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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1300
    up to 6 persons
    Spend a full day with us as we go hunting for hard-fighting species such as Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and many others. Price includes all fishing licenses, gear, tackle and bait.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1080
    up to 6 persons
    This 6-hour charter will get you targeting species such as Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and many others. Price includes all fishing licenses, gear, tackle and bait.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 6 persons
    Join us for a 4-hour charter targeting a range of species, such as Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and many others. Price includes all fishing licenses, gear, tackle and bait.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 650
    up to 6 persons
    Join us for a 4-hour charter targeting a range of species, such as Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and many others. Price includes all fishing licenses, gear, tackle and bait.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath)
Jack (Horse-eye)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)
Sailfish
Tuna (Blackfin)

Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

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

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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.
Child Friendly

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Hunter Charters
Nassau, Bahamas
Member since November 2013
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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: 90%

Nassau Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

3.95 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews

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Having been a long time fisherman myself including having a brother who was in the Alaskan fishing charter business, Hunter Charters is by far the worst fishing charter business I have ever encountered.  From dealing with the Captain who gave us information to meet the boat at the Bay Shore Marina, when in fact, the boat was at the Straw Market dock to having a filthy, unsanitary boat (urine and feces water in the toilet), no soap or paper towels to dry hands, and a drape placed on the floor to the toilet entrance to sop up leaking water.  The crew took us out in extremely choppy waters, there was only one fighting chair and hardly any place to stand in the back of the boat for 6 people. The boat was not the one we reserved and had long seen better days of servicing fishermen, as the inner decor was dated, stained, torn furniture and a refrigerator door closed by a igloo. The crew displayed hardly any interest in fishing and upon returning demanded their balance payment in cash only, contrary to the website booking saying credit cards could be used.  They had no paperwork to verify who were and proceeded to charge us a larger balance than owed. Lucky for us we had our paperwork and were able verify what we owed. And on a last note, the crew made no effort to clean our fish and they left with the paltry catch we had.  Beware all fishermen surely there are better places in the Bahamas!

Fished May 14, 2018
Hunter Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 29, 2018

Sorry about everything . Thanks again

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