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Brad wrote a review Mar 2021
Albuquerque, New Mexico170 contributions248 helpful votes
We were a part of 11 people--4 adults and 7 kids (ages 5 to 14). We booked a 4 hour trip from 1 to 5 pm. At 12:30 pm they called us asking us where we were. Up until that point they had never asked us to be 30 minutes early. No big deal as we were close. We got the boat (about 20-25 long). It's pretty basic, but would do the trick. Half of us are more experienced, half are not. Right out the gate the captain asked if we got sea sick. In our experience so far, no one had--but we hadn't done anything crazy. He said, "I've been fishing in the bay all week and I'm sick of it. Yesterday, on a private charter we caught 62 fish. We've been hearing reports of 20-30 pound red snapper out of the bay. It's a bit of a drive, but can be awesome." We asked if it would be choppy. His reply, "Well, it isn't windy." We asked how long it would take to get out there. His reply, "45 minutes." So fine, we agreed. Big mistake. It took an hour and 45 minutes to get to the "spot". The boat goes crazy slow. We leave the bay and are hitting 10 to 20 foot swells and the fog is intense. So this is a 4 hour fishing trip. The ride to get to the spot is 1:45. Along the way, the captain is throwing out lines. By the time we get to the spot, one person in our party gets sea sick. The captain comes down, and in less than 60 seconds explains how to fish and then disappears to throw out his own lines. There are lots of young kids and we are looking for some support. Then another person joins the sea sick party as we are really rocking and rolling out there (20 miles straight into the gulf). No joke, 5 minutes into it, they say we need to reposition. Everyone pulled their lines. 5 to 10 minutes repositioning. We start fishing again--no more than 10 minutes later they say we need to reposition AGAIN. As they are trying to reposition again, it's taking another 15 minutes. No fishing it happening, but the amount of sea sickness is spreading. They fiddle with the anchor--back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. It is now 4 pm, we have done no more the 15 minutes of fishing, and the group is in really bad shape. Finally, we told the captain that we were done--take us back. He was angry. We pulled back into the dock at 5:45 pm with 15 minutes of legit fishing, 0 fish caught, terrible attention to helping us, and 4 sea sick passengers. It was definitely our bad for not stopping the captain when he pitched the idea. And, to his credit, it is not his fault that some of our party got sea sick. But, one look at our party should have told him that it was a terrible idea. It was also completely untrue that it was 45 minutes. There was NO WAY we could have fit any real fishing into our time frame. He just wanted to go out and fish in a spot for his own purposes and we just happened to be 11 people footing his bill. To be fair, had we insisted on staying in the bay, we probably would have had a great experience. Shame on us for not stopping the captain, shame on him for pushing it through.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Glenn S wrote a review Feb 2021
Miles City, Montana2 contributions1 helpful vote
First off we thought we were going out to red snapper fish as dis another couple we talked with. But we did not we stayed in the channel area we caught only one fish each and they were small. In the end we ended up with 21 because every one gave us their one or two fish. The crew not only highly suggested a tip but stood in front of you with a “Wilson” ball until you put something in. This was kind of intimidating. Other boats we’ve been on leave a jar at the front and announce if you want to leave a tip you can. I was highly disappointed after all the rave of go to dolphin docks. No no no. Pay a higher fee and get better fishing some where else like Captain Linn Gerard .
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Date of experience: January 2021
Bruce P wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I would rate my 56 hour trip on 1-22-2021 as a ZERO. We motored for at least 24 hours on this trip with lengths to 8 hours. The worst part of this trip that the BOTH HEADS were broke for most of the trip. The deck hands said that they didn’t work on the last trip. WHAT This trip should have never happened with 20+ people aboard. Very disappointed and UNACCEPTABLE for everyone paying $1000 each for this trip. Would never use again. EVER
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Joe Ferrero wrote a review Dec 2020
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I have been fishing with Dolphin Docks for years, and I can honestly say that they are top notch. I have always been treated fairly and with respect. The Captain and the crew are respectful and polite and try their best to accommodate everyone on the boat. I won't go fishing offshore with anyone else. If you are up for an adventure their 24 to 80 hour trips are the way to go. Please note that on these overnight or longer trips there is a boarding order, determined by who reserves and pays for the trip first. I wanted to mention that because of a review I saw on here saying people were given 'preferential' treatment and that is totally false. Also, in that regard, anglers such as myself go on these trips frequently and have developed a friendship with the Captain and crew, because they are good people. This can be misinterpreted as 'playing favorites' but nothing could be further than the truth. If you want to catch a certain type of fish, or need help with anything ASK one of crew or the captain and they will do their best to help you
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Date of experience: December 2020
rodale m wrote a review Oct 2020
San Antonio, Texas1 contribution
The worst in customers services. I booked this service two weeks in advance and upon arriving they told me we didn't have enough people so they canceled our fishing trip and said if we wanted to go we would have to pay more money they said because others cancel their trip that we needed to pay for the people in order for us to go
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Date of experience: October 2020