As on many Caribbean islands, fishing is more than just a popular pastime in Barbados, it's also a way of life. From the fishermen who make their living bringing in the fresh catch of the day, to those who come each year to take part in tournaments, the waters surrounding the island are teeming with anglers.
Though perhaps best-known for the abundance of flying fish in the sea surrounding the island, Barbados takes great pride in the deep sea fishing just off its shores, where the right person can catch marlin weighing more than 500 pounds. Anglers seeking a less hefty catch also have plenty of options in these warm waters, which are ideal for tuna, wahoo, dolphin fish (also called "dorado"), Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, swordfish, Atlantic sailfish, and barracuda.
Barracuda is the easiest fish to catch, and the yellowfin tuna is the rarest. However, certain fish are found only during certain times of year. For example, sailfish and marlin, particularly white marlin, are rare, if not altogether impossible to catch from July through September. On the other hand, they are fairly easy to find from January through April. Barbados' official fishing season runs from December to April.
Less than a mile off the coast of Barbados, waters are as deep as 400 feet, meaning anglers can save travel time when they go out for a deep sea fishing trip. There is a greater chance of catching a large number of fish off the south coast where the waters are choppier. The west coast tends to have calmer waters, making it the ideal place to fish for beginners who haven't spent much time on the water.
In shore fishing trips are possible as well, and especially popular with those traveling with young children. Waters close to shore can go as deep as 70 feet, and trolling and bottom fishing can be done in these areas.
The easiest way to find out what you can fish when you're on the island of Barbados is to learn what the Barbados Game Fishing Association has to say. The association's Web site (www.barbadosgamefishing.com) includes all the information you need to hook the fish you're looking for, as well as charter a boat or find a captain to help you find your catch of the day.
Many boats can be contracted out either individually, through the Barbados Game Fishing Association, or through charter companies.
Award-winning and record-setting charters have a proven track record when it comes to making the big catch. Barbados Fishing Trip's 38-foot Bertram Sports Fisherman "Challenge" holds the Barbados record for having caught the largest blue marlin - a 910 pounder! The boat has three fishing chairs, five trolled lines, and accommodations to comfortably transport six passengers. Drinks and snacks are included on all charters, and lunch is served during eight hour trips.
If you are intrigued by the idea of reeling in a big one while on vacation, there are 9 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 might want to contact IOU Fishing Charters. IOU Fishing Charters actually has two different fishing options. The first, most popular option is the deep sea fishing where you will have the opportunity to catch some big fish like tuna and barracuda. They are located within downtown Bridgetown.
Another good option is Billfisher III. Fishing since he was eight years old, Captain White navigates the Barbados waters on his 40'Viking vessel - Billfisher III. Focusing on big game fishing and sportsfishing, Captain White takes guests to some of the best spots around the island to find fish worthy of a photo-op. They can be reached at (786) 352-8817.
A third good option is Legacy Fishing Charters. Operating out of Careenage, Legacy Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Captains Dennis Marsh and Jono Jones. Together, they have 30 years of experience fishing off the coast of Barbados and other areas in the Caribbean, and they always seem to know just where to go to find the best catch. They're located in downtown Bridgetown.
Take a minute to read the following table to learn more.
|Billfisher III||(786) 352-8817||Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 429-2326||1.8 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Cannon Charters||(246) 424-6107||Bridgetown|
|High Seas Barbados||(246) 233-2598||Bridgetown|
|IOU Fishing Charters||(246) 269-8905||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Legacy Fishing Charters||(246) 230-1317||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Predator Sportsfishing||(246) 230-1845||Bridgetown|
|Reel Spirit||(246) 836-9877||Bridgetown|
|Seascape Customized Charters||(246) 236-5011||5.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
It's easy to find ways to take part in sport fishing in the seas surrounding Barbados. This popular pastime has more to offer than you might expect, from intense big game, deep sea trips to relaxing bottom fishing just off the shore.
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