We were in Manzanillo for New Years 2014 and, thanks to the reviews on Trip Advisor, headed straight to the Marina to find the Double Trouble II to book our fishing trip. We had never been deep sea fishing before but were told that this area was the place to try it. We found the boat near the front of the marina, near the ice cream stand.
The captain, Freddie, is very friendly and approachable. We were invited to come onboard and check out the boat, and all of our questions were answered. The boat books up fairly quickly, likely because they are one of the best. We paid $500.00 US for our trip, with 6 of us on board (4 adults, two teenagers). Included in the price are a dozen beer, 6 water and 6 soft drinks. You bring your own lunch and snacks.
Freddie is accommodating and will let you choose what time you want to start out, but recommends leaving at 7:00 a.m. so you can be on the water at sunrise. We took his advice and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on our way out. The crew had hooks in the water very quickly, and we started catching very soon. We first caught some smaller fish, that we released, but that were still fun to reel in (especially for the ladies). We caught a yellow fin tuna, and two good sized Dorado, but the highlight of the day was the marlin. The fishing had slowed down for about an hour and the water became quite rough, so we were getting a bit discouraged (and the kids were turning green), but Freddie and crew were regularly changing the lures and making adjustments. Before long we had a marlin on. My husband began reeling him in, guided by the expertise of Freddie and David. At point point they fitted him with a vest that made it easier for him to reel in the marlin. In the end, it took him only 35 minutes to reel in what we were told was a 300 lb marlin. Freddie, David and their young helper showed their expertise in getting the huge fish onto the deck of the boat.
When we returned to the marina, the crew hung the marlin for photos. A marlin attracts a lot of attention at the marina, as it was pouring rain when we came in but we had a crowd of people who came by to say congratulations and to have their picture taken with our marlin. Freddie then took it to the far end of the marina where he has a person who filleted all of the fish for us, including the marlin. At one point I think we had 4 separate people helping with the fish. We took a few "roasts" off of the marlin and let Freddie and the crew take the rest.
The boat is first class, clean, spacious with a bathroom and place to sit down below deck. Unfortunately for our teenagers, they were quite ill due to the rough seas, and Freddie was very kind to them, and gave them wrist bands to help with the sea sickness. If there is one thing I would have done differently, I would have had the kids start taking gravol the day before the trip.
This operation has a great reputation for a reason. It is a first class operation and you will not be disappointed.
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