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Every few weeks an email question arrives about sports
fishing in Anguilla, but the sports fishing industry
here is just in its infancy.
You don't see a marina full of high-tech boats with flying
bridges, because Anguilla doesn't even have a marina!
So here is everything I know, but I am not a fishermen.
Can visitors fish in Anguilla? I checked with the Tourist Office
and they say, except for spear fishing, "No problem".
A license is not required. Only
belongers are allowed to spear fish in Anguilla.
What about fishing from the shore? Certainly, but
I couldn't find anywhere that rents poles or tackle. So bring
your own equipment.
Can I rent a bare boat? No, not without the captain. There are
dangerous reefs all around Anguilla and
local knowledge is essential.
What about deep-sea fishing?
Yes, although I have never talked to a visitor who has gone
deep-sea fishing. Hint, now I am "fishing" for
send me their experiences.
Here is a list that I have gathered of boats that
advertise fishing trips:
- "No Mercy" is a
1998 Rebel Marine 26' center console with twin 90 HP engines.
Designed for fishing. The captain goes after anything he can catch:
mackerel, what ever is biting that day.
Fishing trip is about 4 hours, out past Dog Island and is in the
price range of $350.00 US, up to 6 people. Includes refreshments.
Contact Captain Shaun in Sandy Ground (1-264-235-6283)
or the owner Bill Mold (email:
- Gecko is a 22' Glacier Bay Catamaran from which
Roddy and Susan Hays offer inshore and offshore fishing for
tarpon, bonefish, wahoo and tuna. They offer fishing by
the hour, half-day or full day, with Shimano/Calstar tackle,
GPS, VHF, fish-finder and safety equipment;
drinks and bait, all included. Telephone: 1-264-497-8868.
- Keg Rogers, Island Harbour. 264-497-4487.
- Lionel Richardson, on Arvencia (see comments below), 264-497-2936.
- Ed Carty, on his Hatteress 31 (see comments below), 264-497-2337.
- Gotcha, 264-497-2956.
- Shawn Webster's Hoohaw, 264-497-4040
- Anguillan Divers, 264-497-4750
- Juniors Glassbottom Boat, 264-497-4456.
A fishing Trip with Junior
- Mike's Glassbottom Boat will take you
fishing for $30. 264-497-5641/5058, after hours: 4360/4155.
- Sandy Island Enterprises, 264-497-5643. Web page.
They also offer Deep Sea Fishing for tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and shark on
a 31ft Trojan or 26ft Cruiser.
Telephone Neville Connor at 1-264-497-6395 or 1-264-497-5643 (booth). ???
same phne# ?
Jason Lloyd advertises trolling for king fish, barracuda,
albacore, line fishing for red hind and yellow tail snapper.
Experienced sports fishermen
I have gone out with Lionel Richardson, 497-2936, on Arvencia, a new 30'
center console boat out of Crocus Bay. He is set up for line fishing
(bottom fishing) and trolling with 2 rods. We have caught a lot of
bottom fish as well as tuna, barracuda and snappers while trolling,
called towing in Anguilla. The boat has dual 150 outboards and is a very
good sea boat.
I have also gone out with Ed Carty, 497-2337, on his Hatteress 31 from Sandy
Ground. He owns the Fish store in North Hill. He is set up very well
with outriggers and usually runs 5 rods. He doesn't always agree to take
people out, especially if you get seasick ! Very knowledgeable
Revised: April 15, 1999