Captain
Yustas Fortuna

Member since March 2015

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Background
It was always a dream to come true, I loved fishing all my life and lots of my friends are professional fishermen, its great to meet other professionals and beginners are go Big-Game fishing for always new and fresh experiences!
Techniques
I do Big Game Fishing, Deep Sea, Trolling, live bait

Hey, I'm Captain Yustas Fortuna

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Background
It was always a dream to come true, I loved fishing all my life and lots of my friends are professional fishermen, its great to meet other professionals and beginners are go Big-Game fishing for always new and fresh experiences!
Techniques
I do Big Game Fishing, Deep Sea, Trolling, live bait

My Charter Listings

Punta Cana
trips from
US$ 550
Punta Cana
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US$ 400
    
Punta Cana
trips from
US$ 600

Fishing Reports

Fishing, Women and Blue Marlin

October 12, 2016

Hi Everyone I wanted to take a moment and tell you about our recent fishing charter in Punta Cana. The deep-sea fishing that we do with Big Marlin Charters is not hard at all. It is easy, fun and… Read Full Report →


One day with Boca Chica Charter

May 10, 2015

Hi to everybody from Boca Chica! For those who don't know what it is - its a small tourist town on the Caribbean sea between Santo Domingo and Juan Dolio. On the map of the Dominican Republic you can… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.41 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We went fishing on the boat Sherlock during our last trip to the DR.
It wasn’t our first experience and we had seen different boats and crews. This charter was one of the best we had. The boat was very clean and more new as fishing boats are usually. Their 1st mate Vladimir speaks English well enough for easy understanding.
We booked a 6 hour charter, they picked us up from the Hard Rock resort and brought to the beach in a nice air conditioned private van. Soon we boarded and started on the way into the ocean.
Weather was perfect for fishing, small waves and bright Caribbean sun. I enjoyed tanning on the way in. Boat was very spacious, we had a lot of space for ourselves. It was just me and my husband but even a bigger family would have felt comfortable on the boat this size.
Finally the fun started, we hooked and pulled out three different size mahi mahi and the biggest one was pretty big! But our trophy catch was waiting for us almost by the very end of our trip. It was very exciting to be fighting that fish! Our mate said that it was a Marlin from the way it pulled, and it was indeed. So strong and energetic, amazing creature. We all had to work really hard to pull it in but once we did it was like winning a first prize!
We had our fish cooked in a local beach restaurant and it was simply delicious. Our way back was easy and relaxing, we all needed rest. This trip made our day as it was a wonderful change to our routine vacation time.
We were absolutely satisfied with services we got from this company and can recommend it to anybody else who wants to go fishing in Punta Cana.

Fished November 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We started our day by getting picked up at our resort. It’s the last resort on the strip. We were picked up by the 1st mate Vladimir. He was on time actually arrived early and was waiting there before we even got to the lobby. He was very polite punctual and accommodating. We felt very comfortable with Vladamir on the ride to the marina. When we arrived, we walked down to the beach and took a short skiff ride to where the boat was moored. The boat was a little older but well maintained and it was very comfortable. Captain Richard and Vlad made us feel right at home. We headed out to the fishing grounds (it was about an hour trip). Vlad had informed us that we would be fishing 15 to 20 miles out in about a 100-150’ of water. On the way we hooked into 3 fish. We got one to the boat and it ended up being a mahi mahi. The fishing slowed for about an hour to an hour and a 1/2. On our way back we hooked into a large mahi on the Captain’s pole he passed it down and unfortunately it was my wife’s turn in the seat. She got settled into the chair to fight the fish and the next thing you know we had a double on. After about 45 min to an hour we had a dozen fish in the boat. The captain and the 1st mate were very knowledgeable and able to stay focused and find the fish. The 1st mate Vlad recommended that we have a fish prepared for us at one of the local restaurants on the beach. I have to tell you that this is one of the best decisions that we made. We were asked how we wanted the fish prepared (whether we want it fried or grilled) we decided to have it done both ways. The fried fish was very good but the grilled fish was fantastic. This was the best food that we had on our vacation. I recommend this crew very much, they’re very knowledgeable and know what they’re doing. I was very happy and will remember this trip forever as will my wife. Thank you very much Vlad and Richard for a fantastic day.

Fished October 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Water was rough in the morning, but crew started early to beat the other boats out.  Boat was clean and crew was constantly washing it .  They really worked hard to help us catch fish.  I think they were as excited when we caught fish as we were. We were the only boat in the area that brought back a Marlin.  On the way back in all the other fishing companies heard we caught Marlin and they were asking where at so they could take out their customers. Captain Yustace (as owner) kept in constant contact with me from the day we booked until the time we arrived. Even though he had injured his shoulder and could not go out he made sure he came to the boat after, and greeted us.  Captain Cocoa,  Alex, and Richard were amazing and made sure we were fed, hydrated, comfortable, and having fun! We caught a large White Marlin and a Barracuda.  Don’t mess with any other company. Go with these guys. They are the best!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The first mate Alex was awesome. Nice boat. Fishing could have been better. But thats it called fishing not catching

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 9, 2017

Amazing time, only caught two barracuda but still had a blast! Alex was very knowledgeable and personable. My friends and I had an amazing time, would definitely recommend these guys, will go back if I see myself back in Punta Cana!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 22, 2017

Picked a bad day to fish. Rain in the morning and rough seas. We caught one barracuda late in the day but the crew worked very hard to catch fish. I am sure if the weather was good ... we would have caught plenty of fish.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 7, 2017

The first mate was friendly, but our captain never spoke to us or came down from the cabin.  The trip was supposed to include lunch and filleting our fish, but we were not offered lunch and the mate told me he doesn’t do anything with our fish.  It all worked out with our resort chef, but I would want to know these things upfront rather than at the end of the trip.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 8, 2017

Captain and mate Alex worked hard to put me on fish, but unfortunately it’s called fishing, not catching.  Caught 1 Mahi and had 2 other knockdowns but did not hook up on those.  The tackle was utilitarian, it would get the job done.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Unfortunately we were out on a day when the fish weren’t biting only caught one small baracuda. Still the crew made the day very enjoyable. Would highly recommend this boat to anyone looking for a great experience.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 27, 2016
Steve Gugan does not recommend Fortuna - Big Marlin Punta Cana

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 14, 2016

The captains and crew were awesome.  The boat was nice and the weather was beautiful.  Unfortunately we were only able to catch one small barracuda.  Seas were a little too calm for the big fish.  I was very pleased with the trip as a whole.  The crew did all they could to put us on a fish.  I would go back to them for another try.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 25, 2016

This is a private charter.  Only your party will be aboard.

Pick up on time at our hotel (Sirenis Punta Cana) by the owner.  Shuttled to the beach, then a boat shuttle to the our 42’ vessel, and off.

4 hours, 3ft waves, I was fine but friend was nauseas.  Caught one small barracuda.  Unlucky fishing day. but a nice cruise with a great crew.  This is not for the faint of stomach. 

Kudos to this vessel.  Great for first timers and up.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Captain Yustas and the crew were very friendly and the boat was very clean and well-maintained.  However, we did not catch any fish!  This is in no way Captain Yustas’ fault, but it was disappointing all the same.  We would definitely book with Captain Yustas again in the future.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, February 29, 2016

Captain Yustas did everything that he could to get us on the fish during our time with him this past week.  We ended up catching fewer fish than we would have liked, but him and his crew put in an extra couple of hours for free to try and get us on more fish.  I think that we still did better than the other boats that were coming in. 

The crew waited on us hand and foot when it came to beverages and snacks.  Yustas makes a mean ham sandwich.  They were also very organized when it came to the fishing.  We only lost one fish that we had on, and it was not due to the crew.  When the fish were on they had a plan it was very quick! 

I would definitely book with them again.  Probly the nicest cabin you will find on a deep sea charter.

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

captn yustas picked us, he arrived early!
once we got on the boat we found it to be in good repair and well stocked.
we caught one crummy fish (barracuda) but we can’t have good fishing days every charter.
it was not due to lack of effort from capt yustas!

we will gladly charter from him again!

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Caught 4 really nice Mahi and one really nice Wahoo.  Yustas, Vlad and Morena were great.  They directed us to a restaurant which prepared all the fish on the beach and arainged everything.  Awesome!!

Fished January 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, January 22, 2016

Yustas and his crew provided by best friend and I a dream day of fishing. The weather was beautiful, seas were calm, and Yustas made us more than comfortable as we waited for the fish to bite with the help of muchos Presidentes. We came across a school of mahi mahi and Yustas had positioned the lures in such a perfect way that we hooked 4 at once! It was a thrill reeling in one fish after the other. After catching the mahi mahi, we thought the excitement for the afternoon was over…no way. 30 minutes later we hooked a 6 foot, 70lb sailfish! We went ballistic with excitement, and Yustas, Vladimir, and Moreno shared in our glory. We reeled the sailfish in no problem and have some amazing pictures to show for our catches from the day! I highly recommend Yustas to anyone fishing in Punta Cana. He runs an extremely professional charter and provides a great value relative to the competition: transportation to and from the resort, beer, water, lunch and FISH. Thank you to Yustas and crew!!!

Fished January 2016

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Yustas Fortuna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hey guys ! John and Pete. Thanks for good fishinig charter with us. Cap. Yustas and crew will be glad to see you on aboard again and again. John, I will take more beers for the next trip. Just catch big fish. It’s not big deal for you. You are very lucky guy. You must be very lucky in the casinos too!


Went fishing on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Seas were rough. I went with my 17 and 13 year old boys. They were sick within the first hour and we had to turn back. No fault of the crew. Sometimes that is the risks you take.

Fished December 2015

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Yustas Fortuna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

You are absolutely right Dan. Sometimes it happens.

Went fishing on Monday, December 28, 2015

We had a wonderful fishing experience.  Captain Eustace picked us up exactly when and where he said he would and drove us out to the marina.  His crew, especially first mate Vladimir, was friendly and helpful and every bit as excited with our catches as we were.  The ship driver, Captain Moreno, knew exactly where to take us to start catching fish.  We caught a 200 lb Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Barracuda.  We went out to catch fish and that is exactly what we accomplished.  Captain Eustace also performed all paparazzi activities for us—we are looking forward to putting together a wonderful album to memorialize this exciting trip!

Fished December 2015

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Yustas Fortuna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thanks Mr. Al and Amanda.
We had great fishing charter with your family!
Your sons received good Big Game Fishing experience.
We are waiting for your family next year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Cap. Yustas, 1st. mate Vladimir, Cap. Moreno


Went fishing on Friday, December 4, 2015

WE HAD A GREAT TIME ONTHE BIG MARLIN , WILL DEFINATLEY BE BACK NEXT YEAR .
THE CAPTAIN AND THE CREW WERE GREAT
MAHI MAHI ALL DAY LONG

Fished December 2015

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Yustas Fortuna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thanks Mr. Wayne. Waiting for you in the next year !!!
Cap. Yustas Fortuna and Crew.

Went fishing on Monday, September 21, 2015

My wife and I booked a 6 hr trip with Yuri on our honeymoon. We had a great time, catching 2 Dorado and 1 Tuna. The captian and mates were great overall very good trip.  Yuri runs a good operation with good boat and equipment.  Highly recommend this team for anyone looking to fish in the D.R.

Jerry

Fished September 2015

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Yustas Fortuna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, October 5, 2015

Jerry and Ashly. Thank you very much for your kind words about our fishing charter!