Wide Open

Wide Open, Islamorada: Address, Wide Open Reviews: 5/5

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RufusTBear
By RufusTBear
Choose Wide Open!!!!!
Jul 2013
Great Captain and crew! Good fishing. These guys are top notch and you can tell they really love what they do. We were visiting the Keys for the first time and I wanted to get my son out on a deep sea charter. I checked out several of the charters at various harbors and decided on Wide Open, and I am glad I did. We ended up taking our whole group out on the charter, two adults and 4 – 18 to 20 year’s olds. I was the only one with any deep sea fishing experience. That didn’t make a difference to the Wide Open guys, they were up to the challenge and happy to assist. From the start they took excellent care of everyone and made sure to explain what was going to happen, where everything was on the boat and how long it would take to get to the fishing grounds. They were able to locate Mahi Mahi relatively quickly and got my son hooked on and reeling in his first fish. While that was going on we got hit on another line and my nephew was hooked up. Unfortunately he made a rookie mistake and lost the fish, but Jimmy calmly gave him some pointers letting him know how to correct his mistake and got him hooked up again in a matter of moments. Within 10 min we had dinner in the boat. We pulled in the lines and headed out to another area where they have had luck the previous day. The 4-6 foot seas proved too much for one of the girls and then it was a domino effect the second started chumming and then my wife. The captain did what he could but it was like being in a washing machine for the first-timers. The crew even handled the girl’s sea-sickness really well and tried to get their minds off the rolling. Unfortunately, a couple of them couldn’t shake it. Rather than ruin them on fishing forever, we headed back in. The guys even tried to get something going once we got back to calmer water near the reef but the girls were still green. Once we got back in the fish were cleaned quickly and expertly. I would definitely recommend Wide Open to anyone looking for a charter.

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RufusTBear
Torrance, California, United States7 contributions
Choose Wide Open!!!!!
Jul 2013 • Family
Great Captain and crew! Good fishing. These guys are top notch and you can tell they really love what they do. We were visiting the Keys for the first time and I wanted to get my son out on a deep sea charter. I checked out several of the charters at various harbors and decided on Wide Open, and I am glad I did.
We ended up taking our whole group out on the charter, two adults and 4 – 18 to 20 year’s olds. I was the only one with any deep sea fishing experience. That didn’t make a difference to the Wide Open guys, they were up to the challenge and happy to assist. From the start they took excellent care of everyone and made sure to explain what was going to happen, where everything was on the boat and how long it would take to get to the fishing grounds.
They were able to locate Mahi Mahi relatively quickly and got my son hooked on and reeling in his first fish. While that was going on we got hit on another line and my nephew was hooked up. Unfortunately he made a rookie mistake and lost the fish, but Jimmy calmly gave him some pointers letting him know how to correct his mistake and got him hooked up again in a matter of moments. Within 10 min we had dinner in the boat.
We pulled in the lines and headed out to another area where they have had luck the previous day. The 4-6 foot seas proved too much for one of the girls and then it was a domino effect the second started chumming and then my wife. The captain did what he could but it was like being in a washing machine for the first-timers. The crew even handled the girl’s sea-sickness really well and tried to get their minds off the rolling. Unfortunately, a couple of them couldn’t shake it. Rather than ruin them on fishing forever, we headed back in. The guys even tried to get something going once we got back to calmer water near the reef but the girls were still green.
Once we got back in the fish were cleaned quickly and expertly. I would definitely recommend Wide Open to anyone looking for a charter.
Written July 25, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Seaweed20
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White Marlin release!
Jul 2013
We released a nice white Marlin and caught 24 dolphin! Great captain, crew and boat! I have fished the Keys for 40 years, and give this charter a 10! Good job team. Part of this trip was a donation to local high school. Thanks Capt. Marty - you're a classy guy!!
Written July 16, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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