Fishing Near Anguilla

A little extra legwork is required to plan a fishing or sailing trip in Anguilla

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As you sit on one of Anguilla's beaches, staring out at the sea with it's waters bluer than any you've ever seen before, you may find yourself yearning to get a closer look. A day spent fishing is a great way to give into this urge.


Fishing in Anguilla tends to be a commercial affair, and sport fishing in Anguilla is still in its infancy. Still, if you'd like nothing more than to drop a line in Anguilla, it is a possibility. While some fishing charter services provide their guests with equipment, this is not true of all of them. If you are an avid angler with an agenda, you may want to consider bringing your own supplies. You can drop a line in shallow waters off of one of the island's beaches or head out to deeper waters so long as you first purchase a permit from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Services.  The cost is $30(USD) or $80(ECD).  Note that even with a permit, spearfishing is always illegal, and lobster trapping is illegal as well.  There are several fishing charters willing to take visitors out a little deeper, and commercial fishermen will sometimes take you out with them for a fee. Both options can be more expensive than elsewhere in the Caribbean, but this is in part due to that fact that they will typically handle obtaining all of your permits for you.


Fly-fisherman can expect to reel in lady fish and snook, while deep sea anglers have been known to catch barracuda, dorado, grouper, kingfish, marlin, sailfish, and wahoo.

Fishing Charters

If you are thinking about reeling in a big catch during your vacation, there are 10 different charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you're ready to reserve a charter, you can check with Junior's Glass Bottom Boat. Fishing and sailing trips are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are located in Shoal Bay East, in northern Anguilla.

Another option is Nature Boy Charters. FISHING CHARTERS: Sign up for full and half day fishing charters that take guests on the hunt for mahi mahi, marlin, tuna, and wahoo. Captain Nature Boy drops five fishing lines at once to ensure the most fish; three are set deep and the others are positioned on the boat. You can call them at (264) 729-5587.

A third good option is Gotcha Garfield's Sea Tours. Charters are available by the hour, for half a day, or for a full day. They're situated in North Hill Village, in central Anguilla.

The chart directly below summarizes more details on fishing charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Bevis Rogers (264) 497-4487 1.7 mi. North of Central East End
Calypso Charter's Fishing (264) 584-8504 Southwestern part of Anguilla
Ed Carty (264) 497-2337 Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla
Gotcha Garfield's Sea Tours (264) 235-7902 North Hill Village, Central Anguilla
JR's Glass Bottom Boat Fishing (264) 235-1008 Anguilla
Junior's Glass Bottom Boat (264) 497-4456 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley
Nature Boy Charters (264) 729-5587 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley
No Mercy (264) 235-6283 Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla
Sea Pro Charters Fishing (264) 584-0074 Anguilla
Shoal Bay Scuba Fishing (264) 235-1482 1.4 mi. North of Central Blowing Point

Fishing and chartering in Anguilla are not the easiest pastimes to pursue, but if you are passionate about fishing, it can be done, and is worth the work. Once you get out on the water, you'll be happy you did.


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