Fishing

Reef Fishingsturdy 26′ runabout with an outboard engine is Turtle Island’s reef fishing boat. Our reef fishing excursions launch early morning, and last 4-6 hours (depending on weather conditions).The runabout trolls the reefs located around Turtle Island and neighboring islands. Catches include yellow fin tuna, trevally, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, skipjack tuna, and rainbow runner.One of our guests recently caught a beautiful Spanish mackerel. When the boat arrived back at the island, our chefs quickly arranged for the fish to be served “sashimi” style for lunch, and then prepared an exquisite dinner for all the guests to enjoy.

Fishing Seasons

Most tropical gamefish are caught here year round however some have peak seasons when they are caught far more frequently.

Anglers wishing to target GT’s with popper & stickbaits or Dogtooth Tuna on jigs should visit during the calmer summer months (January to April) when the conditions are more likely to be suitable.

- The Black Marlin season runs from August to October and February to March. Adult Striped Marlin show in August/September when the water temperature is at its lowest but are also seen around March/April. Blue Marlin can be caught all year round with the largest fish usually found during the summer Yellowfin Tuna run (February to April). Sailfish are caught all year round however the best fishing is June to September.Wahoo are best from June to September when large packs gather along the barrier reef.

Barracuda and Spanish Mackerel (Walu) are present in large numbers from October through March but can be caught all year round.

Fishing outside the barrier reef is subject to reasonable weather conditions but fishing inside the reef is almost always available.