This was my first time out with The Reel Deal fishing charters and I certainly hope it won't be my last. My wife and I took a bluefin tuna trip with Captain JR and had success landing a nice fish. The five star review is not entirely conditioned on the success of the trip - it's fishing , and it's fishing for an elusive and prized trophy fish, so our expectations were set going into the trip. We went out earlier in the season with another boat out of Boston and came back empty handed.
The experience with the Reel Deal started with the responsiveness, planning and organization of Elena. I've been fortunate to fish all around the country with charters both big and small and I must say that the planning and communication from the Reel Deal is second to none. It really set the tone for the service and skill that we saw out on the water.
Captain JR was friendly, knowledgeable and, most importantly - safe. The conditions were far from ideal, but we never felt nervous or at risk at any moment of the trip. Word to the wise - bring rain gear! We saw the weather report calling for sun and did not bring anything to wear. Captain JR not only brought gear for us but insisted that we wear it. I literally thanked him 10+ times along the trip for his planning and preparation as our rain gear was getting soaked from head to toe.
Captain JR never stopped working - whether it be guiding the boat from the big waves along the trip in or out, to trolling around for fish, to even helping reel the fish in when my arms and back gave out on me. All in, it was a grueling but rewarding experience. We were very happy with our decision to fish with the Reel Deal. Also, the trip was a great value. We've fished for bluefin and other large game fish in the past and were thrilled to find such a reputable organization with such great prices.
A bit of advice to those that have never done a trip like this before: in my opinion, the bluefin tuna trips are a bit more experienced than some other charter trips (striped bass). Keep in mind, you are often times traveling 30+ miles off shore (which can equate to a 2 to 3 hour, one way trip) in an open, center console boat with nowhere to hide (from the spray of the ocean or the elements). Chances are, you'll get wet (even if the sun is out) and you will see some nice swells of waves on your way out/in and while you are fishing. The boat is safe and the captains are very experienced, but I would be hard pressed to recommend the trip we took to a novice or someone who is prone to seasickness. Nothing worse than paying all that money, getting out there hours from shore and getting too sick to fish.
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