Fishing Near Jamaica

Jamaica offers sailing and sport fishing options to suit a variety of visitors

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Deep-sea fishing is extremely popular among Jamaica's visitors, and the island's annual fishing tournaments are renowned. Travelers visiting Jamaica, however, will need to plan ahead if they intend to set sail during their island adventure in order to make the most of their fishing experiences.


The waters that surround the Caribbean islands are home to several types of fishing because of the vast differences in the underwater landscapes of the region. Some fish favor the shallow island edges; others are the bright fish of the coral reefs that have grown over centuries along the edges of some volcanic islands. Jamaica is home to the large sport fish of the deeper waters that sportsmen travel from around the world to capture.

Jamaica's Northern waters are well-known for deep-sea and sport fishing. Anglers can hook an impressive number of fish, including mahi mahi, wahoo, blue and white marlin, sailfish, tarpon, barracuda, and bonito. Jamaica also hosts two international fishing tournaments, the Jamaica International Fishing Tournament and Jamaica International Blue Marlin Team Tournament. Both tournaments take place in the early fall, September and October, so travelers interested in fishing may want to take this into consideration.

Bonefish are the region's shallow water fish and are said to be the best fighters of all fish, pound-for-pound. Their species includes Jamaica's popular tarpon, wahoo and barracuda. Bonefish can be caught from the beach or a small boat in many of the area's shallow waters. Fishing from the shore can be less costly for budget-conscious travelers because there is no need for boat rental.

Jamaica's deep sea and game fishermen will have the most to enjoy with Jamaica's plentiful populations of marlin, wahoo, mahi mahi, and sailfish. There are many varieties of these deep-water fish just off the shores where the sea floor drops down, so visitors may fish as close to a quarter of a mile from the islands.

Although reef fishing is not widespread in Jamaica, live bait such as conch or squid is the best bet for reef fishermen looking to catch some very interesting fish. The most common fish in these areas are grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, and jack crevalle.

So, when you're visiting Jamaica, let the urge for adventure take you out to the water's edge to find out if you can hook one of the feisty bonefish, or let it draw you out onto the deep ocean where mighty game fish fight to the end.

Fishing Charters

If you like the idea of reeling in a big catch during your vacation, you may be pleased to learn there are 10 different charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you want to get in contact with a fishing charter, you should consider Irie Vibes Fishing. Operating out of Di Ole Marina in Port Antonio is Irie Vibes Fishing, a company that offers several water-based activities including spear and deep sea fishing. They are the only service out of Portland to currently offer saltwater fishing, so if this is what you're after, Irie Vibes is who you call. They are located within Port Antonio, in eastern Jamaica.

A second option is Sea Shell Charters. With 33 years of experience sailing and fishing in and off the coast of Negril, Captain Phil is the perfect host for your next fishing adventure. Check out Sea Shell charters, which offers a variety of land and sea tours, plus the favored deep sea fishing expedition. They can be reached at (876) 875-4167.

A third option is Stanley's Deep Sea Fishing. Fishing with Stanley consists mainly of offshore trolling at the western point of Jamaica outside of Negril. You'll use ballyhoo and artificial bait. They're located within Negril, in western Jamaica.

The table below provides you with more information about charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
Deep Drop Fishing (876) 572-0010 Montego Bay
Fish Jamaica (876) 965-0743 Treasure Beach
Glistening Waters Deep Sea Fishing (876) 954-3229 2.1 mi. East of Central Falmouth
Irie Vibes Fishing (876) 464-9508 Port Antonio, Eastern part of Jamaica
Jamaica Boats Deep Sea Fishing (876) 863-7384 Ocho Rios
Marlin Madness (876) 565-5417 2.0 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
No Problem Sportfishing (876) 381-3229 Montego Bay
Resort Divers Fishing (876) 973-6131 Ocho Rios
Sea Shell Charters (876) 875-4167 Negril, Western part of Jamaica
Stanley's Deep Sea Fishing (876) 957-6341 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Negril

There are many wonderful sights that can only be seen from aboard a boat. Chartering a boat can grant you unparalleled access to the fishing, diving, and sailing experiences afforded by the gorgeous waters off the coasts of Jamaica.


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