If you've been to Cabo you may well have had a very good experience with a hotel charter. The Fish Charter business in Cabo is much more sophisticated than what you will find here. In Cabo there are several large companies that sell charters through hotels. There is ten times the fishing business and it is very competitive. As a result these are very good companies in actual fact.
Here if you buy your charter through any hotel it will all be through the same charter company.
These fuys are all over the place. One of the Playa Forums even sell their fishing charters. There are people selling their trips on the streets. Even in the grocery stores.
Why? These guys offer a 25% comission to anyone who will sell their trips. Look at their Reviews on Trip Advisor. They tell the story. When you read reviews don't just read the good ones. Read the bad ones! These guys only care about selling you once. The hotels and their reps keep them supplied with "fresh meat". If you don't have a good time the odds are you aren't coming back anyway!!
After you take away the comissions you are left with a $300.00 boat . . . maybe.
Do yourself a favor. Do your "due diligence" and find a company you're comfortable with for your fishing charter. Arranging a fishing charter is a lot different than selling you a seat at the local dolphin show.
Don't forget to check out www.TripAdvisor.com. The customer reviews speak for themselves
Book through an actual captain who owns and knows boats.
The right boat and the right crew make all the difference !
Don't settle for less!
P.S. Yes, the picture is just a joke!
Here are a few thoughts to help you in search for the perfect charter.
As obvious as this is, it is often overlooked. How far is it to the fishing grounds? If it's an hour going and an hour coming, you've just used two hours of your four hour charter! We are located in the exact center of the best deep sea fishing in the Riviera Maya!
If you've chosen Puerto Aventuras as the best location for your charter, you're ahead of the game.
This may also seem obvious. Unfortunately some of the charter crews are in a rut. They have their cookie cutter routines and "go through the motions".
Then there are those crews who are truly "gung ho". They want to catch fish at least as much as you do!
At Wasabi Loco, our crews are the best of the best. They are English speaking and average well over ten years of experience in these waters.
For these guys, every day is a tournament. They work hard and if you read our reviews you will see that this is a common theme amongst them.
Again, obvious, but often overlooked.
The best indication of the quality of the boat is simply "how does it look?" If a boat is properly cared for, it is easy to tell. Look at the outside of the hull. Is it clean or are there rust marks from the bilge pumps? Is it truly clean? Check out the "head" areas.
It is a lot of work owning and caring for a boat. A good crew, supervised by good owners are constantly spending time and money on maintenance. The look of the boat will tell the story.
Internet photos can't always be trusted. Too many times they are more like a dating site where the photos dont match reality!
You sure can't trust hotels, internet forums, street vendors. In most cases you'll find they've never even been to the marina!
Trust your fellow travelers/anglers. Read what they have to say. Don't just read a few of the "positive" reviews. Look over the "not so good" reviews as well.
These reviews are written by people just like you!