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March 19, 2010

Dominican Republic Best Bets

The Dominican Republic's eastern shore is an offshore fishing paradise

The Daily Bite
"We didn't catch 'em every day, but we would see marlin just about every time we went out," Clark says. "There are lots of fish here, and if you can locate them, you're most likely going to get a bite." Bubba Carter will get the fish dialed in within a short period of time. And even though both he and Clark talk about how close-in the great fishing can be, they also point out that it's only about 35 nm to the Pichinchu Bank, a shallow reef north of Isla Mona in the middle of the passage, about halfway between Cap Cana and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Pichinchu Bank reportedly goes off in late summer, and it's worth the run down there when conditions permit.

The combination of great fishing and world-class accommodations on land make the D.R. hard to beat. And now that Bubba Carter will be at Cap Cana, a world-class charter operation will be available too. The eastern shore of the Dominican Republic has been a little-known hot spot that only a few knowledgeable blue-water fishermen took advantage of, but that's about to change. Expect to hear more about the D.R. and Cap Cana as the billfish releases mount up.

Up Close: Cap Cana

Cap Cana offers everything from luxurious hotel rooms to large condominiums for rent. There's a staggering assortment of accommodations to choose from, and in addition to fishing, you can enjoy 3.4 miles of beautiful beaches, golf at one of two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and dining at one of a dozen on-site restaurants. We stayed at the magnificent Caleton Villas, a set of 16 three- and four-bedroom villas with adjacent, luxurious thatch-roof hotel rooms for guests, located next to the Caleton Beach Club and the Nicklaus Signature Punta Espada golf course. Nicklaus also has the Golden Bear Lodge on the property, a combination of condos, suites and upscale hotel rooms, and there's a Ritz-Carlton under development as well.

Cap Cana Marina currently offers 89 slips for boats up to 60 feet and has gas, diesel and all marine services available. In its final phase, the marina will be able to accommodate yachts up to 250 feet long.

Cap Cana
U.S.: 800-785-2198
D.R.: 809-955-9501
Marina: 809-695-5539

Capt. Bubba Carter
Sporting Traditions