We allowed my 9 year old son to choose the family vacation this year--Disney or Deep Sea Fishing. Of course, he chose fishing considering he is obsessed with fishing the lakes and rivers in Arkansas. He decided this would be his biggest adventure yet! We booked two different companies on different days, just in case we got "rained or winded" out for the day. We chartered with another company on Tuesday and realized that we were NOT sea worthy! Half of our party was sick and couldn't even stand up. We decided then and there we would NEVER do this again! I called Captain Troy to let him know we would not be able to go on our planned Thursday trip because we were so ill from the first one and couldn't go through that again. He was appalled! Apparently, almost all of the other captains, including Captain Troy, had cancelled for Tuesday because of the strong winds and high seas since not only would their guests be miserable, but it was also dangerous. Thankfully, we decided to go ahead with the Thursday trip with Distraction Charters and Captain Troy to try our luck again. We all had a blast! No one was sick (thank goodness) and we had some great catches! Captain Troy even sent us home with a photo CD, video DVD, and some of his special seasoning! There was definitely a different feel to this adventure compared to the previous one! They focused on my son, teaching him not only how to fish the seas, but also about preserving the wildlife in the gulf. We had a group of dolphins follow us most of the day, and Captain Troy came down to explain that we had to move to another spot when the dolphins would get in our boat space because they would become dependent on fishermen instead of themselves for food. We were able to fish without being seasick, learn about the effects of over fishing and the oil spill, and my son even got to drive the boat! We would have NEVER went out on the water again after our first experience with the first charter service if it weren't for Captain Troy convincing me that our experience was not the norm and should have never happened. Thank goodness he did! My son is hooked and we've already started planning a summer trip for this year. I can definitely say that Distraction Charters and Captain Troy will be our only fishing charter that we will use from now on. My son is still smiling because of our great time with Distraction Charters. Thanks Captain Troy and Jacob for giving us memories that will last forever!
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