Welcome to St. Thomas Island
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Deep Sea Fishing

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Captains and mates armed with local knowledge can guide you to the hot spots aboard a sport fishing
charter. Both half day and full day trips are available.

Twenty-four sport fishing world records have been
set from the Virgin Islands, for fish ranging from
mega blue marlin to swift swimming wahoo. The hot
spot for billfish - blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish -
is the world-famous North Drop, which you can
easily access from St. Thomas or St. John.

Fish Hawk (Fish Hawk Marina) 775-9058

Prowler Sportfishing Charters (American
Yacht Harbor Marina) 779-2515, 775-7205

Marlin Prince (American Yacht Harbor Marina) 693-5929, 779-5939

Hook-E-Player(American Yacht Harbor Marina) 775-3281

Bluefin II (American Yacht Harbor Marina)
775-6691

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Conservation

Virgin Islands' sports fishermen have proudly
pioneered world billfish conservation for decades, promoting catch-and-release which helps ensure survival of this species for our future generations.

Also, specially made research `tags', which mates
place in billfish before the fish's release, have
helped scientists learn more about these elusive undersea creatures.

For example, blue marlin tagged in Virgin waters
have been recaptured again off the coasts of Africa
and North Carolina - giving clues as to their migration patterns. Thanks to catch-and-release and the
tagging program, billfish seem to be increasing in numbers.

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Hours and Pricing

Half day
Trips are usually scheduled from 8 AM to 12 Noon and 1 PM to 5 PM and focus on inshore fishing.

Full day trips can be of two types.

On the first type, usually 8 AM to 4 PM, you troll slowly out to the drop-off, then fish for marlin once there.

For the second type of full day trip, generally 8 AM to 5 PM, your captain will head full throttle for the drop with marlin as the single-minded pursuit.

A full day marlin trip is the most expensive, because of the extra time and fuel required. Daily fees range from $800 to $1,000 daily for the boat. This fee can be split among a maximum of six anglers. Captains, or charter offices, can assist anglers i n sharing a `split' boat. In most cases, a deposit of 50% is required to reserve the boat in advance of the trip. Bait and tackle are provided, but you need to bring your own lunch and drinks.