Q&A

Random Fishing Questions and Answers

We asked a few random questions about fishing in the Dominican Republic to Capt. Anders Bogebjerg. These are some of the typical questions that we receive from tourists that want to go fishing while during their vacation.

Fishing in Punta Cana

Fishing in Punta Cana

Question: Are there any spots in the ocean where you have better chances of catching fish?

Answer: Yes, all underwater structures create natural habitats for the fish and there are great places to catch them. There are also a lot of fish stations in the ocean, which you’ll normally pass by on a fishing trip.

Question: Should you tip the captain and mate after a fishing trip?

Answer: If you’ve had a good day, it’s customary to tip the staff on the boat. How much you decide to tip is up to the individual fisherman.

Question: Can you bring the fish back to the hotel or is there anywhere you can have it cooked and served for a meal?

Answer: Most hotels won’t cook the fish for you. However, if you stay in a private villa or condo (e.g. Villa Pandora), you’ll be able to bring the fish home and cook it yourself or have your in-house chef cook it for you. We also work with several restaurant in Punta Cana that offer to cook your “catch of the day”.

Question: Would you recommend a charter or just a regular fishing trip?

Answer: I always recommend a charter as that allows us to customize your fishing trip. Another advantage is that all of the lines in the water are your and all the fish that bit will be yours to fight and land.

Question: Can you bring kids on a fishing trip?

Answer: Yes, if the kids like to fish – bring them! In-shore fishing is especially perfect for kids of all ages, as we normally catch a lot of fish and have a lot of action. The ocean is calm on the inside of the reef, which is another advantage when bringing your kids along. For deep sea fishing, you can bring your kids with you, but remember that the ocean can be rough. I don’t recommend bringing kids under the age of 10 on a deep sea fishing trip, unless they’re really used to being on boats and don’t get seasick.

Fishing in Punta Cana

Fishing in Punta Cana

Question: What happens if you get seasick and you’re unable to complete the fishing trip? Do you get a refund?

Answer: If you get seasick and have to return from a charter you won’t get a refund. Depending on which boat you’ve chartered, we might be able to take you in-shore fishing instead or go cruising along the beach so you can relax and swim from the boat. That way, at least you’ll still get something for the money you paid for the boat.

Question: Do you wear life jackets when fishing?

Answer: Dominican law requires all boats to have minimum 1 life jacket on the boat per person. You don’t have to wear it, unless you want to.

Question: Do you fish in bad weather and when it rains?

Answer: We can go fishing if it rains without any problem. They only thing that will make us cancel a fishing trip is if there are strong winds and high waves. We never go fishing if it’s dangerous and we don’t go out if there’s lightning.

Question: Are there sharks in the ocean?

Answer: Yes, there are a lot of sharks in the ocean around the Dominican Republic. However, we don’t have any problems with bite-offs from sharks like e.g. in the Cayman Islands or other areas. We can take you shark fishing, if you want, but we would need to know at least 5 weeks prior in order to prepare the boat and get the bate for this type of fishing.

Question: How can you book a fishing charter?

Answer: You can book directly from this website by filling out the form on the page of the boat you want to book or send an email to me at ab@grouppalmera.com

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Fishing Q&A with Anders Bogebjerg

Anders Bogebjerg, owner of Palmera Fishing, recently sat down and answered a few questions about fishing. Anders started fishing at the age of 4 and is today an avid fisherman. He rarely goes a week without fishing and usually heads out for some inshore fishing or deep sea fishing every chance he gets – with or without clients.

If you would like to ask him your own questions, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form HERE or drop him a line at ab@grouppalmera.com

Fishing in Punta Cana

Fishing in Punta Cana

Q: When is the best time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: This all depends on what fish you are targeting. Most of the fish are here all year round, in smaller or larger numbers. Normally, April – July are the best months for white marlin. July – November is blue marlin season. Dorado and wahoo run all year but are greater in numbers from September – May. Barracudas and tuna run pretty much all year; depending on what side of the island you are fishing from.

The best season for inshore fishing is November – June and snook fishing is especially good from April – June. You can catch snappers, needlefish all year and yellow tales are abundant in November.

Q: When is the worst time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: August tends to be a slow month. There are a lot of blue marlins, but no guarantee for catching them!

Q: Where is the best place for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: Generally, the fishing around the Dominican Republic is great and the ocean is loaded with fish. It all depends on what you are fishing for, which might make some areas better than others.

Q: What is your favorite fish to catch?

A: I love catching dorado (mahi-mahi). It is a fun fighting fish to catch and you find a school of them, you may easily catch 20 – 50 fish. Of course, the big blue marlin is every fisherman’s dream (including mine) and there are a lot of them around the Dominican Republic.

Q: Are there any spots in the ocean where you have a better chance of catching fish? 

A: All underwater structures create natural habitats for the fish and are great places to find and catch them. There are also several fishing stations in the ocean that attract a lot of fish and that we usually pass by.

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

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