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It’s hard not to crave some time on the open waters when you end up staring at them from the beautiful beaches of Antigua for most of every day, and thankfully, there is no shortage of opportunity to do just that. We are almost convinced that there are more companies offering charters on this island than coconuts!
Antigua is known for having some of the best fishing in the Caribbean, and its temperate waters are perfect for the “deep-sea” kind especially. Home to Marlin, Tuna, King Fish, Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi), Barracudas and many more – it’s no wonder people flock here for Antigua’s various fishing tournaments. One of the most popular, the annual Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing tournament, is a highlight for both local and visiting fisherman, with prizes given for the biggest catches of the day. Last year, a 4 year old caught the biggest fish by a youth – a 16¼ lb dolphin, and the biggest fish caught by a male was a 55lb wahoo – known as a great fighter and therefore a very enviable catch.
Baited lines are cast out and held securely whilst you wait for a “strike” – when that happens, it’s time to take the “fighting chair” and reel it in. Don’t expect them to come quietly, the rods will be bending to the point of breaking – but that’s all part of the fun, and the challenge. Deep sea fishing takes a lot of strength and, of course, patience, but there’s no more thrilling experience than feeling the weight of the line and wondering what will surface. Obligatory “look what I caught” photos are definitely encouraged!
A day on the open waters will set you back anything from £200 - £2,000, depending on the number of people, your captain and the size of your boat. We recommend making arrangements while on the island, and if you’re unsure or confused about which charter to trust, ask your hotel – they are more than likely to know of the best (and the worst) around the island.
If you fancy keeping your feet on dry land, but don’t want to miss out – we suggest wandering around the docks and waiting for the fisherman to bring in their prize catches of the day.
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About the author: KatieKatie Manning
Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning