Barbados Fishing Charters
Forget all you thought you knew about fishing. Step aboard a fishing boat and prepare for the Barbados fishing experience of a lifetime. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman, a complete novice, or a family with kids out for a fun trip, Barbados has a fishing charter to suit you.
Pelagic game fish, such as Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Dolphin Fish (sometimes called Dorado or Mahi Mahi) and Yellowfish Tuna, tend to prefer deep blue water, ranging from the surface to the very deep, and hence the term “Deep Sea Fishing.”
The rule of thumb is “the deeper the water, the bigger the fish.” Monster fish have been caught just outside the harbor, so it’s just a “rule of thumb,” you never know when or where a big fish will strike.
In Barbados, the charter boat captains tend to fish on the “drop off” of the undersea cliffs and on top of and around the various offshore shoals on either the west or south coast of the island.
The two coasts are different in that the west is the leeward side and is calmer than the south which is windward and therefore choppier. Remember another fishing rule of thumb, “the choppier the water, the better the bite” and the most important one of all “you need to fish where the fish are,” so your captain will decide where to fish on the given day.
Charter boats charge around USD 100 per hour for the fishing boat, and this usually allows you to bring up to 6 people. Most of them include hotel or apartment pickup, refreshments (traditionally bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and rum) and snacks on a regular length charter.
On longer trips, lunch is included. These tours operate either in the morning, the afternoon or “all day” and are of 4, 6, or 8-hour duration, depending on your requirements. Obviously, the boats are equipped with all the fishing gear and tackle required, and you should discuss any aspects of the charter with the operator when you call to make reservations.
Let’s hope that your fishing trip in Barbados happens like when sports fishermen mention the best of the best. They are talking about pole-busting, reel screaming, line-burning action; angler vs. fish; no-holds-barred, heart-pounding excitement.
Good luck and good fishing!
Barbados Game Fishing Association (BGFA)
Barbados Game Fishing Association Deep Sea Tournament is held at The Careenage in Bridgetown from 55 am until 4 pm. Barbados waters are ideal for catching Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo Dolphin and Marlin. Therefore the Barbados Game Fishing Association has an active calendar of events scheduled for 2007 along with an impressive track record of catches. Their most significant score from documented tournaments is a 505 lbs Blue Marlin.