After careful research, my family and I booked a 6 hour charter with Start Me Up, Sport Fishing for my son's birthday. We had a few conversations prior to starting our trip about what happened with the fish we catch. It was explained to us that WE decided what happens for the most part. It was again brought up by our Captain Timster and first mate Matt, that if it is not edible or will deplete an already stressed population, they tag and release.
This is my first time sport fishing but my husband and two boys have done it before (my husband has the most experience out of all of us). I can say that no matter what level of experience you have, this charter is great! Matt,and Captain Timster explained everything that they would handle and everything that we would need to do. The communication was excellent. I did need a few reminders as this was my first time and they were so positive and supportive the whole time.
I know that there is no guarantee for fish and that this happens to everyone ( my husband has been on a few trips like this). What you will be guaranteed is a very clean ship (this is coming from a borderline germaphobe). The bathroom was immaculate. Captain Timster said that they clean with bleach. Matt cleaned the deck after every catch during our trip. Additionally, he kept changing lures and checking the lines.
The other thing you can count on is the friendly and supportive nature of the crew. I can only speak for the crew that I had, of course, but from the sales team on the phone to Shorty who helped us at the dock, they were very friendly and helpful.
I just wanted to note that this was a trolling charter. It was explained to us before we took our trip. I see a negative review about this. My husband said this is the way you fish for big game fish. This isn't bottom fishing. Ask questions before booking.
That all being said, we had a great day! I am writing about it only to let you know that they are very experienced. Every fish that we brought close to the boat was brought on board by Matt in expert manner. He was also able to juggle between my boys when both their lines hooked up and both fish were brought on deck!
On our way to the harbor, Captain Timster spotted whales. He slowed down the boat to try to give us a longer look. I cannot stress enough how genuine and courteous the crew was. They really wanted us to enjoy our vacation. From beginning to end, this trip was simply amazing. My son had the birthday of a lifetime! Thanks guys!!
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