Caribbean Fishing – Game Fishing – Sport Fishing
The Caribbean fishing region is one of the world’s most popular
Whether you are a sport fishing enthusiast or haven’t a clue, there are plenty of Caribbean fishing trips to suit you – the Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular fishing locations and promises some of the best deep sea fishing you’ll find anywhere. You are also very likely to see whales and pods of dolphins during your Caribbean fishing trip – an added bonus. Bear in mind that, for preservation reasons, it is recommended that big game fish be released.
Caribbean fishing adventures and Central America fishing trips are popular because of the variety of the waters – shallow shores, deep water, reefs, lagoons and rivers. In the shallows, bonefish can be caught from the shore or from a small boat.
Join a group on a deep sea fishing charter or opt for a full day custom-made private charter for you and your family or friends. Or you can really push the boat out and charter a luxury yacht for your sport fishing for your Caribbean fishing adventure – be it deep sea or bottom fishing.
Don’t forget plenty of sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and, most importantly, your camera.
Some of the best Caribbean fishing spots
The best Caribbean fishing locations to catch bonefish are in the Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros) – which ranks as the top destination – and the Cayman Islands (Little Cayman), Puerto Rico (Vieques), the US Virgin Islands (St Croix), the British Virgin Islands (Anegada) and the Turks and Caicos Islands (Providenciales).
As for sport fishing, you’ll find the best in Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Fajardo), St Lucia (Soufriere), the Virgin Islands (St Thomas, Tortola).
What to expect from Caribbean fishing destinations
Off the coasts of Aruba you can charter a fishing yacht to enjoy deep sea and bottom fishing. Go to northern and eastern sides of Aruba (January-April) for blue marlin and white marlin. Go to the southern side of Aruba for sailfish (September-November is best).
You will find that fishing tournaments are sponsored, year-round, in the Cayman Islands by the Cayman Islands Angling Club and Rotary Club.
Costa Rica is great for light-tackle fishing – sailfish, marlin (small blue and striped). Head for the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica for one of the best tarpon fishing spots – you might encounter a monster. Snook fishing is excellent here too.
The Dominican Republic offers plenty of blue and white marlin in the Punta Cana area, and also sailfish and wahoo. For conservation reasons, choose a Caribbean fishing charter outfit that has a ‘catch and release’ policy.
For an abundance of swordfish try night fishing around the French Island of Guadeloupe. Deep sea fishing is the most popular option but fly fishing is also good in the salt water flats that surround the coast.
Panama offers rich pickings and a variety of options and the chance of catching black marlin. Best time to visit is from January to April, during the dry season.
In Puerto Rico you’ll find many fishing options and lagoons. Caribbean fishing options include deep sea fishing, kayak fishing, night fishing and fly fishing, as well as fishing camps for kids. The Puerto Rico – San Juan International Billfish Tournament (August) held annually in August. Individuals or teams can compete in this four-day tournament.
Rock fishing is popular with children in the coves and on the beaches of Tobago – they’ll find small fish and crabs at low tide. Try bottom line fishing, or how about spear fishing? Go snorkelling or Scuba diving above the seabed to test your spear fishing skills in the shallows at Crown Point – you’ll find jackfish, barracuda and cavalla.
Head for the North Drop and South Drop in the Virgin Islands for the best deep sea fishing – the North Drop (east end) is renowned for blue marlin. The best months are from May to October but marlin fishing opportunities in the area is year-round.
Yucatan Peninsula – Isla Mujeres, Mexico, is where you’ll find sailfish in abundance and in the shallow waters around Isla Blanca (30mts north of Cancun) you’ll be chasing bonefish (tricky to catch), permit and tarpon on your flats fly fishing adventure. Cancun, in the Mexican Caribbean, offers deep sea fishing adventures as well as four and six hour fishing trips, and fly-fishing charters in a lagoon. With flats and rivers not far from Cancun hotels you don’t need to leave your family alone all day – opt for an early morning lagoon fly-fishing tour starting at 6am/7am and you’ll be back before midday.
Fish to be caught on Caribbean fishing trips
Caribbean fishing – offshore – big game fishing – deep sea fishing – sport fishing
When you go Caribbean fishing offshore, these are the fish you can expect to find: Tuna (Blackfin, Yellowfin, Skipjack, Big Eye), Dorado (aka Mahi Mahi, Dolfin), Wahoo, Marlin (Blue, White), Sailfish, Grouper, Trigger fish, Sharks.
Caribbean fishing – inshore
When you go Caribbean fishing inshore, the fish you can expect to find are: King Fish, Snapper, Skipjacks, Mackerel, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish.