These are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) we encounter when working with clients. It is our hope the answers will help guide you in making a quality choice for your charter needs.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY CHARTER?
It is our recommendation to check with your friends, wife, boss or soon to be father in law first. If you are thinking about going fishing. Keep thinking. When you know you want to go fishing give us a call or contact us. Book in advance at the time you have made your decision to go. Waiting can eliminate your choice of boat, captain or the day and time of your choosing. MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER ARE IN HIGH DEMAND SO PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!
DOES THE 'BIG TA DO' HAVE A RESTROOM?
Yes. Our sweet 31 has a full marine head (that's mariner for water closet) in the forward V birth.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
The BIG TA DO is in THE FIRST SLIP on the FIRST DOC at PORT ALLEN SMALL BOAT HARBOR.Our Bertram is in a small harbor on the sunny South West side of the island. You will like it here as it is laid back with no giant cruise ships and barges in our way. You are now on the calmer leeward coast as opposed to the windward side of the island, enjoy it.
I SEE A LOT ABOUT WINDWARD AND LEEWARD ON YOUR SITE. IS IT REALLY SUCH A BIG DEAL?
Trade winds come at the islands from the North East into Hapuu mountain range (Nawiliwili) where the clouds are stripped of rain and the wind is diverted by the mountain. In the lee of the mountain there is a calm or dead spot. While the winds may still blow they are diminished. Once on the open ocean the waves are more consistent and less agitated because the swell passes in one direction. Waves are not bounced back off the island. These two reasons alone make fishing from PORT ALLEN that much better. Most days can be pleasant working up the inside in the lee with a downwind run on the open sea. This is just not possible on the windward side.
WHATS YOUR CATCH POLICY?
In Hawaii the catch is shared at the captain's discretion. It is our intention and greatest pleasure to share some of the islands finest and freshest fish with our anglers. The captain does know the islands fish well and is familiar with local market conditions. It is our intention to have our clients take home enough fillets to treat their friends and family to some fine dinners on the lanai. That way you can tell about your adventure and share with your company how you enjoyed your day with us. Fish are cut up to about 20 pounds and shared accordingly. Larger fish are intended for the local markets and help offset the cost of keeping quality tackle and equipment on the boat. It is a good idea to bring a small cooler or water proof container to transport a portion of the catch.
The BIG TA DO will tag and release Billfish on request
Should it be your intention to release please inform the captain if your are considering mounting your fish. Information on the size (length overall) of the fish is required prior to release if you wish to request a mount.
HOW MANY ANGLERS CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE ON THE BIG TA DO?
We are Coast Guard certified for 6 passengers. Should your group need more room a second boat can be arranged to give a tournament feel to your outing.
CAN WE TAKE KIDS?
Yes! As a guide we would like to see our anglers capable of taking directions and being able to participate and enjoy the activity. As such we encourage having one adult per child under 14 and would request that children younger than 14 be identified before the charter as it may impact decisions regarding weather cancellations and intended fishing methods and areas. Children under 7 should not be considered for share charters as a consensus among all parties must be reached should there be a desire to return to port early.
WHAT ABOUT CANCELLATIONS?
We have a 72 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY. Any advance notice you can provide regarding your need to cancel a charter is greatly appreciated. In the event that you cancel within 72 hours from the departure date and time (7:00am is the rule) the FULL CHARTER RATE will be assessed. In the event of a cancellation due to weather we will make every effort to reschedule. However, should we be unable to reschedule no chargers will be assessed. Weather cancellations are determined by the captain based entirely on safety of the passengers.
CAPTAIN J, I HEAR A LOT OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOU. WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL?
Location, location, location and hard work. The BIG TA DO is in the first slip on the first dock on the leeward side of KAUAI. Compare this to the windward side and you will feel the difference. PORT ALLEN is a small harbor, we have two boats chartering here, not fifteen. Competition for resources allows us to have more fish under better conditions almost every day. Port Allen provides instant access to the best fishing, in the best conditions on Kauai just outside the harbor. Then there is the hard work part. I own my boat, I operate my boat, and I care about you, my client, because you are going to come back and see me every time you are on Kauai. We work hard to ensure you will not only recommend us to your friends and family, we work hard so you will come back again. It also helps that I have been fishing in Hawaii since I was 8 years old and operating a boat in Hawaiian waters since I the age of 13. That is experience you can trust.
WHAT ABOUT BEVERAGES AND FOOD?
The BIG TA DO will have bottled water and island Juice or soda. Please feel free to bring adult beverages if you wish but respect our request to drink in moderation. Also, no glass containers or bananas.
DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
NO! The Vessel maintains the fishing license.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
If you are pregnant, sport fishing is not recommended. If you are in your 3rd trimester you are not to even think about sport fishing.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND DISABILITIES
Please inform us of any medical condition or adversity you feel our knowledge of will assist us in providing you a quality fishing experience.
WHAT ABOUT GRATUITY?
It is our purpose to take you out on this ULTIMATE HAWAIIAN ADVENTURE and bring you back safely. It is our intent to pursue the catch with determination, conviction and grace. If done well it should feel effortless but rest assured our greatest effort is applied long before you arrive and well after you leave. Maintaining the vessel and gear in proper order as well as effect is time consuming and costly. Please be aware that on any charter gratuity for the crew is not included in the charter rate. Consideration for the crew, 15-20%, should be planned for in addition to the charter rate. If you have no intention of extending a courtesy to the crew for their service and effort on your behalf please consider another activity for your entertainment. The crew wages are derived from gratuity and fish sales.
We do need full consensus on a share charter to turn back if such a request is made due to motion sickness. For this reason children (under 7 years old) are discouraged from participating in share outings. This is also a good reason to prepare for your day on the water the day before.
Hydrate and prepare physically for your fishing or boating experience. Stretch out upon arriving. A walk to the restroom is a great way to get the blood flowing. Drink lots of water throughout the day and the day before.
SUNSCREEN! LIPS AND NOSES, Knees and feet!
Check with your physician or pharmacist regarding motion sickness if you feel you may be affected. The BIG TA DO is low and wide with twin diesel engines amid ship. She is a stable and solid ride. The exhaust is far to the rear of a very generous fishing deck. There is minimal vortex if any of exhaust fumes. This is a very good ride in Hawaiian waters. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
We hope you find the information here helpful. Should you have any further questions you would like answered please give us a call or email.