Fishing

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 Vigie Marina. A half day of fishing on a scheduled trip runs about $85 to $90 per person to join a scheduled party; a private charter will cost $500 to $1,200 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, Bruce and Andrew, this operation has a fleet of Bertram powerboats (31 to 46 feet) that accommodate up to eight passengers for half- or full-day sportfishing charters; tackle and cold drinks are supplied. Customized sightseeing or whale/dolphin-watching trips ($50 per person) can also be arranged for four to six people. Vigie Marina, Vigie, Castries Quarter. 758/452–7044; www.captmikes.com.

Hackshaw's Boat Charters. In business since 1953, this company runs charters on Blue Boy, a 31-foot Bertram; Limited Edition, a 47-foot custom-built Buddy Davis; and Party Hack, a 64-foot double-deck power catamaran also used for snorkeling, whale-watching, and party cruises. Vigie Marina, Seraphine Rd., Vigie, Castries Quarter. 758/453–0553; www.hackshaws.com.

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