Fished with Minerva’s on their 33 footer this past Saturday. As promised it was a very nice boat with top notch gear, but the crew left much to be desired. Upon departure, we told the crew we were interested in working the waters close for the Dorado bite that was anticipated to pick up after the storm. You would think they would have been open to this, but instead told us the fishing we WANTED to do was no good and that they were going to hunt for some larger tuna and perhaps marlin a ways out. We questioned the intel regarding the dorado bite since the port had been closed the prior day, but all we got was a shoulder shrug. Headed out with large marlin lures rigged and after a few hours started to see some dolphin. I had to ask the deck hand twice to put on the plugs. He finally did and within no time we picked up a double strike on some very small grade yellowfin. There was clearly a school and following fish, but no live bait rigs to be found to capitalize. This is when I looked in the bait tank and saw that there were only 5 live baits and not the 10 we paid for. Could this be why? I asked the deck hand why we didn’t try…he said…no school. Unreal. I asked him to replace the last two marlin lures with plugs and he shook his head. A few minutes later, another double…again, small tuna with no live bait to follow through in the school. The skipper and deckhand seemed to simply not care at all what kind of experience we were going to have. We asked again to head back in to where the dorado were expected to be and were told no. Not exactly what the deal was, but the general sentiment was this was a very expensive boat ride. It didn’t help to return to the port to see all the dorado flags raised and here the stories from the other anglers who went out on the other, less expensive boats we passed on.
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