Travel and Leisure, Under the Sea — July 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

Big Game Sport Fishing In The Caribbean

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©istockphoto/Jodi Jacobson

©istockphoto/Jodi Jacobson

The sparkling waters of the Caribbean offer an impressive array of outstanding options for anglers, from bone fishing inland freshwater lakes and rivers to dropping a line in some of the deepest and most challenging ocean waters of the world.

The highest concentration of marine life typically occurs just offshore as the sea floor plummets. Extraordinary fishing opportunities can abound as close as a quarter mile from the shore or via breathtaking journey miles from the beach. There are many varieties of these deep-water fish just off the shores where the sea floor drops down. Fishing can take place as close as a quarter of a mile from the islands.

The Caribbean is home to an abundance of game fish. The exclusive White and Blue Marlin, King and Spanish Mackerel, Horse Eye Jacks, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna are local favorites. Other challenging fishes include Dorado, Tarpon, Snook, Rainbow Runners, Barracuda, Sailfish, Yellow Tail Snapper, Swordfish, Mutton Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and more.

Saint Lucia
For big game anglers, the waters surrounding St. Lucia are a fisherman’s paradise. Saint Lucia is known for having some of the deepest ocean waters in the Caribbean. The Blue Marlin is frequently found in these waters, a thrilling experience that entices fishing enthusiast from around the world.

Some of the best fishing stories are about the “one that got away”. Even if you do not land a record-breaking, trophy-sized fish, booking a guided fishing expedition in St. Lucia provides an abundance of spectacular moments such as spotting a migrating Humpback whale or having an “up close and personal” encounter with a ray or a pod of dolphin.

Turks And Caicos
Anchored southeast of the Bahamas, between the Caribbean Sea and the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos offer a spectacular string of cays, islets, and islands. Protected by a magnificent barrier reef extending the length of the island chain, the islands of North, Middle and South Caicos, Providenciales, and the private island of Pine Cay are a favored destination of world-class sports fishermen who are never disappointed with their ocean experience. These illustrious anglers know that when using live bait such as squid or conch, they can feel assured of a challenging catch of an exotic fish worth bragging about back home.

Guided Deep Sea Fishing At Its Best
If you are an avid sport-fishing enthusiast planning a trip to the Caribbean, there is no need to pack your rod and gear. All you need is sturdy boat shoes, plenty of sunscreen and enthusiasm to embrace the day. Local guides, experienced captains, and outfitters will supply all the rest including boats, state-of-the-art fishing gear, refreshments, and safety rigging.

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