Captain
JIM PURCELL

Member since November 2015

Marathon, United States

Background
LUXURIOUS & ice cold AIR CONDITIONING!!!
Techniques
Love trolling, deep drops & reef/wreck fishing. Offshore, hump, deep drops, reef/wreck. Big fish & lots of them! Let's go fishing! Sailfish, tuna, mahi- mahi (dolphin aka dorado), triple tail, wahoo, marlin, groupers, snappers, kingfish, etc. Ballyhoo, live pin fish, all top rigging and best tackle: Penn rods & reels! You can snorkel with us too, spend your last hour onboard at Sombrero Lighthouse & National Marine Sanctuary, it's the third largest reef in the world! We can handle groups over six!

Hey, I'm Captain JIM PURCELL

Marathon, United States
Background
LUXURIOUS & ice cold AIR CONDITIONING!!!
Techniques
Love trolling, deep drops & reef/wreck fishing. Offshore, hump, deep drops, reef/wreck. Big fish & lots of them! Let's go fishing! Sailfish, tuna, mahi- mahi (dolphin aka dorado), triple tail, wahoo, marlin, groupers, snappers, kingfish, etc. Ballyhoo, live pin fish, all top rigging and best tackle: Penn rods & reels! You can snorkel with us too, spend your last hour onboard at Sombrero Lighthouse & National Marine Sanctuary, it's the third largest reef in the world! We can handle groups over six!
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Marathon
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US$ 1699

Fishing Reports

Fishing at the Hump

November 14, 2015

Caught the Large Tunas and lots of them, action, action action....still some large mahi mahi pouring through. Had a nice ride back in calm seas. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.58 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

These guys have it dialed in.
We had an awesome time and the whole experience was extremely professional. The crew kept our hooks baited and in the water for the entire trip. Yellowtail, mahi, and a few smaller snapper were had by our crew. The vessel is large and spacious. We had a group of eight and all got with lots of room to spare. Having four to five fishing simultaneously was no problem. The cabin is air conditioned and equipped with a couch to give you a respite from the sun.
Once back on land, our catch was expertly filleted. They even shipped it to us via overnight air-fish freight.
End to end and start to finish awesome service.

Fished October 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 9, 2017

I hate to leave negative reviews, I have thought about how to word this for two days. The five of us in the party expressed our feelings about trip and provided input into this review.

Crew was waiting on us when we arrived.  Boat not cleaned prior to arrival from previous days. Went to fishing grounds fish not biting tried several spots (some days the fish don’t bite).  trolled a while, tried several spots.  Mates lost interest in assisting. ran out of bait (fish weren’t biting and still ran out of bait).  Mate was smoking just outside cabin door so cigarette smoke blew into cabin.
I do have to say that Capt. Jim was friendly and tried to keep the crew in check.

Don Olson does not recommend Hot Diggity Dog - 50’ Ocean Yacht

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bring some drinks, some sandwiches and a cigar if you like.  Jim amd Bob took care of everything else.  We had a very cold day temperature wise… low 60’s to upper 60’s F.  The set up of the boat and amenities made it quite comfortable despite the weather.  My wife has gotten seasick on our last two fishing trips and our cruise, but not on the boat.  It helped to follow Jim’s instructions and give her Bonine the night before and the morning of.  No seasickness!

In the morning, we fished the reefs and caught our limit of snapper.  In the afternoon, we went to deep water for a few hours.  Struck out there, but Jim and Bob were great company. 

Had my son who is 12, my mom who is 75 and my wife and I 50 and 51.  Everyone had a good time and everyone caught some snapper.

If you want friendly crew, comfortable vessep and to catch fish, Hot Diggity is a good choice.  And don’t forget to say hello to his talking bird Ruckus.  Pics below

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Myself and 8 other guys spent the day on this gorgeous and spacious boat. The inside cabin and captains deck had plenty of room for all of us. Started with reef fishing and hit more yellowtail fish than we could reel in. Each caught our limit within the hour. Best part of the trip was the first mate, Anthony who was working his tail off to keep our hooks baited and poles in the water. After that we went trolling for some bigger fish as we wanted to strap into the fighting chair and wrestle with some Wahoo. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance as they weren’t biting and a nasty cold front came in so we ended up docking a few hours early. But once we docked, Anthony cleaned all our fish and sent us home with great filets that were excellent fish tacos later that night. Really thankful for Captain Jim and his crew, made our trip alot of fun. Highly recommend just wish the big fish were biting

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, December 23, 2016

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 9, 2016

Excellent time!!!! Captain and first mate were very professional and we caught some great tuna and dolphin. Will definitely book again with this crew.  The air conditioned cabin was a great place to cool off during the day.

Fished May 2016

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