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 thinking about spending some time with a rod in your hand, there are 7 different charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.
If you're ready to reserve a charter, you might want to check with Junior's Glass Bottom Boat. For one of the most unique sailing and fishing experiences around, sign up for a sea tour with Junior and his glass bottom boat. Junior has 20 years of experience and knows all of the best sites around the island. They are located within Shoal Bay East, in northern Anguilla.
Another good option is Nature Boy Charters. If you're intrigued by what lies beneath the surface of the sea that surrounds Anguilla, make sure to get in touch with Nature Boy Boat Charters during your stay. They offer numerous marine-inspired services, including sailing, fishing, and snorkeling. They can be reached at (264) 729-5587.
A third good option is Shoal Bay Scuba Fishing. For all of your fishing charters and sailing needs, Shoal Bay Suba Fishing, which operates out of Sandy Ground, is your top choice. They're situated in Sandy Ground Village, Anguilla.
Review the table just below for more information.
|Bevis Rogers||(264) 497-4487||1.7 mi. North of Central East End|
|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|
|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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