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.


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.


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

If you are thinking about deep sea fishing on your vacation, there are several charter operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you'd like to reserve a charter, you might want to contact Pops Tours Tobago Fishing. Along with fishing charters, Pops Tours Tobago also offers coastline tours and snorkeling trips. They are located in Buccoo, in western Tobago.

A second option is Grand Slam Charters Toabgo. The variety of fishing excursions offered by Grand Slam is astounding from off-shore big game fishing, to permit flats fishing, and even jig fishing. You can call them at (868) 683-1958.

A third good option is Hard Play Fishing Charters. Specializing in reef, inshore, and deep sea fishing, Hard Play cares for all of your fishing needs. They're found within Tobago.

Take a minute to read the following table if you want more information.

Fishing Charters On Tobago
Name Phone Location
Dillon's Fishing Tobago (868) 678-3195 Downtown Scarborough
Grand Slam Charters Toabgo (868) 683-1958 0.4 mi. North of Central Black Rock
Hard Play Fishing Charters (868) 639-7108 Tobago
Pops Tours Tobago Fishing (868) 738-8226 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Buccoo

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