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Experience fishing in one of the top fishing spots in the entire world. The waters surrounding the US Virgin Islands is home to world-class sport fishing (both Deep Sea & Near Shore). Let Offshore Adventures show you how to fish like a pro!

  • Offshore Trips: Catch Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, and More (Big Game, Deep Sea Fishing).
  • Inshore Trips: Catch Snapper, King Fish, Skip Jacks, and more (Closer to Shore, Less Travel, Calmer Waters).
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Fishing Grounds

The Virgin Islands are perched at the edge of the six mile deep Puerto Rico Trench, an area known for having some of the hardiest game fish in the world. Two well known fishing areas off of St. Thomas are the North Drop, about 20 miles north of St. Thomas; and the South Drop, 8 miles south of St. Thomas. St. Croix is surrounded by a drop which is .5 to 4 miles north or south. Migrating schools of small fish gather in these areas, and this attracts larger pelagics such as billfish, Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin fish (Mahi-Mahi). “Working the drop” consists of trolling back and forth across the 50-100 fathom depth contour.

Classic flats fishing are a rarity in the Virgin Islands; though exceptions such as the Leinster Bay area on St. John do exist. On St. Croix, which has a narrow under-water shelf off its shores; fishing from small boats very close to the shoreline can be very rewarding. Some recreational fishers have success fishing from shore despite difficulties due to windy conditions, deep drop offs and coral snags.

Offshore Game Fishing

Offshore game fish include Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo among others. Most of these game fish strike with little warning and they are all known to give quite a fight. Marlin will fight for hours and are said to become more aggressive the week before and after the full moon. Tuna are also strong fish. Wahoo are known to attack bait ferociously and then swim away from the boat; they can race up to 50 miles an hour!

GAMEFISHLOCATIONSEASONBAIT/LURES
Atlantic Blue MarlinSTT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom drop off, FADsAll year, best May-OctoberLures, Ballyhoo, Belly strips, Mackerel
White MarlinSTT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom drop off, FADsAll year, best April-MayLures, Ballyhoo, Bellystrips
SailfishSTT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom drop offOctober-MarchLures, Ballyhoo, Bellystrips
Yellowfin TunaSTT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom drop off and all shelf areas, FADsAugust – FebruaryLures, Ballyhoo Feathers
Blackfin Tunashelf areas on all islands, FADsAll YearLures, Feathers
Skipjack Tunashelf areas on all islands, FADsAll YearLures, Ballyhoo
Dolphin Fish (mahi-mahi)STT North & South Drop, shelf areas on all islands, FADsOctober-January (peak season) May, JulyLures, Ballyhoo, Flying Fish
Wahooshelf areas on all islands, FADsAll year, best September-MayLures, Ballyhoo

Inshore Game Fishing

Inshore game fishing is the mainstay of recreational fishing for visitors and residents alike and is a tradition in the Virgin Islands. Inshore game fish include Barracuda, Bonefish, Kingfish, Mackerel, Snook and Tarpon. Methods for inshore fishing include fly rod, top water bait and trolling. Bonefish are a bit trickier to catch as they hide around corals making for an easy snag of your hook/line.

GAMEFISHLOCATIONSEASONBAIT/LURES
Bonito (Little Tunny)most inshore areas, drop-offs and around schools of bait fishAll year, best January-MayFry, feathers
Barracudareef & bank areasAll YearLures, spoons, ballyhoo
Hardnosemost inshore areas and around schools of bait fish and FADsApril-SeptemberFry, small feathers
Bar Jackmost inshore areas and around schools of bait fishAll YearFry, squid, ballyhoo, feathers
Crevalle JackSTX 100 Fathom drop off, most inshore areas and around schools of bait fishAll YearFry, squid
Rainbow RunnerSTT North and South Drops, reefs & banks, FADsApril – SeptemberFry, squid, ballyhoo, feathers
Yellowtail Snappernear reefs & bank areasAll YearFry, cut bait
Kingfishreefs, most mid-shelf areas and drop-offsAll year, best February-MayBallyhoo, fry, skirts
CeroNear shore, reefsAll YearLures, feathers, fry, ballyhoo

The primary target of shallow water fishing and flat fishing in the Virgin Islands include Barracuda, Jacks and Permit. Bonefish and Tarpon are also popular catches in shallow waters, but they are catch and release only. Snook are caught occasionally.

GAMEFISHLOCATIONSEASONBAIT/LURESFLY FISHING
Bonefishnear shore, shallow areas, sea grass & sand flats, bays, mangrove lagoonsAll year, best late March- SeptemberLive shrimp, small jigs often baited with shrimp or crabSmall flies tied to imitate shrimp, crabs
Permitshallow sea grass & sand flats, bays, lagoons, back reefsAll year, best April-OctoberSmall live crabs, pieces of crab, small sea urchinsCrab patterns
Tarponmangrove lagoons, bays, harbors, deeper water adjacent to shallow flats, around offshore caysAll year, best March-OctoberSilver spoons, white jigs, live bait fishLarge streamers, various ‘tarpon’ flies
Barracudaaround reefs, channels adjacent to shallow water, mangrove lagoons and baysAll YearLive fish, bait fish imitations, silver spoons, feathersBait fish imitations, needlefish imitations
Jacksaround reefs, channels adjacent to shallow water, mangrove lagoons and bays, back reef flatsAll YearSquid, shrimp, cut bait, small spoons, spinners, jigsSmall streamers, shrimp imitations
Snookmangrove lagoons, bays, harbors, along beaches with sharp drop-offs and submerged structuresAll YearLive shrimp, small fish, bait fish imitation lures, jigsBait fish imitations
Mahogany Snapperaround reefs, channels, adjacent to shallow waterAll YearBatifish, squid, fry
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