Had a great time out on the boat. Captain Ross and Deckhand Jameson we’re both very friendly, social and knowledgeable of the local waters, fish and the gear required. I did not read reviews posted before mine but I don’t see how it could be a 1 star.
A couple of things that aren’t super awesome and I just want to make those known:
It can be super rough, purchase seasick pills or patches before hand just in case it is rough.
Second, the diesel smoke from the exhaust can be overpowering inside the boat or down on the fishing deck. I recommend going to the top deck where the views are best anyway.
Other than that, it’s about an hour long boat ride to the fishing grounds, we did BOTH high speed troll and bottom fishing. No luck on the troll but we did get some bites doing it. We did get one fish bottom fishing.
Overall, it was a fun experience, saw whales, sharks, and dolphins. BYOB works too, especially if doing the 8 hour trip.
To comment on other reviews:
We never were “forced” to give up our fish. They will give you the whole fish if you want it.
No one expressed any comments regarding a tip, even if customary. (We left what we thought was more than fair and they did not complain)
I would/will do again when in Maui.