Deep-sea fishing is like raising children—both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocket full of worms to entice cooperation. Catch your next meal with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a deep-sea-fishing day trip on the Pastime Princess, which sets off from New Smyrna Beach (up to an $81.75 value with tax).
The Pastime Princess is a nearly 100-foot-long fishing boat equipped with an expanded sundeck, air conditioners, an onboard café, and more than enough deck space for 100 fisherpersons. Customers should arrive about 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time to reserve a spot for themselves and their mates. Crew members will provide rods, reels, and fish-calling whistles, but guests are welcome to bring their own gear if they prefer. During seven-hour cruises, experienced guppy-getters will take customers out to where the fish are. Once a school is located, trawlers can opt to compete for the jackpot—a cash collection to which participating fishers pitch in—which is awarded to the pole-wielder who catches the biggest edible fish of the day. Sea breezes and fish-cleaning services for scaly sea prizes are complimentary.
Satisfy Titan-size appetites onboard inside the High Seas Cafe, where breakfast, lunch, and beverages can all be purchased. For $3.95 (not included with this Groupon), chefs at the nearby Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant can cook up catches, serving them alongside french fries, coleslaw, and a hush puppy at the end of the day to reward mouths with culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves.
Once a support vessel that transported oil-rig workers around the Gulf of Mexico, the 100-foot-long Pastime Princess now takes up to 75 anglers on deep-sea fishing trips between 11 and 23 miles off shore. Beyond transporting fishermen into these Atlantic waters, the Pastime Princess maintains guests' comfort with air conditioning, bathrooms cleaned daily, and a galley where chefs prepare a menu of grilled fare. The boat's crew supplies anglers of all skills levels with necessary gear, including bait, and furnishes passengers with fishing licenses. They also clean catches, which guests can tote home or have cooked at Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant upon returning to land. To enhance revelry aboard the boat, hands organize a winner-take-all jackpot for whoever catches the largest edible fish or still-useable mattress. A FAQ page anticipates common questions and lists some recommendations, such as advising anglers to arrive 45 minutes before departure and to bring coolers no larger than 20 inches.