Captain
Al Cumbie

Member since October 2015

St Augustine, United States

Background
Been fishing chartering in St Augustine for 30 years
Techniques
We like to do bottom fishing for the big snappers and groupers and we'd love to troll for the big Marlins Selfish dolphin in tuna and king mackerel

Hey, I'm Captain Al Cumbie

St Augustine, United States
Background
Been fishing chartering in St Augustine for 30 years
Techniques
We like to do bottom fishing for the big snappers and groupers and we'd love to troll for the big Marlins Selfish dolphin in tuna and king mackerel

My Charter Listings

St Augustine
trips from
US$ 415

Fishing Reports

4hr big red snapper

November 02, 2015

the trip was on the 34ft channelmaster the catch was big red snapper. We caught them on sardines. On chicken rigs. We caught 24 snapper on a 4hr trip. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.69 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Captain Al is a great captain, with a good mate. He sure knows the waters. I will come from south Florida to St. Augustine and charter with him again. My son caught a 40lb Cobia.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Captain Al was great and helped us out tremendously. We were all able to catch fish to take home. Awesome trip and will be booking another next year!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 8, 2017

The weather was not very good for our morning trip, but we still caught fish and had a great time.  Captain Al and his first mate Justin were very nice and took care of everything down to cleaning and bagging our fish. We will be booking another trip in the future.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Captain Al and his mate JR was amazing! We had a wonderful time! Can’t wait to do it again! If you are looking for a fun charter this is it!

Fished March 2017

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Al Cumbie (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thank you so much we enjoyed having you have a wonderful anniversary


Went fishing on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Captain is a genuinely nice guy and excellent boat captain. His crew was in top of everything we needed. Overall a top notch experience and we’ll certainly be booking again in the future.

Fished January 2017

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Al Cumbie (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great bunch of guys enjoy having you hope to see you soon thanks again Captain Al


Went fishing on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dad and 2 sons 20 & 13 came down on vacation from NY looking to catch different kinds of fish, only wanted a few to take home to cook, so size did not matter.  We caught a vast variety ranging from puffer ( so cool! ) to mother-in-law fish (so ugly just Google it!).  And even an EEL!  Which scared the be-Jesus out of my 13 year old son who reeled it in.  We took home red fish and trout, plenty to feed our family of 4 for a really great dinner.  Super big and SAFE boat, bigger than most inshore boats.  Great captain and his mate, shared stories of Huricane Matthew and his cousins the Van Zant’s ... yes of Lynard Skynard.  Oooh that smell ... of great fishing that is!

Fished December 2016

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Al Cumbie (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank you Nick enjoyed fishing with you and your boys . you were wonderful I had a great time hope to see you back in the summer do some trolling catching king mackerel some little tuna and Barracuda maybe even a sailfish Thanks again Captain Al

Went fishing on Monday, December 26, 2016

We had a really good time and got some much needed relaxation. Captain Al was very personable and we really had some interesting conversations. Was happy to see the boat had a head available which makes it significantly more female friendly. Unfortunately the anchor was lost during our second stop and we were able to tie off at a washed out dock for the duration. Unfortunately we were unable to progress to the next destination. We were according to the radio catching much more fish than any other charter but was hoping for a larger variety of fish. Capt.  Al mentioned an offshore trip where dolphin, grouper, mackerel are possible and that sounds more of what I was after.

Fished December 2016

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Al Cumbie (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We want to thank you very much for fishing with us it was a pleasure hope to see you in the summer .we will out there and catch the big boys thank you Captain Al

Went fishing on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Al Cumbie (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 24, 2016

Enjoyed having his crew they caught a lot of fish took home a lot of fish and they said they’re going to come back and fish with us. we appreciate it thank you again captain AL


Went fishing on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Captain Al was great and so was his mate. I’ve been twice before so I had something to compare this trip to. Nice boat, we went out and the crew caught real bait…..nothing store bought here. Other charters in the same place as us didn’t hookem like we did because their bait wasn’t the real deal. First half day trip for me and my 7yr old son had a blast. We fished for King mackerel and caught our limit. The last catch was a sail fish, extremely rare to hook and this was my second one from the Atlantic. Great job captain!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Captain Al and Jessie were very professional and put us on the fish. Whitin 3 minutes of setting out our hooks we had two ” jacks” hooked. They were very patient and helpful with our group including three teens on board. Everything went well and I would highly recommend captain Al and his crew.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Four of us (two adults, two children) went out with Captain Al on a four hour charter on the river at St. Augustine. We decided against the trip to the reefs outside since we had the two kids ages 11 and 9. Well, the trip started out well when we anchored near an abandoned dock. Caught a large flounder and a couple of other trash fish. Problem is that when we didn’t get any bites for 45 minutes, we continued to stay at the same spot for over 1 1/2 hours. Then moved to a spot on Hospital Creek near the Mission. Caught one nice redfish and a few mangrove snappers, plus several pinfish ( Captain Al kept insisting that we call them sailors choice as if that would make everything better) and one unusual fish which Al called a rabbit fish (or puffer). Al told us that the puffer fish was a good eating fish. Ok. We stayed at this second spot until it was time to pack up for the day. Two spots in four hours! That’s ridiculous! The young second mate seemed as if this was his first trip out with Al. He worked hard, and Al pushed him hard by ordering him around the whole trip. The website said that this was a “child friendly” charter, but the boys were not treated well. Seemed as if Al felt they were in the way instead of assisting them. Constantly telling them that they weren’t catching fish because they weren’t paying attention. Both boys did catch several pinfish. Great huh? When we got back to the marina old Al seemed to be in a real hurry to leave. First order of business was, of course, to collect the balance of the fee. Total trip was $375 plus tip. Al left quickly and had the first mate clean the fish. He did a terrible job of this. Needs to learn how to fillet a fish. Basically, he filleted all of the fish except the flounder but most were completely full of bones, and I had to scale all of the fish fillets myself later!!!? I had asked that they not fillet the flounder but to scale and gut it. He partially gutted the flounder and cut the head off. Did not scale it at all, and because he did not have a plastic bag large enough to hold the flounder, he cut a large section off of the end and threw it away. Just a terrible job of cleaning the fish! Another man came along while he was cleaning the fish and saw the puffer (rabbit) fish. He told us that he had heard that this fish was toxic and that he would not eat it. So much for Captain Al’s advice. We told the first mate/fish cleaner that we didn’t want the fish. Later we researched the puffer and, sure enough, it is a toxic fish with strong recommendation to avoid ever eating it! I really wonder how Al stays in business doing business this way. Only two fishing spots in four hours, not “child friendly”, and just a lazy attitude toward the whole trip which was rather expensive. Of course we will never recommend Channel Master Sport Fishing to anyone planning a trip out of St. Augustine - either inside or reef fishing. Live and learn folks!

Jack Harshbarger does not recommend Channel Master Sport Fishing

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Great fishing today! Brought 6 big ones to the shore, released few as well.
Enjoyed Capt Al tutelage and guidance!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 26, 2016

We had a great inshore trip. Captain Al was awesome. This was my first time doing a inshore trip and he helped out a lot

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, May 20, 2016

My two brothers and I went out with channel master for a half day morning trip.The 30+ ft boat was very roomy for the five of us aboard.The captain was very knowledgeable.Both the captain and deck hand were very nice as well.We caught 10 or more fish and all 3 of us were able to catch very nice keeper sized fish each.We didn’t catch any cobia this time but there is always next year.I would definitely recommend this charter. Aaron M, Cincinnati Ohio.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Captain Al was great. Helped the guys in the group that didn’t know what to do and really interacted with us. Had a great time with a great captain.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Captain picked a good spot out of the wind and we caught fish.

Fished April 2016

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