Fish Curacao on Papucho IV

Caracasbaaiweg
Willemstad, Curacao

Come experience the thrill of deep sea fishing off the coast of Curacao! Join Captain Gordo on the ‘Papucho IV’ in search of Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and more. Whether you’re an experienced offshore pro or planning your first deep sea fishing trip, Fish Curacao are the best crew to take you on a half or full day fishing adventure.

The ‘Papucho IV’ is a 45 ft Hatteras sport fisherman that is fully rigged for big game tournaments. It is a large, clean and comfortable yacht with an airconditioned interior. Together with its excellent equipment and features, and the captain’s fishing and navigating skills, the Papucho IV is one of the most successful charter boats for offshore fishing.

Captain Gordo has won various major fishing tournaments in Curacao and the region, most recently the prestigious Presidential Challenge Central America: The 2011 Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup. He is a young and enthusiastic captain, and will do whatever it takes to land you a trophy catch and to give you the time of your life!

Captain Gordo has been fishing since childhood. He was a frequent visitor of the Curacao Yacht Club and took every opportunity to fish with the older and experienced members to learn the tricks of the trade. With his experience and being a connoisseur of the conditions of the sea surrounding the island and the fish that live in these waters, he is certainly one of the most reliable providers of deep sea fishing trips.

He speaks English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamentu fluently.

Come experience the thrill of deep sea fishing off the coast of Curacao! Join Captain Gordo on the ‘Papucho IV’ in search of Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and more. Whether you’re an experienced offshore pro or planning your first dee


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  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 900 private charter
  • 6 Hour Fishing Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 750 private charter
  • Half Day Trip
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Hatteras 45 (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1975, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 600HP Cummins QSC 8.3 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Handline
Targeted Species
 
Barracuda (Great)
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Marlin (Blue)
 
Marlin (White)

 
Rainbow Runner
 
Sailfish

 
Tuna (Albacore)
 
Tuna (Skipjack)

 
Tuna (Yellowfin)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
bedroom
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Beer, soft drinks & water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
only on full day trips
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
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
 
You Keep Catch
client get fish for a decent diner
 
Catch and Release Allowed
All Bill Fish are released
Payment

15% 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, Bank Transfer.

About the Captain

Gordo (Charles Heldewier Vignon)
Willemstad, Curacao
Member since April 2014
Captain Gordo has won various major fishing tournaments in Curacao and the region, for example the prestigious Presidential Challenge Central America: The 2011 Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup. This young and enthusiastic captain has been fishing since childhood. He took every opportunity to fish with the older and experienced fishermen to learn the tricks of the trade.
Response time: 315 hours
Response rate: 75%

Willemstad Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.64 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews

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Fished July 15, 2017
Gordo (Charles Heldewier Vignon) (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 24, 2017

Thank you guys for your patience as in the morning we were not getting any bites , and finally got some mahi’s and a blue marlin !!

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We booked a fishing trip with Captain Gordo for a half-day in his 45-ft. boat.  Since we were staying in Westpunt, which is in the western part of the island, and the marina where we needed to be for the trip is in Caracasbaai, which is in the eastern part of the island, Captain Gordo suggested that we move the morning trip to the afternoon (1pm-5pm) to give us more time for travel.  We were so glad that we agreed to this as we allowed ourselves 2 hours to travel from west to east and we used almost the entire 2 hours travelling.  There were barely any street signs on our way there, and whatever you can pull from Google does not exactly match the little street signs you can find.  Anyways, we barely made it but we’re glad we did. Captain Gordo had two mates to help us with our fishing experience.  We left the marina on time and we sailed through the Spanish waters.  We were told that these waters are very deep so they don’t need to go far from the shore in order to catch a fish.  We were able to catch big black fin tunas (about 12 lbs.each) and some smaller Skipjack tuna. It was very exciting and a great experience.

PROS: We thought that the price for the trip was very reasonable.  It’s $600 for the half day (4 hours) with maximum of 6 people. You pay 15% upon booking and the rest on the day of the trip. The boat was well stocked with beers, sodas, water, as advertised. Small observation: although the FishingBooker website indicates that snacks are also included, no snacks were served (so bring your own snacks).  The mates were very helpful and knowledgeable, and Captain Gordo was very welcoming. He was also helpful with making sure that we get the trip information, as well as giving us direction to the marina.  He tried his best to help us catch fish and we did!  They took care of the fish by cleaning and filleting them as we requested.
CONS: Only one I can think of, and I am not sure if it’s even a CON.  As advertised in the FishingBooker.com, “Clients keep catch (client get fish for a decent diner ), catch and release allowed (all bill fish are released ).”  It’s true that we had more than enough fish to keep for ourselves, but we were excited and we wanted to be able to bring with us some of the fish we caught to St. Maarten where we stayed for a week.  We probably would have volunteered to give the crew some of the fish we caught, but the fact that the mates made us feel like it was not an option to bring with us all of the fish we caught, and the fact that one of the made even tried to tell us that there is no way that the airport customs in Curacao would allow us to bring the fish even if it’s frozen left a bad taste in my mouth.  We ended up leaving one of the big fish with them, as well as all of the other small fish.  I realize that the mates probably would like to take the fish for themselves, or even sell them.  But it’s not their choice.  It should be ours.  We gave them 20% tip as we still enjoyed our trip overall and was thankful for the experience. They all worked hard, especially the mates.

Warning-you may be required to pay the balance of the fee in cash so be prepared or don’t make the assumption that credit card payment will be accepted.  If it’s not mention, ask.  We had to stop by a bank to get some cash out because we were required to pay the balance in cash.  Not all banks in Curacao have dollars to dispense.  You have to go to a bigger bank.

Fished June 30, 2017
Gordo (Charles Heldewier Vignon) (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 13, 2017

Mr Thomas ,

Thank you for your review.

Capt.Gordo

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Fished March 1, 2017
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