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.



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.

If you like the idea of spending some time on the open water with a rod in your hand, you may be pleased to learn there are 18 different charter fishing operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.

If you want to get in contact with a fishing charter, you might want to check with Marlin Prince Sports Fishing Charter. Tournament grade tackle, bait, and drinks are all included as part of your charter with Marlin Prince. They are located in Red Hook, in northern the USVI.

Another 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. They can be reached at (340) 713-1175.

A third good option is Irie Feelin Sportsfishing. Irie Feelin Charters includes all you need to hook your dream catch. You will be supplied with string rods and reels, tackle and bait. They're found within downtown Christiansted.

The chart right below provides quick access to more 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
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
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 St. Croix St. Croix
World Class Anglers (340) 776-7153 St. John St. John

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