Bonaire Big Game Fishing
Bonaire Big Game Fishing
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Fishing Charters & Tours • Private Tours
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Bonaire Big Game Fishing offfers Fishing charters on her boat Fishtales for up to 6 persons. Besides fishing we also charter for half or full day private tours to the more remote parts of the Island all our charters are fully catered.
Kralendijk, Bonaire
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SpencerGT
Fort Worth, TX21 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Caught multiple wahoo and a sailfish. Had a couple of near misses with a big yellowfin tuna and a blue marlin.

The boat is well maintained, safe, clean and organized. The captain and crew are professional, skilled and very nice/fun people.

They take great care of you and I'd recommend them for both beginners and experienced saltwater fishermen.

Also, I prefer boats that release the billfish caught (like Juri / FishTails). Many here do not release them.
Written January 2, 2020
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Michal N
Katowice, Poland65 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
That was the best fishing in our life. Yuri and Sat are the best, professionals in every percent, they exactly know what the big game fishing means. Best choose in Bonair. Next time Marline is ours, Cya.
Written January 19, 2021
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It was a remarkable day and unfortunately no Marlin but the day will come you will be on the fight of your lifetime with one. looking forward to new adventure with your family.
Written June 4, 2021
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baking150
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
Jan 2020
As a family, we have not had the best luck with guided fishing trips or charters. This trip broke our curse. It was as enjoyable to watch Fabian and Sam use their skill as it was to watch my son reel in a big Wahoo. At one point, we were pulling in Barracuda everytime a live bait hit the water. You also get a six hour Bonaire history lesson. We will be back and we will be booking again with BBGF.
Written January 4, 2020
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Warren S
Spartanburg, SC19 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
A friend and I booked this charter expecting our women to go with us. When they decided not to go my buddy and I decided there was no way we would miss this trip and I was not disappointed in the least.

I have sport-fished all over the Southeastern US and Carribean Islands nad I have experienced both good and bad charter operations. This one is a first class, Excellent Charter.

The boat is immaculate for a sportfishing charter. It has plenty of room for four anglers plus the crew and appears lovingly maintained.

Fabian, the Mate, is by far the "Saltiest" hand I have ever seen and I must say it was an absolute pleasure watching this hard-working man in action. It is amazing to see a man doing what he was obviously born to do, for a living!

The fish weren't cooperating on our trip so we took that time to discuss the beautiful coastline and the features we saw as we trolled along the North Western coastline. To be honest I appreciated that almost as much as the fishing because we got a unique view of Bonaire, and unique information about life on Bonaire we would not have gotten otherwise.

I will return to Bonaire, and I will fish with Yuri and Fabian on the Fishtales again, and I encourage anyone with the opportunity to do the same- you will not regret it.
Written December 6, 2015
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Dear Warren, Thank you for your review it is humbling to read but also makes me proud as Owner and Captain. we work hard every day to give our guests the best experience when fishing on Bonaire. Fabian and myself look forward to fish with you and your friend again whenever you visit our island. once again thank you for your kind words and we will pray to the fish gods that next time you fish with us the fish will cooperate. have a merry x mas and a very joyfull and prosperous new year.
Written December 8, 2015
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Albert V
Willemstad, Curaçao11 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
Many fishing charters have great boats - Bonaire Big Gam Fishing too.
What makes the difference is a great captain and crew. These guys go all the way to offer you unforgettable day and they know the Bonaire waters by heart. They even arrange to have your own catch served in the restaurant across the marina.
If you are on Bonaire, don't miss out on this!
Written June 18, 2015
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Dear Albert, Thank you for the positive feedback and taking the time to share this. We look forward to see you back on the Fishtales on your next weekend get away to Bonaire. masha danki Yuri and Fabian
Written June 19, 2015
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Gail-NY
New York City, NY12 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
If you are looking to do some game fishing on Bonaire, I highly recommend chartering with Captain Yuri. My husband and I fish out of Long Island, NY and have chartered trips in Hawaii, Alaska, Belize, of course Montauk and other places so we have alot of points of reference with which to compare Big Game Fishing . Both experienced and novice fishermen will have a great time with Captain Yuri and his mate, Fabien. They are personable, friendly, and low keyed guys--excellent companions for a day on the water. They are knowledgeable about the local fisheries and work very hard to put you on the fish. No inattention on this boat. We left promptly on time, the boat was fully prepped and the engine was running when we arrived at the dock at 6:04 am. It is well maintained, very clean and comfortable. Equipment is high quality and well maintained, too. I had a good time hand lining for bait in front of Capt Don's before we set out, and I think kids will especially enjoy doing that. They also know a lot about Bonaire and as you are on the lookout for fish, they are happy to share stories about the Island and its history. It was especially interesting to hear how the island has changed in the 20+ years that Fabien has lived here. Customer service is obviously a very important aspect of the experience, and Captain Yuri and Fabien delivered top notch service, from freshly made sandwiches and plenty to drink, yummy Dutch cheese cracker snacks, to constantly checking the horizon for tell tale signs of fish and ensuring the lines and bait were in good order. We lost a big wahoo, reeled in a 35-40 lb and 20 lb wahoo, saw a big pod of spinner dolphins, yellow fin tuna jumping out of the water, a number of different types of flying fish and got to ogle waterfront properties from the Harbor to the National park. Fabien also showed us a neat way of making steaks from a wahoo filet. Caught enough first rate ono (Hawaiian name for wahoo, which means "delicious") for a week's worth of crudo, cerviche, grilled fish steaks, fish kebobs, tacos and salad. Couldn't ask for a much better day on the water, fishing.
Written February 27, 2017
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Dear Gail, thank you for taking the time to write your deatiled review and sharing it with this platform. we are very happy that your tahy with us made your fishing and culinary vacation so enjoyable. we strive to be the best fishing charter on Bonaire and will put in all effort to have our guests experience an excellent day on the water from fishing to catering. we look forward to welcome you on a future stay on our beloved Island.
Written March 15, 2017
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Jim M
Saint-Martin, St Martin / St Maarten14 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
Great time Fishing here in Bonaire. Boat is good to fish off of. Captain Yuri will work hard to put you on the fish. From one Captain to another. Great work. His mate knows fishing and works hard. If in Bonaire its a must to go fishing. Then the restaurant will cook your catch of the day for you.
Written January 27, 2017
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Dear Jim Thank you for writing your review and fishing with us. i look forward to go out fishing for the blue fin tuna some day on your boat. Capt Yuri
Written March 15, 2017
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Lara S
Liechtenstein7 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We had the best fishing trip EVER with Yuri and Fabian! We won‘t forget anything of this unexpected trip. Let‘s start at the very beginning. My boyfriend and I decided to do a very spontanious half-day fishing trip because he loves fishing soo much and I thought „well it could be fun and a nice day on a boat“ and as we still had enough time to catch our flight at 5 PM we decided to do this trip.
Yuri picked us up at 5:45 AM in front of our hotel. After a short ride we were at the boat and Fabian was waiting for us and offered us coffee as soon as we entered the boat. After approximately 50mins on the boat we had the first catch. A wahoo. Another 45mins another catch. Wahoo #2. And so it went on and on. We totally catched 5 Wahoos!! And this wasn‘t even the best part yet! We were already on our way back to port because our trip was almost done and Yuri was so friendly to invite us to a local restaurant of a friend of his so we can eat the fish we caught. And then suddently we had a nother bite. We were all so excited because there was a BLUE MARLIN jumping out of the water behind us!! This was sooo unexpected because you need a good portion of luck to catch such a big fish. Well it took us almost 2,5 hours to bring the fish to the boat and Yuri did everything so we were still able to catch our flight to Curaçao (we had 2 overheated engines at that time!) so he called some friends who could pick us up so we will make it to the airport in time (we made it on time! ;-)). Anyway, this day was so perfect and we weren‘t even able to thank the guys of Big Game Fishing Bonaire enough so we hope that we can do something for them by writing a review about our very special day with them and to tell everyone of you to book a trip with them!!! Well, no one can promise you to catch as many fish as we did but we can for sure promise you that Yuri and his crew will take perfect care of you!!! :-) So thank you again guys!!! We for sure will come back one day. All the best! Philipp & Lara

P.S. sadly the fish died during the fight (happens sometimes) so they decided on taking it back. Normally all billfish caught on the fishtales are released.
Written October 25, 2018
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It was a day we will not easily forget. we look forward to welcome you back with us some day in the future and catching another bucketlist fish with you. best from the Fishtales Crew Yuri and Fabian.
Written November 11, 2018
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John N
Spokane, WA20 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Yuri and Fabian of Bonaire Big Game Fishing Charters run a top notch, first class business while putting clients on fish in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I’m a novice, but it was clear they will readily accommodate the expert as well. We caught a bunch of fish, enjoyed a lovely trip up the shore, and felt like old friends by the end of the six hour trip. Unqualified recommendation - true professionals, but also really nice guys.
Written March 20, 2018
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John, Thank you for sharing your experience . We try hard to be the # 1 boat and crew and we like taking care of our guests in a friendly and enjoyable way. Yuri
Written November 11, 2018
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K L
Winnipeg, Canada3 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
My wife, two children, and I visited Bonaire in early August. We had planned to do some deep sea fishing a few weeks in advance of the trip and used other trip advisor reviews to help us make our choice. The other positive reviews regarding these guys were right on the money. Captain Yuri picked us up at our condo at 5:45 am and drove us personally to the marina. We started our day right on time and headed out to catch some bait. The kids thought this was really cool and soon we had caught a few mackerel and flying fish to use. I hooked a blue runner while the kids were busy catching bait with Yuri and first mate Fabian. Soon we headed out to go after some bigger fish. Yuri and Fabian worked harder than any other crew of a deep sea vessel that I have been on, to put us on the fish. Fabian was checking and changing baits very regularly and all four lines were always in the water including three top water and one down rigger. We did the full day charter and we fished the whole west side, north of Kralendjik, all around Kleine Bonaire, and the northern points of the island. We managed to haul in a couple of skipjack tuna, which the kids thought was great. Yuri and Fabian are very personable people so when the fishing was a bit slow they taught us a lot about the island and culture here. We fished right to the end of our allotted time as I know they were really trying to put some bigger fish on the lines. Fabian filleted our fish for us to take back to our condo and Yuri drove us back. Top notch guys to fish with for sure.
Written August 18, 2016
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Thank you for your review and positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you aboard the Fishtales and sharing stories. kind regards Yuri and Fabian
Written August 20, 2016
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