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brianhfree
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Note How's the fishing been?

heading down next week and planning on fishing off the back of our 50ft sail cat. bringing trolling gear w/ hopes of getting out to the south drop one day, as well as some spin gear for while on anchor.

have a few skirted lures and some deep diving plugs i'm hoping to test out somewhere off the south drop. how's the bite been? will we have a shot at anything table worthy?
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sail2wind
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:28 pm    

it's called fishing, not catching, everyday is a new mystery. We have had luck off the south drop, remember to go east to west, otherwise you will have some very unhappy guests. Try taking off between Ginger and Round Rock, the drop is pretty close. Stay on the drop line and come back to the Drake around Norman.
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:41 pm    

Fishing is good all around the islands but first check with the charter co about a fishing license.
Trolling on a sailboat is a bit different then a sport fishing boat. The 500 Lb Marlin is not what you want to hook into, it's like going to the Kentucky Derby and throwing a meat hook into a speeding horse.
Feathers and medium lures will get you fish for the BarB-Q
A little tip while trolling if you see the water darkening a bit due to an underwater reef, sheet out the main and slow the boat down and the Yellow tail Snappers will come up and attack your lure.
At your mooring at night start chumming the water with pieces of bread and in within the hour you'll attract fish and with bread kneaded a bit with your hand and put on your hook you'll catch Snappers.
If you catch Barracuda or Jacks or large Red Snappers discard them because they might have Ciguatera poisoning.
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brianhfree
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:48 pm    

Thanks for the info!

All set w/ the licenses. made sure to get those taken care of ahead of time. If we hit the drop, hopefully targeting small yellowfin, dolphin, or maybe a wahoo. If we hook into a bill fish, i plan on cutting the line.

Inside trolling and on the anchor, sounds like the yellow tail snapper are safe to eat? Is this because they are too small for Cig, or they just don't feed on the reef enough?

In terms of other grillers, are there any bonita or king fish around the inside areas?

Can't wait to get down there, thanks again.
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sail2wind
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:48 pm    

what does your charter company have to do with fishing licenses? I've always thought it would be a great idea if the BVI gov't allowed the charter companies to sell licenses, but it is probably not going to happen. You can email for your license, painless process and it's $45 pp. Technically anyone who touches the fishing rod is suppose to have a license. Personally, one per boat will be fine. In 20 years I have never seen the BVI fishing police. Last Stop Sports and BVI Water toys have fishing equipment and will procure your license for $60 if you don't want the hassle
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brianhfree
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:54 pm    

re: licenses, figured one would be fine for the boat, but wanted to play it safe. got enough for anybody that wanted to fish.

yellowtail snappers safe to eat down there? sounds like Cig is a big concern down there.
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DawnB
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:19 am    

When are you headed down, and what boat are you on? Maybe we'll see you!

Wheels up in 4 hours for us!
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:43 am    

brianhfree wrote:
Thanks for the info!

All set w/ the licenses. made sure to get those taken care of ahead of time. If we hit the drop, hopefully targeting small yellowfin, dolphin, or maybe a wahoo. If we hook into a bill fish, i plan on cutting the line.

Inside trolling and on the anchor, sounds like the yellow tail snapper are safe to eat? Is this because they are too small for Cig, or they just don't feed on the reef enough?

In terms of other grillers, are there any bonita or king fish around the inside areas?

Can't wait to get down there, thanks again.


King fish are all around the reefs and treat them like Jacks and Cuda.
Sir Francis Drake channel you'll run into Bonitos.
I once caught a Dolphin right outside the mooring balls at the Baths.
Good luck
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:51 pm    

sail2wind wrote:
what does your charter company have to do with fishing licenses? I've always thought it would be a great idea if the BVI gov't allowed the charter companies to sell licenses, but it is probably not going to happen. You can email for your license, painless process and it's $45 pp. Technically anyone who touches the fishing rod is suppose to have a license. Personally, one per boat will be fine. In 20 years I have never seen the BVI fishing police. Last Stop Sports and BVI Water toys have fishing equipment and will procure your license for $60 if you don't want the hassle


In the last twenty years there have been numerous boats confiscated and fined in the tens of thousands and more and also included jail time for some for fishing without a license.
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sgmharvard1
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:18 pm    

Not had great luck with trolling. What do you do with the dink your towing? Can you recommend specific lures and baits. I want to be better organized for April.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:18 pm    

sail445 wrote:
sail2wind wrote:
what does your charter company have to do with fishing licenses? I've always thought it would be a great idea if the BVI gov't allowed the charter companies to sell licenses, but it is probably not going to happen. You can email for your license, painless process and it's $45 pp. Technically anyone who touches the fishing rod is suppose to have a license. Personally, one per boat will be fine. In 20 years I have never seen the BVI fishing police. Last Stop Sports and BVI Water toys have fishing equipment and will procure your license for $60 if you don't want the hassle

In the last twenty years there have been numerous boats confiscated and fined in the tens of thousands and more and also included jail time for some for fishing without a license.

All sportfishing boats, mostly out of St. Thomas.

Not a single BVI charter boat. Ever. Ain't gonna happen.
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:23 pm    

I haven't heard of any BVI charter boats either that would really be nuts fining the hand that feeds you.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:26 pm    

The incidents that did occur were in retaliation for some heavy-handed treatment of BVI commercial fishermen by the USCG. The BVI had a bone to pick with the St. Thommians.
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:37 pm    

sgmharvard1 wrote:
Not had great luck with trolling. What do you do with the dink your towing? Can you recommend specific lures and baits. I want to be better organized for April.


When trolling let the the lure out about a hundred feet behind your dinghy depending on the seas. Your dinghy motor should be tilted, reeling it in won't be a problem.
White feather lures or rubber squid lures in Chartreuse or Red work fine.
Expensive lures aren't necessarily better.
Keep a net with a medium handle or a small gaff handy.
And keep a positive attitude Mr. Green
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sail445
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:40 pm    

walker wrote:
The incidents that did occur were in retaliation for some heavy-handed treatment of BVI commercial fishermen by the USCG. The BVI had a bone to pick with the St. Thommians.


They also confiscated some Puerto Rican Sport fishing boats that were in a tournament.
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