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Topic: Kayak Fishing in Dominican Republic  (Read 2574 times)

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SD2OR

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I just found out I'll be vacationing to the DR this coming January.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any Kayak fishing guides there? I'll be staying in Punta Cana.

My internet research only turned up one result, a company called Scubaquatic. They rent fully outfitted Outbacks, complete with fish Finders with GPS waypoints. The website isn't super informative,  I plan on emailing them soon, was just curious if anyone knew of other options.

I'll post a full report upon my return.

Thanks in advance for any info or advice.
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but why risk it?

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Dungydog

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Looks amazing! Have you fished in tropical waters before? If so, what did you catch?

I've caught quite a few barracuda and smaller fish from different PB's throughout Central America, would be a heckuva experience in a yak.

Scubaquatic says "We always practice fishing without death".....I assume for both the fisherman and the fish. 

Can't wait to hear about your trip.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2022, 01:30:30 PM by Dungydog »
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SD2OR

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I have yet to eally kayak fish in tropical waters.

Was supposed to do Hawaii last year, had a Kayak guide lined up, to go for tuna, mahi, ono, but covid canceled my plans.

I grew up fishing all around Baja,  but always on pangas, cruisers, or from shore. Have caught 4 marlin I think, but all lil guys,  under 100#. Caught numerous sailfish, including  a 120# er on 20# test, that was amazing. Lots of dorado, tuna. One wahoo, only about 20#, but it almost yanked my dad's gold two speed reel and tuna stick, out of my hands a couple times. Only the thought of what my dad would do to me if I sent it down to Davey Jones, kept me hanging on.

I can only imagine what fun it is to catch any if those species in a Kayak. Hopefully I'll find out in January!
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but why risk it?

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From my time working on the other side of the island,  take mosquito resistant clothes,  bug screens for your head and plenty of DEET .

Has the guide service given you a Must Have List, yet ?
 
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SD2OR

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I appreciate those tips!

I've been so busy lately, I've yet to contact them. Need to do that tomorrow,  find out if they provide Tackle. I have a travel baitcast combo, that's fairly heavy, 10-20#, and pretty stiff. I've caught some decent tuna n Mahi on 20". I'm for sure bringing that.
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Larry_MayII_HR

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Some ling cod jigs/spoons might be good for deep reef jigging. I also like trolling big plugs relatively shallowly around the edges of the reef (at the drop-off between the reef and deep blue water). It's been a while since I've fished saltwater tropics though. Please send photos!!!


SD2OR

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Appreciate the tips!

I've done pretty well myself in the tropics, casting Spoons and trolling Rapalas. I'll probably also try getting some live bait.

Mostly hoping I can get off shore to where there might be some tuna or Dorado about.

Have emailed Scubaquatic several times now, with no response, does not bode well.
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JohnMckroid

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A fellow kayak angler who did a trip to the Punta Cana area in hopes of doing some kayak fishing a few years back.  He did find some Kayaks, but none for fishing charters.  He went out on a skiff and caught some nice Mahi, and later took photos with them back on the beach next to a kayak.  Good luck on your venture.


SD2OR

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The hotel I'm staying at provides basic kayaks, so I'll at least be able to fish some reef. Hopefully I can get some local intel about getting further out for off shore species.
A day without fishing probably wouldn't kill me,
but why risk it?

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JohnMckroid

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The hotel I'm staying at provides basic kayaks, so I'll at least be able to fish some reef. Hopefully I can get some local intel about getting further out for off shore species.

Maybe charter a Skiff to mothership the kayak out to a weed line loaded with Mahi.  Good luck.


SD2OR

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That's a thought...
A day without fishing probably wouldn't kill me,
but why risk it?

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SD2OR

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Have made numerous attempts at contact with Scubaquatic, with absolutely no success.  Looked at some appalling reviews. None were about kayak fishing,  most about scuba diving, and the company's gross negligence, not adhering to PADI regulations,  and seriously endangering their customers.

I found a company with a different name, but much of their advertising leads me to believe they are the same company, or at least affiliated with Scubaquatic.  I messaged them today for research sakes.

On a more positive note, I watched some YouTube vids, and it appears tarpon and snook, (two species that have been on my want to catch list forever) populate just about every body of water on and around the island. Saw a teenager catching and getting busted off by numerous 5-10#+ tarpon in golf course ponds.

So hopefully I should be able to find some fishing fun, whether from kayak or shore.
A day without fishing probably wouldn't kill me,
but why risk it?

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JohnMckroid

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I made two reptile trips to the DR about 15yrs ago.  It was a bit like the wild west.  Driving a rental car in Santo Domingo was a free for all.  I watched a truck make a turn too sharp, smashed a parked car, and continued driving away.  Military soldiers stopped us on the main roads to bum rides.  The last night in Boca Chica the electricity mysteriously went out for a few minutes.  When it came back on, a hooker had her arms around me in my hotel room!  I sent her on her way, but my buddy next door got robbed.  I did not attempt to do any fishing there.  Be careful with Snook and Tarpon as their gill plates can sometimes be sharp and cut your hands.  Good luck on your trip.


SD2OR

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Thanks for the input!
I doubt we'll be straying far from the resort.

I've spent a lot of time in Mexico, and have been to Peru and Costa Rica, so I do have experience in 3rd world countries, I guess we'll see how this compares.

I didn't know that about the gill plates, glad ya told me before I found out the hard way!
A day without fishing probably wouldn't kill me,
but why risk it?

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JohnMckroid

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If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, it will probably be uneventful(was for me in Punta Cana).   I would rate the DR as safer than Peru, on par with Mexico, and not as safe as CR.  I use a fish grip for handling Snook and tarpon, but a good glove is a cheaper option.  Safe Travels.