Virgin Islands End of Summer Fishing Report

The end of summer is here in the US Virgin Island has produced some exceptional fishing. Blackfin tuna bite has been strong in the evening on the North Drop 20 miles north of St. Thomas and St. John. The South Drop has been producing good numbers of mahi mahi and is only 8 miles south of the islands and can be fished on a 4 hour trip.  The wahoo bite has been slow on the South Drop but the North Drop is still producing some good sized wahoo.

Young girl with Yahoo Fishing Charters St. Thomas Cruiseship

The summer months will continue to produce more blue marlin on the North Drop.  A full 10 hour day is recommended to target the most sought after species in the world.  The Virgin Islands offers the best blue marlin fishing in the Atlantic during our summer months. The best bite is historically 7 days prior to three days after the full moon but many can be caught off the moon also.  We are strictly catch and release for billfish here in islands but Grey Taxidermy does an outstanding job of preserving your memory with a replica mount after measuring and photographing your trophy.

Inshore fishing has been very good for snapper, small grouper, jacks and sharks.  We are still catching king mackerel and cero mackerel although the bite has slowed some in the last month.  Our four hour inshore per person bottom fishing trip for $150 per person has been a huge success and we currently run this trip 2pm-6pm Wednesday & Saturday. This option gives individuals and small groups the opportunity to experience great action and table fare without the cost of a private charter.  Our new vessel, Hitman, can accommodate up to 8 passengers with a minimum of 4 guests to run the trip.  If you are interested in experiencing saltwater fishing here in St. Thomas or St. John without spending $650 this is your best option.


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

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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 […]