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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you are considering going fishing during your vacation, you will find 18 different charter fishing operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.
If you're ready to organize a fishing trip, you might want to contact Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charter. Tournament grade tackle, bait, and drinks are all included as part of your charter with Marlin Prince. They are found within Red Hook, in northern the USVI.
Another option is Gone Ketchin'. Trolling is the type of fishing that Gone Ketchin' specializes in, with trips for ages eight and up available. They can be reached at (340) 713-1175.
Still another 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 you with quick access some key facts concerning fishing charters operating in this area.
|Abigail III||(340) 775-6147||0.5 mi. North of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|About Time Charters||(340) 779-9028||0.0 mi. South West of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Black Pearl Sportfishing Charters||(340) 775-9982||Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|(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||St. John||St. John|
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