It isn't just a rumor that the Caribbean is home to some of the best sport fishing in the world, and St. Kitts and Nevis are no exception to this rule. All though sport fishing is still in its infancy in the country, anglers will have a great time getting out on the water during their island vacation.
Sport fishing has not always been a successful endeavor on St. Kitts and Nevis, but years of conservation efforts has increased the fish stores off the coast of the islands. Man-made reefs, created by sinking old cars and boats, have worked over the years in attracting more fish to the area, particularly around Nevis. These reefs, coupled with modern technology (like FADS, or fish aggregating devices) have made fishing a more enjoyable, and profitable sport in recent years. Deep sea and reef fishers can expect to pull barracuda, billfish, blue marlin, bonito, dorado (dolphin fish), kingfish, mahi mahi, sailfish, shark, snapper, tuna, wahoo, and white marlin. Those who prefer to fish closer to shore will find grouper, grunt, snapper, and trigger fish in abundance.
With the fish supplies up, fishing tour charters have become more popular amongst St. Kitts and Nevis vacationers. If you'd like to try your hand at fishing during your trip to the island, chartering a boat with a team of knowledgeable anglers who are familiar with the area is your best bet. In general, fishing charters cost between $500 and $1,00(USD), and include bait, tackle, drinks, snacks, and sometimes a full meal. Contact your choice of charter for specific information about what is included in their package.
If you are considering going deep sea fishing during your vacation, there are a couple of charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.
If you want to get in contact with a fishing charter, you can check with VIP Charters. A charter company offering a variety of different services from sunset cruises to snorkeling, VIP Charters also specializes in deep sea fishing. They are located in downtown Basseterre.
A second option is Speedy 4 Charters. Specializing in scuba diving, Speedy 4 Charters also offers fishing excursions for tourists who have an interest. Glen Guishard had 25 years of experience around local waters, and charters can be created to accommodate families with children as young as age five. You can call them at (869) 466-1472.
The following chart provides quick access to a few details concerning charters operating in this area.
|Speedy 4 Charters||(869) 466-1472||2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Basseterre|
|VIP Charters||(869) 762-5410||Downtown Basseterre|
Even if you only have time for a half day of fishing during your St. Kitts and Nevis vacation, make plans to do so. The feeling you get out on the water as you reel in that big catch is indescribable, and will surely make you memories to last a lifetime.
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