Pelican Adventures Inc

Member since April 2016

Destin, United States

Background
Pelican Adventures is a 3rd generation family owned and operated company that has been providing enjoyable fishing experiences in Destin for over thirty years. Operating a variety of boats for every taste, budget, and level of experience, they exist to provide their clients with fun and productive days on the water.
Techniques
We use two hook rigs with 30 pound to 80 pound test line. On average, you can expect to catch a variety of fish such as Mingos (Vermilion Snapper), White Snapper (Red Porgy), Black Snapper (Mangrove Snapper), Trigger Fish, Rock Fish, etc. If you are lucky, you could catch Grouper, Jacks,

Pelican Adventures Inc

Destin, United States
Background
Pelican Adventures is a 3rd generation family owned and operated company that has been providing enjoyable fishing experiences in Destin for over thirty years. Operating a variety of boats for every taste, budget, and level of experience, they exist to provide their clients with fun and productive days on the water.
Techniques
We use two hook rigs with 30 pound to 80 pound test line. On average, you can expect to catch a variety of fish such as Mingos (Vermilion Snapper), White Snapper (Red Porgy), Black Snapper (Mangrove Snapper), Trigger Fish, Rock Fish, etc. If you are lucky, you could catch Grouper, Jacks,

Our Charter Listings

Destin
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US$ 64
Destin
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US$ 1291
Destin
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US$ 515

Fishing Reports

Spring Fishing

March 30, 2016

Spring is off to great start. We caught a variety of snappers, porgies, and even some tuna. Read Full Report →


What a beautiful day!

April 05, 2016

Wow, what a nice day. The boat caught hundreds of great tasty fish today. The seas were nice and sunshine was welcomed after some days of rain. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Read Full Report →


Kings are starting to show up.

April 08, 2016

The water is warming up and turning the bite on for some pelagics. We caught a few kings lately and have heard some other boats also catching some. The bite for white snappers, mingo, and trigger continue to be… Read Full Report →


Cobia Mania!

April 20, 2016

Wow! There were over twenty cobia caught yesterday. Over all the boats that fished to the West did better than the ones to the East. There were also some very nice Triggers and Snappers caught. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.35 out of 5 stars from 49 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Everything was fantastic.

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 22, 2016

The folks on this boat were awesome!! All the first mates were very friendly and really good at their jobs.  We caught plenty of keeper fish and they cleaned them for gratuity ( but wasn’t required)  the boat was clean, Captain was fun and informative.  All the equipment was in great working conditions. We recommend this charter and will definitely board this trip again soon!  The price was reasonable and the experience was priceless!!  if you are looking for a good time with friends and family while you catch dinner, go out on the Vera Marie!

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thanks so much for the review. :)

Went fishing on Sunday, September 4, 2016

Great time with a great crew and captain! Very friendly people. Will definitely be coming back!

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thank you for your review.  We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Went fishing on Monday, August 15, 2016

Nice staff dated ship equipment.  Very rough water…

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The entire crew was informative and worked quickly. Very conversational crew. Shout out to First Mate Steven.

Fished August 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thanks for the feed back. :)

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A great first time ocean fishing trip, I will definitely use them for a private fishing trip in the future.

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

As my title states, great charter for the price.  You are on this boat with many other people.  The poles are stationed about 2 feet apart, so close that we spent alot of time getting untangled with one another.  We stopped at 3 different fishing spots and at one spot we only dropped in once because 4 of us got our lines tangled.  By the time we were untangled the horn blew and it was time to real in and move to another spot.

As with any charter your 6-hr trip is spent about 1.5 hrs getting out to the area and another 1.5 hrs getting back in to the dock, which leaves about 3 hrs of fishing.  Moving around to a few fishing spots you are actually probably only fishing about 2 hrs.

Overall it was awesome!  You can’t take 3 people out on a 6 hr charter for $200 unless your on the Vera Marie!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Overall very pleased with the trip.  Crew was very helpful and knowledgeable.  Somewhat tight operating space considering the number of people on the boat but still manageable.  Good value for the price especially if it is your first deep sea fishing experience.  Crew did a great job storing the catch, cleaning and filleting the fish.  Nice job!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Had a great time… Captain and crew were great! They were so knowledgable and friendly. We will most definitely be coming back!!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kudos to the Captain and Crew. You guys were excellent. Wyatt was our Deck Hand, he worked his rear off and did an excellent job. We really appreciates the patience of the galley Girl. She took great care of us who were ill. We will do it again when the water is calmer.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Everything went smooth from the time of booking to the time of taking our catch home. Fishing was good. Caught a few mingo snappers & trigger fish. Great bonding experience. I would recommend to any family. The rates are very reasonable compared to others.. will definately be back!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 18, 2016

Very nice…thks for the experience

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great hardworking staff. But too many people and too much boating. We came to fish. Could have killed two hrs with less miles and more fishing.

Dean Trevelino does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Everyone was really nice and helpful. There just was many bites. We had a party of seven and had 13 fish total caught. Most of those in our party only caught one fish, that was disappointing.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 18, 2016

We had a great trip, caught some fish, crew service was superb.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Everything was good except for too many people on board the boat. Would be a 5 star if we had more room to fish.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Had great trip, got to view dolphins on the way out, weather was nice and was first experience deep sea fishing. Well worth the time and money to have a fantastic trip to catch some fish and enjoy the water. Everyone on the boat was catching fish and most two at a time, we had a cooler full and caught several different species. Hope you get the chance to have a great trip.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fished July 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thank you for you review.  Glad you had a good time.

Went fishing on Sunday, June 19, 2016

too many waves, very bumpy and the whole crew was sick and vomiting the whole time while out, therefore unable to fish

Lilora Kearney does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

I hate that you got sick.  I hear many customers saying that the patch behind the ear works the best.  You have to get from your doctor.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Way to crowded when I looked it up it said 70 ft long about 35 people as I boarded the boat quickly realized that was not the case it was elbow to elbow fishing hardly enough room to reel your pole in and if it wasn’t for 2 of my party of 7 sitting down for the whole trip due to a frustrating situation.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice greed to please your customers . In my Business I rely on repeat customers and word of mouth to do my advertising, I talked with several others that was on the boat and they toio shared the same views, with that being said 4 of the 7 did catch some fish so it wasn’t a total waste how ever I do know the next time I will be getting a much smaller boat with fewer people so sorry to say no repeat / or word of mouth customer here

Daniel Moore does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished July 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 8, 2016

here is the exact description of the boat.  If you would have read it then you would have know exactly what to expect from a party/head boat.  To call us greedy is out of place.  We have boats to meet every budget.  The lower the price the more people that are going to be on the boat.  We offer trips for every budget so we don’t need to oversell anything.  Party/Headboats are great for most people but they are not for everyone.  The description is below.  I don’t know how we could spell it out any better.

“Vera Marie” raises the bar for fishing head boats “Party Boats”. 

She carries up to 65 passengers and runs two fishing trips per day during the season and 1 trip per day during the off season when available.   This is a Party fishing boat meaning that it caries a lot of people in order to keep the low price per person.  This is an excellent trip for passengers that are looking to spend the day on the water and catch a few fish while not breaking the bank.  If you are looking for larger fish and less people and don’t mind spending the extra dough, I would urge you to book on one of the private boats.  However, if you are looking for a cheap way to get out on the water and have some fun and don’t mind being with other people, then this is a great affordable way to do so.

She is also excellent for corporate parties, holiday events, family reunions, weddings, bachelor/ette parties and more.

The Vera Marie is a 70’ walk-around.  She has a full service Sports Bar with multiple satellite tv’s.  She also has a Sun Deck, large Air-Conditioned salon, restrooms, and overnight accommodations.

NO MORE than a six pack size cooler will be allowed aboard, the galley/snack bar items are $1-$3 Alcohol is $3-$5.

Check-in one hour prior to your departure

Located in Destin, Florida


Yes Sir, This is a walk-on or head/party boat, as people refer to it. These boats do carry quite a few passengers. There are other boats that carry less passengers that cost more, also private boats that cost even more. We have something for each families budgets and needs. Thanks for your review.

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The person that caked me to confirm the trip was very nice. I purchased 3 for Fathers Day gifts and asked if I had to be there with my card at 6 AM since I was not going or could I just send my card and ID she told me yes. When the guys arrived that morning the owner was rude and said one of her workers would not have told me that. Well one of your workers did tell me that!!!! So I do not appreciate being called a liar! Do not use this place! Owner is rude!

Tina Fisher does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished July 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mrs. Fisher, no one is calling you a liar.  There was just a misunderstanding.  However, all of our staff absolutely know that we can not except a credit card without ID and the person being there.  The majority of our customers appreciate this because it is for there protection.  If your ID had ever been compromised, you would also appreciate it.

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SOME OF THE CREW WAS LOUD AND RUDE

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 30, 2016

We caught more fish and had more bites than any charter i have been on and I have been on quite a few. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. If I visit destin again i would definitely book another trip.

Fished June 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thanks for you review.  Glad you had a great time.

Went fishing on Saturday, June 25, 2016

My husband and took this trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We had an AWESOME time. The Capitan try’s his hardest to keep you on the fish. We didn’t catch that many, probably would have been different if it wasn’t for the dolphins stealing them.. But we are already planning another one and including our children and grandchildren.

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thanks, look forward to seeing you guys next time :)

Went fishing on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Too long of a boat ride there and back 2 hours each way and only 2 hours to fish! Not enough room to fish as we were all pushed together shoulder to shoulder! Not the best experience!!

Jason Daniels does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

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Went fishing on Monday, June 27, 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, June 27, 2016

Capt average job with a full boat. Only concern was feeling rushed when moving to each location. Seems like we were underway more than Fishing. Reels are saltwater baitcaster type which only free fall. 16 Oz weight is alot to work with when getting smaller fish bites. Deck hands were great (Johnny on the spot). In Navy terms.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 19, 2016

The crew was the best! They responded quickly to all of our needs. The water was so choppy that our lines kept tangling and the fishing was poor but that was no fault of theirs. Overall it was an excellent experience for an excellent price!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 23, 2016

I took my eight year old daughter and the crew was very helpful.  We had a wonderful day and a great time.  It was a good charter for the money. 
JH

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thank you for the review.

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great crew, always right there when needed, thanks guys

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thank you for your review.  Enjoy the fish:)

Went fishing on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Boat was overbooked and had more groups than coolers needed to keep the fish we caught. Our fish were put into a trash can with ice with no lid, it served the purpose to keep our catch cool but left us feeling a little put off. It was crowded and shoulder to shoulder while fishing which caused lots of tangled lines. Some of the other guests were late arriving which put the whole trip off to a late start by about 45 mins. More time was spent boat riding and hopping from spot to spot than actual fishing time. Fishing spots were changed frequently and without consideration for if the fish were biting. We did catch about a dozen fish but none were nice enough to brag about. I know the company doesn’t have any control over what fish decide to bite but just seemed a bit disappointing for a chartered trip. If you’re on a budget and just looking for a time-killer, I would recommend trying this trip out. But, if you and your family are looking for a true offshore fishing experience I suggest shelling out the money for a private excursion.

Dawn Berthelot does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished June 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thank you for your review.  We apologize for the boat leaving 15 minutes late that day(arrival time and dock departure time are different).  This boat leaves on time 99.9% of the time.  This is a “party boat” meaning that it caries a lot of people in order to get the low price per customer.  When you carry a lot of people, you are going to have more tangles.  It is the nature of trip.  We do however offer private trips and smaller shared trips for those who don’t mind spending the extra dough.  They are all good trips and serve there purpose.  I have to say that you are comparing apples to oranges when you compare a $64 party boat fishing trip to a $1200 private charter - of course its not the same.  We do provide both as well you can see that FishingBooker offers many great private charter boats here to serve you.  Thanks again for you review.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This was our first deep sea fishing adventure. We had hoped to catch bigger fish, but did manage to catch quite a few smaller fish. Captain and crew were very helpful. Long day. Needed a little more seating area to get out of thehot sun. Fishng was fun, but hard work. Enjoyed it and would do it again. We paid 64 per person but now they say deal of 49 per person. Dont know why the discrepency. Good exhausting fun day.

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thanks for the review. Our $49 (before taxes) is the summer pm trip, spring and fall special.
Fishing is hard work :)

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We didn’t seem to be on the fish today.  The boat takes on 65+ fishermen so expect to be elbow to elbow.  It’s a great price but you get what you pay for.  So many tangles with other people’s lines and the boat hands trying to take care of 65+ people made the trip a value priced trip.  My suggestion is to spend another $100 and go with a smaller boat..you will have less snags and most likely walk home with your money back+ in fish caught and have a little bit more personal experience.  I am going to recommend this charter for people on a budget but remember you get what you pay for.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It was our first time deep sea fiahing , we had a blast!  The crew was super friendly and helpful. We can’t wait to do it again!

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Captain Steve and all of his deck hands were great.  There were some tangled lines, which are to be expected on a boat with this many folks with different fishing skill levels, but the crew was very patient with everyone and quick to get lines untangled.  We caught lots of fish and enjoyed the beautiful Gulf!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Vera Marie is a party boat so our trip was quit busy. There were 72 anglers on board that day but we never really felt crowded. The boat is 75’ long with 2 decks so that helps people to spread out. The Captain and crew were very knowledgable and shared that knowledge with us the entire trip. My family of 5 caught 40+ fish and had a great time.

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, June 13, 2016

Thank you for taking time to give us a review.  We are glad you had a good time and hope to see you in the future.

Went fishing on Friday, June 3, 2016

I have been coming to Destin for over 35 Years and never miss a chance to go deep sea fishing when its red Snapper season however on this particular trip I was highly disappointed with this trip. First of all the Captain of the boat Vera Marie seemed to lack the experience it takes to handle large watercraft, used up most of our fishing time trying to manuver the boat around potential fishing spots, constantly unable to keep the boat in one place which only gave us enough time to drop the line in the water for a minute or two before we were told to reel them in, before the captain took off again to another spot, out of the 6 hour tour we spent approximately 30 minutes fishing, only to catch nothing! The boat was extremely overcrowded, lines continously kept getting crossed and tangled up, a couple of the deck hands were new, and were not able to tie a fishing knot if their life depended on it, one extremely rude hand was shouting at my wife because she wanted a 16 oz sinker like the ones everyone else had, and he couldnt untie the hay knot he tied the 20 oz sinker on her rod to begin with, I had to do it. The other deck hands complained that the new hands didnt know how to tie a knot and had found dozens of mistied hooks and weights. This is Worst fishing trip I have ever been on !

Gary Dean Gray does not recommend Pelican Adventures - “Vera Marie”

Fished June 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 4, 2016

We hate that you had a bad experience.  The day that you went was a bad drift day (current against wind).  Does not happen often, but does happen.  Captain Steve has been with us a long time and has a very high customer rating.  Most days are great with lots of fish but sometimes you have a not so good day.  We care deeply about everyone of our customers and invest highly in reefs, tackle, etc. to give our customers every opportunity.

Went fishing on Sunday, May 29, 2016

The captain and mates were awesome. Had a great time with my dad and my son catching fish. Recommend this boat to anyone wanting to have a real good experience fishing in the gulf

Fished May 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, June 4, 2016

Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review.  We are glad you had a good time.

Went fishing on Saturday, May 28, 2016

The captain and 1st mate were outstanding.  The whole crew worked their rears off from the time we boarded until returning to port to have our fish cleaned and bagged.  Didn’t catch a ton of fish but the half ton was just fine.  Did have to throw back many caught because of size, but enjoyed catching each one.  Only disappointment was Red Snapper season did not start until 1 June, so no keepers of any size.  No fault with boat or crew on that, just the way it was for when we chose to fish.  Go…you’ll enjoy!

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Replied to this review on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thanks for the feed back. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Went fishing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We went with 3 adults and 3 kids, 6, 8 and 10 years old. It is a pretty long day but the kids were never bored, nor were we.  The crew was terrific and took extra care showing the kids what to do. The boat was very clean.  We changed our reservations and the company was very accommodating with making the changes.  And of course the sea was calm and the fish were biting so we all caught something. Thanks for a great day.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This is an excellent trip.  The boat was short handed so the two crew members were run ragged.  Very friendly and fun. Well worth the money.

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 30, 2016

My wife and I had a great time on our first trip out, deep sea fishing. The crew was friendly and helpful and we’d love to do it again in the future!

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, May 6, 2016

Best trips I’ve ever been on   Captain and crew were excellent   Stephen was awesome   We will be back

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 21, 2016

This is the first time to catch this big in my life.

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thought we would catch more fish.  We moved too many times

Fished April 2016

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Pelican Adventures Inc (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sorry you had slower than average trip.  When we are not getting a good bite, we keep moving till we find that good bite.  Sometimes that is the first spot, sometimes the third or fourth.  Most days this works out great.  But sometimes it doesn’t.  We do care about you and all of our customers.  We invest a lot in our reefs so that you have every opportunity.

Thank you for your review.