Marlin Fishing on the North Drop

The Blue Marlin is a species of fish that can be caught around the world. There are a few places in world that the fish congregate for various reasons. Atlantic Blue Marlin spawn during the summer months in an area known as the North Drop about 20 miles from St. Thomas. The Puerto Rico trench (second deepest trench on earth) runs east to west for over 250 miles. On the Southeastern side of the trench is a 10-mile stretch that turns 90 degrees and runs North/South called the North Drop. There are several places along the drop that are better than others for harboring bait, and in turn, large pelagic fish such as Blue Marlin. Spawning takes place during the full moon cycles. The fish spawn at night and actively feed during the day. Males vie for the opportunity to spawn with the larger females. When one big female is seen, it is not uncommon to see another or even two other fish together. Double and even triple-headers happen every year. For these reasons, the Blue Marlin fishing on the North Drop can be some of the best marlin fishing in the world.


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 […]