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    Hello to fishermen's from sunny Dominican Republic, Punta Cana. To everybody who likes fishing for Marlin. And deep sea fishing.
    December 26th 2015 I had a luck of meeting an interesting fisherman Mr.Ali and his family. They booked private fishing charter from my company for 6 hours.
    I picked them up with our minivan bus at 7 am and already by 7.30 am we were leaving marina Jelly Fish for the open sea and fishing.
    Mr.Ali and his son made themselves comfortable on the cockpit waiting for the fish. His wife Amanda was suntanning on the fly bridge. It was clear from the beginning that she's not interested in fishing. Maybe for better. Sometimes women and fishing are not compatible.
    The ocean was calm that day, there were no waves. The wind was eastern and not strong and didn't get in the way of using all the lines on the reels.
    We started on the Macao direction. In one hour left reel swooshed and Mr.Ali pulled aboard barracuda. 10 pounds and 2 feet long not more. In another 20 minutes the right reel worked and Mr.Ali's son pulled up another barracuda.It was a little bigger than the first one. According to men's emotions they liked the action with fishing.
    We passed Macao and continued moving towards Ubero Alto. In half an hour upped reel worked. All our reels are Penn International and they are flawless in work. We love Penn. Good and reliable reels made in the USA. It's not some Chinese toy. Mr.Ali easily pulled up Mahi Mahi 15 pounds and 2 feet long. Him and his son were very happy. Than we were escorted by dolphins for a short while. They made Amanda delighted. She was shouting from the top by which side of the fishing boat we could see a dolphin. Later the dolphins stayed back and didn't interfere with our fishing.
    Approximately at 12.30 near Macao while we were moving towards Punta Cana already, suddenly our left reel started swishing loudly and the rod bent in the semicircle. 1st Mate stopped reel's friction and immediately let go so the hook gets stuck in fish better. Mr.Ali got into the fighting chair and started pulling the fish up. In few seconds we've seen how the fish made a stand as Marlins usually do. Mr.Ali very carefully was pulling the rod towards himself and reeling the line. When he felt the line got too tight he let go and pulled up a bit later.
    The Captain was moving the boat reverse towards Marlin. When Mr.Ali got tired, his son got into the chair and started pulling Marlin up. He fought it over 40 minutes. We got the fish with gaff hook and pulled it aboard. It was a blue Marlin 180 pounds. Of course it was not a very big blue marlin. But Mr.Ali and his son were very happy.
    We invite you to experience same excitement of catching big game fish with us. Those emotions are unforgettable and story of your fishing trips will stay with you a lifetime.
    Our boat is perfect for every need a fisherman might have, we make sure everyday, before every single trip that you will be comfortable and ready to catch a big one.
    Looking forward to welcoming you on board!
    Cap.Yustas Fortuna
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    "From Justin 23 Nov. 2015 Punta Cana. Dominican Republic."
    I have found this Big Marlin Charters fishing company on Tripadvisor page Punta Cana. Inquired with Cap. Yustas we agreed on a time and couple days later I was picked up at 7:00 form the resort.
    I want to mention that I'm not a really experienced fisherman but a dream of mine (as well as everyone's lol) would be to snag a blue marlin. The trip to the marina took around 30 min. since my resort was in Ubero Alto and that takes a bit to to get to Punta Cana. During the drive we chatted with Yustas a little bit more about Dominican life and fishing of course. It turns out he is from Poland and has been living her for 4 years now. Once we arrived the conditions looked perfect with a sun out and very calm seas. It would a bit of different story once we got beyond the reef. It took us about 10 mins to get through the channel out to the open water. I was a little woried about getting seasick but once out there, there was bit more wake but I focused on the fishing. In a bout 30 mins I heard the real and it took me about 5-7 min to pull in a about a 20 pound barracuda. This was my first barracuda catch, ugly fish with many teeth and probably not recommended to eat as the captain mentioned. As we were chattin about Domincan culture with some local music in the background the next reel started spinning like crazy. I fought it for about 20 min and as I was reeling it in closer Yustas said it was big Wahoo. Once we got it in it turned out to be a solid 50 pounder at around 5 feet long! In the next hour we caught 3 Mahi Mahis which came in at around 15-20 pounds. Smaller than the Wahoo of course but beautiful fish they are. Over all I had a great time in the four hours that I booked, Yustas is a great guy to go fishing with and has a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding waters. Highlight of the day was of course the 50 pound Wahoo, it was an amazing experience reeling this guy in. Biggest fish I caught to date, thank youguys this is my first experience fishinig Punta Cana.
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    Hi to everybody from Boca Chica!
    For those who don't know what it is - its a small tourist town on the Caribbean sea between Santo Domingo and Juan Dolio.
    On the map of the Dominican Republic you can find it exactly in the South. There aren't as many attractions as in Punta Cana, except maybe for many "chicas" walking the streets in the evening and offering a massage for just a few bucks. But Caribbean sea can't exist without fishing. Our fisherman's boat Ocean Super Sport 42' as well as our team loves fishing and we do it often.
    Yesterday we hosted two American guys from Santo Domingo who work there in some company with a contract, they arrived themselves from the capital. I have also brought a happy just married Polish couple from Juan Dolio who are here for their honeymoon. I don't remember exactly which resort they have been staying at exactly, by they haven't been fed up with each other yet and looked pretty happy. We had on board also my sister with my nephew, 6 y.o. We all were in great mood with one mutual desire for successful fishing!
    We left the Marina at 7:30am and set course south with a speed of 20 knots to arrive to the fishing location as early as possible. After 12 miles we checked with our Garmin and realized we have arrived so we began trolling. In 5 minutes, after all the rods have been set up and outriggers opened wide the fishing began. First Mahi Mahi was 16 pounds. It was brought to the boat easily.
    Our Captain caught the current with the Sargasso seaweed and started to take the boat more south. Next Mahi Mahi about 20 pounds fought unsuccessfully with our Penn reels and were easily brought on board. It was becoming hot and we all were having fun! The anglers running from one singing line to another, speaking different languages still perfectly understood by emotions. As a result our catch was 9 Mahi Mahi and 1 Tuna, caught by the youngest angler of our team. Back in the Marina we shared the catch, part of it was cooked for us right there at the Marine Makey restaurant and honestly to say there's nothing more delicious than fresh fish, just caught and cooked by a good chef.
    This was one of our shared charters. Tomorrow we are headed for a Private charter full day, because like I said before our boat and our crew we all love fishing! If you appear to be in the Dominican close to Santo Domingo or Juan Dolio - come with us! Its great fun, its not expensive and its very safe.


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  4. #36
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    Jul 2007
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    Default 2nd year Billfishing with Mike in Punta Cana

    2nd year fishing with Mike by Joseph Boccelli, Joselitao Lopez and Dante Vargas.

    The reason why I returned to Mike's Marina is that I really get to enjoy myself.
    I don't have to worry about anything. I don't have to worry about getting to my hotel from the airport. The hotel accomodations are really nice and the people are friendly. The location is pretty. I had fun hanging out at the bar where I met new people.

    The fishing was a blast. Besides the fishing drinks and snacks were provided. As I said, I didn't have to worry about anything. All I had to do was relax and have a great time.
    And Mike is a really great guy!

    Joe Boccelli/Phili

  5. #35
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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    Mike's Marina Fishing Charters Jared ~ Alberta, Canada
    July 2007
    My wife and I just wanted to report back on our experience we had fishing with Mike’s Marina. The pressure to go fishing with other companies is great. Everyone wants you to go fishing with them and they will lower their rates to make it very tempting. However, we took the advice from Pete’s web site “Punta Cana Information Guide” to only go with Mike’s Marina even if they hold to a higher price. We are so glad we did. While the other fishing companies may take you for a fun trip out into the ocean, Mike’s Marina employ dedicated fishermen who want to catch a fish just a much as you do. We were there to catch fish and with Mike’s you get what you pay for. If we wanted a fun tour of the ocean we would have booked the sunset cruise with the Hotel. We are proud to say that Mike’s did what they setout to do. We caught in just a 4 hour trip: a dorado and a huge blue marlin (192” and 180Lbs). The experience was one we will never forget and made our first trip to the Dominican absolutely legendary. My sincere thanks to the crew aboard the Shekinah (Manuel and Catch) as well as everyone at Mikes Marina that where so accommodating, helpful and professional. We will go with Mike’s the next time we go back to Punta Cana and know that we will have a wonderful experience as a result.

    Just a tip to a the skeptics: If you’re still not sure which fishing company to go with just spend a few days on the beach, as I did, watching the fishing boats come in. When a fishing boat catches a fish the crew will proudly put a small color-coded flag up to indicate what and how many fish were caught on that particular trip. You’ll notice a trend as I did. Mikes ships are pretty much the only ones with flags coming in to the marina with very few exceptions. The hotel bookings never reported success during my two week stay.
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  6. #34
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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    Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 12:34 pm
    Subject: Fishing With Mike

    I wanted to send a note about my great experience fishing with Mike in Punta Cana. I had a great time and was very impressed with the all of the services that Mike provided. Mike took care of every little detail from picking up and dropping off at the airport, letting me use his computer for emailing at his office, picking me up and dropping me off for fishing, taking great pictures and emailing them too me after the trip, and making himself available to make my experience as enjoyable as possible. The fishing was great also! I had a blast fishing with Mike, Captain Manuel, and mate Catch. They were all friendly, accommodating, very knowledgeable, and professional. I think they were more excited than me (which I didn't think was possible), when I caught my first ever marlin. I can't wait to come back!

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  7. #33
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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    Mike's Marina Fishing Charters John
    June 2007

    My son and I recently took a trip along with his friend and his father to punta cana specifically to charter a boat for a fishing trip. After reviewing numerous charter options I chose Mike from Mike's Marina to service us for three days of fishing for white and blue marlin. Mike assured me that he would take care of transportation to and from airport/hotel and to the charter boat.

    From the moment we arrived off the plane Mike and his driver Richard were there awaiting our arrival. Without hesitation we loaded our bags and were off on a safe ride to our resort. Not once were we dissapointed with the transportation, his drivers were always on time from the beginning to the end of our trip in Punta Cana.

    We charted one of Mike's 42 foot boats for three days with the same captain and first mate throughout. Like all of Mike's workers they were very friendly and accomodating, speaking English to us and making sure that we were comfortable. Within three beautiful days on Mike's boat we caught Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Mahi Mahi.

    All four of us were totally satisfied with Mike's service. We are now planning another trip to Punta Cana to again fish with Mike's Marina in a Blue Marlin Fishing Tournement in August. I would recommend Mike's Marina to anyone looking to go fishing in Punta Cana. Whether you are looking to take just a days trip out on one of the boats or planning your trip around fishing, Mike's Marina is your best bet. Not only did he provide us with an outstanding and successful fishing experience but he was even there to show us around beautiful Punta Cana after hours.

    John Goodrich

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  8. #32
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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    Dear Mike,

    I just wanted to send you a note of thanks for the wonderful time my husband and I had on a split charter last week while we were in the Dominican. I am attaching a photo of the white marlin that was caught, my husband Ben reeled him in. Thanks for the great trip! Our captain and first mate were gracious hosts.

    Karen Cobb
    NC, USA
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    Mike's Marina Fishing Charters Leo
    June 2007
    Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know what a great time we had on our full day charter on Mike's boat "Intrepido".

    I fish quite extensively from New Jersey (USA) to Maine. Recently I had a charter in Hawaii. Our 5/20/07 trip with Mike's guys was by far the most enjoyable day on the water I've ever had! The fishing was great, the crew was great, we even had a bonus watching several whales off and on! The four of us caught 15 nice Dorado, a Wahoo, and had a Blue Marlin check out our spread but he wouldn't eat.

    We plan on visiting the Dominican again in 2009, and I can't wait to book a day with Mike!

    Leo Bocwinski

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    Date: Saturday, May 26, 2007 12:26 pm
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    Mike, I would like to take this time to tell you what a great time I had while fishing with you in the Dominican Republic. First, the hotel which I stayed at was very nice and had a lot of activities. Next, I was also impressed with the crew ( Manuel and Catch'em ). Those men made me feel very comfortable and gave me an impression of professionalism in their craft. Finally, I felt that you had a natural concern for my well being in the Dominican Republic. I appreciated that you picked me up and delivered me to any destination including the Air Port. This attention to details made my trip there a wonderful time. As a Sports fisherman and traveler of the world, I feel this trip was one of the better fishing experiences I've taken and would have no problems in coming back to fish with you in the Dominican Republic. Your Friend Mark Wesseler

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