Fishing Near Antigua

Make a splash in the waters of Antigua

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Upon arriving on the shores of Antigua, travelers will instantly be drawn in by the island’s inviting waters. While many people choose to embrace the ocean through water sports like snorkeling, another great way to get in touch with the sea is to spend a day fishing.

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The beautiful waters surrounding Antigua are loaded with marine life, and a variety of companies throughout the island offer great services designed for a great day of fishing.

What's in the Water?

Surrounded entirely by water, Antigua is a boater’s paradise. The island’s geography makes it ideal for boating with countless harbors and coves. The different areas along the shoreline provide for a variety of boating experiences. Experienced seamen will want to check out the rugged eastern coast of Antigua, which is dotted with islets and miniature reef formations. Those looking for a more leisurely trip should consider heading to Dickenson Bay or Jolly Harbour.

When traveling to Antigua, it is impossible to resist the tropical charm of the ocean. It often seems as though the island lifestyle revolves around Antigua’s appreciation for the water. Seafood is a popular cuisine amongst locals and tourists alike, largely due to the plentiful amount of fish and other marine life that can be caught offshore.

Dining during a trip to Antigua will likely present vacationers with a showcase of the island’s finest seafood. While chowing down on delicious seafood is always delightful, consider making your next meal even more memorable by catching your own fish. From marlin to kingfish, the waters surrounding Antigua are loaded with abundant sea life that is prime for reeling in. Since most tourists are forced to leave their rods and gear behind, a large industry has developed in Antigua to provide visitors with the equipment and knowledge necessary for a successful day of fishing in the Caribbean.

Anglers in Antigua have the option of deep sea fishing (or trawling), reef fishing, and inshore fishing. Dolphin, kingfish, marlin, sailfish, shark, tuna, and wahoo are the most abundant big game catches in the area. Those who prefer calmer waters can stay closer inland and drop a line or do some fly-fishing. Catches in these cases will typically be barracuda, bonefish, permit, snook, and tarpon.

Fishing Operators

If you are intrigued by the idea of reeling in a big one while on vacation, you will find 6 different charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you'd like to get in contact with a fishing charter, you can check with Overdraft Sport Fishing Charter. Although times are flexible, Overdraft generally offers four, six, and eight hour fishing charters. They are found in Freeman's Village, in central Antigua.

Another good option is Nightwing Sports Fishing. Nightwing Charters offers trips into the seas to some of the best fishing spots in the Antigua area. You can expect to catch fish such as sailfish and mahi-mahi. You can call them at (268) 464-4665.

A third option is Antigua Fly Fishing. If you want the fishing experience of a lifetime around the Caribbean twin-island nations of Antigua and Barbuda, then join Captain Nick Williams through blue skies and clear waters as he takes you Fly Fishing for some of the biggest game around. With many years of experience as a commercial yacht master and engineer, you know you're in good hands with Captain Nick at the helm. They're found in southwestern Antigua.

You can read the chart below to find out more about the area's fishing charters.

Fishing Charters On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Antigua Fly Fishing (268) 560-4374 6.9 mi. South of Central St. John's
Island Routes Sportsfishing (877) 768-8370 Downtown St. John's
Mystic Amara II (268) 464-7112 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Nightwing Sports Fishing (268) 464-4665 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Obsession Sportsfishing (268) 462-3174 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Overdraft Sport Fishing Charter (268) 463-3112 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua

Whether you’re an avid fisherman or simply want to get out on the water to experience the beauty of the sea, fishing promises to keep you entertained while providing you with the scenery and excitement for memories to last a lifetime. Reel in your own catch of the day while exploring the waters on a fishing vessel, and take some time to simply relax as you tour the seas. Whether you make that big catch or not, Antigua’s waters will leave you breathless and fulfilled.

 

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