Fishing in Tortola
Fishing in Tortola, of course, was, before the introduction
of wide scale tourism, the only means by which many of the impoverished locals
made their living.
The abundant seas around the island still make it a vital
part of the economy but now, as well as providing food for the locals and
visitors in the restaurants, fishing is one of the many activities you can
try on your Tortola vacation. For the fisherman, a Tortola fishing vacation will
conjure up the picture of varied fishing experiences in idyllic settings.
Whether it is fishing in the shallow waters of one of the beautiful bays,
chasing blue marlin on a half day charter or simply dragging a line behind your
sailing ship to catch some surface feeding fish. The choice is yours.
Fishing permits in Tortola
It is important to appreciate that anyone wishing to enjoy
some recreational fishing whilst on holiday in Tortola needs to obtain a one
month fishing permit from the BVI Department of Natural Resources and Labour, in
Road Town. This only costs $10 and is a straightforward process you can
contact them directly at 2844943701.
Part of the reason for this permit is to ensure that
Vacationers are fully aware that spear fishing is completely banned in the BVI;
that SCUBA divers cannot capture or remove any marine animal or coral; that
fishing inside any marine park is not allowed; and that the fisherman is aware
of the presence of the serious disease of ciguatera amongst many of the reef
fish and the catch and release policy that is encouraged because of it.
All that having been said and it is important that the
reasons behind these regulations are seen to be protective of the natural
environment of the island there is still a plethora of fishing activities
available here and many companies renting out equipment.
For example, the famous North Drop, above Tortola,
claims the highest number of Blue Marlin strikes per day anywhere in the world
and what an adventure that can be. Add to these the multitudes of wahoo,
dolphin fish, black and yellowfin tuna, sailfish, white marlin, kingfish and
many others that you can catch in the open waters around the island. You can
hire yourself a day charter, join a group of others on a boat or even get
yourself a Term Charter so that you can do as much fishing as you like, when you
Theres some first-class inshore and reef fishing in the
waters here. Saltwater fly-fishing can enable you to catch permit and tarpon
you can hire yourself a local guide, to help you learn the Tortola tricks of the
trade, if you wish. There is, in addition, excellent bone fishing around
Tortola. Bonefish can weigh up to 10 pounds, but this elusive, silver fish is an
incredible fighter and can really test your skill and perseverance. Fly
fishing from sea kayaks has become increasingly popular recently. Around the
reefs youll encounter barracuda, grouper, snapper, jacks, puffer fish and
If youre sailing around Tortola, you can drag a line
behind you to try to catch the surface feeders such as Spanish mackerel,
kingfish or many others. Then, when youre anchored, you can drop a line for
yellowtail snapper or triggerfish watch out here, though. There are three
types of triggerfish the black is poisonous, the yellow rare and has to be
released and then the dark one, which you can eat!
Fishing in Tortola, then can mean simply dropping a line
from your boat, sitting in a fighting chair struggling with a blue marlin or
attempting the aristocratic skill of fly fishing.
The one thing they all have in common, though, is the great
weather, the pristine waters and the relaxed atmosphere that Tortola excels in.
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