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“Super Day With Captain Dee”

High Noon Sport Fishing
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Owner description: HighNoon is one of Kona's top rated sport fishing boats and the perfect boat to fish the calm waters off Kona, Hawaii. Fish for Blue Marlin, Ahi, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and other big game fish with Captain Dee Bradford/Captain Trevor Child. HighNoon has been in business 23 years and we have been consistently rated at one of the best sport fishing boats in Kona. Both experienced and novice anglers welcome. Families and children welcome.
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We took our two boys (14 and 11) out with Captain Dee on Dec. 30, 2012. Had a fantastic time!
Our youngest son caught a short-billed spearfish (and released). He had a great time sitting in the fighting chair and reeling in the fish with Captain Dee's coaching.

We didn't catch any other fish that day, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Captain Dee took us over to a marker down the coast toward the Sheraton Keauhou to try for tuna. Then, he switched gear / tackle and we headed out to the "Ledge" and finally after being in contact with several other local captains, he changed the gear again and we headed out about 5 miles offshore where our youngest caught the spearfish.

On headiing back to harbour, we found that we were only 1/3 boats that caught fish that day so we were very happy with the results.

Captain Dee was a very friendly, knowledgeable fellow who was happy to show our boys how his depth finder and other equipment worked. The boat was very clean (slightly cluttered with fishing gear, but that's to be expected) and had a compact bathroom on board.

Advice: 1) To see what's biting and how frequently head down to Honokohau Harbour and check out the small "catch" flags flying from each boat (http://fishflags.com/flag_designs.html).
2) Captain Dee is one of only a few captains who earns his living as a fishing guide. Be sure you're getting a regular captain.
3) Fishing Kona was very different for us compared with B.C. or the Caribbean. You don't go out as far, so you spend a lot more time fishing rather than getting to the fishing spots. We felt we had a good day and enough water time with kids after a 3/4 day (6 hours).
4) At Honokohau Harbor, there was a great little deli, the Sea Store, where you can get lunch, cold drinks and snacks.
5) Do discuss cost upfront. Deep sea fishing is in a different league from dropping a line in a trout pond.
6) July and August are the peak months for tournament season in Kona, so plan ahead if you want to book.

Thank Amblesidedreamer
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highnoon4, Owner at High Noon Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2013

Remember this day well! John was 11 years old and a bit nervous about being hooked up with a billfish. He did a great job..got great photos and all in all a fun day with a fun and knowledgable family.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had a wonderful time with Captain D. He wasn't kidding when he said calm seas and gorgeous weather. His boat is immaculate and well kept. We were three adults, my 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Captain D was so great with them, let them drive the boat and was so accomodating and patient. Sad to say no Marlin, but as any big game fish its always a gamble. One thing I can confidently say is the Captain left no stone unturned trying to get us fish. It was obvious that he was an experienced fisherman and tried everything he could to get us some Marlin. I can honestly say his enthusiasm was genuine and damn I wish we would have got a Marlin not just for me but for him!! Keep up the great work Captain D, we will certainly see you again when we are in Kona. Special note, I didn't realize till after that Kona is considered one of the best places in the world for Marlin with its abundant supply of Marlin and unbelievably calm seas.

1  Thank sarnesh
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highnoon4, Manager at High Noon Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2013

Another wonderful family. As I recall, we had a great day with a few smaller tuna for the kids, saw dolphins, missed a shark with bottom fishing. I am sure they will be back and next time get their Blue Marlin!!!

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Went out with Capt Dee for a full day 12/13/12, four adults and one child. Had a fine day on the water, although fishing was slow. The boat is well equipped, although for sure it is a working boat. Inside accommodations could be picked up and cleaned.

Good host. He worked hard at trying to find fish, but not much to be had that day by any charter.

Thank Bill G
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Booked a trip with HighNoon the start of November, and was terribly dissapointed with the service, and the charter. I am an avid fisherman and when we troll for 4 hours without a lure change, change in tactics, or catching a fish tells me this charter dosen't really care about their clients. The website says they will drop live fish an ledge and drop live bate if the trolling bite is slow, but that wasnt even offered. All the rods that where set up where on large heavy tackle use for marlin. At the start of the trip they told us we where going for mahi, ahi, and ono. As their website said its not much fun to catch a 40lb wahoo on 130lb test line. They say they match the fishing equiptment to the fish, not the case on our trip. The service is what really got to me. The two guys running the boat set the lines at the start of the trip then went to the upper part of the boat and pretty much stayed there until it was time to reel in, and head back to the docks. Honestly we spoke to the guys running the boat no longer then 10 or 15 minutes the entire trip. When you run a buisness you have to be personalbe. Its one thing if we don't catch a fish but at least make it look like your trying. I understand that it is fishing not catching but make an effort. Maybe a no fish no pay policy would make them try harder. Deffinately not worth your time or money, pretty much took an expencive 4 hour boat ride.

3  Thank Rich K
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highnoon4, Owner at High Noon Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2012

I am very sorry that this customer didn't enjoy his fishing trip or misunderstood what we were doing. On half day charters our option to use live bait or drop down for a shark (which we enjoy) is very limited. We need at least a 3/4 or full day charter to do this effectively as where we catch live bait is about an hour troll from the harbor. To troll down to this ledge , then catch live bait, then live bait for a while, troll back to the harbor and then drop for a shark takes at least a 3/4 or full day charter. We can not compress all this into a 4 hour half day charter.

When trolling lures and not knowing if the next hit comes from a 500 lb. Blue Marlin or a 20 lb Mahi Mahi of course we error on the side of caution and use heavy tackle. It doesn't do any good to hook a huge marlin on 30 lb. test gear. The day after we took this client, we landed 4 mahi mahi when we found a net with mahi mahi all around it. We brought out our 30 lb test gear because at that point we were targeting a specific fish and landed 4 of them on light tackle.

When we are trolling on a half day charter, we always put out our best lures. As I express to many clients , it doesn't do a whole lot of good changing away from our best lures when the fish aren't biting. In retrospect, I should have explained all of this more carefully to this client. There are many variables in big game fishing and I generally try to communicate this to our customers.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

This was our fourth trip fishing at Kona. As they say, "It's fishing, not catching" so our expectations weren't too high since we hadn't caught anything on our previous trips. However, this was our first with High Noon and they delivered. It was only a four hour charter, but Captain Dave made every minute of it count. Right from the time we were a few hundred yards out of the harbor, the lures were out and working. Dave kept searching both with binoculars and the depth sounder looking for the right kind of environment where fish would hang out. We were quite comfortable and enjoying the boat ride up on the flying bridge when the reel started to sing about half way through the four hours. Dave was careful getting me the rod, clearing away the other lines and explaining the process to fight the fish. He kept providing advice and maneuvering the boat while I cranked and cranked. After about half an hour at 155 pound Ahi (yellowfin tuna) was ready to be lifted into the boat.

That would have been enough for a great day, but Dave quickly packed the Ahi in ice and cleared the boat for more fishing. We didn't catch anything else, but he kept trying for the full four hours.

This was probably my tenth total big game fishing trip in Hawaii on several different islands. This is by far the nicest boat and best overall experience of all of them. No, this was not the first time I have caught fish, just the best operation.

Thank Halems
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