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Blue Marlin

First fish hook up was a giant blue marlin. We fought him for hours. Well, maybe it wasn’t a real... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2020
Voyage572859
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Bonaire
Most relaxing morning on Bonaire

Yuri is experienced, kind, and knowledgeable about fishing and the island. I took a break from a... read more

Reviewed January 24, 2020
Lisa A
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 12, 2016

My 11YO loves to fish. We decided to get him a fishing experience with Bonaire Big Game Fishing as his Christmas present. I contacted Yuri several months in advance via email and after many emails back and forth, I finally booked a 6 hour private charter for our last full day on Bonaire. I was very nervous since this was a big present AND for an 11 YO, this trip had to be the "BEST EVER!" All Yuri knew was that this was my son's Christmas present and he loved to fish.
We arrived at the dock at 5:45 and from the moment we met Captain Yuri and the Best Mate Ever...Fabian, we knew it was going to be a great day...even if we didn't catch anything. We started out fishing for live bait which my son and daughter really enjoyed and if that was all we did for 6 hours, I know my son would have been loved the experience. Fabian was amazing to watch as he fished and then got all the lines ready. He took care to make sure the boat was continuously cleaned and we were safe. He was always explaining things to us and his knowledge was top notch. It was not long before we not only had one fish on but two at the same time. This happened several times during our trip.
Capt. Yuri offered us a large variety of beverages, the best Oliebollen (which is a New Year tradition) and sandwiches which we passed on since we knew we had lunch already caught. We loved listening to him explain things about the island and stories about native fishermen we had passed along the way.
The day went fast and the time in between fish allowed the kids to rest up and get ready to reel in the next one. Our final catch was 3 Mahi Mahi, 1 Wahoo and several barracuda that were thrown back in.
Back at shore, we were planning to take some fish back to our house to cook it. Yuri recommended having it cooked at It Rains Fishes. We decided to go ahead with this option to alleviate the mess at the house, convenient and reasonably priced. My son was so excited and proud to have caught our lunch. I highly recommend this option.
Our only regret is that we did not book this adventure earlier in the week so that we could have gone on another fishing adventure.
The equipment was very well care for and everything was in working order. We did not have one issue with this trip and it was perfect!!
THANK YOU YURI AND FABIAN for ... according to the kids and we agree... the "BEST EVER" and "GREAT CATCHES" adventure. We wish you an amazing 2016 and will definitely book again the next time we are in Bonaire. Definitely a trip to remember!!!

Date of experience: January 2016
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Yuri v, Owner at Bonaire Big Game Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2016

Thank you for taking the time for writing this review.

Your son did an awesome job and it was very nice to see him enjoy his X mas present.
We are very pleased with your positive feedback and look forward to fish with you again.

Yuri

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Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went deep sea fishing with Yuri and Fabian on the Fishtales - we were virgins to the whole experience. Fabian was a joy to watch - he was a tornado of activity - teaching us about all the lines, and hooks, and bait and how to whack the fishes. Our 16-year old fought with a 38 lbs wahoo and won, and our 18-year old really had a fesity melee with a 32 lbs mahi mahi. A few little black fin tunas met their maker - and were used for bait to catch one last mahi mahi. Thanks for a great experience!

Date of experience: January 2016
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Yuri v, Owner at Bonaire Big Game Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2016

Dear Brittney

Thank you for sharing your experience about our fishing charters .It was the best way to start of 2016.
We enjoyed fishing with your family and hope you can putt some of the fishing tips in use back home in sarasota.

we look forward to welcome you back on a future stay

Yuri

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Reviewed December 6, 2015

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.

Date of experience: December 2015
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Yuri v, Owner at Bonaire Big Game Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2015

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.

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Reviewed August 28, 2015

We went fishing for a 6 hour mixed party trip. Leaving at 6:00 sharp and first catching some life bait in a small harbor and then sailing to the north side of Bonaire. The boat sailed about 6 to 8 knots while dragging 4 baits. When a fish was on, we all took turns in realing the fish in, while the captain tried to keep tension on the line. The drills were exciting, even though not all fish were brought on board.
We caught some small Tuna and a Wahoo. During the sailing we saw many flying fish jumping in front of the boat.
The captain Yuri and fisherman Fabian (I believe) were very professional and took care of all necessities, including coffee (important for the dutch visitors!) fruit and sandwiches.
on shore, we all received a substantial chunck of fish which tasted excellent on the BBQ.

Thanks guys for this wonderfull and well organised experience.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Yuri v, Owner at Bonaire Big Game Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2015

Dear Tjaard,

Thank you for sharing your experience and your positive feedback about us.
Unfortunatly we experienced why its called fishing and not catching but never the less you had a great dinner from a nice catch.
Look forward to welcome you and your son back on a future stay on Bonaire aboard the Fishtales.

thank you

Yuri and Fabian

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Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was one of the best charters I have been on. The boat was in great condition and the crew were very knowledgeable. I have never seen a first mate work so hard to help the customers land a great fish. Do not skip this fantastic experience during your trip to the beautiful Bonaire.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Yuri v, Owner at Bonaire Big Game Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2015

Dear Gator 1993

Thank you for your review and sharing your experience about our fishing charters.

We are very happy to be able to work from the best office one could think off and will off course put all our effort in getting our guests hooked up and land the fish.

Hopefully we will fish again with you in the future.

have a great summer .

Yuri and Fabian

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