1. WHAT KIND OF FISHING DO YOU OFFER?
Trolling. The boat fishes in deep water and moves constantly at about six to seven knots. In a mere half day of fishing you can get anything from dolphin (the fish, not the mammal), tuna, wahoo, sailfish, white marlin to even a world record blue marlin. The island record is currently 984 pounds.
2. WHAT KIND OF BOAT DO YOU HAVE? HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FISH AT A TIME?
We operate a deluxe, air-conditioned, 45-foot Hatteras called the FISHING TALES. It has the capacity to carry six passengers, four of whom may fish at a time. If our boat is not available, we can sub-contract another of the boats in the area for your group. For the peace of mind of our guests, we only work with boats that are documented by the Coast Guard, are properly insured, have all the safety equipment necessary and have captains who are licensed for charter.
3. WHAT ARE THE RENTAL FEES AND WHAT ARE YOUR SCHEDULED HOURS?
That depends on how many people are in your group and how many hours you want to fish. We offer half, three quarter and full day charters, for groups and individuals. SEE RATES SECTION FOR DETAIL INFORMATION.
4. WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The services of the captain and the mate, all the equipment necessary for the fishing and a generous supply of sodas and bottled water are provided. In full day lite snack is included.
5. WHAT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE A DATE?
Once you have a date and time in mind, contact our office to see what our availability is. You may pay us with cash, traveler's check or credit card upon arrival at the marina, also you can use PayPal by going to the website in the section of Rates (No personal checks) or call the office to make a booking. In order to book a charter we requiere a 50% deposit or full payment (through website), non refundable .
6. WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Once confirmed, if you cancel for any reason, you will be charged a minimum 50% penalty fee or full payment (if made) non-refundable. Within 72 hours of the charter, cancellations incur a penalty of 100% if 50% deposit or full payment was made. Of course, if the captain cancels for inclement weather, there will be no charge whatever. We do not cancel for rain, as it does not affect the fishing (the fish are already wet anyway).
7. WHAT IS BETTER, MORNING OR AFTERNOON? AND, CAN YOU GUARANTEE ME A FISH?
The fishing is equally productive in the morning or afternoon since these are pelagic, migratory animals that feed all the time. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a fish, since that takes some "cooperation" on the part of the fish, but we do guarantee to do our best for you. And of course we guarantee that you won't have to swim home!
8. HOW FAR OUT DO YOU GO AND WHAT IS THE FISHING LIKE?
Departing from the Club Náutico in the heart of San Juan, we ride past the picturesque Old City and out beyond the historic walled fortress of El Morro on the way to the fishing grounds and we begin fishing only twenty minutes from the dock. We put our lines out as soon as we reach the clean, deep water that lies along the north coast of the island, on the Atlantic side. At that point, you are fishing in water over a hundred fathoms deep. During a half-day we may stay close to shore or go out from five to ten miles, depending on where the captain thinks the fish will be biting. There are no sea mounts or other underwater structures that produce great fishing in any particular spot. It is just a matter of covering as much area as possible and looking for signs of activity such as color changes, currents, birds "working" an area or floating debris.
9. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FISH WE CATCH?
It is our policy that whatever you catch belongs to you. Since it is now against the federal law to kill juvenile blue marlin and certain other billfish, we tag and release all billfish. We will give you a certificate of catch to take with you, proving to your friends back home it was not just a "fish story". If you catch fish that is good to eat, you may arrange with the mate to fillet you some to take back to the hotel chef for your dinner that night. Naturally, what you cannot use, please leave for the mate on the boat to eat himself or to share.
10. CAN WE MOUNT OUR CATCH?
Yes, and it is a great idea. We are agents for the best taxidermists in the world and can arrange to have your trophy mounted for you. Even if you released your catch, we can arrange for a "replica mount", something conservationists appreciate.
11. WHAT KIND OF BAIT DO YOU USE?
Mostly plastic lures. We have to cover a lot of area to find the fish and we need to move fast. Plastics work better at our trolling speeds. If we encounter dolphin, tuna or bonito, we bring out the natural bait, such as ballyhoo.
12. WHAT ARE THE SEA CONDITIONS LIKE?
The Atlantic Ocean is seldom calm and the trade winds that cool our islands keep the waves active. At times, there is substantial movement on the boat. However, since our boat is large, the effect of the waves' action is diminished. We do suggest that those guests who may be prone to motion sickness take precautions ahead of time. The Trans-Derm Scopolamine patch works well for many (sold by prescription) while others use Bonine and Dramamine. The latter two are available over the counter at any pharmacy.