Fishing Near Aruba

Sail the high seas or spend a little time hooking dinner while fishing in Aruba<br />

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Aruba Fishing
 

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.

Fishing in Aruba

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.

Aruba's Shallow Water Fish
Fish TypeAlso Called
Red Snapper Pargo, Pisca Corra
Silk Snapper Wowo Moriew
Blackfin Snapper Boca Negra
Yellowtail Snapper Grastelchi
Greater Amberjack Brasil
Queen Triggerfish Pishi Porso
Blue Runner N/A
Parrotfish Gutu
King Mackerel Kingfish, Conovis
Grouper N/A

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.

Aruba's Deep Water Fish
Fish TypeAlso Called
Grouper N/A
Blue and White Marlin N/A
King Mackerel Kingfish, Conovis
Mahi Mahi Dolphinfish, Dorado
Barracuda Picuda
Wahoo Mulato
Yellowfin Tuna Tuna Rab'I gai
Blackfin Tuna N/A
Albacore Alfrico
Sailfish N/A
Shark N/A
Bonito Atlantic Bonito

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.

Fishing Charters

If you like the idea of reeling in a big one while on vacation, you will find 10 different charter operators that can help make it happen.

If you're ready to organize a fishing trip, you might want to check with Teaser Fishing Charters. Trips include the captain and mate, bait, tackle, water, and soft drinks in the price. They are located within Oranjestad, in western Aruba.

A second 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. With over 25 years experience and almost as many championship titles, it's hard to find a better fishing charter option than J-String. You'll easily find them to the right of the Seaport Casino, two highly-qualified anglers and seamen, ready to take you out on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. They're located in downtown Oranjestad.

The following chart provides quick access to a few details regarding charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters On Aruba
Name Phone Location
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) 587-0538 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) 662-2006 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Teaser Fishing Charters (297) 582-5088 0.4 mi. North of 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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