As you sit on one of Anguilla's beaches, staring out at the sea with it's waters bluer than any you've ever seen before, you may find yourself yearning to get a closer look. A day spent fishing is a great way to give into this urge.
Fishing in Anguilla tends to be a commercial affair, and sport fishing in Anguilla is still in its infancy. Still, if you'd like nothing more than to drop a line in Anguilla, it is a possibility. While some fishing charter services provide their guests with equipment, this is not true of all of them. If you are an avid angler with an agenda, you may want to consider bringing your own supplies. You can drop a line in shallow waters off of one of the island's beaches or head out to deeper waters so long as you first purchase a permit from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Services. The cost is $30(USD) or $80(ECD). Note that even with a permit, spearfishing is always illegal, and lobster trapping is illegal as well. There are several fishing charters willing to take visitors out a little deeper, and commercial fishermen will sometimes take you out with them for a fee. Both options can be more expensive than elsewhere in the Caribbean, but this is in part due to that fact that they will typically handle obtaining all of your permits for you.
Fly-fisherman can expect to reel in lady fish and snook, while deep sea anglers have been known to catch barracuda, dorado, grouper, kingfish, marlin, sailfish, and wahoo.
If you are intrigued by the idea of spending some time with a rod in your hand, you may be pleased to learn there are 12 different charter operators that can help make it happen.
If you're ready to reserve a charter, you might want to contact Junior's Glass Bottom Boat. Fishing and sailing trips are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are located in Shoal Bay East, in northern Anguilla.
Another option is Nature Boy Charters. FISHING CHARTERS: Sign up for full and half day fishing charters that take guests on the hunt for mahi mahi, marlin, tuna, and wahoo. Captain Nature Boy drops five fishing lines at once to ensure the most fish; three are set deep and the others are positioned on the boat. They can be reached at (264) 729-5587.
A third good option is Gotcha Garfield's Sea Tours. Charters are available by the hour, for half a day, or for a full day. They're found in North Hill Village, in central Anguilla.
The following chart provides quick access to some details concerning charters operating in this area.
|Bevis Rogers||(264) 497-4487||1.7 mi. North of Central East End|
|(264) 584-8504||Southwestern part of Anguilla|
|Ed Carty||(264) 497-2337||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla|
|Gotcha Garfield's Sea Tours||(264) 235-7902||North Hill Village, Central Anguilla|
|Junior's Glass Bottom Boat||(264) 497-4456||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley|
|Nature Boy Charters||(264) 729-5587||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley|
|No Mercy||(264) 235-6283||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla|
|(264) 729-9311||Blowing Point|
|Shoal Bay Scuba Fishing||(264) 235-1482||1.4 mi. North of Central Blowing Point|
Fishing and chartering in Anguilla are not the easiest pastimes to pursue, but if you are passionate about fishing, it can be done, and is worth the work. Once you get out on the water, you'll be happy you did.
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