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 are intrigued by the idea of spending some time with a rod in your hand, there are 16 different charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.

If you'd like to get in contact with a fishing charter, you can check with Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours. Winter Fresh Fishing offers you and your family and friends a chance to fish along the beautiful and plentiful coast of Negril, Jamaica. If you don't have your own, fishing equipment is readily available for your excursions. They are found in Negril, in western Jamaica.

Another good option is Marlin Madness. The crew at Marlin Madness take care of all the hard work so that you can focus on what is important; the fishing. They will provide the rods, licensing, bait, and tackle. They can be reached at (876) 565-5417.

A third good option is Sea Shell Charters. Sea Shell does not guarantee that you'll catch any fish, but they will try their hardest in guiding you to have a successful trip. They're located within Negril, in western Jamaica.

Check the table just below for information concerning the area's fishing charters.

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 Montego Bay
Falmouth Jamaica Fishing Charters (305) 985-0024 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Falmouth
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
Lucky Bastard Fishing Charters (876) 572-0010 Downtown Montego Bay
Mark's Fishing and Boat Tours (876) 873-9079 0.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Falmouth
Marlin Madness (876) 565-5417 2.0 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
No Problem Sportfishing (876) 381-3229 Montego Bay
Reel Magic Charters & Sports Fishing (876) 563-7699 1.8 mi. South West of Central downtown 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
Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours (876) 440-1119 0.3 mi. South 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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