My 10 year old son absolutely loves fishing, but charter boats are expensive when you're already paying for travel and accommodations. What I like about Captain Anderson's and other similar services is that you can have a deep sea fishing experience for a fairly reasonable price. Having read other reviews here, though, I think what you have to do is go in with the understanding that the ocean, the fish, and the people next to you are unpredictable. You might catch a lot of fish, or you might catch a lot of your neighbor's lines.
Fortunately for us, the stars aligned, and we caught a lot of fish. Well, I should say, my son caught a lot of fish. Somehow the rods were rarely in my hands when a fish was on. I'm still trying to figure that out. Anyway, we also caught a lot of our neighbor's fishing lines as well, but between the extremely helpful deck hand and some easy-going and capable neighbors, they were all quickly resolved.
Speaking of the deck hand, what can you say? He went out of his way to make sure my son and everyone else had a good time fishing. He demonstrated why the tiny little Soap Fish we pulled up was called a soap fish and let us look at the Remoras that some of the other people caught. That's not to mention fixing tangles, getting fish off of hooks, and generally running himself ragged trying to take care of everyone.
One thing I think should be noted is that the travel time to the fishing spot is about 1.5 hours. I had seen it in reviews here on Trip Advisor so I knew what to expect, but if I hadn't been here, it would have caught me off-guard. When you pick which trip you want to take, remember to take the 3 hour round-trip travel into account. There might also be some short moves while you're out if the fishing spot isn't producing much. I think we moved 2 times while we were out which was great because we caught a lot more fish after moving.
One other recommendations would be to take a small, disposable hand towel if you don't want to pay the price for one on the boat. They're inexpensive on the boat, but if you think you can get by without one, think again. Silly squid inked me on my first hook.
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