Fishing Near Turks and Caicos

Fishing is excellent in the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands any time of year

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The possibilities for fishing in the Turks and Caicos Islands are almost endless. This group of small Caribbean islands boasts some of the best fishing spots in the region, and the waters here are world-renowned for their sport fishing and bonefishing. Avid anglers and freshmen fishers alike will be amazed at how plentiful the catches are around the Turks and Caicos Islands

Several kinds of fishing are popular among fishermen in Turks and Caicos: sport fishing, bonefishing, and reef and bottom fishing. The marine world off the shores of this Caribbean paradise have remained unspoiled because the tourism industry has not affected this region as much as it has at many other Caribbean islands. These untouched waters provide a sanctuary to a large number of game fish. In fact, Turks and Caicos is often referred to as the "Blue Marlin Capital of the Caribbean."

Sport Fishing

The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea are the perfect spawning grounds for large game fish. Anglers who want to hook some of the bigger fish that the Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer must head out to deeper areas of the ocean where species such as sailfish, marlin, whaoo, tuna, swordfish, shark, barracuda, and dolphin fish are abundant. Fishing in Turks and Caicos is usually good year-round, but there are certain times of year when particular kinds of fish are more plentiful.

The best time of year to fish blue marlin, which is one of the most popular game fish, is during the summer months when the marlin is caught in record numbers. From November through April, sailfish and white marlin can be caught around the edges of the coral reef. Wahoo, tuna, and dolphin fish are also spotted in abundance during this time of year. Grand Turk and Providenciales are the closest of the islands to the deep blue waters, and from these islands you can reach some of the best deep sea fishing spots within 15 minutes of shoving off from the docks.

Bonefishing

Turks and Caicos is known among fishermen as one of the best places for bonefishing in the Caribbean, and in recent years, they have become known as one of the top locations for bonefishing in the world. Bonefishing on the islands is a year-round sport, but the fall and winter are the best times for tailing these fish. Most large bonefish are caught during the cooler months. In the spring, bonefish school, teeming by the hundreds in warm waters. The heat of the summer sun drives the fish to cooler locations, and the best fishing is done in the early mornings and in the evenings when it is cool.

The calm backwaters of the flats of Middle Caicos are especially known for their bonefishing between the islands, and there are plenty of guides on the island to show you all the best spots to find bonefish. Bonefishing in the southern areas of Providenciales is also excellent, especially at Flamingo Lake. Game fishermen love getting their hands on the bonefish because this challenging creature is strong and incredibly fast, making this fish no easy catch. Many fishermen consider the bonefish to be the king of light-tackle gamesters.

Vacationers traveling with families who want to get in on some of the best fishing action in the Caribbean may enjoy bottom and reef fishing. Most of the time, reef and bottom fishing produces many bites and large catches, which is great for more impatient fishermen and children. The fish that are most caught when reef fishing and bottom fishing are the grey and mutton snapper, the strawberry and Nassau grouper, as well as yellowfin, parrot fish, box fish, and several other fish species that call the reef home.

Fishing Fees and Regulations

Before casting the first line, fishermen must take care of a few official matters, including purchasing a fishing license. Several kinds of fishing licenses are available, and their costs depend on what kind of fishing you plan to do. Also, if you're chartering a boat that you plan to captain yourself, you must obtain a license especially for this. Below are the costs and types of licenses necessary for fishing on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Type of Fishing LicenseCost
Commercial Fisherman's License (G-2)
Belonger
$80(USD)
Commercial Fisherman's License (G-2) 
Other
$750(USD)
Sport Fishing License (H-2) 
TCI Residents
$60(USD)
Sport Fishing License (H-2) 
Visitors for 30 Days
$30(USD)
Sport Fishing Charter Vessel License (J-2) 
Length not Exceeding 20 ft. Overall
$400(USD)
Sport Fishing Charter Vessel License (J-2) 
Length Between 20 and 30 ft. Overall
$600(USD)
Sport Fishing Charter Vessel License (J-2) 
Length Exceeding 30 ft. Overall
$1,000(USD)
Ordinary Fishing Vessel License (K-2) 
Length not Exceeding 20 ft. Overall Belonger Owned
$30(USD)
Ordinary Fishing Vessel License (K-2) 
Length not Exceeding 20 ft. Overall Non-Belonger Owned
$150(USD)

Fishing Charters

If you like the idea of going fishing during your vacation, there are 9 different charter fishing operators that can help you find the best fishing spots.

If you'd like to get in contact with a fishing charter, you might want to check with BITE ME Sport Fishing. Both half and fully day private charters are available as you head out on the hunt for tuna, mahi-mahi, dorado, and more. Their boat, Record Breaker, can accommodate up to ten guests, and the tower that is featured has room for three. They are located in western Turks and Caicos.

Another good option is Catch the Wave Charters Fishing. Catch the Wave offers guests an array of different fishing options that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. Specialties of the company include bone, bottom, deep and shark fishing. You can reach them at (649) 941-3047.

A third good option is Grand Slam Fishing Charters. The fleet at Grand Slam features "Gwendolyn" a 45' Hatteras; "Wahooooo!" a 42' performance boat; "Dos Dorados" s 28' world cat catamaran; and coming in October 2015 "Game Plan" a 38' offshore express. Glad Slam also offers a wide variety of fishing activities for all experience levels including deep sea big game fishing, shark fishing (both reef and oceanic sharks), inner and outer reef fishing and sportfishing. They're situated in western Turks and Caicos.

The following chart provides you with quick access more details on fishing charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters In Turks and Caicos
Name Phone Location Island
BITE ME Sport Fishing (649) 231-0366 Western part of Turks and Caicos Providenciales
Beyond The Blue (649) 231-1703 South Caicos South Caicos
Bonefish Unlimited (305) 897-0225 Providenciales Providenciales
Catch the Wave Charters Fishing (649) 941-3047 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Grand Slam Fishing Charters (649) 231-4420 Western part of Turks and Caicos Providenciales
Gwendolyn Fishing Charters (649) 231-4420 Western part of Turks and Caicos
Panoply Sport Fishing and Charters (649) 432-3566 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Screaming Reels (649) 231-2087 Grand Turk Grand Turk
Silver Deep Fishing (649) 946-5612 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
 

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