Imagine the thrill of going out on a fishing charter while vacationing on St. Croix. You see the captain sizing up a cluster of seabirds on the horizon. You see the birds too, and as you get closer you see splashing in the water. Are the birds circling bonitos and jacks that have been pushed to the surface by…Marlin, Sailfish or Tuna? These gamefish, along with Dolphin Fish (Mahi-Mahi) and Wahoo are what you might hope to catch while offshore fishing. And if it’s inshore fishing that interest you, then you can try your luck getting a bite and reeling in some Kingfish, Barracuda, Bonito, Jacks or Yellowtail Snapper.
You might be wondering when the best time of the year is to come to St. Croix to fish! Some species are around all year and others have peak seasons. Fishing charter operators and captains are knowledgeable about the islands’ waters and seasons. They can provide information on what you might find on the end of your line when you go out fishing with them during your St. Croix vacation.
Fishing charters in St. Croix include inshore, offshore and marlin trips. Most operators offer trips lasting: 4 hours, typically between 8am and noon, or 1pm and 5pm; 6 hours; 8 hours; and Marlin trips (10-12 hours. Shorter trips are generally inshore fishing only. Boat capacity of 3 to 6 passengers is common. Rates for fishing charters varies depending on length of trip, size of boat, inclusion of fuel in the rate versus fuel being a surcharge, and differences in services and equipment provided. Fishing charters generally have the details of their trips listed on their websites or can provide the information by email or telephone upon request. Explore your options; book a fishing trip and a have a great time!
Did you hope to bring home dinner from your fishing trip? Guests can generally request some of their catch, for example up to 20 lbs, the remainder stays with the boat. If you are interested in taking some of your catch back to your vacation rental to cook up for dinner be sure to ask about it. If you are staying in a hotel you can ask the captain for suggestions of restaurants close to the marina that will cook your catch for you!
If you are an avid fisher you might consider planning your vacation to St. Croix around a fishing tournament, to be a spectator or to participate! Some fishing charters are available for tournaments. A sample of tournaments include: Golden Hook Challenge (February), Dolphin Tournament (March), Guy/Gal Reel Challenge (September) and Wahoooo Tournament (November).
For more information on fishing tournaments, fishing regulations, fishing clubs, and fish species caught around the Virgin Islands including location, season and bait visit Virgin Islands Fishing Guide.
Going on a charter is often the highlight of a Caribbean vacation. Enjoy the wonderful weather, beautiful waters and the service of professional and knowledgeable captains and crew. Charters from St. Croix often go to Buck Island National Monument, an underwater natural monument that offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. Charters are either 6-packs holding a maximum of 6 passengers or larger vessels that can accommodate larger groups or that take several groups out together. Charters are available in ½ day, full day and sunset trips. Prices range from about $60-$95 a person for a full day and $40-$60 for a half day on a group charter. Private charters can be arranged just for your group; prices are around $450-$600. Sunset sails are around $30 per person on a group charter and private sunset sails around $300+, the amount varying by size of boat and number of passengers. Lunch is often included in full day charters. Amenities vary depending on boat.
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