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Amazing whale watching and awesome crew!  We saw so many whales, and the crew made it feel like we were family.  It was so easy going and so much fun.  Definitely recommend these awesome people if you're looking for whale watching in the area!

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Great fishing today with Captain Turner on the Tacklebuster!  

This service is great to deal with. Friendly, nice, knowledgeable people making your reservations and the crew on The Tacklebuster was top notch. Not only was the boat nice, clean and well maintained but the crew was extremely helpful and accommodating.

I absolutely love the Depoe Bay area and will always request and recommend fishing with the Tacklebuster!

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First time on the water here. Spend many weekends here and always say we need to do the whale watching trip.

Dockside charter is one I highly recommend. From office to boat all were very helpful and nice. Great atmosphere.

We saw our share of grey whales. Captain and mate were very helpful. The Sampson was roomy. Not overbooked and very comfortable. Even has a restroom on Board.

Kids who are a little prone to motion sick took some Dramamine about an hour before the ride. Zero issues. The Bay is beautiful.

Some times we don't realize how our work impacts others. This simple trip confirmed my daughters interest in marine biology.

Will be back and highly recommend. This is a no miss and this charter is down to earth and good customer service.

So don't put it off like we did. If you know my ratings I typically only rate when the service is amazing like this one or really bad. The five stars would have been ten if there was such a thing.

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We we're expected to share a pole!!
It's not something other charter boats expect nor were we informed. They denied not informing us. This is the responsibility of the booking office. We booked 5 months in advance. We paid for an 8 hr trip ended up finding out upon arrival that it would be 6 hrs. Something that was changed months ago and they didn't inform us. The price was adjusted and we purchased two crab pots ended up receiving one for the price of two. Very disappointing. Individual price should be an individual pole and crab pot. nor would I want to share with any person of the 4 people that were puking on the boat for obvious reasons. I love to share but not when puke is involved. Lol We threw back 6 Black cod because the captain didn't recognize that they were not hake fish when asked by his deck hand!! It was finally pointed out by another like us in the boat. I have little to no fishing experience and could tell that they were distinctively different fish. Thankfully the  deck hand was wonderful because the trip could have been horrible.

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This company is great!  Jim who works in the front area of booking was friendly and knowledgeable and even let me borrow a coat so I wouldn't be cold.  The crew of the Tackle Buster were friendly, fast, polite, and made this fishing trip a memorable experience for anyone looking to sport fish.  From desk to dock these guys were consistently stellar in performance. I would absolutely book this company again!

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After saving for TWO YEARS for this tuna trip, booked in person and well in advance. TWICE  they cancelled it. The second time, they even sent me a confirmation text two days before. Their solution to cancelling a 12hour trip? Offer me a 5 hour inshore bottom fishing trip. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! Ruined my birthday and lost a 3 year customer because the staff was inconsiderate an couldn't care less that I had to take two days off from work. I'm not a rich man. So, this was a huge deal for me. As a local, I would've liked to have been treated with a bit more consideration  respect. I wil NEVER use Dockside again.nd

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Great boat & crew. We saw a number of gray whales, learned about their habits, and enjoyed the ocean. My son got very seasick, and Jack (first mate?) was compassionate, kind, and helpful.  

Great value; good people.

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I have used Dockside Charters twice for whale watching.  It is a great experience. Dockside had a great crew and makes the trip very enjoyable.

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You've got to be kidding! An hour long whale watching excursion for only $20???  The crew was friendly and knowledgeable, and we were able to spot about six different whales while we were out there.  My wife was concerned she would get seasick and was dreading the whole adventure.  However, she was calmed by the size of the boat , the Samson, was way bigger than the rubber raft she was imagining and she went from sitting and hanging on tightly for dear life to standing up at the bow of the boat taking pictures while bouncing over the waves!  Unfortunately she lost her hat to Davy Jone's, but it was totally worth it.  I was expecting a great time, and I certainly had one, but I was more impressed they were able to turn my wife's opinion around!  This will make it easier to take her next time.  Thanks Dockside!!!

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Our whole experience was GREAT!  The staff was super friendly and our Captain spoiled us with finding 5 gray whales and took us on a tour of Bootleggers Bay...the ride back out of the bay was like a roller coaster.  LOL  Our whole family enjoyed ourselves.

We will be back!!

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It was mine, and most of our groups first time deep sea fishing. We had a blast and caught lots of fish. Captain JT and guide Jake were excellent and made it very fun. I would definitely book with them again.

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Captain Chris & Tiger are all stars. Hands down! They took exceptional care of our group, despite the slightly rough ocean conditions. They are kind, knowledgeable and went the extra mile to ensure we were all happy and our rods were working properly. I limited out on sea bass and scored a beautiful green lingcod too!
Back on land, Dockside Charters cleans and vacuum seals your catch right there at the marina for a VERY fair price. What more could you ask for? Thank you so very much for the wonderful experience in Depoe Bay. I'll be back!

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Huge waste of money!!! Spent 250+ for 10 hrs of hell on a small cramped boat. Only enough rods for half the people, dimwits filled the boat. Captain chris is weird. Took longer then they said. Never going again!!

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we went out during spring break, so it was cold, windy and rainy ...but this is oregon, not cali, so it is to be expected most of the time :) it was a very rocky ride, the waves were very big. our 2 lils were quite scared, but were troopers. My arms were literally sore the next day for holding the railing so tight. It was an adventure for sure. We saw about 3 whales spout and tops as they came up for air. it was not the clearest of days, so we were happy to see what we saw. fun

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This was a top notch operation we went on the boat Sampson with captain Lars. Him and his deck hands were exceptional at making sure we had a top-notch trip Captain Lars positioned the boat several times to keep us on the fish totally got more out of this trip than we expected we will continue to use this charter at depoe bay and tell everyone we know to use dockside charters for all there fishing adventures

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Went on a whale-watching trip on the Tacklebuster.  The boat departed and returned on time.  We saw multiple gray whales fairly close.  The 1.5-hour trip was a good amount of time.  The price was definitely worth the adventure!

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We went on our first deep sea fishing charter and it was amazing we were on the smoken reel and our captain Daniel was the best. He made our trip so fun and we were able to catch our fish and I limited out on my crab pods. If you would like to go on a great fishing trip this is your company and ask for Daniel.

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I wanted my family and I to catch salmon, and we did. This business is professional in many perspectives. Any business that is based on the willingness of the ocean to cooperate will have a lot of challenges, but this business does a great job at working around the most obvious challenges. For example, you are required to call a day ahead to make sure the ocean conditions look favorable for your trip before you wake up at 5am for no reason. The captain of the boat "The Affair" was waiting for us when we arrived, and he had the gear ready to fish as soon as we got in the fishing grounds. The fishing roads were set to fish for salmon at different depths. When we were getting no bites,  the captain looked for new options. We were successful at fishing for Salmon when other boats were not.

On your return you can choose to get your catch cleaned professionally for a low fee.

In general, this was a great experience. The captain was very helpful and willing to share his knowledge with us.

One challenge that we felt could have been dealt with better was the division of the opportunities to catch the salmon. So, beware - if you go in the Affair, make sure that you and your group understand how these opportunities work or talk with the group and captain early on to come up with a plan that works for everyone. We were told that we had a set up that was meant to be shared, so we thought that meant that we were all going to have equal chances to catch the salmon. But what ended up happening was that one group took the majority of the early opportunities until they maxed out (2 fish per person), and our group of three took the rest of the opportunities (we got 3 fish and lost 2 at the end). This in part happened because the lovely couple that we were fishing with was closer to the rods that had the bites. I mentioned this to the captain at the end and he told me that he would try to do better in the future. If I knew the rules were 'run to the pole first until you max out', my group would have behaved differently than what we did. This was not one of those 'life is like this' situations, but a situation where the business could have had a more clear guidelines for everyone to have an equal chance to fish.

One more note - if you are prone to puking like me when the swell is moderate, try to stay on the left side of the boat to avoid the exhaust fumes. It didn't ruin the experience, but I did say hi to the ocean 2 times.

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Paid online for crabbing. Drive all the way from portland, after calling before i leave to make sure everything is all good. Get there, they are out of liscenses. They offer to charge me a duel angling and crabbing for 3 times the price . Very disappointed after driving all the way down here. I could have been told before leaving that this could happen or there should be a alternative way of registering people to fish/crab for a product you already sold them. The office staff was not the friendliest or accomidating to fix their error either.

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Great time whale watching. The man at the booth on the main road was seriously great! Super friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We got to the dock and they had the boat super clean. The staff was very friendly and we had a great time...until we both got extremely sea sick. Note: the ocean is wavy lol.