that day, he was having a bad day for sure...

The next day we had a first class guy on our boat. He showed us some tricks, helped us navigate and properly mark the passes and worked all day to get us on a few fish. We've fished with him regularly since.

baker2605 09-11-2019 02:05 PM

I think MGFC sets the bar really high. People come in see those big freemans and all their high dollar gear and figure the fish will just be everywhere. I imagine the OP would not be venting if they whacked the tuna.


I am sure they have some good captains but when your charging those rates peoples expectations are very high. I charter boats at least 6 times a year. Most of the captains are crusty old bastards but they produce. Their boats also look like hell but they are well maintained.

The captains I have fished with would have thrown the mate off the boat if they disrespected someones father.

Troutchaser21 09-11-2019 02:42 PM

ď[QUOTE=baker2605;12920300]
I think MGFC sets the bar really high. People come in see those big freemans and all their high dollar gear and figure the fish will just be everywhere. I imagine the OP would not be venting if they whacked the tuna.Ē

Iíd like to clear something up here. This review had nothing to do with the quantity of fish that were boxed that day. If we had whacked them maybe he would of had a good attitude, maybe not, I donít know. All I can tell you is what did take place, and that is what this review is about.

20biminitwist 09-11-2019 03:46 PM

[QUOTE=Troutchaser21;12920413]

Originally Posted by baker2605 (Post 12920300)
I think MGFC sets the bar really high. People come in see those big freemans and all their high dollar gear and figure the fish will just be everywhere. I imagine the OP would not be venting if they whacked the tuna.”

I’d like to clear something up here. This review had nothing to do with the quantity of fish that were boxed that day. If we had whacked them maybe he would of had a good attitude, maybe not, I don’t know. All I can tell you is what did take place, and that is what this review is about.


Originally Posted by baker2605 (Post 12920300)

Maybe I missed it in this lengthy thread.

In the start of your thread you didn't get on the boat you requested and eluded to that the reasons were not acceptable but never shared those reasons but damn sure spoke of the Captains name.

Why did the rear seating second row boat that you requested not run your trip you requested?

Lets hear the reason you got put on another boat. You stated the reason of your trip change sounded unreasonable to start with.

Please elaborate.

20biminitwist 09-11-2019 03:49 PM

your words
 
'We booked a trip a few months in advance for the first weekend of September to fish on Richard Draperís new dual row seating boat. I got a call the week of saying that it was no longer available for reasons that were hard to believe."

AlreadyThere 09-11-2019 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by 20biminitwist (Post 12920574)
'We booked a trip a few months in advance for the first weekend of September to fish on Richard Draperís new dual row seating boat. I got a call the week of saying that it was no longer available for reasons that were hard to believe."

That read to me that not being sure it was 100% true he wasn't going to add that to the gripe as possible speculation. That's the right choice IMO.

ed d 09-11-2019 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by AlreadyThere (Post 12920618)
That read to me that not being sure it was 100% true he wasn't going to add that to the gripe as possible speculation. That's the right choice IMO.

I get it now - not like " Space Aliens " stole it or it split in half but he didn't trust what he was told 100 % . Thanks .

Troutchaser21 09-11-2019 04:22 PM

Ē

Originally Posted by AlreadyThere (Post 12920618)
That read to me that not being sure it was 100% true he wasn't going to add that to the gripe as possible speculation. That's the right choice IMO.

ď

That is correct

20biminitwist 09-11-2019 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by Troutchaser21 (Post 12920651)
”“

That is correct

Good with that.

Been there done that. Chit happens with boats new and old.

But the OP said for reasons hard to believe.

Leave it at that am I'm good with it not that even matters.

alligatorgar 09-11-2019 05:07 PM


Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing (Post 12920065)


Not all of them. Capt. Chad and Carlos with voodoo were a couple of the nicest captains Iíve ever fished with. They knew the bite was going to be slow, they told us up front but we still had a blast fishing with them and would go back in a heartbeat to fish with those boys!

and thatís what chartering should be like...........

ed d 09-11-2019 05:07 PM

It wasn't because it's parked in a marsh right cause we got pictures to prove that .

PelagicHunter 09-11-2019 05:35 PM

im only gonna say one thing and leave it at that : PILL HEADS.

Gattafish 09-11-2019 05:59 PM

Interesting. Not the first I heard of this down there. If they have a policy for seating then they should brief it. Maybe when they tell you where any safety gear is. ZERO excuses for treating people like that. I am glad the OP had the sack to post what I think is a completely honest review.


Bullshipper 09-11-2019 08:35 PM

I worked as a deck hand in the summers when I was 16-19. Had a great time, made a lot of dough in tips.

So when friends asked me to hep out with my hull when they were overbooked, I said sure. Clients liked me, I made better tips, but after just a few trips realized that it wasn't for me any more.

Some of the people tore up my equipment, were completely uncoordinated, drank too much , were riding each other all day, etc. So before I got angry, I backed away form doing it anymore, as my temperament is no longer suited to the job.

Sounds like these guys should do the same.

MakoMyDay 09-12-2019 05:25 AM


Originally Posted by PelagicHunter (Post 12920869)
im only gonna say one thing and leave it at that : PILL HEADS.


Venice definitely has it's share of that

txtightline 09-12-2019 05:44 AM


Originally Posted by MakoMyDay (Post 12921751)
There are serious problems down there

There, fixed it for ya Mako

Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge 09-12-2019 06:15 AM

Crazy story to hear from an outfit with such a good reputation. Sorry you had a bad experience. A review like that is my nightmare! It's one thing to have an inexperienced mate be rude to a client...it's another for the Captain to not recognize the error and make amends...and then act pretty much the same way to the client as well. I always tell my guys that if the clients are assholes or for whatever reason you get frustrated....always try your best to keep your composure and think before you open your mouth or do something stupid...stay professional and keep your cool. It would be good to hear the response of the crew at MGFC to see what they say.

doughboy361 09-12-2019 02:08 PM

This need be look into by the upper management.

Daybreaker1 09-12-2019 02:40 PM

We have had older guys slither up and sit in the mates seat and talk my ear off about every fish they heve caught in there life.It usally happens as soon as we leave the dock and the mate is putting things away and untying the boat.They sneak right in.It is annoying but we deal with it.It is kind of funny to see my mate sitting with the customers in the back.Being a Captain and dealing with the public has its challenges.Most Captains only can last maybe 10 years,its the people. It certainly seams the Captain and mate were assholes.If one of the clients did something dumb first thing it MIGHT have set the captain off?? NOT saying it happend here.I have had clients do stupid things first thing.I tell them nicely,I am still telling them nicely 6 hours later. Clients will test your patience.I have had guys high sticking,I tell them nicely you cant do that we're not bass fishing.They keep doing it.One guy I told him you going to break the rod if you keep doing it.He broke my rod.I had new upholstery 2500.00 just installed.We tell the clients to keep you fish(grouper,snapper) in the water until we come and grab it.What do they do, they pull in the fish and gash my 1month old bolsters.I have people I will not take for any amount of money.I could write stories all night.I think the guys needed a few day off.Sorry for you lousy trip.Capt.Mike

Sweetwater500 09-12-2019 03:02 PM

My buddy just got back from Venice MGFC , fishing was slow diff captain not a great experience for my buddy. BTW he’s been several times dating back to Peace’s day. He’s said probably his last trip there.

dsharp 09-12-2019 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by Daybreaker1 (Post 12923762)
We have had older guys slither up and sit in the mates seat and talk my ear off about every fish they heve caught in there life.It usally happens as soon as we leave the dock and the mate is putting things away and untying the boat.They sneak right in.It is annoying but we deal with it.It is kind of funny to see my mate sitting with the customers in the back.Being a Captain and dealing with the public has its challenges.Most Captains only can last maybe 10 years,its the people. It certainly seams the Captain and mate were assholes.If one of the clients did something dumb first thing it MIGHT have set the captain off?? NOT saying it happend here.I have had clients do stupid things first thing.I tell them nicely,I am still telling them nicely 6 hours later. Clients will test your patience.I have had guys high sticking,I tell them nicely you cant do that we're not bass fishing.They keep doing it.One guy I told him you going to break the rod if you keep doing it.He broke my rod.I had new upholstery 2500.00 just installed.We tell the clients to keep you fish(grouper,snapper) in the water until we come and grab it.What do they do, they pull in the fish and gash my 1month old bolsters.I have people I will not take for any amount of money.I could write stories all night.I think the guys needed a few day off.Sorry for you lousy trip.Capt.Mike

or point to the equipment "what does that do" "what's it called?" Why do they call it that?" How far are we from land? I can't imagine what it would be like to not have a flying bridge where you can get the hell away from them.

meritmat 09-12-2019 03:22 PM


Originally Posted by dsharp (Post 12923854)
or point to the equipment "what does that do" "what's it called?" Why do they call it that?" How far are we from land? I can't imagine what it would be like to not have a flying bridge where you can get the hell away from them.


err if Iím dropping 3k the lest the captain can do is make time for some of my questions. After all they are in the entertainment business

DestinBillMe 09-12-2019 03:35 PM

I love being out on the water listening to the charter captains bitch to each other about their customers over the radio. Donít they know that is a public broadcast? I guess they figure that days customers canít hear them but I would never go on any of those boats after listening to that disrespectful drivel. I also think if they feel like that they need a new job, like maybe computer programmer or something.

Bluewaterbyrd42 09-12-2019 03:43 PM

Charter response.
 
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!

dsharp 09-12-2019 04:07 PM

A 42’ Freeman has to bounce through 2-4’ rough seas. Who would have thought.

old hat 09-12-2019 04:12 PM


Originally Posted by Daybreaker1 (Post 12923762)
We have had older guys slither up and sit in the mates seat and talk my ear off about every fish they heve caught in there life.It usally happens as soon as we leave the dock and the mate is putting things away and untying the boat.They sneak right in.It is annoying but we deal with it.It is kind of funny to see my mate sitting with the customers in the back.Being a Captain and dealing with the public has its challenges.Most Captains only can last maybe 10 years,its the people. It certainly seams the Captain and mate were assholes.If one of the clients did something dumb first thing it MIGHT have set the captain off?? NOT saying it happend here.I have had clients do stupid things first thing.I tell them nicely,I am still telling them nicely 6 hours later. Clients will test your patience.I have had guys high sticking,I tell them nicely you cant do that we're not bass fishing.They keep doing it.One guy I told him you going to break the rod if you keep doing it.He broke my rod.I had new upholstery 2500.00 just installed.We tell the clients to keep you fish(grouper,snapper) in the water until we come and grab it.What do they do, they pull in the fish and gash my 1month old bolsters.I have people I will not take for any amount of money.I could write stories all night.I think the guys needed a few day off.Sorry for you lousy trip.Capt.Mike

thanks for sharing your perspective. I worked as a mate for 10 years during the 80ís and now take people out (recreational)on my boat offshore. I get what you are saying. I hate when someone chews my ear off when I am trying to concentrate on navigating in the dark or Fog. I always try to be polite but sometimes people just donít get it. The OP runs a 42 cc offshore and is considering a freeman as his next boat so i am guessing this isnít his first rodeo.

These guys sound like pricks with a bad attitude. Someone from Mexican gulf fishing should respond to the OP either in private or on this thread.

arczr2 09-12-2019 04:16 PM

Popcorn ready...42 freeman in 3 to 4s I thought could run 60 plus while sipping a latte according to this forum 😂😂

arczr2 09-12-2019 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by old hat (Post 12924051)

thanks for sharing your perspective. I worked as a mate for 10 years during the 80ís and now take people out (recreational)on my boat offshore. I get what you are saying. I hate when someone chews my ear off when I am trying to concentrate on navigating in the dark or Fog. I always try to be polite but sometimes people just donít get it. The OP runs a 42 cc offshore and is considering a freeman as his next boat so i am guessing this isnít his first rodeo.

These guys sound like pricks with a bad attitude. Someone from Mexican gulf fishing should respond to the OP either in private or on this thread.


Appears capt above responded above

Vantaredoc 09-12-2019 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by Bluewaterbyrd42 (Post 12923964)
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!


Originally Posted by old hat (Post 12924051)

thanks for sharing your perspective. I worked as a mate for 10 years during the 80ís and now take people out (recreational)on my boat offshore. I get what you are saying. I hate when someone chews my ear off when I am trying to concentrate on navigating in the dark or Fog. I always try to be polite but sometimes people just donít get it. The OP runs a 42 cc offshore and is considering a freeman as his next boat so i am guessing this isnít his first rodeo.

These guys sound like pricks with a bad attitude. Someone from Mexican gulf fishing should respond to the OP either in private or on this thread.

How did you miss it :rofl::grin:

dsharp 09-12-2019 04:20 PM


Originally Posted by old hat (Post 12924051)

thanks for sharing your perspective. I worked as a mate for 10 years during the 80ís and now take people out (recreational)on my boat offshore. I get what you are saying. I hate when someone chews my ear off when I am trying to concentrate on navigating in the dark or Fog. I always try to be polite but sometimes people just donít get it. The OP runs a 42 cc offshore and is considering a freeman as his next boat so i am guessing this isnít his first rodeo.

These guys sound like pricks with a bad attitude. Someone from Mexican gulf fishing should respond to the OP either in private or on this thread.

read post 111

txtightline 09-12-2019 04:22 PM

Great feedback from the Captain. Definitely valid point about not voicing complaints at the time vs after the fact. I think many of us are guilty of that at times. Being non confrontational isnít always best.

Nobody asks for my vote but I call this one a draw boys and girls.

The beauty is in the future someone can read this and make an educated decision and they can also understand perspective from both sides. Valuable.

johngreer44 09-12-2019 04:32 PM

I can't respond directly to this post because I was not there. What I can say is we just spent the last three days fishing with the captain and mate that were the subject of this post. Our experience was 100% positive. Day 1 we caught YFT up to 50lbs. Day 2 we went way out, hit some rigs, and then deep dropped. Caught BFT and some big tilefish. Day 3 we stayed closer in and hit a bunch of rigs. Caught the biggest mangrove snappers I've ever seen, and 4 cobia. The captain, mate, and boat were all exceptional. This was our first experience with Mexican Gulf, and it was great. I've owned a boat for 30 years, and have fished either charters or private boats all over Florida, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Mexico. I consider this to be a top notch operation with the latest boats, gear, etc. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but my experience the last three days was nothing like this post. I'm already trying to figure out the next trip down here.

raven316 09-12-2019 04:50 PM

Well damn, I didn't realize you were near death at 65! I'm almost 70, just retired and me and two of my good buddies are coming down to Venice in two weeks (right after the Dawgs run Notre Dame)! We're no great experts but one pal lives in Ft Meyers and yak fishes all the time and the other guy is coming so we can be together on what we hope is an epic trip. Elsewhere on THT there is a review of the company we are using and the dude is just ripping them. I asked a couple of simple questions like "if it was so bad did you say anything"? No answers at all. I've fished Hatteras, Destin, Maui, the Sea of Cortez, and 10,000 Islands off the glades and have always gotten along with the captain. On Maui I went on the Die Hard and every review was positive but said Captain Fuzzy did not mess around, it was about fishing. I should probably stay off these thread because when I read how lousy the fishing is down there I figure that I must be dreaming while I watch the live cam at the Venice Marina and see all the fish. Here's hoping a beat up old man can hack it!


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