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Puerto Rico Tarpon Connection

Centro Maritimo Pesquero, Parq…
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Captain Rafael Apellaniz of Puerto Rico Tarpon Connection specializes in providing his customers with a light tackle (or fly fishing) experience in the productive waterways of San Juan Bay. Captain Rafa has been fishing the inshore waters of Puerto Rico for over 30 years, more than 18 of those as a charter captain.
Puerto Rico Tarpon Connection is conveniently situated right where the cruise ships arrive and dock, and is minutes away from San Juan’s metropolitan area.
Even after 20 years, Captain Rafa is just as excited about helping his guests enjoy a memorable fishing trip while visiting the historic city of San Juan. Regardless of your experience and skill level, Rafa is committed to doing his best to organize a fishing trip to your exact preferences and desires.
Captain Apellaniz is always glad to share with his guests the knowledge he’s acquired over the years of being a guide - from how to catch your bait to how to take the perfect trophy catch photo.
You’ll be targeting species such as Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle and many other inshore game fish cruising the waters of Puerto Rico. Captain Rafa is proud of the overall service he provides, his vessel and the equipment utilized on board. The boat you’ll be fishing on is a 21’ center console Sea Fox, Bay Fisher, outfitted with a conventional selection of navigational electronics such as GPS and radio, as well as a Fishfinder. The boat has enough space to accommodate parties of up to 5 anglers.
All tackle and bait is provided, along with soft drinks and bottled water for the trip.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (5 pax max)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 525
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Light tackle or fly fishing experience, specializing in Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalle, 18 years experience!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day AM Trip (5 pax max)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 425
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Light tackle or fly fishing experience, specializing in Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalle, 18 years experience!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day PM Trip (5 pax max)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 425
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Light tackle or fly fishing experience, specializing in Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalle, 18 years experience!
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day AM Trip (5 pax max)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 325
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Light tackle or fly fishing experience, specializing in Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalle, 18 years experience!
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day PM Trip (5 pax max)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Light tackle or fly fishing experience, specializing in Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalle, 18 years experience!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Ladyfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton)

Snook
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Sea Fox (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal

About the Captain

Rafael Apellaniz
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Member since March 2014
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Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Captain Rafa has been fishing the local waters since the age of six. Educated in Illinois, USA, he has fished all over the midwest and east coast of the US mainland and the Caribbean. This has given him an intimate knowledge of many modes of fishing and working with people, offering his customers a rewarding and memorable fishing experience.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 88%

San Juan Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.29 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews

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So last minute I was contacted by carribean fishing academy saying they were having issues with the boats transmission, however the referred me to another charter who would take me out. Captain Rafi with Puerto Rico tarpon connection. He was friendly, however, our trip was unsuccessful with catching fish. We spent a little to much time in certain places, and waited for the big fish that never came. In all honesty I would rather have caught smaller fish and more than wait for the big one. When we got there in the morning he wasn’t ready to go, so we used so time waiting for his bait guy, who didn’t catch much. He provided us with helpful info for things to do but when it came to fishing not so much. Overall, it was by no means what I expected. And when they say fillet and clean fish you catch that wasn’t done at all the cut off the heads and sliced down the middle but that was about it. Very disatisfied for the money we paid for a fishing trip.

Fished June 13, 2017
Rafael Apellaniz (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 23, 2017

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Our Captain was super friendly and native to the area so he knew the water very well. We would definitely do it again.

Fished March 30, 2017
Rafael Apellaniz (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 31, 2017

Thank you, Jason, you are very kind. We always try to do our best to have our friends enjoy what we have to offer. Hope to see you soon!
Tight lines!
Captain Rafa

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The captain was knowledgable and put us on fish. We landed 2 / 25+ pound tarpon in the first hour. Great fun. However we had boat problems getting back to the marina. Needs to update or better maintain equipment. Good experience.

Fished April 26, 2016
Rafael Apellaniz (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 27, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad your wife had the chance to fight 2 tarpon in one day. Maybe with some more practice, next time you can get your own. Our breakdown had nothing to do with maintinance but a bad batch of fuel.  My boat is one of the best in the fleet. I think that any day with 2 tarpon is a great day even with a unforseen breakdown an hour after the trip was already over. Thank for the great tip and it was my pleasure to take you back to the hotel.

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