Virgin Islands Fishing: Blue Marlin Are Biting!

We are deep into the Blue Marlin season here in the Virgin Islands. Every year when the marlin show up, our captains and mates are constantly saying, “This is what we live for!”

The fish here range in size from 100-700 pounds and feed with vigor, making the bites and fights spectacular. Aerial acrobatics and unparalleled strength are the main characteristics that keep anglers coming back year after year to catch the big game fish.

The season is going well for the Ocean Surfari fleet. Ocean Surfari’s Indigo Team took first place in the 51st July Open Billfish Tournament, the first Virgin Islands Blue Marlin fishing tournament of the year, hosted by the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club. The Ocean Surfari team caught three Blue Marlin and one white, winning by 300 points.


Summertime Fishing Is Upon Us!

There has been an abundance of Sargassum moving through our area and with that comes mahimahi, the dolphinfish. Mahi follow the sargassum mats around, completing a cycle, because they eat the small fish that hang nearby as they in turn, feed on the tiny shrimp, crabs and creatures that live in the weeds. We have […]

Virgin Islands Fishing Report

October 2020 October has been a month of highs and lows in terms of the sea state and winds! For a few days, the hurricane a few hundred miles north pulled the wind out of the area and we enjoyed flat calm seas and a weird NW wind on the South Drop, but this last […]
Marc And Wendy Blackburn - cean surfari

Ocean Surfari expands to St. John

Marc Blackburn didn’t necessarily have ambitions of becoming a retail store owner. A boater at heart, Blackburn became friendly with Ocean Surfari owner Kurt Richardson while working for the business as a fishing charter captain beginning in 2014. By 2016, Richardson was ready to sell the business. “Kurt kept bugging me to buy the business […]