Anguilla is a fantastic destination for fishing, with many options for visitors who love the sport. Before you go for even the most casual of fishing excursions, you’re going to need a permit from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Services. Costing about $30 USD or $80 ECD, the permit enables you to fish—with the exception of spear fishing and lobster trapping, which are always illegal. Charters will often obtain a permit for you, but it’s also factored into their prices.
Use our guide below to help you plan the ultimate Anguilla fishing vacation on Anguilla!
Day 1: Inshore Anguilla Fishing
Once you have your permit, you can pick up supplies and go fishing for species such as snook and lady fish. You can fish from the beach or the rocks, so long as you’re not fishing in one of Anguilla’s seven designated marine parks. Be mindful of beachgoers and pick a secluded spot where you won’t be disturbed by anyone.
Day 2: Casual Charter Fishing
Junior’s Glass Bottom Boat is a local charter company that offers the fishing charter experience without the intensity or length of a deep sea fishing expedition. With this charter, you’ll also get the chance to see the fish beneath you through the boat’s transparent floor, making it a novel experience for visitors of all ages and interests. If you’re coming to Anguilla to fish, and you’re wondering what to do in Anguilla, then you should definitely give Junior’s Glass Bottom Boat a visit!
Day 3: Fly Fishing
While there aren’t generally charters for fly fishing, it’s not hard to pick up or bring your own fly-fishing supplies and obtain a fishing license (as detailed above). Many locals are willing to point you in the right direction for the best fly fishing, which is ideally far away from beachgoers. You may catch species such as tarpon, bone fish, lady fish, and snook.
Day 4: Bottom Fishing
Another great Anguilla fishing activity to do is bottom ideal for larger groups or groups with children under the age of 12 years, bottom fishing is a family friendly activity. Charters such as Scuba Shack take visitors into calmer waters and have them fish over the side of the boat for species such as parrot fish, snapper, butter fish, grouper, trigger fish, and hind.
Day 5: Deep Sea Fishing
Sandy Ground, Shoal Bay, and Blowing Point Harbour are popular places to embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion, home to many of the island’s deep-sea charters. Using a charter service like Gotcha Garfield’s, Nature Boy, and Shoal Bay Scuba & Fishing, you can catch species such as tarpon, king mackerel, great barracuda, doctor fish, wahoo, and mahi-mahi.
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