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Repeat customer and very satisfied!

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jcox6
On the fish!!

Great experience. Caught over 100 pounds of Vermillion snapper, trigger fish, white snapper, and 2... read more

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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Capt Dave and his excellent deck hand Anthony just executed every detail of a 5 hour trip with my two teenage sons. We got on the fish and filled the box with red snapper, mingos and kingfish. Had 123 lbs of fish to clean. Capt Dave is a serious fisherman and his boat is comfortable and in great condition. It's a quick walk from the ample parking to his boat and when you return to the dock the fish you keep can be cleaned at the fish house for a reasonable charge. As we unloaded the fish one of the fish cleaners was eyeballing our haul and said "you must have been with Capt Dave because he always gets the biggest load". Can't think of a better compliment.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reel C, Owner at The Reel Contender Fishing Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Can't think of a better compliment than your kind words either! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and definitely hope to have you aboard again sometime!

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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Searching for a charter fishing trip can be daunting, but just stop now and call Capt. Dave of The Reel Contender. My wife, 14-year-old son and I had the best fishing experience possible with him and first mate Anthony.

First, they are good folks who put you at ease quickly - even if you are amateurs like us. Capt. Dave doesn't even require a deposit. He operates by gentlemen's agreement. Book the trip and he'll be there. Anthony was a wealth of knowledge about fishing technique, and he hustled the entire four-hour trip, making sure our hooks were baited and in the water at all times, while also getting the fish in the boat and off the hook quickly and efficiently. And both were extraordinarily patient with our inexperience.

We hit our limit on Snapper almost immediately, which is saying something since we are all amateurs when it comes to off-shore fishing. And then Capt. Dave and Anthony had us reeling in Spanish and King Mackerel, Mahi and Grouper.

It is clear that both Capt. Dave and Anthony are passionate about their work and committed to ensuring their customers have the best time possible. In fact, as we were heading out at the beginning of the trip, Capt. Dave spotted something on his radar, turned us around and Anthony had our hooks in the water immediately. My wife reeled in a 15-pound Grouper! My son and I were catching Triggerfish, which were out of season. So Capt. Dave wasted no time getting us to another location. We never sat around not getting bites. Any lull in the fishing and Capt. Dave was getting us to another spot to try our luck. And it became apparent quickly that this was anything but luck - Capt. Dave knows the Gulf and knows where the fish are.

After catching our limit of Snapper, the fun was just beginning. Capt. Dave then took us fishing for mackerel, a more difficult endeavor but undoubtedly the most fun. Those fish fight and are tougher to reel in. Again, our inexperience caused us to lose a few - much to Anthony's chagrin - but he was nothing but patient and kept working very hard. His constant advice was a godsend.

I could go on and on about how wonderful those two are and how passionate they are about fishing and customer satisfaction. But there are tons of excellent reviews on this site, and I can attest that they are spot on. I can't say enough about how hard these two worked, how patient they were with us amateurs and how committed they were to my family having the most memorable vacation experience ever.

Thank you Capt. Dave and first mate Anthony for such a wonderful experience. And we will definitely be making this an annual adventure with The Reel Contender!

James from Memphis, TN

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reel C, Owner at The Reel Contender Fishing Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2016

You guys were so much fun and it was a true pleasure to have you fish with us. All of you did a great job fighting through it and reeling them in and we look forward to another opportunity in the future to fish with you! Thank you for your great review, we appreciate you and your family!

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Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

These guys are the best around....hands down. They took us right to the fish and helped guide us along the way. Book them!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Cort K
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Reel C, Owner at The Reel Contender Fishing Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

We really appreciate your review and endorsement! It was a great trip and hope we get to do it again in the future.

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Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

The best fishing trip we've ever had! Maxed out on snapper and caught great kings! David and Anthony were so nice and made sure we had a great time and always had bait on our hooks! This will be a yearly trip for us!

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reel C, Owner at The Reel Contender Fishing Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Thank you for leaving us so such a wonderful review! We had a great time fishing with you and would love to have you back on board again anytime!!

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

This was my first fishing trip in Over 15 years. I LOVED every minute and can't wait to go again. Capt David knows where the fish are and his first mate Anthony did an amazing job baiting,instructing,and helping when needed. All the reviews we read before choosing a charter were right on.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reel C, Owner at The Reel Contender Fishing Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2016

So glad you gave us a shot and that you enjoyed your trip, that is of course our goal! We appreciate your review and hope that you will be back fishing with us again!

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