Fishing Near the USVI

Do a little sailing and fishing during your Virgin Islands vacation

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When you're vacationing on an island surrounded by water, it is hard to resist the lure of the sea. Luckily, the Virgin Islands offers plenty of opportunities to explore off-shore. Fishing is one of the ways you can get on board in the Virgin Islands.

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Fishing

Numerous fishing records have been broken in the Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands holds 24 of those records. Whether you are a competitive angler or not, there are plenty of opportunities to go fishing in the Virgin Islands.

Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing is not always favorable in the Virgin Islands, due to the coral snags, deep drop offs, and often windy conditions. Even so it is a popular pastime, and there are plenty of places for you to drop a line without heading far from shore. Methods for inshore fishing include top water bait, trolling, and fly rod.

The type of fish you catch inshore depends on when you visit the islands. Kingfish, Pampano, and Bonito are abundant in the spring, Hardnose, and Rainbow Runner are commonly caught throughout the summer and into early fall, and Barracuda, Cero, Yellowtail Snapper, and Bar Jack can be found regardless of season.

Offshore Fishing

The big game fish in the waters surrounding the Virgin Islands are known to put up quite a fight, so be prepared to put some muscle into it when you're reeling in the day's catch. Head to the North and South Drops for optimal fishing, though you are sure to get a bite elsewhere.

Common catches include Atlantic Blue Marlin, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Skipjack Tuna, White Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Fishing Rules and Regulations

Visitors who are fishing recreationally, even if you intend to eat your catches, are not required to obtain a fishing permit unless they are planning to fish in Altona Lagoon and Great Pond on St. Croix, Great St. James Reserve in St. James, and Cas Cay Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve on St. Thomas. Recreational anglers may not sell their catch, or use set-nets, pots, traps, and haul seins to fish with.

Note that it is illegal to take or interfere with the lives of turtles and turtle eggs, and remove or destroy living coral. It is also illegal to possess or harvest Jewfish, Nassau Grouper in local waters, Butterflyfishes and seahorses in federal waters.

Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charter

If you are considering reeling in a big catch during your vacation, you may be pleased to learn there are 17 different charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.

If you'd like to reserve a charter, you might want to check with Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charter. Noted as Captain of the Year by the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament Board in 2010, Captain Eddie Morrison has been fishing the waters of St. Thomas for nearly 30 years. With Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charters he's had several record breaking seasons and it doesn't hurt that he operates the fastest 45 Viking in the Caribbean. They are located within Red Hook, in northern the USVI.

A second option is Gone Ketchin'. Consistently recognized by the "Best of VI," Gone Ketchin' is one of the top fishing charter services operating in the US Virgin Islands. Operating out of the Salt River Marina on St. Croix, you'll find them awaiting guests at 7:30 every morning of the week. You can call them at (340) 713-1175.

A third option is St. Croix Inshore. Specializing in inshore fishing St. Croix Inshore sets itself a part from most of the fishing charters in the US Virgin Islands because it does not also offer deep sea fishing. This allows Captain Mike Hushek to focus on the inshore waters, becoming experts in where to find the best catches around. They're located within southern the USVI.

The following table provides quick access to a few details concerning charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters In the USVI
Name Phone Location Island
Abigail III (340) 775-6147 0.5 mi. North of Central Red Hook St. Thomas
Black Pearl Sportfishing Charters (340) 775-9982 Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Bluefin II (340) 775-6691 Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Captain Alvin Fishing Charters (774) 955-4122 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Doubleheader Sportsfishing (340) 777-7317 Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Gone Ketchin' (340) 713-1175 3.2 mi. East of Central Cane Bay St. Croix
Irie Feelin Sportsfishing (340) 244-4232 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Jade Hook Charters (340) 244-9062 The US Virgin Islands
Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charter (340) 693-5929 Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Mixed Bag Sportfishing (340) 513-0389 St. Thomas St. Thomas
Nate's Custom Charters (340) 244-2497 Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Neptune Fishing Supplies (340) 775-0115 0.0 mi. South West of Central Red Hook St. Thomas
Ocean Sufari Charters (888) 465-4344 0.0 mi. South West of Central Red Hook St. Thomas
Peanut Gallery (340) 642-7423 Frenchtown, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
St. Croix Deep Blue Fishing Charters (340) 643-5514 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
St. Croix Inshore (340) 514-6078 Southern part of the USVI St. Croix
World Class Anglers (340) 776-7153 Northern part of the USVI St. John
 

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