Fishing from shore
Is there a place on STT to fish from shore? Also what is the situation with permits here?
Ok, that sounds like a "no". Well, then are there any "cheap" fishing charters out there, you know - a guy and a boat that can take me along?
I tried inquiring about Bone and snook fishing on STT a couple of months ago, and got little response. You can search the board for those posts and see.
Since I have read several articles on line about fishing in the USVI that suggested there were places to fish from shore I have to assume one of two things: there aren't a lot of fisherpeople that post on here, or they are closed lipped-not wanting to give away their spots. Either way, if you search the web you'll be able to find at least the articles I saw. Also, you may want to go out with a guide once or twice and get suggestions from him/her about where you can go.
In any event. I'm not there yet, but hope that when I get there you'll share some spots with me.
Thanks, I'll see what I can find - perhaps finding a guide is the way to go.
I am a casual fisherman, and back when I lived in Fl. Keys I enjoyed going out once a week just to drop a line off of a bridge and see what comes up - I catch & release (most of the time unless it looks particularly tasty 🙂 ). It'd be great to get something going here.
Try the jetty at Mandahl -- the pier at Crown Bay - the entrance channel at Sapphire - the tip at Picara Point if the N swell is down - Cabrita Point facing South - surf casting at any beach where there is safety room for it - also there are a lot of places on private property, like Water Point,Deck Point,etc.that you might try if you get permission.
The lagoon has some good fishing areas and some protected areas - at one time they were well marked and there is a permit needed for a few of them - go to Wildlife out there in Red Hook or stop by Neptune Fishing Supply and ask Stewart a few questions - contact the VI Game Fishing Club in Red Hook perhaps.
If you find a reasonable charter I'll go in on it with you.
I think I found a reasonable boat rental - will try it out tomorrow. If it works - that'd be my way of doing it, I'll just get my own pole, take a boat and go out for half a day. Of course I am glad to split the cost too - let me know 🙂
I think I also found one place, even saw someone fishing there (and there is so much fish there that it'd really be unfair to them, even saw a giant tarpon). However it is one of those places clearly used by locals and I am not sure how well I will be received (see my other topic on that).
I'm in except tomorrow would be too short notice for me. I would be available any day after Turkey Day.
oh, I didn't mean tomorrow yet - I am just familiarizing myself with the boat. But PM me and I will let you know how that went and whether that looks like a good way to go fishing.
STX fishing story:
I was with some friends in a large boat trolling for Mahi or Wahoo. We had 3 or 4 lines out with bait and lures and had been trolling for some time. Finally we hooked a nice mahi and while we were reeling it in a small skiff came out of no where. This boat had 4 guys on it and it couldn't have been more than 18 ft long. When I said it came out of nowhere, I mean nowhere. They evidently had been watching us with binoculars and then came racing in at high speed. One of them stayed at the helm while the other 3 threw out hand lines. Wham, wham, wham, all 3 hooked a nice Mahi instantly. Immediately unhooked and threw again for 3 more. Very impressive!
We hadn't seen them but they sure knew how to capitalize on us finding a school of Mahi. The swells were large that day and as they motored away they would disappear into the deep troughs. Gave me a new respect for these guys.
So here I'm reading your post expecting to read "they boarded our boat and held us all at gunpoint..."
I watch too many movies.
haha:) I expected that too.
Boat rental went ok, and they supply fishing poles too - hopefully they let me take it on my own next time. So, if interested - drop me an em.
LOL Pirates of the Caribbean..........Gotcha
The local fishermen are fearless. Last early summer we were trying to go from the East End past Boiler Bay and point Udall and the waes were big so I'm going slow trying to avoid the big ones, my son says let's turn around. Just then a small skiff went flying past us pounding on the waves full speed. They are quite the watermen.
jetty at Mandahl is the one I found myself yesterday too. Lots of fish there but I bet you can't eat any of it.
just rambling a bit here so bare with me....
there are quiet pools all over the place that are teeming with fish...you just have to explore.
have you ever gone whelk picking right at low tide? all you need is a bucket and a putty or hawkbill knife.
if you are lucky enough to find one of these hidden pools or tiny quiet lagoon type vibes....remember where it is.
find you a few pieces of sturdy bamboo about the length of a fishing pole and sharpen each one at the end.
go back to your hidden spot at sunset, sunrise, or when it is gently raining and have a ball learning how to spearfish.
or buy a net. net fishing is way cool.
or just find you a quiet spot and use some line, a hook and a pop can...best fishing.
you ever take a bucket and find a quiet beach and fill the bucket up with sea eggs?
makes a nice salad.
and another fun thing is diving for conch...make friends with some of the guys you see diving for them and maybe they will take you out with them.
when i lived there i found that my friends that were local loved showing and teaching me things. i learned enough while living there to give me a lifetime of survival skills.
i used to know damn near all the herbs and flowers on the island and what they were used for...i really miss the naturalness my life took on when i was there, and miss it to this day.
there is a bounty of things to do and learn and share in the VI if ones just stretch themselves out of the box and explore, and most of them are free of charge...have a good attitude, meet people of different cultures and i tell you that you will learn SO MANY different ways to cook a fish (among other things) cos st. croix, as well as the other islands have a cornucopia of ethnicities and cultures to learn from.
have a blessed holiday to all that celebrate.
and all who do not, have a great weekend.
i am glad to have four days off.