We spent 8 days in Key West and at the time of booking this trip the weather was perfect for any outdoor activities. But as we had heard ,towards the middle of our stay ,that weather would change we asked Capt. Mike about the chances to get out if weather would not permit it. As weather apparently is unpredictable in the Keys we decided to book a day anyway and see how it goes.
Surely enough it got windy and 2days were quite rainy and horrible. The day before our fishing trip we scuba dived and the water was rough so when things did not improve next day we turned up at the appointment time expecting to be turned away.... or to reconsider the day.
But Capt. Mike reassured us it was a good day for fishing and also told us that he would try and stay in calmer waters if we could not cope and we would get seasick.
We had come prepared, taken our tablets and because the sun was up we agreed to give it a go, although it looked quite windy.
The mate also mentioned he preferred it "a bit choppy" as good for catching sailfish.
But an hour in , we realised that we were really getting ripped off.
Water was rough, really hard to maintain balance on the boat. I went inside as drowsy and getting quite wet from the splashing waves, sometimes felt a bit "rollercoaster "like. My partner got quite queasy and sick.
So after 3h and a half of this, with only one small fish caught ,Capt. Mike decided to return. So when docking and people asking what "we" had caught his reply was "not good out there, quite rough and fish could not see bait".
I don't believe a man of his experience could not have foreseen that and I felt because he had lost business the previous days he tried to make up for it at the first chance of slightly improved weather. But we were still charged for full 6 hours (discounted 50$ out of it ...but common knowledge these trips are charged several hundreds of dollars )and also were asked a tip for the mate. Clearly stated on the side of the boat we were expected to pay an additional 20% of the agreed price.
We have travelled enough to know you only tip a good service and we were not prepared to tip in this instance for which we received a rude "hmph".
Overall a terrible and disappointing experience.
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