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.


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

Obsession Sportsfishing

If you are thinking about deep sea fishing on your vacation, there are 6 different charter operators that can help make it happen.

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

Another good option is Mystic Amara 3. Mystic Amara 3 is a charter service operating out of one of the best fishing areas of Antigua. They offer a great opportunity to explore the beautiful waters and sea life of the Caribbean. You can reach them at (268) 464-7112.

Still another option is Antigua Fly Fishing. When you sail with Captain Nick, you have the choice of Deep Sea Fishing, Light Tackle Game Fishing, and Flats Fishing. He will take you out to hunt specifically for Permit, Tarpon, Snook and Bonefish, but don't be alarmed if you end up catching other saltwater fish as well. They're found in southwestern Antigua.

Look through the following chart for a listing of local 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 3 (268) 464-7112 0.2 mi. Southeast 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
Pacific Marlin Fishing (268) 779-8317 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour

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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