Story & Images By Steve Dougherty
Upon receiving the invitation to ride along with the Eight Eights team on their 72’ Viking to document the final week of their 2020 Atlantic tagging expedition in the Dominican Republic, InTheBite publisher Dale Wills and I immediately formulated an itinerary and trip timeline.
Eager to exit the country after Covid-19 wiped out a summer season of fishing, it was my first international assignment with the magazine and first time back to the D.R. in nearly a decade. With no mandatory PCR tests or quarantines, the logistics were rather straightforward and we soon had feet on the ground in Punta Cana. Over the next few days we saw some old friends, made new friends, and sincerely thank everyone for the generous hospitality.
We could go into detail about the amazing FAD fishing, local cuisine and vibrant personalities of the Eight Eights team, but we’re holding out for our upcoming January/February issue where we’ll recap their amazing year with an in-depth story on a record-setting journey and quick rise to success. Then, in our March/April issue, we set out to provide the ultimate resource to visiting the Dominican Republic in hopes you embrace travel amid the Covid-19 era and continue to make enriching angling discoveries. In the meantime, enjoy this assemblage of images from a surplus of photos we compiled on our most recent adventure.
It’s easy to see why beach connoisseurs enjoying all-inclusive resorts, ace golfers looking for the ultimate oceanside vistas, cigar aficionados and adventurous anglers choose the Dominican Republic—it’s the ultimate playground for the tropically impaired traveler.