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“No Class Fishing Charter is more like it.”

First Class Fishing Charter
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: When you are ready to experience fishing in the Caribbean then you are ready for a Punta Cana sport fishing trip for marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, and other big game sport fish in the fun and sun of the Island of the Dominican Republic.
Reviewed 29 February 2016

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.

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

We went for a half day fishing tour with my father, brothers and kids. We fish a single one piece (a very good one, let´s be fair on this) but the crew was uncourtious and rude, the captain was talking to other boats saying he don´t want to fish Dorados... sounds strange as we pay for fishing! They ask for tips since we arrive untill we finish the day, even for taking photos!!! A nightmare.
I will not recomend this tour to any friend!!!!

Thank Jose D
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Reviewed 19 May 2015

The boat was complete junk (total disrepair). No radio, gps, sonar or any electronics. All long ago broke. Bathroom didn't work. Cabin rear glass door had long ago broke and never replaced. .Fighting chair broke. Bow rail rusted and supports broken in numerous places. Boat had no lights. Seat padding in cabin was destroyed and carpet was torn up. At least it didn't sink.

There was issue with diesel fumes collecting in cabin and if you sat in there you got sick and light headed from fumes

I could have looked beyond all boat issues if we had caught any fish.

Crew seemed generally disinterested and had no real plan to find fish. They just made pre-planned loop for 5 hours trolling same baits (didn't even other to put on fresh bait) no plan B or C. It was obvious the crew was not experienced fisherman and certainly not experts.

The crew was friendly enough but not real helpful. Sandwiches which were included in price (and dropped on floor back at building) but were left in hot sun along with little fruit to bake. Drinks were fine until they ran out of cold ones because crew did not restock cooler.

I would not recommend this to anyone and was very disappointed.

Thank robert3320
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

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Reviewed 21 October 2014

Had a lot of fun on this charter. Caught 13 mahi mahi, a barracuda, and a yellow finned tuna. Brought my 6 year old son and he had a blast.

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