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Old 09-30-2014   #16 (permalink)
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Welcome Pepper. We just did our first vacation there in July and can't wait to get back. Hope to see you guys there one day!
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Old 10-02-2014   #17 (permalink)
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Hi Pepper,

Welcome to P.A. and Q. Roo. There's an on-line newspaper in P.A. called Pelican Free Press, just in case you haven't discovered it yet.

If you eat fish, the charter boats come in early afternoon with their passengers and, when the customers leave, they sell the extra fish. It's interesting to walk around and see who has what and decide which fish to buy for dinner. They clean and fillet it all, too.

It's a really nice community.
Excellent info! We're fish-aholics!
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Old 10-03-2014   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks Gringoshopper. We love it here!!
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Old 10-04-2014   #19 (permalink)
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The charter boats have 2 trips a day. The afternoon trips come back after 4 pm and that is also an excellent time to check to see who has got what for sale. Just hang around a little, watching them clean the fish and waiting for the charter customers to take their pictures, etc. Then, when the charter folks are gone, that's the best time to move in to transact business!

They'll bag it for you in a thin plastic bag so bring your own heavy-duty grocery tote if you have a ways to walk. I think having your own bag also sends a signal that you are there for some serious shopping
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Old 10-04-2014   #20 (permalink)
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Yeah? My husband seems to always miss them. Thanks for the info
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Old 10-04-2014   #21 (permalink)
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Our strategy is: listen for the sounds of the boats coming in and act quickly. There are a lot of us locals who like fresh fish so good positioning in the que is important.

Captain Rick's has about 17 or so boats and the men who work the boats mostly all speak good English (but just in case, "se vende pescado?" works well enough to communicate what you are standing there for).

It isn't something they advertise that they do (sell fish off the boats) so we just get close enough to one of the guys near the boat and quietly make our request. They'll normally tell you (it may only be a nod or shake of the head) if they have (or have not) fish to sell or if the charter customers are taking the fish they caught or if someone else has gotten their request in before you did. Either way, you'll know whether to move to the next boat or stay and wait (like the pelicans all do).

Sometimes the competition is fierce (high season) and sometimes the fish just aren't cooperating. It adds an element of suspense to the adventure, never knowing if this will be your lucky day! Be prepared to make a few trips if at first you do not succeed.

Be persistent and develop your own strategy but always keep your eyes on the lookout. The guys on the boats are really nice and will often tell which boats have fish to sell.

Worst case scenario is you get to walk around the marina on a lovely day in paradise and there is nothing wrong with that, even if you return home empty-handed. There is always tomorrow!
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Old 10-04-2014   #22 (permalink)
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Our strategy is: listen for the sounds of the boats coming in and act quickly. There are a lot of us locals who like fresh fish so good positioning in the que is important.

Captain Rick's has about 17 or so boats and the men who work the boats mostly all speak good English (but just in case, "se vende pescado?" works well enough to communicate what you are standing there for).

It isn't something they advertise that they do (sell fish off the boats) so we just get close enough to one of the guys near the boat and quietly make our request. They'll normally tell you (it may only be a nod or shake of the head) if they have (or have not) fish to sell or if the charter customers are taking the fish they caught or if someone else has gotten their request in before you did. Either way, you'll know whether to move to the next boat or stay and wait (like the pelicans all do).

Sometimes the competition is fierce (high season) and sometimes the fish just aren't cooperating. It adds an element of suspense to the adventure, never knowing if this will be your lucky day! Be prepared to make a few trips if at first you do not succeed.

Be persistent and develop your own strategy but always keep your eyes on the lookout. The guys on the boats are really nice and will often tell which boats have fish to sell.

Worst case scenario is you get to walk around the marina on a lovely day in paradise and there is nothing wrong with that, even if you return home empty-handed. There is always tomorrow!
Great info - thanks for sharing!

Fresh fish always sounds inviting and buying it right off of a boat, well, what can one say, don't get any fresher than that!
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