Hunter Charters - 38’ Defender

Bay Shore Marina, E Bay St
Nassau, Bahamas

Captain Paul Smith owns and operates Hunter Charters, a fleet of 4 fishing boats specializing in big game, light tackle, as well as bottom fishing for a variety of species cruising the Nassau area. With over 30 years of experience and a passion for fishing that runs in the family (Paul Smith Jr is also the Captain of one of the boats in Hunter’s fleet), Captain Paul is committed to providing you and your group with the Bahamas fishing experience you won’t soon forget.

You’ll be fishing on the ‘Strike Zone’, a 38’ Defender Express which can comfortably accommodate parties of up to 6 anglers per trip. The boat is fully air-conditioned and features both inside and outside seating. It is equipped with three fighting chairs on board from which to fight big fish with, outriggers, as well as an array of navigational technology, including GPS, radio as well as Fishfinder. As for onboard facilities, the vessel features a bathroom with toilet and shower, as well as an air-conditioned cabin that includes table seating, and a fridge and sink.

Nassau is a popular fishing destination for vacationing anglers, primarily due to a colorful mixture of both inshore and offshore game fish frequenting its waters. Join Captain Tony Wells and crew, and they will get you chasing Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and others. Capt. Tony will provide your group with all the necessary fishing equipment (mainly Shimano and Penn International tackle is utilized), as well as artificial bait.

Strike Zone offers daily 4, 6 and 8-hour trips for your consideration. Fishing licenses for all members of your group are included in the price and will be provided by the Captain.

Captain Paul Smith owns and operates Hunter Charters, a fleet of 4 fishing boats specializing in big game, light tackle, as well as bottom fishing for a variety of species cruising the Nassau area. With over 30 years of experience and a passion for f

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1260 private charter
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1050 private charter
  • Half Day Trip AM
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 630 private charter
  • Half Day Trip PM
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 630 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Defender (Express cruiser) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2013. Powered by 2 300HP GM engines.

38 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
up to 20 miles
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Goliath)
Jack (Horse-eye)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)

Tuna (Blackfin)

Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
sleeps 4
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Shimano
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard.

About the Charter Operator

Hunter Charters
Nassau, Bahamas
Member since November 2013
Captain Paul Smith has been fishing for more than 30 years and has been running fishing trips for over 11 years already, with his son, Paul Smith Jr. also joining the Hunter Charters team as one of the fleet’s Captains. Hunter Charters runs charters aboard four fantastic boats, with a fun and fantastic team of captains and crew ready and waiting to put you on fish in these waters.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Nassau Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.13 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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The captain and mate did a good job in trying to find fish, and make things work for us.  They did a good job and no blame for any dissatisfaction lies with them.
However, the owner of this boat needs to spend some money on maintenence, and extras. 
First, there was no running water in the hand basin, and so impossible to wash hands. 
Second, the boat was advertised as having AC, which it did not, making the 94degree temperature on the first day difficult.
Third, there were no working electric plugs on the boat making charging a phone or any device impossible.
Forth, live bait which could have been obtained (I even offered to pay for it) was not available.
Fifth, there was no ice provided for the fish box, which again, in 90 degree heat, is not acceptable.
These are not faults with the crew, or the fishing, but faults that could easily be fixed by spending a few of the big dollars I paid for fishing on passenger comfort and maintenance, and make this trip seem like less of a rip off.

Fished August 14, 2017
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Horrible. Literally said two words to us the entire time. Told the ‘captain’ that we wanted to do all kids of fishing so he set up 4 poles, baited them once and let them fish for four hours. We drove two hours out to sea and two hours back to the dock only to have a ‘sorry, fishing isn’t good today’. They sat in the front in the shade while we were only allowed the back in the sun. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. Horrible experience for $700 for two people.

Fished May 27, 2017
Hunter Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 27, 2017

Thank you Davis,what a wonderful review.stike zones crew was acually Hunters crew today look at the reviews Hunter has.Thanks Again.

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Thank you we had a great morning and fish was great after to eat!

Fished May 24, 2015
Hunter Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 10, 2015

Thank you for your business, and we are happy to know that you had a great time. Hope we can catch up again, and fish some more in the future. Your positive review is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you again.

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