What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Punta Cana for the first time?

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Michael Ziemer
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters – Gone Dog 37' on June 6, 2024
Take Dramamine! The boat definitely rocks so better safe than sorry. They fish the top waters which was unexpected. I’m used to fishing at lower depths. Cool part is many fish will breach making for a fun experience. Food and beverages were provided but we didn’t partake much. Wear a good hat and sunglasses as the UV rays are very strong in Punta Cana! Also wear shoes you can slip off as you get ankle deep in the water to board the “water Uber” out to the main boat.

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Graham Cameron
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on May 29, 2024
I was going all out for the Marlin. But weather was great and lots of fish about. Captain and crew of the Cana were great and did everything they could to get me my Marlin. Next time. Recommend this to anyone who wants some action and a great day out.

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Macy Michalewicz
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Went fishing with Tease Me Sportfishing on May 16, 2024
Book with Carlo, Mayo, and Chichi ! We sleighed the mahi mahi and had the very best time ! We had a group of 6 ladies and two of them had never gone deep sea fishing before, it was phenomenal ! Boat was throughly cleaned, you don’t have to touch bait, all of them worked so hard for us and were so polite.

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Kristy Johnson
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Went fishing with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on April 9, 2024
For first time anglers, be prepared for sea conditions and come with an open mind knowing a great fishing day is not always defined by the number of fish you catch! Trust your trained, knowledgeable captain and crew and they will get the job done!

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Luc Rancourt
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Alondra on March 16, 2024
Most trips are trolling only. Ask specifically for bottom fishing with younger kids as action is more important then catchinggghg a bug fish. Bring Gravol if not used to being on a boat. Take some before getting on and your trip will be much more pleasant.

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Ryan Wimmer
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Went fishing with Fishing Pro Charter - Mar-Quesa 41ft on March 19, 2024
Make sure you bring your motion sickness pills or the patch on your neck. The North Atlantic on a beautiful day is choppy 5 - 8 ft waves is the normal. 86 and sunny with a slight 8 mph wind. and the ocean was moving. When you catch fish it is well worth it. I would do this again in heartbeat.

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Jason Stoops
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Went fishing with Atlántida Inshore and Fly Fishing on March 7, 2024
Sunglasses, Head cover, sunblock. Fully charge your phone for photos and video as well as connecting to the Apple Play on board for music. Bottled water provided, Ice in the cooler (trust it?), but bring your own pop and alcohol (beers)

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Kate Sissons
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Seaquest I on March 8, 2024
Utter rubbish. They failed to moor at the pier so had to jump in and out with no help in waist high water. Captain has disappeared after I complained. He took 16.000 Dom pesos it over 400 US dollars IN CASH no receipt. Hello Mr Taxman

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James Powell
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on January 31, 2024
We caught fish. There had been a storm the night before. The sea was between 3-4 foot. If someone was prone to sea sickness it might have been rough on them. We caught two fish not the type I was hoping for. That is why it is called fishing not catching :)

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Scott Forbes
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Alondra on January 26, 2024
Take non drowsy Dramamine 1 hour before you go. Don’t get drunk the night before Eat lighter food n hour or more before going out. Wear a long sleeve fishing shirt the hat you wear will blow off if it’s not tight or tied. Wear sunglasses Put on a lot of sunscreen Wear good shoes they fight hard and the floor is always wet Listen to the crew Enjoy paradise

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Mark Ledden
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on January 18, 2024
Just trust in your captain and mate. They know what they are doing. When you go out on a charter do it for the experience not to catch. If you go with this mind set you will have a great time. If you catch it’s a bonus. Also know the crew wants to catch fish more then you do so don’t put extra pressure on them, they are doing the best they can. Remember you can’t make fish bite so just enjoy the experience.

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Enriquillo Jose
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Went fishing with Fishing Pro Charter - Divina 35ft on December 6, 2023
If there's a possibility you MAY get seasickness, don't go. I threw up once and was fine. That was my fault for having lunch before going out. Seasickness is also in your head AND your stomach. It only got to my stomach. Also, if you can't handle the exhaust fumes don't go. The boat was constantly in motion and you can still smell it all afternoon.

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Kevin OBrien
City Of The Village Of Cl, MI
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Went fishing with Fishing Pro Charter - Divina 35ft on March 27, 2023
Decide wether you want to troll jig for fish. Trolling is less engaging...but potential for bigger fish. It was windy everyday we were in Punta Cana, so the Atlantic Ocean was a bit rough. Even if you think you don't get seasick, I would recommend Dramamine a few hours before your trip.

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Todd Cannon
Cape Girardeau, MO
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on March 7, 2023
Read reviews & choose a chart that provides transport to and from where you're staying. Also, make sure you know how to get your catch back home or, at least, allow time to have the marina restaurant prepare some of it for you to enjoy!

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Jeff Stone
La Paz, 32
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Went fishing with Atlántida Inshore and Fly Fishing on June 12, 2019
DON'T travel with your fly rod in hand carry on the way back to the US. Dominican security confiscated my rod at the airport security checkpoint! I barely got my $800 reel back with me. They have NO idea how to handle anglers.

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Charles Parks
New York, NY
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Went fishing with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on June 3, 2019
In my opinion every day fishing is different. We had 6 strikes took 2 fish. I think thats pretty acceptable. We travelled in the taxi with two guys from Chile and they went on a 4 hour trip and caught 5 Mahi Mahi.

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Daniel Strait
Punta Cana, 22
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Went fishing with Luxury Fishing Punta Cana - Boston Whaler on May 15, 2019
Don't take the half day trip. They don't go out very far and probably the same places every day. My fault for booking that type of trip. We caught no fish but had two bites. Perhaps if we went straight out and back we would have been in deeper water with more fish. Boat and crew were great.

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Michael Stevens
Dominican Republic
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Alondra on April 16, 2019
Granted the crew blamed the poor fishing on a full moon and that they can eat all night. These are fish that never stop moving, rarely stop eating. Wave conditions were 2-4 so not bad for this time of year. These are old boats, chugger desiel engines so expect lots of funds that will add to the sick sickness for some.

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John Robinson
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Emmanuel on June 20, 2024
We got skunked. I don’t know if this is off season or just a bad day. It’s called fishing not catching. Anyone who has fished a lot knows that’s how it goes sometimes

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Michael Lahoe
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Went fishing with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on June 19, 2024
Be patient have a good attitude, talk to everyone and you will have fun. Remember it’s called fishing not catching. These guys work hard and with there experience they know the places to be.

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Rudy Gragg
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Alondra on June 6, 2024
Look for an 8 hour trip and make sure the boat is equipped with essentials and technology to help locate the fish

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Brian Fowler
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on April 28, 2024
It can get a bit rough in the ocean, don’t party too hard the night before-lol!

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Susan Edwards
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Went fishing with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on March 6, 2024
Definitely recommend the Fishing Machine to experienced anglers and new fishermen and women! Terrific day on the water

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Scott VanderHoning
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Orion on February 29, 2024
Go early in your trip, Captain will clean fish for you to take to your condo or a restaurant to prepare it for you. Your fresh catch will be way better than the fish they purchase at a restaurant.

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Kenneth Boland
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Went fishing with Atlántida Family Fun Fishing on February 28, 2024
Get ready for choppy water. They call it fishing not catching. Some days are better than others but everyday on the water is great.

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Robert Fisher
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Went fishing with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on February 24, 2024
If you’re fishing for the first time, you need not to worry with this crew, they will put you on the fish and show you exactly what to do.

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Peter Lemon
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Went fishing with Fortuna - Big Marlin Punta Cana on February 16, 2024
Remember it is fishing and not catching. So make sure to pray to whatever fishing gods you believe in before you go. Good luck the crew was great and gear and boat nice.

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Bill O'brien
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Went fishing with Big Marlin Charters Punta Cana on January 30, 2024
Make sure to get a patch from your doctor. You never know what the conditions will be when you go out on the water.

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Dennis Miller
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Went fishing with Tease Me Sportfishing on February 5, 2024
Always a possibility with high winds and rough waves. But that's what you expect this time of year in punta Cana

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Mike Haluska
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Went fishing with Pescando Y Comiendo – Seaquest I on February 5, 2024
I didn’t want to go out very far to troll I enjoyed fishing where we did,about a mile from shore,and the way we fished,with bait towards the bottom