-You booked the trip! Cleared your calendar! Even had trouble focusing at work just thinking about hooking into a monster fish and bragging about it later! But before we pull out of the marina, there are a few things to keep in mind—things that can make all the difference on your charter. -
HOTEL PICK UP/DROP OFF
There are a couple of different options to get from your hotel to the Marina Hacienda del Mar. Transportation is not included in the trip price so it will be up to you to get this sorted out ahead of time.
Private Service. I do offer pick up and drop off to and from your hotel usually cheaper than what the hotel taxis will charge you. If you would like a quote for my pick up/drop off service please send me a message with the name of your hotel.
Hotel Concierge. You can easily arrange a round trip taxi service with the concierge at your hotel. This is generally this most expensive but most convenient way.
Street Taxi. The third option is to find a street taxi. Just walk out to the street hail a taxi and ask how much the price will be to Hacienda Del Mar Marina in Puerto Juarez. These prices will greatly vary and you never know what the price will be. If you're lucky you may find one for $20US but expect to pay anywhere from $20-$35US each way if you are in the main hotel zone area in Cancun.
Do not worry about getting a fishing license. We will have this all taken care of for you so that you are ready to fish!
I highly recommend getting your day off to a good start and eating some breakfast at your hotel before you get picked up. There are also some taco stands or convenience stores (OXXO) on the way to the marina that you can stop in and grab a coffee and/or other convenience store type of things.
With the number of fish you’ll be catching, you’re going to work up an appetite so pack accordingly. After years of trial and error, here’s what we recommend you bring: *Brown bag lunch provided for additional fee upon request, message for details. (Ham and cheese sandwich, chips and a soda)
Pringles. The solid container eliminates chips from getting crushed, wet or flying around the bow of the boat.
Fruit. Easy, healthy and Mom would approve.
Sandwich. A nice deli sandwich is great boat snack/meal and you can even reuse the box/bag for storage.
Gatorade. A must. Even during those chilly days you’re going to work up a sweat pulling so many fish into the boat. You must stay hydrated.
Bottled Water. (Water included and provided) Another mandatory. “Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink” isn’t just part of a poem or Iron Maiden song. It’s reality so pack plenty of it to rehydrate.
Beer. Not included but you definitely will need some for the ride back in after the fish are on ice, your arms are sore and the sun is setting. Remember that dehydration and alcohol don’t like each other, so be careful. Beer is not included but if you would like us to pick some up for you for an additional fee and have it iced down on the boat, please just let us know ahead of time and we can make sure its taken care of. Feel free to stop at the OXXO before the marina and grab a couple of 12 packs or whatever you prefer. Our Mates and Deckhands are usually happy to help you with any extra inventory you might have!
Fishing Gear. We provide the boat, the rods/reels, the bait and the expertise. Everything else is up to you.
Sunblock. It’s a big sun and you’ll be fishing directly underneath it. That’s why we recommend sunscreen with a SPF 30 rating or more that protects against both UVB and UVA rays. Be ready to apply it several times during the day. You want to remember this trip for the fish, not the 2rd degree burns you got during it.
Bug spray (inshore). It’s Cancun, where locals swear gnats and mosquitos were invented. If the wind isn’t blowing and you don’t have bug spray, prepare to be bugged (literally).
Hat. Should almost be required along with a license. A good hat will protect your eyes and face from excess sunlight as well as prevent sunburn on your neck.
Sunglasses. Polarized if possible. A good set of sunglasses will protect your eyes and polarized ones will cut the glare coming off the water. You’ll be able to fish much easier, much quicker and you’ll look cool doing it.
Pullover, sweatshirt or jacket. Mornings and evenings can get chilly on the water in the spring, fall and winter months. Even Plan accordingly.
Rain jacket or rain gear. Weather patterns can change and play havoc with even the best-laid plans. The best time to be on the water is during a drop in the barometric pressure; while that impending storm front might cause an angler without rain gear some discomfort, it can also make the fish bite like crazy. Be ready. Also its always good to be flexible with your dates that you want to head out on the water because sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate and if you are flexible, we can always go a couple days earlier or later. This will increase the chance of having a nice and successful day on the boat.
Sandals or Boat Shoes. We’re fishing, so we’re going to get a little wet. Wear something designed to dry quickly and provide a solid grip on a wet boat deck. If you’re wearing shoes, they need to be of the non-skid rubber soled variety.
Bandana or Fishing Rag. Prepare to get fish slime on your hands when holding your catch for that picture. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring a bandana, towel or rag to clean up with afterwards. A small bottle of hand sanitizer wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
Motion Sickness Remedy. Just in case, because it happens to the best of us. Especially on those long, offshore runs off the coast. We personally recommend Dramamine (the pill), Sea-Band (the wristband) or MQ (the patch placed behind the ear).
Personal Dry Bag. Not required but recommended. These lightweight dry sacks have fully taped seams and a roll-top closure that provides reliable waterproof protection for your wallet, phone, keys and anything else you don’t want to get wet.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
This is your trip. You hired us and that’s something we never forget. Whether this is your first time booking a chartered trip or something you’ve done for 25 years, your satisfaction is our priority. Communication is key, so please feel free to let us know how he can make your trip a better one. Keep in mind that fishing does require patience and sometimes the fish don’t cooperate, but it’s usually just a matter of time until reels start screaming.
Cell Phone. Make sure your phone is completely charged to communicate with family or hotel for pick up. Also, you’ll want to take plenty of pictures and video of your catch. Especially during the epic fight it put up. One free tip? Switching your phone into AIRPLANE MODE will save battery life.
Going offshore? Prepare to relax for a while. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to reach the prime fishing grounds (depending on the season/time of day). Fish move based on many factors and we move with them. And our boats are blue tooth ready for you to hook your phone up to which adds just the right mood heading to and from the hot spots. Just let the DJ know your preference!
Don’t bring any valuables that you cannot afford to lose. The boat has a small dry bag that can be used to store personal items such as phones, wallets or keys. However, we are not responsible for any personal items that may fly off the boat, get wet or suffer any other form of damage.
Communicate your travel plans to Captain Travis. It happens more than you think—we hit a school of fish on our way back to the dock and, locked in the moment of intense battle with a trophy fish, flights are eventually missed. That’s why we suggest setting a time you must be back at the marina in order to avoid flying standby, canceling dinner reservations in or breaking other commitments. Also its always good to be flexible with your dates that you want to head out on the water because sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate and if you are flexible, we can always go a couple days earlier or later. This will increase the chance of having a nice and successful day on the boat.
We’ll handle the cleanup later. After arriving back at the dock, please check to make sure you have all your belongings. Please do not feel obligated to help clean up the boat. That’s our job and we’re happy to do it.
We’ll also clean your fish. We will prepare your fish to be cooked at your hotel or restaurant of choice free of charge. There is an excellent restaurant at the Marina where they will cook your catch, it's called Entre Muelle and its an excellent place to wind down after a day of fishing. Sit back and crack open a cold beer and see what the other boats are bringing in. It is important to check with your hotel before departure if they will cook the fish for you. Some will and some wont. Most restaurants will cook your catch for you just ask us for some recommendations on where to go.
Fish Shipping. If you want to ship your fish back home, we can help with that too. The fish will need to be vacuum sealed and you will need to purchase a small ice chest to check in with your bags. Additional fees will apply for preparing fish for air transit and always be sure to check your countries customs regulations as well as your airlines guidelines for transporting frozen fish. We recommend avoiding this hassle and take your fresh fish to cook the same day, nothing beats that!
Fishing Seasons & Weather Patterns
Check Current Weather Forecast. Fishing and weather go hand in hand and knowing the seasonal changes helps us to not only prepare but to target the fish that are most likely to be biting. High winds means rough seas and rough seas means no fishing... Look at the chart below to see what the average wind speed will be during your visit to Cancun. The months June-October is a good time to come if you want to increase your odds of getting out on the water and to enjoy flat seas and low winds. But don't think this is the only time to come for good fishing. Here in Cancun we enjoy year round fishing, its just that in the summer months we have more opportunities to get offshore with good weather. Winter time is a bit windy and rough but thats when the Sailfish are here. However, there are some beautiful days of fishing to be had even in the windy season.
So, how does this effect your fishing trip? Weather is generally unpredictable more than 2 weeks out and we cant confirm that the weather will be good enough to go out until 3 days before your fishing trip is scheduled. It's important to communicate with us at least 3 days before the trip to see what the weather is looking like. Being flexible with your dates will help increase the odds of getting out on the water and having a good day. If the Captain cancels the trip due to poor weather, you will be refunded your deposit.
ALL THINGS MONEY
Securing your reservation. In order to secure your reservation and make sure you get the day you choose, we require a 50% deposit of the total trip cost to be paid in advance. You can go back to the home page and book online or you can just send the deposit here via Paypal, be sure to add the date requested in the notes of the payment. Deposits are a minimum 50% of the total trip cost. I will reply with a confirmation after I receive the deposit. The remaining balance can be paid in cash once you arrive to the marina.
Refund Policy. We uphold a strict refund policy to protect our clients and team members both. Planning a fishing charter takes time and attention to detail. It also costs money to prepare the boat, bait, drinks as well as to secure Captains, Deckhands or Mates to make sure we are fully prepared to get you on those fish! With that said, deposits are only refundable due to cancellations due to Port Closure because of foul weather conditions. Also, you will receive full refund if the trip is cancelled due to an issue with the boat. Boats sometimes need emergency repairs and last minute issues can arise. If you need to cancel for any personal reasons your deposit will not be refunded but you can use it as a credit on your next fishing trip with us.
So what about tipping? We try to keep our charter prices low and in doing so, there isn't always a lot to go around after all expenses are paid. The Captain and Deckhand work hard to ensure your trip is perfect and tipping is greatly appreciated. Just like a restaurant, 20% for a good job or more if you want to help us take our ladies to a nice dinner! We are working hard long before and after your fishing trip. A 6 hour charter usually requires about 10 hours of work in preparation, charter time, break down, cleaning and storage.