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Thread: Deep Sea fishing...Suggestions on Charters

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    Deep Sea Fishing

    I'll be in Aruba in mid-August and was thinking about going on a deep sea fishing trip. My friend had gone on one in Aruba last summer and was successful, while also being able to bring his catch to one of the local restaurants. I figure charter boats that do deep sea fishing are pretty common and was wondering which one is the best/recommended. My friend payed $200 each for his self and his girlfriend for a privately chartered trip, (half day I think) and I was wondering if that is about right, or if it was possible to get something a little cheaper. Anyone info would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    here are a few tagged threads re: fishing
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/fishing.html

    and check out the MELINA

    and Hats Off http://www.fishingonaruba.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by MartinJ3 View Post
    I'll be in Aruba in mid-August and was thinking about going on a deep sea fishing trip. My friend had gone on one in Aruba last summer and was successful, while also being able to bring his catch to one of the local restaurants. I figure charter boats that do deep sea fishing are pretty common and was wondering which one is the best/recommended. My friend payed $200 each for his self and his girlfriend for a privately chartered trip, (half day I think) and I was wondering if that is about right, or if it was possible to get something a little cheaper. Anyone info would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 07-03-2012 at 08:31 AM.

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    Hi Martin, I am and have been a deep sea fisherman in the North East US for many years (I hold a 100 ton masters license for over 30 years). I've done some fishing in Aruba and had some mixed success. It seems the best catch on the island is Wahoo however there aren't many Wahoo around during August and September (I've been going late August for 15 years). I have managed some catches of black fin tuna and other smaller fish. Most restaurants on the island will take your catch and prepare it for you for a fee. When I did that last I went to the crab shack with Nice fat 40 pound tuna. I dropped it off around 3, went back to my room to shower and clean up, arrived at 6 and was treated to a feast of Tuna prepared 4 ways. We had fried tuna, broiled, grilled and something like stewed. With all the side dishes it cost around $75 for 2 adults and we had plenty of left-overs.
    The boat I used last is no longer in operation as the owner passed (Bobby C). My best fishing in August was on the north and eastern side of the island. It's rough out there. Seriously rough but that's where the fish were on the days I went out. My best suggestion would be to walk the docks around 2 to 4pm when the boats get back and talk to the charters, mates and captains. Check out the marinas around the crystal casino and the one just north of the Marriott.
    Good luck! & please let me know how you made out.
    Last edited by skipper; 07-13-2012 at 11:17 AM.

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    Just checking some past threads and I have to agree with Skipper. The last two years we fished on the north and eastern side and have caught fish both times. It is called the "washing machine" by our local friend Banchi who takes us out. I have fished for over forty years and never got sea sick until this spot in Aruba-both times! I mean green sick. Even after taking the pills and no drinking the night before and no drinking on the boat. Im looking forward to fishing again this December and catching fish- but not to "the washing machine". But thats where the fishing is best!

    Good Luck,
    Sean and Susan

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    I have done a ton of deep sea fishing in Aruba and the winter months you always get wahoo and mahi-mahi. The summer time is very slow. I know alot of people who pay the $400 and don't get anything. The waves are really rough. If you do go out, Glenn with Hats Off is the boat I use. Its a very nice boat and he always gets something.
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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