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Posts: 16
Eminent Member
Topic starter

Coming back to St. John in March. Staying in Sapphire Breeze.

Guys want to fish and girls want to see Jiost Norman,etc....

I am fairly knowledgable on the water, but would you rent a 22-28ft boat and cruise not knowing your way around or would you just get a captain........?

Posted : January 13, 2009 12:33 pm
Posts: 564
Honorable Member

Make sure if you are fishing you get proper licenses. I'm not sure how it all turned out, but I recall that someone was jailed last year for fishing in the British waters without a proper license and that his bail was some unheardly amount. Does anyone know what actually happened?

Ocean Runner in Cruz Bay rents out boats with or without a captian.


Posted : January 13, 2009 12:45 pm
Posts: 88
Estimable Member

The BVI is pretty easy to is all line of sight....IF you are comfortable driving the boat...The waves crossing the channel can get really rough at times...We did it a couple of years ago..Have fun!! 🙂

Posted : January 13, 2009 12:49 pm
Posts: 35
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Navigational-wise, it shouldn't be that difficult to handle if you are competent and comfortable on the water. But, I highly doubt you'll catch any fish if you are a first timer.

If I were you, and you don't have any strong compulsion to drive a boat, I would get the Capt (perhaps ask if there is anyone with fishing experience) as it may be the difference between catching fish and catching a cold. It would also be a lot more relaxing as navigating waters for the first time can be stressful.

Posted : January 13, 2009 1:16 pm
Posts: 1036
Noble Member

I just responded on another forum to a poster that wants to fish and here is my response to him - I only bring this up because you said the "girls want to see Jost and Norman and the guy's want to fish" so just making you away of the rules (and fines etc) of fishing in the BVI's should you find yourself fishing there (with or without knowledge) and also in the USVI's...................

Here is a small section of an article on a couple found guilty fishing without a license in the BVI's in (2007) along with a link to the whole article.....

"Debbie was found guilty of illegal entry and fined $1,000. Richard was found guilty of illegal entry and fishing without a license. The combined fine for Richard was $46,000. In lieu of the $46,000, Richard was sentenced to 12 months in prison in Tortola. Richard is now in a high security cell in Her Majesty’s Prison in Tortola."…

To help you, here is a link to fishing in the BVI's....…fishing.html

And info on the USVI....…

And you should probably know info on the National Park waters......

My recommendation is if you want to fish hire a captain 🙂

Good luck and happy reading


Posted : January 13, 2009 3:59 pm
Posts: 35
Trusted Member

Damn...if fishing without a license warrants a high security cell, I wonder what crime mandates a minimum security one?

One the bright side, if my wife had to be imprisoned in a foreign country, I'd probably chose the BVIs as the place. As a demonstration of my dedication to her, I would spend the entire time of her incarceration "in country" so she would know that I am there for her. Of course, I suspect visiting hours are fairly minimal so I'd have to find something to do in the interim.....and I've always wanted to learn how to SCUBA dive.....

Posted : January 13, 2009 4:22 pm
Posts: 16
Eminent Member
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Yikes......46k and a yr in jail for a grouper....think I'll go the capt route.

Posted : January 13, 2009 5:40 pm
Posts: 3316
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crasherino: trust me that being in the hole in the BVI pen is apparently much worse than any term served in a USVI or stateside facility. When someone from the USVI has been caught in the BVI and sentenced to a jail term there it's not unusual for them to PLEAD to be deported to the USVi to serve their term. Not granted!

jwterry3: For fishing, check out Double Header who run out of Sapphire on St Thomas but pick up on St John:


Posted : January 13, 2009 8:36 pm
Posts: 763
Prominent Member

Take the girls partying in JVD - and have a great time!

And if you party hard enough they will not mind the guys doing a half day fishing trip the next morning on a charter

Now the question becomes will the guys get up?


Posted : January 13, 2009 8:53 pm

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