Fishing in St. Lucia
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Among the deep-sea creatures you can find in St. Lucia's waters are dolphin (the fish, also called dorado or mahimahi), barracuda, mackerel, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, and white and blue marlin. Sportfishing is generally done on a catch-and-release basis, but the captain may permit you to take a fish back to your hotel to be prepared for your dinner. Neither spearfishing nor collecting live fish in coastal waters is permitted. Half- and full-day deep-sea fishing excursions can be arranged at either Vigie Marina or Rodney Bay Marina. A half day of fishing on a scheduled trip runs about $85 per person to join a scheduled party for a half day or $500 to $1,000 for a private charter for up to six or eight people, depending on the size of the boat and the length of time. Beginners are welcome.
Captain Mike's. Named for Captain Mike Hackshaw and run by his family, this operation's fleet of Bertram powerboats (31 to 38 feet) accommodate as many as eight passengers for half-day or full-day sport-fishing charters; tackle and cold drinks are supplied. Customized sightseeing or whale-watching trips ($45 per person) can also be arranged for small groups (four to six people). Vigie Marina, Ganthers Bay, Castries. 758/452-7044. www.captmikes.com.
Hackshaw's Boat Charters. In business since 1953, Hackshaw's Boat Charters runs charters on boats that include the 31-foot Blue Boy, the 38-foot Sea Hunter, the 50-foot, custom-built Lady Hack (also used for whale watching) and Lady Anne. Vigie Marina, Ganthers Bay, Castries. 758/453-0553 or 758/452-3909. www.hackshaws.com.
Mako Watersports. Mako takes fishing enthusiasts out on the well-equipped, six-passenger Annie Baby. Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. 758/452-0412.
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