While vacationing at the Bavaro Beach resort we used their guest services to book a deep sea fishing excursion. They set us up with palmerafishing.com also known as fishingpuntacana.com also known as firstclassfishing.com located at Calle Pedro Mir, 23000, at the Ola Souvenirs shop. We were scheduled to have the charter service’s transportation to pick us up at our hotel at 1:10 pm. We arrived on time to find another family waiting who had booked a fishing charter through AmStar but their pickup time was 12:45 and they were early and had been waiting. Both pick up times had past without anyone arriving to pick up fishing clients.
The father from the other family and I went to guest services for information. Neither the hotel booking desk nor the AmStar desk was occupied. The Guest service representative made some calls and then told us that the morning charters had been cancelled due to high seas. One call later they confirmed that our charters were cancelled as well and we shouldn’t expect better conditions until Friday. I asked why we were not informed and the lame excuse from First Class Fishing Excursions was that they sent a driver who could not find us.
We rebooked our trip for Friday afternoon at the same time. We were told that they would have beer and snacks aboard to try to make up for our inconvenience. A van labeled “Marlin fishing” not any of those other names, arrived promptly on Friday. Unfortunately, my wife had taken ill and was not able to make it. Since it was too late to cancel I figured we would pay her fee and have one less fisherman aboard. The company’s brochure stated no more than 7 people would fish.
The van stopped at the next hotel up the beach to pick up another fellow going fishing. We then experienced a thrill ride through the highways and backstreets which included lane passes toward oncoming traffic and squeezing a van through spaces too small for most tiny cars. We arrived without incident at a rundown looking storefront which sold all the usual rum, cigars and paintings but had an opening in the rear to the beach. We boarded a skiff in the surf and made our way to the Intrepido, a 42 ft. Post fishing boat. After vaulting the transom to board we settled in as the captain made his way past the reef and into open water.
The mate rigged four poles with ballyhoo and we began to troll. For the next 4 hours we cruised around burning fuel with only one brief flurry during which the Captain and mate managed to lose a mahi mahi and a barracuda. We did land one tiny barracuda and the other six people didn’t get to touch a fishing rod. YES, The other six. Meaning they filled my wife’s spot but didn’t make any effort to refund the fee. They didn’t have beer and snacks aboard ether just a bottle of water for each of us.
They could not drive us back to our hotels right away, for some reason and we had to wait 40 minutes until another passenger returning from a dolphin excursion arrived. I had to work with my hotels guest services in order to recover the one fee. I highly recommend that you do not use First Class Fishing for your excursion. It is a very poorly run operation.
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