Fishing has been a key part of the livelihood in the Virgin Islands for as long as there have been inhabitants. The warm Caribbean waters combined with the islands' strategic location benefitting from deep water atlantic currents means that there is a wide variety of fish to pursue, whether spearfishing in the reefs, or deepwater sportfishing.
The catch is pretty big in the Virgin Islands, as attested by the 21 world records set here in recent years. Because the islands are perched on the edge of the Puerto Rico Trench, a six-mile deep drop-off that's the deepest hole in the Atlantic Ocean, some of the hardest-fighting sport fish in the world are found here, including white marlin, wahoo, Allison tuna, dolphin and kingfish. In-shore fishing features snapper, bone fish, and tarpon, among others.
There are several operators at American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, St. Thomas who offer half-day or full day deep sea fishing expeditions. Most providers will provide bait, tackle, ice and beer for your fishing expedition.Our favorite if you can find her is the Black Pearl, whose crew have been fishing these waters for over 25 years. A 38' Bertram Sportfisher, she offers all the creature comforts you could want, including an air conditioned salon, full galley, and head with freshwater. Here are a few specific operators to check out:
For a unique inshore fishing experience on St. John, try Arawak Expeditions, where you'll join Captain Arthur Jones aboard his 18-foot Edgewater for a day of fly fishing or light tacke fishing. A great way to experience the natural beauty of St. John while enjoy some of the best fishing on offer!
Fishing Charter in St. John: