My wife and I visited the Big Island for the first time in March and one of the things I wanted to do while in Kona was to take advantage of the fishing opportunities. I booked with Jeff Fay, in large part, due to the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. He responded immediately to my inquiry about open dates and was very helpful with making arrangements for a 1/2 day trip for the two of us. On the day of the trip, we arrived about 30 minutes early and found Jeff and his son already geared up and ready to go. This gave us the opportunity to depart early and avoid the fleet lining up for the Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament which was taking place that day. We began fishing only a few minutes out of the harbor, with Jeff's son setting up the lines, explaining how we would fish and answering my many questions. The weather was sunny and warm that morning, but the wind was as strong as we would experience during the 2 1/2 weeks we spent on the Islands. Despite the rough seas, Jeff worked the water hard and we covered a lot of territory during the trip. I had taken Bonine prior to the trip but it still was not enough to overcome a couple of minor bouts of sea sickness. I'm sure Jeff would have turned around and headed in at any time if I had asked, but I wanted to fish so we continued to work hard until our time ran out. We didn't catch any fish that day but it was not for lack of trying. By the time we headed back to the harbor, many of the other boats had already turned around and gone back in. As captain, Jeff can't control the weather or the bite but he provided us with a clean boat, excellent equipment, an experienced friendly crew and an abundance of effort on his part. As a former fishing guide myself, I know he was frustrated by the conditions that day and I know he was more disappointed about not getting me on a fish than I was for not catching one. I do know that if we get the chance to return to Kona, one of the first things I will try to arrange is another trip with Jeff, simply because of the great service he provided.
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