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Matthew B wrote a review Sep 2020
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Captain Danny is the absolute man. A true professional who will no doubt show you a great time. Captain Danny worked hard to ensure every simple detail was taken care of and made it a true experience for everyone on board! He has my highest recommendation and you must request him with Get Hooked! I wouldn’t want to charter with anyone else!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Leif Ringstad wrote a review Nov 2019
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I will preface this by saying that I have been on a minimum of 30 paid charters ranging from half day excursions to overnight trips. It’s not my first rodeo. I took my adult son, 4 year old daughter and momma on a half day charter. We went out on Sunday, November 10, 2019. We paid $450 plus a tip for the half day, not including fishing licenses. I rate the trip as a one star experience for the following reasons: 1. The fishing areas selected by the guide included pretty much a scenic tour of fuel depots, a mountain of loose sulphur blowing in the wind, and oil covered green water that was so polluted you can’t see the bottom in 18 inches of water. We did catch a few flounder, which was very important to the guide. Apparently there is a fishing contest going on where in the guide can win $5000 (20% of which he offered to share with us) if one of his guests catches the biggest flounder of the season. That would be fine if: A. I gave a damn about catching flounder. B. I wasn’t trying to put my 4 year old daughter and her momma on some fish. I spoke specifically to that topic when booking the trip the night before, and also directly to the guide. I said, please, we prefer to be fishing for anything active and aggressive. We don’t care if we keep anything. It’s all about making sure that the girls have fun. Nope. We’re fishing flounder. In a toxic waste dump. 2. As an added bonus, to get away from a few other boats that were fishing near the toxic waste dumps, we moved into an area that is CLEARLY MARKED NO FISHING NO TRESPASSING. The guide explained that, “We usually don’t have much trouble here. Sometimes the captain will come out and run us off.” 3. The guide sort of offered to help a bit, and would bait a hook for my daughter etc. But mostly, he was busy fishing himself. 4. When I finally pointed out that I wasn’t very happy paying $500 to sit in a toxic waste dump sniffing diesel fumes and sulphuric dust while trying to not snag a line on rusted out piling and crap in the too green to see through, oil-sheened waters, he said, ”Well, we can go in early I guess, or I suppose, if you really want to we could go out on the jetty and try to catch some red fish.” No, really, don’t go out of your way sir. 5. The gear was poorly maintained. The bales on the open faced reals wouldn’t close with a crank of the reel, and I’m guessing hadn’t been lubricated since Christ was a Corporal. In fact, the guide said, “I really need to oil these things.” 6. There is no ice on the boat. If you bring anything to drink, remember to bring your own cooler and your own ice. Seriously... I’m fine bringing my own beer or what ever... But could you at least have some ice on the boat? 7. The boat was dirty. It definitely had not been cleaned up. 8. A life jacket for my daughter was an afterthought. I’m sure there were life jackets on the boat for the adults, but there were never in sight, and we weren’t given any sort of initial briefing to the effect of, “Probably won’t need them, but just in case... they are right here.” Nope. Nothing. 9. The boat wasn’t fueled and ready for us when we showed up. We got to visit the fuel dock on our way out. Not that this is the end of the world, but it just adds to the overall crap-tastic experience. 10. We were late getting to the dock. We discovered late that the fishing licenses are not included with the charter fee. (That is because of the law in Texas. The guide can’t provide them. They have to be purchased separately. Easy enough to do at the bait shop on the dock.) So, we were late getting to the dock. Roughly 5 minutes late. It took another 10 minutes for the guide to show up. He was off buying bait. Just another example of the half-measures that we experienced. 11. The guide talked at length about the $5000 jackpot for catching the biggest flounder. He literally couldn’t be bothered to listen to us, and what we were seeking from our experience. We were going to fish what he wanted to fish, where he wanted to fish it, and we got to pay $450 plus tip for the privilege of watching him flick marlboro butts into the water. 12. OMG, I forgot about the bananas. Holy hell the bananas. DO NOT BRING BANANAS ON THE BOAT. DO NOT EVEN BRING BANANA BOAT SUN SCREEN ON THE BOAT. HOLY HELL DON’T BRING BANANA ANYTHING ON THE BOAT. My daughter ate one of the two bananas that I had brought on the boat, and because there are no trash cans or trash bags ANYPLACE on the boat, I placed the peel in the corner on the floor. When the guide saw it he FREAKED OUT saying that Bananas are “BAD JUJU” on boats, and he immediately grabbed the peel And whipped it overboard into the water. He went on for 10 minutes about bananas being horrible on boats, and he doesn’t even want banana boat sun screen on the boat. In summary, if you want to experience a toxic waste dump while smelling diesel fuel, sulphuric dust, and marlboros, this is the best option in town for a charter. If you want to experience fresh air, and salt water, and a decent, full service guide trip, this is DEFINITELY NOT THE RIGHT SERVICE.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Jay P wrote a review Oct 2019
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My family and I went out with Captain Eric this past weekend despite Mother Nature's best attempt to keep us on the dock. Temps were in the low 50s, wind blowing at 30mph+ and 5-7 foot seas in the bay - not exactly ideal conditions to catch anything other than a cold. Eric set us up on a spot that was tucked away from the weather and for the next four hours we pretty much caught non stop. I think we ended up with about 25 fish total (half were flounders!) My 7 year old son caught is first fish on his own - one of which was our biggest flounder of the trip. The weather let up somewhat by the time we returned to the dock at 11, but the trip was made successful by Captain Eric knowing the best place to go to give us the best chance to get hooked up. We'll be back again - maybe when it's less windy! ;)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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silentmorning wrote a review Oct 2019
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Here is how our experience went with the charter. It was an all guys fishing trip. Most of us were first timers. We got there about 6 am, close to the time we were to depart. All the other schedule charters had left by then. Our guide didn't arrive til an hour later. Then he had to load up supplies and equipment. We didn't leave until a couple hours later. Meanwhile, we had to listen to his story of family issues. Guide seemed reluctant to do this trip because of said issues. Mind you, this was Friday and we had taken the day off of work for this trip. We finally depart, but a storm catches us 30 minutes into the trip. Instead of just waiting it out, we head back and was told we wouldn't catch anything anyway because of the rain. Instead of scheduling another trip, we just got our money back. There was no point if it seems like the staff don't like doing their job.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Alivia Moerbe wrote a review Sep 2019
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We visited Galveston as a family and were wanting to go fishing 2 out of the 3 days we were there. I inquired about our last minute trip & Melody responded within 15 minutes and answered all of my questions as well as gave me options in regards to upgrading the boat, etc. which I truly appreciate! The first trip (bay & jetty half day) was with Zach at 6:30 in the morning. The evening before, I had a quick question around 9:00 p.m. and Melody again, responded within minutes! I was so relieved & so thankful! The men went on this trip alone so I cannot give too many details on it but to say the men had a wonderful time, is an understatement. They enjoyed Zach & their entire experience so much and said they could not have asked for more! The second trip was with Kevin (bay and jetty half day). My mother & 3 and a half year old son joined in on this one. Being that my son had never been on a boat before, I was a bit nervous. He's also very shy but Kevin quickly commented on his spiderman fishing pole & put him immediately at ease. Kevin drove slowly for us until we got our sea legs. We got where we were going & Kevin so thoughtfully offered to rig his spiderman fishing pole up. I don't recall the name of the fish he caught but he got a minimum of 10 & was giddy every time! Kevin was just as excited as he was. Haha. It was a treat! Honestly, we could have not asked for a better weekend & will forever use Get Hooked Charters! We were so pleased with the ease of service & awesome results as well as the communication we received from the guides & Melody! Strongly recommend them! Y'all will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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