Fishing Near Tobago

What lies beneath Tobago's waters might just be your next big catch

Photo credit: © Pops Tours
 

Sport fishing around Tobago is still in its infancy. Certainly, you can charter a boat and spend a few hours through a few days out exploring the local waters on the hunt or your next big catch, but where and when to fish is not as well known by local anglers as elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Fishing

As local anglers begin to make fishing a more well-known pastime to tourists, they are making a point to learn all they can about fishing sites and schedules. Current experts agree that currently the safest bet for fishing is to stick to rock clusters on the beaches because what they know about deep sea fishing is not yet extensive. This does not mean you can't charter a boat for some big game fishing, it just means that success is not always a given.

Most local species are nomadic and predatory. You'll find wrasse, snapper, and parrot fish to be easily caught because they prefer to haunt stable underwater structures. Trolling off-shore, you have the possibility of encountering king fish, marlin sailfish, tuna, wahoo, and mahi-mahi.

The best time for fishing in this area is before dawn and at dusk. These are the feeding times for local species, which means they are out and about, ready to bite.

If you do opt to charter a boat for some fishing during your time on the island you'll find that there are several knowledgeable guides to choose from. Most offer trip for between $400 and $1500(USD) and that includes tackle, bait, beverages, and snacks. Some operations even keep snorkeling equipment on board and serve lunch for longer trips.

Tournaments

Big game fishing is definitely considered a sport on Tobago, and there are numerous tournaments each year for those who enjoy the competitive side. They include the Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament and Wahoo Tournament in March, Kingfish Tournament in June, and Tarpoon Bash in August.

Fishing Charters

Pops Tours Tobago Fishing

If you are considering spending some time on the open water with a rod in your hand, there are several charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.

If you want to reserve a charter, you can check with Pops Tours Tobago Fishing. The fish that are often caught on these excursions include mahi-mahi, tuna, barracuda, kingfish, wahoo, and more. Along with fishing charters, Pops Tours Tobago also offers coastline tours and snorkeling trips. They are located within Buccoo, in western Tobago.

A second option is Hard Play Fishing Charters. Founded in 1989 by Captain Gerard "Frothy" de Silva, Hard Play Fishing Charters is well-known around Tobago for promoting the catch and release program, which helps to prevent over-fishing in the area. Hard Play cares about the environment just as much as they do fishing; a combination that many tourists appreciate. They can be reached at (868) 689-4006.

A third option is Grand Slam Charters Tobago. Having been featured in Sport-Fishing Magazine and Marlin Magazine, Grand Slam is one of the better known fishing charter establishments on Tobago. Offering premium sports fishing charters, this company is one that you can trust to show you a good time as well as take you to where the catch is plentiful. They're located within western Tobago.

Review the following table for more information about the area's fishing charters.

Fishing Charters On Tobago
Name Phone Location
Grand Slam Charters Tobago (868) 683-1958 2.8 mi. West of Central downtown Scarborough
Hard Play Fishing Charters (868) 689-4006 1.7 mi. South West of Central Buccoo
Pops Tours Tobago Fishing (868) 738-8226 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Buccoo
 

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