My wife and I booked a trip with Joe to go out to the Humps for tuna and dolphin. From my first conversation with him in Jan/Feb, I knew he was our guy. Very friendly, confidence without arrogance. We met him early on 19APR to go catch bait. Unfortunately the bait was not cooperating. However, I could tell that it would be a good day by how much effort he was putting into acquiring bait. He shifted to plan B and we hammered our way 33 miles out. Having fished the humps as a kid, I was not sure how difficult the day would be with a 25mph wind. Joe's boat handled it with no issues. We got to the humps, Joe found birds, dropped lines and we were hooked up. Amy and I had a blast with blackfin and skipjack. After a few hours and the fishing slowed, I suggested we go back inside and try for some muttons. Done. We rolled back in and put a nice mutton in the boat within minutes. Joe called his friend down the reef who was crushing sailfish, so we hammered down there and put the kite out. Two sails came in but did not take. However, the bonito that came with them ate everything. At one time there was not a rod that did not have a fish on it. Amy's last bonito was about 30 pounds. Great way to end the day. Bottom line: Joe never stopped working to put us on fish. If Amy or I made a mistake, he never lost his composure (rare for captains who love fishing). I plan on fishing next spring with Joe to spearfish grouper/snapper with my wife. Joe is a versatile guy who can meet the needs of varied clients. You will not end the day feeling like your money was not well spent.
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