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Dos Hombres - John's Pass Fishing Charters - Tours

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Madeira Beach, FL, USA
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About Dos Hombres - John's Pass Fishing Charters - Tours
John’s Pass Fishing Charters are the best private deep-sea fishing charters on Florida’s Gulf Coast – fishing within minutes of St. Pete, Clearwater and Tampa. We run deep to fish for grouper, snapper, amberjack, cobia, kingfish and tuna, or book an evening shallows shark trip. We take up to six passengers out into the blue waters and catch big fish. We are not like other charter boats: we take our fishing charters very seriously and want you to catch as many keepers as we can find. Our first priority though is that you have fun – and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you and your party have a great time fishing with us.All equipment, ice, bait, and licenses are provided. Keep your catch – we’ll clean it and direct you to a restaurant that will cook if for you.- Up to 6 passengers total (fishing or not)- Hardcore, offshore fishing fun- Shark and snapper trips- All equipment, ice, bait & licenses are provided
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Denise H wrote a review Jul 2017
Dallas, Georgia17 contributions3 helpful votes
We asked to catch eating fish and that's what he put us on! Grouper, mackerel, and snapper were fun to catch and made for several meals! Captain Anthony and First Mate Jeff gave us good instructions on how to catch the keepers. As a bonus we saw some sea turtles and rays! Afterward, we went up to the Conch Republic and they cooked our catch!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Romy d wrote a review Apr 2017
Alachua, Florida28 contributions14 helpful votes
This is not our first charter fishing experience. We were impressed by the professionalism of the crew, also respectful of the fish and the environment (not always observed by other organizers). One of the participants has been fishing for over 35 years, in different states, is not easily impressed, but thought this trip was one of his best. We caught a lot of tasty Gulf fish. Cost of the expedition is cheaper than the competition at the same location.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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abn19 wrote a review Dec 2016
4 contributions12 helpful votes
We enjoyed being out on the water and had some excellent catches. My husband and I had gone offshore charter fishing before and would recommend such and experience to anyone. I wouldn't, however, recommend this particular charter company as a first choice. To start out, we were at the dock on time waiting to board but Cpt Anthony wasn't there. My husband called him to make sure we were in the right spot and he said he was boating around waiting for a spot to dock, though there was plenty of space where we were. Essentially this set us out later than we expected. After this, we went out to pull up a bait trap and headed out to sea. When we got out to the first spot, Cpt Anthony gave us a bit of instruction on how to get what we were fishing for and we were on our way. The instruction was sufficient to help us get some strong gag grouper with little experience. The Cpt and his mate were excellent at keeping us baited, assisting with reeling in, and getting our fish off. We ended up with a decent amount of grouper (red, gag, and one black) for the number of fishermen we had. Jeff, the mate, was one of the most polite service providers I've ever encountered. He treated each of us with respect, addressed us as ma'am and sir, and was impressively respectful to the captain. He also kept the boat clean every time we moved to a new spot. He seemed to take great pride in the work he was doing. Now for the complaints. Before we started fishing, the cpt checked to make sure we knew the amount of meat we were getting into if we caught our limit of grouper. My husband and I had done this before and were confused by his question, but the way he worded it, cpt Anthony basically asked to have some of our catch to take home since we're just vacationing. He kept this sort of suggestion up throughout our trip even mentioning how he could take a bag home to his family if it was too much while he was filleting our catch. It got annoying and definitely seemed like he just wanted our meat, which we fully intended to eat all of when we planned this trip. Cpt Anthony and his mate Jeff chain smoked the entire time we weren't fishing (heading out or changing spots). While some in our party were also smokers and probably appreciated the opportunity to smoke themselves, it was off-putting to be acosted with cigarette smoke while trying to enjoy the natural, serene beauty of the Gulf. It would at least have been nice to know to expect this beforehand. It would have been nicer for them to ask if we minded rather than telling us they smoke on the trip but not to worry because it goes out the window (when moving forward at the speeds we were, the smoke just moved behind him, because that's how fluids work). A flicked ash from one of their cigarettes even got caught in one of our group members' shirt, leaving a burn. Cpt Anthony seemed impatient. One thing I've always heard and read about fishing is that it requires extreme patience. If we landed on a spot and didn't get fish within a few minutes, we moved to a new one. This method seemed to waste time driving out instead of fishing. We were pleased with the amount of fish we caught, but it seemed like we could have gotten the same amount and spent more time fishing if we had stayed more still. The biggest problem with this trip was cpt Anthony's fish expertise. My husband and I are both novices, but there are a few memorable snappers that we had to throw back in that were actually keepers. Red snapper is out of season for recreational fishing at this time, so we definitely had to throw back the red snapper. But all snapper that have red colors are not red snapper. I saw at least 3 good sized snappers of other varieties go back in because they were "red snapper". It's hard to argue with a captain when it's his license on the line, but though I'm new to this, I've enough experience to see the difference and it would have been more worthwhile if they at least paid attention to the minute differences instead of throwing back every snapper. In addition, he kept telling us that gag grouper and black grouper are the same, when they are different species of fish. When my husband questioned that, he dismissed him as if there's no way we could know better because we're not real fishermen. It really degraded his credibility that we could read a book with more information than what he could spout out. There was no safety brief as we headed out. Thankfully nothing occurred that required emergency actions, but we found out after docking that the boat had broken down just the day prior. If we had experienced something like that, the anxiety that that experience would cause could easily be alleviated by explaining what to do beforehand. Finally, cpt Anthony was so cocky. He badmouthed other fishermen we passed on the water as if they weren't as good of fishermen or boaters as he was. It seemed like he wanted us to think he was cool, but it just looked stupid. He repeatedly made sure we knew this was his only source of income and that it's customary to tip 20%. He also kept mentioning that he didn't want us to catch more than we were going to eat and if we already had he could take some home to his family. He also treated most of our party like we were stupid. He yelled at one because she was reeling in in a way that could break the pole. However he didn't mention that danger in his instruction and should not have expected her to just know how to do it. While he didn't value any of the knowledge our party did bring to the table, he sure was quick to speak disdainfully to us when we didn't know something or do something right. We had some good fishing and caught some interesting things, including a sea turtle (obviously put it back) and two octopi (which cpt Anthony kept for bait). We are definitely going to fish any time we get another opportunity, but we will try a new charter in this area if it's available. I wouldn't totally avoid Dos Hombres, but I'll think twice about going out with them again.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Ryan M wrote a review Nov 2016
Littleton, Colorado7 contributions8 helpful votes
Took 6 hr charter yesterday with 2 other family members. What a great day! Caught our limit of red grouper and gag grouper. Great communication before trip. Captain Anthony and Jeff make a great team and will put you on the fish. Boat is very spacious in comparison to others I've been one. Dos Hombres will be our charter of choice for future trips out of John's Pass. Definitely give them a call!
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Date of experience: November 2016
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PeliCanzx4 wrote a review Sep 2016
Des Plaines, Illinois25 contributions18 helpful votes
Chartered this boat for a 4 hour trip, wanted to treat my family visiting from another country. We booked the boat about 3 days in advance, on the evening before the trip, at 7:45 pm, we were texted by the captain that we would need to bring cash only as their credit card machine was broken. Being a business owner, I understand that things happen. But on the other hand, I would never call a client the late evening before and ask them to go to the atm that night and the morning of to make sure the atm will dispense enough money. That should have been our first warning. We set sail at 9 as promised and were to return at 1:30 or so. At 1:15 I was told that they would keep us out another hour because after all that time, we had not caught a single fish. I will give them credit for trying different spots, but after we caught nothing, they finally took us to a spot were we caught 3 small grouper, not worth saving. Now while we were out my wife was sitting at the marina we left from and spoke to several people there that were surprised that they even went out. 4 random people told my wife that there was no way they would catch anything because of the time of year and storms from the previous week stirring the water. Also while she was at Johns pass killing time, the workers on he dock said how bad the water was. Now since they own this boat and do this for a living, they should have know this and I'm sure they did. Their website stated "no fish, no pay", well after 5 hours and not one fish, then they were basically taken to a spot where the captain knew there would be small catches, felt like they were just appeasing them so they could uphold their "catch and pay" motto. When we asked how much , we were told full price , PLUS a mandatory 20% tip! What the heck is that all about??? Talk about robbery and taking advantage of people! A tip is a courtesy, NOT mandatory And certainly not demanding a certain percentage. Tips are based on performance so you can't demand a tip. As I stated, the credit I'm giving by rating them 2 out of 5 is strictly because of the extra hour. I completely understand that no one can predict what the fish will do, but to charge full price for the pity fish they caught shows bad character . Left us wondering if they made us pay cash so we couldn't dispute the credit card charges?? Seems like this is a case of people being taken advantage of, very bad for business guys, very bad!
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Date of experience: September 2016
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