Dominican Republic Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Dominican Republic Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Dominican Republic

Deep Sea Fishing in Dominican Republic

If you’re planning on spending your next vacation deep sea fishing Dominican Republic, then congratulations, you’re going to have an amazing time! If you’re still undecided, we’ve got a long list of reasons you absolutely have to visit this sportfishing paradise. It reads a little something like this: Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo… You get the picture.
 
There’s more to Dominican Republic’s big game scene than the fish themselves, though. You’ll struggle to find a better sportfishing fleet anywhere in the Caribbean. Custom sportfishing boats pack like sardines into Marina Cap Cana, and only the best captains stay afloat in this highly-competitive market. The DR is also famous for its family-friendly fishing trips, making it the perfect way to get the little ones into the sport. It really is one of the best fishing destinations in the world.
 

Deep Sea Fishing Spots

You can catch all of Dominican Republic’s big game species year-round. There are some very special times and places to visit, though. Most of these are within easy reach of Punta Cana, and trips rarely need to last longer than eight hours. The biggest Blue Marlin are caught in the summer around FADs in the northeast of the island. Hundreds of Blue Marlin are released each season off Macao Beach, 3 Rocks, and the Pink House. These are Punta Cana’s “Big Three” but there are many more spots still being discovered.
 
But what if you want to catch record Billfish without even leaving the coastline? Come in White Marlin season, of course! During the spring, White Marlin can be caught by the dozen just a couple of miles from land. They make their way through the Mona Passage, right past Punta Cana itself. Even a half day trip will get you on multiple hookups, and double-digit releases are standard on longer trips. 
 

Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

The deep sea fishing Dominican Republic is most famous for is trolling. Colorful spreads of teasers and trolling lures are the standard setup here, as bait can be difficult to buy. You can also fish for Rainbow Runner, Bonito, and other baits on your trip. Bigger boats usually have tuna tubes to keep them alive. 
 
If you do catch baits, you will often have the option to kite fish. There are even some captains who specialize in guiding groups towards Sailfish and Marlin on the fly. This is usually done by bait-and-switch fishing, making full use of those signature teasers.
 

Need to Know

Billfish are catch-and-release only in Dominican Republic. Everything else can and will be kept unless you agree otherwise. Most captains won’t mind releasing fish, but they’ll need to know ahead of time to set things up right. You don’t need a fishing license in DR, whether you’re on a charter or not. Everything is set up so you can just show up and enjoy, and DR has earned its reputation as a no-hassle vacation spot. There are still stories of foreigners being overcharged at the dock, though, so book ahead of your visit to ensure a stress-free trip.
Dominican Republic
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Dominican Republic: 26 fishing charters available

Fortuna - Big Marlin Punta Cana

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(73 reviews)
Punta Cana
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trips from $600

High Z’s Fishing Tour

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(152 reviews)
Puerto Plata
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trips from $400

Agua Bendita

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(54 reviews)
Punta Cana
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trips from $425

Santa Elena Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
Punta Cana
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trips from $550

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Dominican Republic

Be prepared for some big waves that can aggravate motion sickness very easily.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for some big waves that can aggravate motion sickness very easily.
Chelsea  J.
Chelsea J. Florissant, MO
Be mindful of sea conditions at this time of year, it can be pretty rough. I recommend taking bonine the night before and morning of your trip if you are prone to motion sickness..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be mindful of sea conditions at this time of year, it can be pretty rough. I recommend taking bonine the night before and morning of your trip if you are prone to motion sickness..
Richard  D.
Richard D. South Farmingdale, NY
Invite a friend or two and book a full day private trip. A full day really expands the options for where you can fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Invite a friend or two and book a full day private trip. A full day really expands the options for where you can fish.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Holt, Michigan
We had a great experience, but were told that the fishing is definitely better in the winter months
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great experience, but were told that the fishing is definitely better in the winter months
Linda  F.
Linda F. New Braunfels, Texas
The wind and waves are bigger in the afternoon, so I would book a morning trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The wind and waves are bigger in the afternoon, so I would book a morning trip.
Christian  H.
Christian H. Dallas, TX
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.
Very good
4.0 / 5
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.
Charles  P.
Charles P. New York, NY
I would not do a 4 hour trip. It isn’t enough time to get the full experience; 6 hours was great for us. Be prepared for large swells the entire trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would not do a 4 hour trip. It isn’t enough time to get the full experience; 6 hours was great for us. Be prepared for large swells the entire trip.
Michael  R.
Michael R. Dominican Republic
Mahi Mahi is the primary fish to target. I was told bottom fishing is not that good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mahi Mahi is the primary fish to target. I was told bottom fishing is not that good.
Christian  A.
Christian A. Burlington, KY
Make sure you confirm the boat is based in a proper marina and not a low rate beach vendor pretending to be based in a marina
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you confirm the boat is based in a proper marina and not a low rate beach vendor pretending to be based in a marina
Mark  M.
Mark M. Salvaleón De Higüey, Provincia De La Altagracia
I recommend doing a private charter if you are fishing the ocean for the first time, not a group charter. Have fun, we did!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend doing a private charter if you are fishing the ocean for the first time, not a group charter. Have fun, we did!
Diana  H.
Diana H. Dominican Republic
Be prepared for a great day of fishing. If you target a specific type of fish like I did (marlin) you will pass up on action from other varites.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a great day of fishing. If you target a specific type of fish like I did (marlin) you will pass up on action from other varites.
Mark  E.
Mark E. Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Seas are rough be ready for a ride. If your an old salt and a dire hard fisherman book it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seas are rough be ready for a ride. If your an old salt and a dire hard fisherman book it!
Kelly  W.
Kelly W. San Mateo, CA
I have fished a lot of places and the water here is quite rough, if you tend to get seasick this is not a place for you.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I have fished a lot of places and the water here is quite rough, if you tend to get seasick this is not a place for you.
John  V.
John V. Mississauga, ON
Me and my friends had a great time. We didnt catch anything and the Captain gave us 2 extra hours for free trying to find the fish. I am coming back and try it again in May. I would highly recommend Zs.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Me and my friends had a great time. We didnt catch anything and the Captain gave us 2 extra hours for free trying to find the fish. I am coming back and try it again in May. I would highly recommend Zs.
Kendrick  J.
Kendrick J. Chicago, IL
Watch weather and wave forecast. Book early in your trip so you can change according to weather.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watch weather and wave forecast. Book early in your trip so you can change according to weather.
Roy  S.
Roy S. El Manguito, 29
Don't think about it. Book it! You'll have a great experience! Also take motion sickness medicine, just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't think about it. Book it! You'll have a great experience! Also take motion sickness medicine, just in case.
Alan  C.
Alan C. Santo Domingo, 01
Make sure you get sleep and are ready for the extreme fight of a deep sea fish ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get sleep and are ready for the extreme fight of a deep sea fish ??
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Toronto, Ontario
Book with Captain Acra for outstanding trip. Also we rebooked our trip from December 2 to November 30 due to the offshore winds. Try to keep your date open due to weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Acra for outstanding trip. Also we rebooked our trip from December 2 to November 30 due to the offshore winds. Try to keep your date open due to weather.
Dean  R.
Dean R. Chicago, IL
We caught the fish we intended (Dorado and Wahoo), but were not able to get as many as we had hoped. May not have been the best season for fishing, but the time of year that we traveled to Dominican Republic was out of our control.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught the fish we intended (Dorado and Wahoo), but were not able to get as many as we had hoped. May not have been the best season for fishing, but the time of year that we traveled to Dominican Republic was out of our control.
Sharon  L.
Sharon L. Monticello, FL
Do your homework before traveling to punts Cana. Read as many reviews as possible for the proper fishing guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your homework before traveling to punts Cana. Read as many reviews as possible for the proper fishing guide.
Christopher  W.
Christopher W. Spring Branch, TX

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Dominican Republic