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

Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours

If you are intrigued by the idea of going deep sea fishing during your vacation, you may be pleased to learn there are 18 different charter fishing operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you're ready to get in contact with a fishing charter, you might want to contact Jamaica Boats Deep Sea Fishing. Day trips include lunch, beer, soda, and ice. Every trip is arranged to suit your needs, and each boat is government inspected, licensed, and insured. They are located in downtown Ocho Rios.

Another option is Resort Divers Fishing. They are open between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. You can call them at (876) 973-6131.

Still another option is Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours. Operating for almost 20 years, seven days a week, Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours offers you an amazing, traditional Jamaican sea-fishing experience. With its clear waters and open sea, Negril, Jamaica is a perfect area for fishing, and Winter Fresh Fishing gives you an opportunity to do so. They're located in Negril, in western Jamaica.

Be sure to look at the table below for more information.

Fishing Charters On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
Barrett Adventures Fishing (876) 382-6384 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Deep Drop Fishing (876) 572-0010 Downtown Montego Bay
Faithful Waters Jamaica (876) 466-2194 2.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Daniel Town
Garfield Diving Station Fishing (876) 544-4354 Downtown Ocho Rios
Island Dog Water Sports LTD (876) 367-8342 Downtown Ocho Rios
Jamaica Boats Deep Sea Fishing (876) 863-7384 Downtown Ocho Rios
Jamaica Watersports Fishing (876) 381-3229 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Kellys Water Sports Fishing (855) 552-9760 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Lucky Bastard Fishing Charters (876) 572-0010 Downtown Montego Bay
Marlin Madness (876) 565-5417 2.0 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Mila Tours Ja Fishing (876) 787-8000 Downtown Ocho Rios
Reel Magic Charters & Sports Fishing (876) 563-7699 1.8 mi. South West of Central downtown Montego Bay
Resort Divers Fishing (876) 973-6131 5.4 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios
SNL Deep Sea Charters (876) 788-2904 0.7 mi. East of Central Montego Bay
Sea Shell Charters (876) 875-4167 1.2 mi. West of Central Negril
Stanley's Deep Sea Fishing (876) 957-6341 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Negril
Sunshine Watersports Fishing (876) 295-6918 Downtown Ocho Rios
Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours (876) 440-1119 0.5 mi. North 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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