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$ 1300 private charter
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1080 private charter
  • Half Day Trip AM
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650 private charter
  • Half Day Trip PM
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 650 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

  Tuna (Skipjack)
  Tuna (Yellowfin)

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
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Multimedia System
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day 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.
Child Friendly


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:

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
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: 89%

Nassau Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.19 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Fished April 8, 2018
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Fished April 5, 2018
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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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