I chartered the Changing Winds a 32' fishing boat for four hours and had Jack and Courtney as the crew. They were fun to hang out which is important because there's nothing worse than being on a boat for four hours with a crew that's not fun.
A big benefit of the day was having their bigger sister boat on the water a mile or two away. This gave the people fishing on both boats the ability to scout more of the sea for fish. When the seagulls and frigates showed we alerted the other boat. I caught 4 skipjack tuna the other boat caught 5. A fair day for any angler.
Liz and Stanley were very nice people. Liz picked me up at my hotel at 6:45. Stanley came out to the boat to introduce himself. The boats are moored in front of Sandals. Stanley's does not accept credit cards, cash only. There are ATMs dispensing US dollars on the main road, Liz will gladly drive you by in the morning. ( My only disappointment was no diet coke in the cooler. I should have asked Liz to supply some when I booked it. My bad not hers).
The equipment is good. The Penn reels and boat were in good shape considering they are being used everyday. Capt. Courtney took the time to explain safety procedures before he started the boat and this was a first for any of the dozens of charters I've done on other islands or in the states.
Jack, the first mate, had great patience with me. He did a great job cleaning and prepping the fish. He iced it and wrapped it for the trip back to my hotel.
My suggestion to those who want to fish Negril is to check the weather forecast for the days ahead before booking the trip. Stanleys has no control over the weather and fishing isn't a sport reserved for sunny days. Fishing isn't for land lovers, especially on choppy days after a night of drinking rum. If you decide not to go because it's cloudy or choppy then you lose your deposit: It's that simple.
Don't put too many people on the boat either. I went solo and caught four fish. The other boat had 6 people and caught five, meaning someone was left empty handed. Don't forget to tip the crew and only take enough fish to eat. Leave the rest for the crew to take home to their family.
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