Hunter Charters - 38’ Defender

(8) In high demand!
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.

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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
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days 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 captain 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: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

Nassau Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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

Teri Boman  • 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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The fishing charter- Strike Zone was awesome. I brought my 12 yr old son for a half day trip and boated 4 sharks and probably 20 additional fish while bottom fishing. Great day of fishing!!

Jeff Suspenzi  • Fished March 29, 2015
Hunter Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 17, 2015

Thank you so much for your positive review. Hunter charters truly appreciate it & it is our job to satisfy our customers everyday. We hope to see you soon! Thank you for your business.

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While we chartered the “Strike Zone” several months in advance for a deep sea fishing trip in Nassau, we did not get to fish on this boat. On the day of our trip, we arrived at the predetermined pickup area. About 15 minutes after the pickup time had passed an older boat arrived at the dock. I approached the boat and was informed that this was the boat I would be fishing on as my chartered boat “Strike Zone’ was unavailable. No prior notice was given and no further explanation of why the boat I paid for was not available.
We did get to fish on the substitute boat. We had a hook up & lost a small marlin and then caught 1 small Mahi-Mahi. That was the extent of the fishing trip.

Be aware that this is not the first time this “Switch” has happened to us in Nassau.

Bob Goepfert  • Fished March 5, 2015
Hunter Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 8, 2015

Hello, Strikezone had a mechanical issue that morning. Therefore, we upgraded the boat Morning Ride to accommodate your fishing trip at the same price, which you were able to catch a Blue Marlin (rarely caught at this time of the year) and a Mahi-Mahi, which you we’re able to have prepared and cooked at the Greek Islands. However, Hunter Charters is happy to know you caught fish and had a great time. Thank you for your business and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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