I am 61 years old and this was not my first private charter. It was my 10th, spanning the last 25 years and with little to show for my previous experiences, so to be honest, my expectations were low. To have one good day fishing at sea was on my bucket list and I had decided this would be my last shot, having spent more than I care to admit on my previous trips.
I have a very close relationship with a family in the DR, and had planned a visit and decided to add my fishing adventure to the itinerary. Puerto Plata was my destination, so I started checking into charters and High Z's kept coming up in my search. The reviews looked good so I decided to book. I contacted Captain Nelson and he made suggestions on duration and type of fish (we agreed on a full day of Mahi-mahi fishing).
For a mere $800 dollars, I would get picked up at my vacation condo, fish 8 full hours, was provided lunch, snacks, drinks, including all the ice cold beer I could drink, and upon our return to dock, clean and fillet catch, cook some of the fish for a meal, and return me to my condo. Oh and I need to mention I brought four close family friends with me at no extra charge.
We arrived at the marina early AM. We boarded a spacious and extremely clean tournament class fishing vesel, with two mates on board to help us have the best fishing experience of our lives. The equipment was first class, accomdations outstanding.
We proceeded to have an outstanding day at sea, landing about 15 mahi-mahi and an assortment of other fish to top off the experience. The mates were experienced, incredibly hard working and did everything to make our trip great. And one aspect of the trip really got my attention, when it came time to come back in, we continued to fish all the way back to shore. I had never had a captain do that on a previous charter. Captain Nelson and his crew of the High Zs was all about exceeding my expectations - and man did they do that!!!!
So this isn't a review, it's an endorsement! I strongly recommend that you book your next Charter with Captain Nelson and High Zs.
Have your own expectations exceeded!!!
Todd M. Bennington
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