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 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.
|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||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|World Class Anglers||(340) 776-7153||St. John||St. John|
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