There's nothing like a little crappy weather and some choppy seas to start
out on my first "chartered" salmon run (4/20/04). Having my
little brother in town for a long overdue visit made this trip a "must-do
event" and what a great time had by all. Needless to say, you were
(ARE) "The Man". Downriggers constantly ready for action and
great positioning for fish made our wait for strikes and limits a short one
(and no extra charge for the Humpbacks, Orcas and nearly landing that
Seal...no joke!). Next time, I want to see you reel that 15 lb lead ball up
from 300 feet without breaking a sweat!
Thanks for a great day in the Monterey
Rick Doran (Jeff Doran & Pat Connelly as well!)
Thanks Joe for a great
We had great fishing with consistent action all day long. We boated 9 big
fish for 5 anglers and released several shorts and a shark. When we camin
in, we found out that the party boat with 40 fisherman on it had only 3
legal halibut for the whole day! A group that went on that trip offered to
buy the heads from our fileted fish! It shows you know what you're doing!
We'll be back!
& Love Church
Thanks for all your hard work on our most recent fishing expedition in Monterey Bay. My brother and I really enjoyed
our time on the water and appreciate your knowledge and efforts to locate
the best fishing spots. I hope that the Salmon season is a big success for
your boat. I look forward to our next trip together.
Donald Keith Montgomery
Just wanted to thank you again for a great fathers day yesterday. It
will certainly be one that the boys and I will remember and talk about
until we are old and gray. The fish did their job, but you made it a great
time for the kids.
We'll certainly be back for more when the Albacore come in.
Bradley D. Bosomworth
Fishing was great. I donŐt think that I will ever get my fill of it. I am
sending you a tip for finding such a great spot to fish. I canŐt wait until
I can do that again. My wife's family loved it.
Thanks for the great trip. You really worked to find the Salmon for us and
it paid off. Most everyone else skunked and we limited. Justin and I had a
BLAST. Everyone loved the Salmon. See you on a return trip!!
Hi Joe- Thanks for a
good day @ sea we all agreed that this is the way to go fishing. I know
that James and I will come again.
I've been meaning to email you my appreciation for such a nice fishing trip
a few weeks ago, but... well you know how things go. Anyways I got the
photos back and thought you might like to see your handywork. I'd like to
book with you again some time in the future.
Our family went on a
fishing trip with Joe Stoops of Chartle Charters. We enjoyed a day on the
"FlatFish" in Monterey
Bay. Our 16-year-old
son, Dan, was the first to land a fish. He brought in a nice salmon. I was
next to be lucky and landed a 20-lb halibut. My husband then matched my
catch with another 20-lb halibut. The day was beautiful. The sea was calm
for the most part, and we relaxed and fished like we knew what we were
doing. This was the first ocean fishing we had done as a family, and Dan's
first ocean fishing trip ever. It was easy to do and the service that
Captain Joe provided was top-notch. Thanks for having this type of service
available for your internet explorers.
Dear Capt. Joe,
-I again want to thank you for a great time yesterday. My Son Tony and I
enjoyed ourselves very much. I'm probably the only one who has been on your
boat and got skunked. It was well worth it to see Tony catch his first
tuna, and what a nice one. Unfortunately we didn't weigh it, but if I had
to guess, I would guess it weigh about 38 pounds. You are a better judge of
the weigh of these tuna. Watching Tony battling that fish for as long as he
did, gave me a pit in my stomach. Praying this wasn't going to be the big
fish that got away. There differently was a sigh of relief when that fish
landed on the deck. Great job on the GAF. Maybe next year when the tuna are
running strong, Tony and I will want to go out with you. Maybe I'll have a
chance to catch my first tuna also, if not, I will just enjoy the
opportunity to go out and try.
Just a note to say
thanks for helping me celebrate becoming an old broad!! (turning 50 was a
stone bummer!) - we thoroughly enjoyed our day with you (and the wonderful
filets we feasted on tonight!) - and are looking forward to going out with
you again. Thanks, too, for your kindness to Amanda - she's really enjoying
Hope the holidays are warm and blessed for you and yours -
Rick and Marcy
I just got back from a
great trip and wanted to report here. I decided to take my wife, and 6 year
old son Salmon fishing, and was referred to ChartleCharters.com from the
good folks on the "Bay Area Tuna Club" Bulletin board. We live in
Ventura, and decided to make a weekend of it
leaving friday @ noon and arrived in Santa
Cruz just before dinner. Santa Cruz is about 4 1/2 hours north of
us, and I must say I never get tired of the beautiful drive up our great
state! We stayed at the "Terrace
Court" hotel directly across from the
wharf in Santa Cruz.
It's been years since I've been to Santa
Cruz, and I forgot how much I like that beach town
(this is how a beach town should be built...lotsa fun stuff right on the
water!). A good dinner at Stagnaros on the wharf, and a great day at the
Monterey Aquarium saturday. The aquarium was wonderful, and our weather was
PERFECT! Now for the good part.....The Salmon fishing! Chartle Charters (ph
541 251 4562)is a 4/6 pack style captain run boat on a nice
"Farallon" boat which was nicely equipped. We met the captain at
the harbor at 6:00am and were soon on our way. I'm not familiar with the
area, but I believe we fished an area off "Davenport"
in the early morning with no luck...After about an hour or so we headed to
a calmer area of Monterey
Bay, and within about
20 minutes things started breaking loose! I'm ashamed to admit I lost the
1st fish of the day at the boat... A beautiful 20 lb King Salmon!) I lifted
his head near the boat and he shook the barbless hook......AARRGGHHHHH!!!!!
Not to worry.....a few minutes later I hooked an even bigger King. This guy
was a brute! He made a coupla runs, and each time he got near the boat my
knees were knockin......Thank goodness for the skill of the captain! It
looked like a Michael Jordan 3 steps from half court kinda move when the
captain netted the beast....phew! Monkey off my back, I was able to kinda forget about
"the one that got away" Not five minutes later we hooked and
boated a 12 pounder. This fish was more cooperative (or maybe I was getting
better at listening to Capt Joe's advice) and came to the boat for an
easier netting. Just as our Capt was setting up the downrigger our surface
setup goes off like mad! A medium sized Silver gave us an acrobatics show
that was worth the price of admission in its own right....Too bad the Cohos
can't be kept.....I understand Monterey
Bay is full of them
now! Oh well, maybe this reg will change if the numbers stay
up......Anyhow, the joy of my life was having my son stand in front of me
and crank the handle a few times as we fought the Salmon together as my
wife was beside us cheering us on, a truely great experience. I can't say
enough nice things about Captain Joe Stoops. He was pleasant, kind to our
young son, but best of all he worked his tail off to put us on the fish and
he absolutely helped us put the fish in the box. Anyone who has ever thought
about going north for the salmon sho! uld give this operation a try. I will
fish this boat again (and again and again).
PK (Paul Kennedy)
In response to Paul's
I too have fished with Joe and I must say that he runs one of the best
operations in northern california.
He works extremely hard to find fish for people, and he has been successful
every time I have went out with him! In fact, the largest bluefin I have
ever caught (80+lbs) was with Joe only fifteen miles out of Santa Cruz harbor!
Glad to hear you had a good time with him too.
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