I hope this finds you well. I wanted to take a minute
to let you both know how much we appreciate the hospitality and effort you put
into our trip at the end of last month. We went down with high
expectations, based on all of our previous Downeast Guide Service experiences,
and this trip blew those out of the water.
Two days fishing (Friday and Sunday), on a beautiful boat,
with top notch crew, double digit sailfish, out of this world customer service
by James, Berto, and Roberto, pond like ocean conditions, and outstanding
weather…I could not script a better two days on the water. We saw more
sailfish swimming, free jumping and chasing bait in the first 30 minutes, than
I have seen back home in all my collective years fishing. To top it all
off, James pointed the boat south on our second day. He ran twice as far
as the rest of the boats fishing that day, to put us on a bite his friends to
the south had told him about the day before. James could have fallen in
line with the rest of the charter boats, and I am sure he would have found the
fish, but he chose to run further, fish longer, and do everything he could to
put us on the best fishing he could. When I looked up the only boats
running with us that morning were the private guys, I knew James was doing
everything he could to give us the best experience possible. We had an
incredibly memorable experience both days, but to stand in the corner of the
transom of the boat, with your best friend on the opposite side, hooked up on a
double, and watch two sails dance in unison 150 ft behind the boat, will be a
hard memory to top. Dragon Fly boat and crew are the best I have ever
The accommodations were fantastic as well. Condo was
excellent and breakfast was always wonderful. The pools, the beach club,
the restaurants, the golf cart gave us plenty of freedom to explore, all the
way down to the airport transportation…it all was as good as you could ask
for. Once again the one stop shopping experience provided by you two
cannot be beat. I don’t think I have ever booked a vacation that was this
easy, and no where near as enjoyable.
George-I know you have heard the term “out kicked your
coverage”…you have done it in a big way. Anna- I know we would have
enjoyed our trip regardless of your hospitality, but I must say, this is the
thing Keri and I talked about more than anything on our way home. Your
kindness, generosity and time is what made this the best trip we have
taken. We cannot even begin to express how much we enjoyed this
experience, and how grateful we are that you took your time to show us all you
did. Keri is now a professional surfer, and the pictures she took at
sunset from that hotel are going up on the wall in our home. We realize
you did that out of pure kindness, and we are extremely appreciative.
We will be back, and it will be soon.
Thank you for all you have done for us in the past, and I am
looking forward to doing a lot more in the future.
We had a great time on the Dragin Fly this week. Two marlin, two sails, two dolphin and several tuna. Crew was great, and I think the first day we were the only boat in the harbor with fish. Just ordered some t-shirts to remember it by.
Thanks and Happy New Year
Good morning George & Anna!! Sorry it took a while to respond. Been crazy at work after being gone.
We had a GREAT trip and will most likely want to contact you about some dates next year .........three day FAD trip.
You have a great crew!! But that is NOT new news!! It was a pleasure to fish aboard the Dragin Fly again. I think we ended up with 14 blues, 1 black and 7 sails (as well as a couple tuna). I call that a good trip!! This completed dads marlin list. Dad also got to beat his personal best with a 50” rooster.
I have attached some photos for your enjoyment from the GoPro`s and will send a few more from the camera on a follow up email.
Talk to you soon. Thanks again!!
Morning George, yes to billfish not biting. But once we got
into the tuna and dolphin feeding frenzy the bite was on for a couple of hours
at least :)
Plus believe everyone enjoyed seeing all the 100s of
dolphins spinning out of the water and tuna skipping across the water - crazy
crazy -- don't see that in the states.
Boat was immaculate, James, Robert and Johnny were
professional and great hosts.
Guess I am going to have to keep my day job as I tried my
hand at skipping the flying fish artificial lure across the wake, for an hour
or so, but no strikes. But during this time Robert and Johnny did not either so
don't feel so bad :).
Great day on the water and great boat.
Bill fish would have been nice but cannot have everything so
next trip to Costa Rica will have to be during the height of bill season.
Believe we came back with 50 or so pounds of fillet tuna, so great dinner last
night and more to eat over the next several days.
Thanks again -- you have a great crew.
It was great meeting you last week and
having the opportunity to put a face with a name. Thank you again
for putting this trip together with Snoqualmie Valley Ducks Unlimited.....you had four anglers that had the time of their life and
booked some extra days of fishing. I don't want to speak for everyone in
the group, although I would feel safe doing so, we had a blast! Fishing
was outstanding, each of the boat crew were awesome, lodging was great...it
really couldn't have gone any better. I look forward to putting something
together for this year's SVDU event which is August 25th.
I'm attaching some images from our day aboard
the Dragin Fly. The files are large, so I will send a second email with a
few more pics. I think we all would have said we had an outstanding trip,
but once we hooked this guy, it took it to a whole new level. I'm sure
you'll see us back at some point.