Aloha! Just came back from a vacation to Kauai....had a great time except for the fishing. Signed up for a trip with Capt. Jude on the "Big Ta Do". This was to be my second time fishing with him based on a successful trip 2 years ago. If you check back in archives you'll see I heaped high praise on him the last time out. This trip put an end to that. Only heap this operation belongs on is the junk heap. First up, Capt. doesnt make the trip. He has a back-up captain greet me/us at the dock telling us he needed the day off after some back-to-back trips....ok...would have been nice to know that beforehand because I booked the trip based on Jude's performance last time; not the boat or area. Jude was the selling point. I truly do understand NOT handling a trip when its necessary to re-charge, or when a sick day is needed, but repeat customers are NOT tourists, and professional courtesy should be extended by letting us know ahead of time. Second, the mate, who was nice-enough (when he was awake), crashed out twice during the 8 hour trip and just slept when things were slow...didnt change the lures or spread once...didnt interact with the charter much....I guess he had a nice, relaxing day on our expense. If the only mate I hired for the day went to sleep in front of my charter, it would be the last day he worked my deck. Period. Third, one of the FAD's right outside the Port Allen harbor is gone.....in my opinion, that FAD WAS Port Allens claim to fame. Now its just blind trolling from ledge to ledge....if I knew that FAD was gone I would have never booked the trip as Jude told me that FAD held tuna all year, and particularly in the Summer months. Jude never mentioned that once to me prior to the trip, even though the FAD has been missing for some time. 4th, we told the replacement Capt. that we wanted to deep jig if things were dead. He assured us he would save some time near the end of the trip to do so. I went to him several times and said, "No tuna troll action.....lets deep jig and get some action now", hours before the end of the trip.....he blew me off until the last few minutes of the trip....we jigged for approx. 20 minutes and then called it a day after going 1 for 2 on big, ballsey AJ's. 2 hours earlier....with this type of action....and involvement from the crew, would have made this a successful trip. Listen...I'm not a tourist...I fish for a living as well...I know the deal when it comes to slow days, and putting out "effort" on the deck to try everything...ANYthing to improve the chances that the client will catch fish..... Big Ta Do got LOTS to do to improve their operation before I'll ever recommend using them. Right now they are simply "Big ta Avoid".