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Surf fishing Dominican Republic

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 
I will be in the Dominican Republic for New Years week, will take my travel rod.

Does anyone know what kind of fish I can expect and what lures are advisable.

I plan to take some bucktail, pork strips and grubs.
post #2 of 44
flats or deep sea?
post #3 of 44
Thread Starter 
From beach - probably around some jetty structure.

Was planning on hitting the beach at the resort after dark.
post #4 of 44
so....how was your trip? im planning on going in feb, might bring some stuff to use in a kayak. its going to be a relaxing 4/5 day vacation, not a fishing trip.
post #5 of 44
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Originally Posted by gobigblue View Post
so....how was your trip? im planning on going in feb, might bring some stuff to use in a kayak. its going to be a relaxing 4/5 day vacation, not a fishing trip.



I did pretty well with jacks and whatnot from the beach. Wish I took some smaller jigs through as there were some HUGE permit right in the wash.



Not sure where your staying but if your planning on fishing out of the yak, good luck. I tried everything to get my gear out in one of the resort's kayaks but they weren't having it. Tried money, giving them my catch, etc.. no go. I Best bet is talking to the guys who work the beach, tell them you will give them your catch for some intel on the area. One kid named "shelove" showed me more about the beach than a guide probably could have. He loved fishing until his rod broke years earlier. I left most of my plugs, gear and an old travel rod with him when I left.



I did the same thing in Jamaica, which resulted in having a few of the resort's guys following me around most of the time. One of them kept telling me to use chicken because the fish want "meat" not plastic. Their mouths dropped when I landed my first good fish on a spook.
post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by paddleshark View Post
I did pretty well with jacks and whatnot from the beach. Wish I took some smaller jigs through as there were some HUGE permit right in the wash.

Not sure where your staying but if your planning on fishing out of the yak, good luck. I tried everything to get my gear out in one of the resort's kayaks but they weren't having it. Tried money, giving them my catch, etc.. no go. I Best bet is talking to the guys who work the beach, tell them you will give them your catch for some intel on the area. One kid named "shelove" showed me more about the beach than a guide probably could have. He loved fishing until his rod broke years earlier. I left most of my plugs, gear and an old travel rod with him when I left.

I did the same thing in Jamaica, which resulted in having a few of the resort's guys following me around most of the time. One of them kept telling me to use chicken because the fish want "meat" not plastic. Their mouths dropped when I landed my first good fish on a spook.


just saw your post searching through the database earlier. will definitely pm you when i figure out where we're going and whatnot. im going to have to hide my equipment in the checked luggage from the wife so im not going to be able to bring as much stuff as id like
post #7 of 44
No worries Big. I try to surf fish any destination I visit, no matter what the info on the net says about the area.



I read the entire beach was "dead" when I went to Jamaica, and found the exact opposite when I did my own scouting. Read the same thing about DR, and again, there was plenty of life in the wash.



I wouldn't say it was "great" fishing, but the challenge was definitely worth it. I don't think I would go to these places for a fishing destination tho. And its funny how the trips always turn out. Fisherman find each other.. In the DR I hung with a flyfisherman from Norway for a while..



In Jamaica I had a few beers daily with a diehard musky fisherman from Canada and swapped stories. Poor guy lost a record wahoo on a charter because the mate missed it with the gaff.
post #8 of 44
Hey, I'm staying in Punta Cana in Febuary. I was wondering if anyone has some informaiton on fishing from the shore hear. Last week I saw Jose Wahabee fishing from the shore in punta cana at a golf resort and he landed a small tarpon and permit. Any infor on locations and gear to bring would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
post #9 of 44
I'd love some information on what gear you used, what was successful, what you wish you brought, really anything please. I'm going to the Bahamas in the Spring, and I plan on doing a little fishing when I can.

I know it's a different location, but any first hand information about fishing out of a resort in the Caribbean is like gold to me!

If you're not comfortable disclosing any of this info, feel free to PM me
post #10 of 44
Any one, who was there recently, help, please.
There is very little about fishing from the beaches in Punta Cana.
I DON'T wanto go with charters. My stomach won't let me.
I've read some treads, but all of the were BEFORE someone got there. Unfortunately nobody wrote about how it really was.
Thanks in advance.
post #11 of 44
This is great info!



We went two years ago (at least.. hmm..) and the guided tours were VERY $$$ but we were getting limit catches of Marlin and it was VERY memorable.

EDIT: The only thing I didn't like was that the locals didn't do ANY catch n release, they kept every damn fish they got into the boat.. ;p



My GF wants to go back on a budget and I was sad that fishing wouldn't be in the budget but if there's some decent fishing off the beaches that would really be something to try!



Same with everyone else, would love to know what gear you used where and what results you got!



(Pictures would be great!)



Thanks!
post #12 of 44
Don't know about punta cana, but they say if you find an island that you can walk out to in the surf with deep water on the side facing the ocean or near a deep drop off on the ocean side, on the carribean sea side of the island, you can catch barracudas that are bigger than people. The problem is getting bait (but if you ask the bellhops and give them a few bucks they usually can help--not just with bait but with fishing in general).

As for catch and release. Not saying its right or wrong, but they will probably tell you that only the good fishermen are capable of getting a billfish into the boat while they are still a little alive just after it attempts to get into its death dive. Supposedly, boating a billfish before it goes into the death dive is too dangerous and improper. Technically, hooking the fish and chasing it down with the boat doesn't really count as "landing" the fish. No one can catch 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 billfish in the same day, unless they are just hooking them and chasing them. At least that's what I heard (and maybe felt like too ). Supposedly, they don't jump after the hookset unless the boat is leaning into them too heavily for a picture
post #13 of 44
Rich,



AxBeetle.

Beeing wise is not helpfull. REAL experience counts.



I fished Cancun, Riviera Maya and Belize and there is ONE sure think about local help. Some of them, who know where/how to will not tell you anything to protect their family support and most of them who DON'T really know would tellya all B/S stories just to get your attention and some scraps.

I was amazed how many night local fishermen speak good english, but they won't show it unless you trick them. They were in the U.S. and guess what: some of them few times(!). Anyway: on each trip I had to spent couple of days to LEARN water and access to it before I was able to have fun. My experience with guides: they are smart businessman, they will take your money for the ride and if you get lucky, you get the fish. Lucky is the key word.

Punta Cana, hm, my biggest problem: security guards on hotels beach borders. I did get some info from my friends, who were there about guards with machetties not allowing to leave or enter guarded property via beach.

I will have my 4X4 rented and will go to public beaches, but there are some resorts with rocky water line holding permit, tarpon, snook as you could see on TV show " Spanish Fly" and you know...

Every water area has different aproach and with limited time we have on our family vacation is always good to get some helpfull info.

So, that is what I'm asking for.

And NOT like others, I will post report after coming back home.
post #14 of 44
Can we, please stop blaming others for not releasing their catch?
Fishing and hunting are for providing meal for families. Period.
Only irresponsible CITY SLICKERS are crying about it and are killing for trophies!!! so later they will brag and brag ...
Wildlife needs kind of farmers approach: PROTECT BREADERS.
Even on TV show "In Fisherman" finally they admit: we should take small fish for table fare but DON'T take big ones, who survived already for few - if not more - years. Number one: by taking smaller fish you leave food for bigger fish to survive. Number two: small fish has taste and good meat quality. Number three: generations from BIG parents tend to be even bigger.
Look what happened in Florida and what are they doing to have sustainable fishing or why there is slot limit on lots of fish on Great Lakes and conclusion comes right away: PROTECT BIG BREADERS and enjoy good meal.
In poor countries taking any fish could be ONLY dinner food for some families; by the way with their skills and equipment they are lucky to have anything.
We are spoiled with this rod, that line, super-duper lure ... Lots of us don't even know how to clean our catch! And cooking it is another long story.
Don't judge others, make sure you are leaving good environment for our children to have real experience instead of granpa stories.
I say catch the big ones but only smaller ones should be taken home..
post #15 of 44
Rich.
I posted link to VERY inexpensive all inclusive vacation in Punta Cana.
Somehow it was not posted. Search on Travelzoo.
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