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“Great for families”
Review of Dockside Charters

Dockside Charters
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Owner description: Charter Sport Fishing, Everglades Eco Tours in Islamorada - Florida Keys, Backcountry Flats, Reef and Patch Fishing with experienced Master Captain Jeff Pfister.
Reading, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great for families”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

We are not a fishing family, but I took my wife and 3 kids (11,13,15) without cell phones fishing with Captain Jeff. Jeff was prompt, professional, experienced, and worked hard to ensure that we had a great time. Our 6 hours fishing was the highlight of our week. Jeff has a lifetime of experience and knows the area quite well. I have been on many party boats and was impressed by Jeff's knowledge and skill. If we stayed in a place for 20 min and didn't catch anything, he moved on. We caught twenty fish which he cleaned for us. I didn't know this, but most restaurants in the area allow you to show up with your own fish and charge about 12-16 dollars for your meal (side dishes, cooking your fish, etc). Jeff worked his tail off. He would catch a fish then hand a rod to one of our kids, whenever anyone needed bait, he was there before you knew what was going on.
His boat was perfectly sized for our family. He usually charges extra for more than two people but didn't nickle and dime us and just said, "Don't worry about the kids." Although we paid for 6 hours, he didn't rush us at all. It was clear he just wanted us to have fun. He even spent 10 minutes boating around swimming dolphins which followed us home just to show us a unique experience.
Downfall: No bathroom and no canopy to block the sun.
Upside: Best outing with our family to date and was only about 50% more than a chartered fishing boat. My kids can't wait to go fishing again (they are in for a rude awakening when we head to the local lake.....and don't catch 20 fish).

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Daniel F
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Have fished with Geoff for over five years, and has consistently made our holiday with his knowledge and experience, in all conditions, make the tarpon fishing look easy, and always catch loads, and had some terrific shark fishing, not just a good guide but great guy to be out with , looking forward to next trip. In April, would recommend him to anyone looking to see a lot of fish or catch their first tarpon in islamorada, as so many charters about down there.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank robert m
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