Posted by: islandhideaway | January 14, 2009


north drop sportfishingHave some family fun in the Virgin Islands and try some sportfishing. There are several boat charters to choose from. Twenty-four sportfishing world records have been set from the Virgin Islands. There are plenty of boat captains who know where to go and how to show you a fun day.

The hot spot is the world famous North Drop, which is easily accessible from St. Thomas. Captains and mates armed with local knowledge can guide you to the hot spots aboard a sportfishing charter. Both half day and full day trips are available. Half-day trips can be of two types. On the first type you will troll out to the drop-off, then fish for marlin once there. For the second type your captain will head full speed for the drop with marlin as the hopeful catch.

Whether you book a full day or a half day trip you will probably get “hooked”.

There are several fishing tournaments throughout the year. These include a Couples Valentines Tournament in February, the Dolphin Derby in April (both on St. Thomas) and a Memorial Day Weekend Tournament (on St. Croix). Kids tournaments include the July 4th Tournament. Some small boat series tournaments, like the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament on St. Thomas, include adults and children.



  1. Make sure your captain has a BVI fishing license and a trade license to fish BVI waters if you intend to fish BVI waters. The best Marlin fishing is on the Saddle on the North Drop which is in BVI waters. If you are live-baiting for Tuna please do not exceed the sport-fishing limit which is 30lbs unless your boat has a commercial license. Be aware that you risk significant personal penalties for any breach of BVI fishing regulations.

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