We had a group of family members meeting in Myrtle Beach for a family vacation. Several of us wanted to go on a deep sea fishing trip. I contacted Calabash on Wed, July 5, to book a fishing trip for Tuesday, July 11. I spoke with a very nice lady and booked a private charter for 7 people. The only thing required to hold the trip was my credit card, but we were not charged. Also, I didn't receive a confirmation number or any communication, other than verbal for the trip. We were to depart at 8, she informed me that we should arrive at 7:30. Our group of 7 arrived for our private charter and we were informed that the Miss Calabash had already left for a private charter at 6 that morning. We were offered a trip on the head boat, which has over a 100 person capacity. We were given the bargain rate of $40 per person. We accepted since we were already there and ready to fish. The fishing trip was horrible!! Out of the approximately 30 people on board, there were only 3 fish caught that were keepers. There weren't many more even caught at all. Our deck hand Tyler did his best to keep up and help everyone, but that was too many people for one person to handle. This was such a disappointment, since we were expecting a more personalized experience. Some of our the people in our party only came on the vacation for the fishing. It really ruined what should have been a great time for everyone. I understand that there is never a guarantee that fish will be caught, but with a smaller boat, and longer fishing time (as the one we originally booked), you have more options and can visit more fishing holes. Calabash should re-visit their policies and perhaps implement some software solutions to avoid this happening in the future.
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