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Catch of the Day: Deep-Sea Fishing in the Caribbean

Catch of the Day: Deep-Sea Fishing in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a dream destination for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts. In places, the sea floor drops away to deep water just a short way off sugar-white beaches and vibrant coral reefs. A wild abundance of pelagic species populatesexotic fishing grounds, creating stimulating environments for seasoned fishermen.

The Fish

Pit your strength and will against some of the largest and most beautiful game fish in the world, in crystal clear waters that teem with billfish, marlin, wahoo, dorado kingfish, swordfish, tuna, and sailfish, to name but a few species.

After an adrenaline-pumping session spent fighting a giant yellowfin tuna, hand your catch over to the yacht’s private chef, who will prepare it and grill it while you unwind on the sun deck or ride the waves on a Jet-ski. No dish tastes as good as fresh, hand-caught fish, eaten under a setting sun on the deck of a superyacht.

The Caribbean

Caribbean yacht charters are the ideal solution for those with a penchant for luxuriousexploration and adventurous fishing: guests can follow the fish where they please and be out fishing as early or late as desired, unconstrained by the operating hours of commercial fishing charters.

The ideal destination for deep-sea fishing, the Caribbean region is wellestablished for luxury yachting charters, with excellent marinas, restaurants, spas, and high-end boutiques to enjoy.Endless tropical beaches are complemented by lush rainforests and charming cultures.

Where to Go?

Deep-sea fishing is of an excellent standard throughout much of the Caribbean, but there are certain locations where the fishing conditions are simply sublime. In theVirgin Islands, Tortola and St Thomas are considered to be among the top world-class destinations for deep-sea anglers, while the fishing grounds off Marigot in Saint Martin are the top pick for yacht charters in the Windward Islands. Puerto Rico enjoys a great competition scene, while Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and the Dominican Republic regularly feature on lists of the world’s best deep-sea fishing locations. Moving south in the Caribbean, the extremely deep waters just off St Lucia offer prime pickings for a huge range of fish, while in the north, the deep waters off the Bahamian Cays promise exciting action.

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When to Go?

While the fishing is superb year-round in the Caribbean, the peak fishing charter season is considered to be from January to June. Be aware that big fish migrate throughout the year, so do your research depending on which types of fish you’re keen on catching. Speak to a yacht charter broker in advance, make the most of local knowledge found on fishing forums, and plan your trip accordingly.

The Perfect Yacht for a Deep Sea Fishing Charter

M/Y FINISH LINE is an award-winning, fully customised 36.58m raised pilothouse superyacht, launched from the Trinity shipyard in 2013. With a top speed of 23 knots and a shallow draft, which was designed for cruising the Bahamas, M/Y FINISH LINE has been built to get off the dock fast when the fish are biting. Sleeping up to eight guests in four beautiful staterooms, the yacht has a stylish interior that is also family-friendly, with one of the staterooms converting to a children’s playroom.

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The sundeck evokes a feel of Miami, with lounges for entertaining guestsand air handlers blowing cold air to cool guests down on humid days. The superyacht also carries many great watertoys for a change of pace from fishing. M/Y FINISH LINE was a finalist in the Showboats Design Awards and a 2014 winner at the World Super Yacht Awards, meaning this custom yacht is truly one of the best 30m-40m charter yachts on the market. M/Y FINISH LINE is available for charter around Florida and the Bahamas in thesummer,from USD 75,000.

Contact a broker at Fraser, the world’s leading yacht brokerage, to discuss your Caribbean fishing charter.

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