Aruba's tourist-centric hospitality extends off its shores and into the waters teeming with amazing fishing. Sailing and fishing are both popular pastimes for travelers, but fishing is also an enterprise for many of Aruba's locals.
If you're looking to strike out and catch diverse types of fish, Aruba is the place to do it. Most of Aruba's fishing is done along the calm southwest coast, away from the waves and winds of the north side of the island. However, fishing off the northern coast can yield easy catches when fish become trapped in rocks after storms.
Most of Aruba's deep-sea fishing is done by the challenge of line fishing, in which fishermen fight to wrest their catch from depths of up to 400 feet. Deep-sea fishing is also more popular during the high season, which is tied to the passing of migrating fish. Most of these pass through the area from October through February, though they are available year-round. These fish include wahoo, king mackerel, tuna, and dolphinfish. Some of the area's most popular fish are the varied species of snapper and grouper. While you may find what are now called Goliath Groupers, formerly called the Jewfish, and also called Djuvis, they have become increasingly rare due to overfishing.
Fishermen should keep in mind that many fish, especially snapper and grouper varieties, are found in all levels of water. Some are available only in certain areas. It is best to consult one of Aruba's fishermen for local information.
|Fish Type||Also Called|
|Red Snapper||Pargo, Pisca Corra|
|Silk Snapper||Wowo Moriew|
|Blackfin Snapper||Boca Negra|
|Queen Triggerfish||Pishi Porso|
|King Mackerel||Kingfish, Conovis|
The shallow water fish of the region are said to be the best fighters pound-for-pound of all fish. Many can be caught from the beach or from a small boat in Aruba's shallow waters. Fishing from the shore can be less costly for budget-conscious travelers because there is no need for boat rental. It can also be done from aboard a sailboat. Live bait such as conch or squid are the best bet for reef fishermen looking to catch some very interesting fish.
Often silk snapper and blackfish snappers are sold as red snapper, and many novice fishermen may have difficulty telling snappers and groupers apart. Take a look at the grouper's definitive jaw and teeth to be sure of what you've caught. Groupers are sure favorites of fishermen and chefs. Big Eyed Scads, also called Masbangos or Goggler, are a local favorite.
|Fish Type||Also Called|
|Blue and White Marlin||N/A|
|King Mackerel||Kingfish, Conovis|
|Mahi Mahi||Dolphinfish, Dorado|
|Yellowfin Tuna||Tuna Rab'I gai|
Anglers in Aruba typically get the most use out of hand-lines, and nets are useless because of the size of the fish in the local waters as well as the strong currents. In order to take part in this favorite deep-sea pastime, you'll almost certainly need to charter a fishing boat. Luckily, Aruban charters are easy to find. Head out with a captain and a fishing mate for a half or full-day excursion. A half-day charter will set you back between $220(USD) and $320(USD), while a full-day runs from $400(USD) to $600(USD). Rates generally include equipment, food, and drinks for the journey, but you should ask about what is included just to be sure. Walk along the port at Seaport Marina in downtown Oranjestad to find a wide range of chartering options.
Aruba fishing aficionados and those out on a maiden voyage will each find plenty of fun fishing in the local waters. You may even be able to carry in your catch of the day and find a restaurant to cook it for you.
If you like the idea of deep sea fishing on your vacation, there are 10 different charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.
If you want to organize a fishing trip, you can check with Teaser Fishing Charters. Docked in front of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Oranjestad, you'll find Teaser, a fishing charter service run by two knowledgeable and decorated captains. They have more than 20 years of sailing experience each and have won numerous awards including the record breaking Blue Marlin 1086 pound record breaking catch. They are located in downtown Oranjestad.
Another good option is Melina Charters. Whether you're interested in inshore or offshore fishing, Melina Charters is an affordable choice with friendly captains who can work with both experienced anglers and those who need a bit more help. You can call them at (297) 593-1550.
A third good option is J-String Fishing Charter. Your fishing charter includes the bait, tackle, and rods, as well as soft drinks and bottled water. If you'd like to dine on your favorite catch, let the first mate known and he'll arrange for you to meet your fish at a specific restaurant where the chef will prepare it for you. They're situated in downtown Oranjestad.
Take a look at the following table for more information about local charter operators.
|Dorothy Fishing Charter||--||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Driftwood Fishing Charter||(297) 592-4040||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Fishing Yacht Aruba||--||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Hatts Off Charters||(297) 740-4845||Downtown Oranjestad|
|J-String Fishing Charter||(297) 593-1409||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters||(297) 594-1181||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Melina Charters||(297) 593-1550||1.2 mi. South of Central Tierra Del Sol|
|Natasha Sport Fishing||(297) 594-0609||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Ola Sport Fishing||(297) 564-9611||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Teaser Fishing Charters||(297) 593-9228||Downtown Oranjestad|
There are many wonderful sights that can only be seen from aboard a boat off Aruba's coast. Simply by booking a charter or fishing boat, you can experience the beauty of a tropical island sunset or the magic of a secluded spot untouched by humans.
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