BVI FISHING

 

BONEFISHING. There is excellent bonefishing in the BVI particularly on Anegada and west of the Beef Island bridge.

FLY FISHING. Saltwater fly fishing is popular for permit and tarpon.

DEEP SEA FISHING – Blue Marlin - The North Drop area, just north of Anegada and Horseshoe Reef, goes from 30 fathoms to over 200 (1200 feet). Huge schools of squid and flying fish congregate into dense "clouds" in and above the numerous canyons in this area to feed on the upwelling currents and, in turn, become baitfish for the ocean roaming predators, such as yellowfin and blackfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin or dorado and the most popular gamefish in the world--the blue marlin.

FISHING WHILE SAILING Simply drag a line from the rear when sailing to catch surface feeding fish such as Spanish mackerel, kingfish (also called king mackerel) tuna or even dolphin (not a porpoise).

CIGUATERA. This is a serious disease which is carried by many reef fish in the BVI. It is found in predatory fish around reefs such as barracuda, grouper, snapper and jacks as well as puffer fish and parrot fish. “CATCH AND RELEASE” is encouraged unless fishing with a guide who is aware of which fish, caught in which areas are safe for human consumption. See www.cigua.com for more information on this disease.

 SPEAR FISHING Spear fishing is not permitted in the BVI.

SCUBA FISHING - The use of SCUBA equipment to capture or remove any marine animal or coral is against the law. Fishing within the boundaries of any marine park is strictly forbidden.

TEMPORARY FISHING PERMIT - A permit is available for charterers who intend to fish while in the BVI. The cost is $35 ($10 application fee; $25 for the permit). It can take a week to get your permit, so let us coordinate getting this ahead of time for you:

Department of Conservation and Fisheries,

The Quastisky Building

PO Box 3323

Road Town, Tortola.

Tel: (284) 494-5681/3429 or (284) 468-3701 ex. 5555/1

Fax: (284) 494-2670

E-Mail: cfd@bvigovernment.org

 

 

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