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You don’t need us to tell you that a tropical island that faces the Atlantic Ocean on its north shore and the Caribbean Sea to the south is an excellent place to fish.
What you might not know is that, whether you love fly fishing, sport fishing, deep sea or shallow flats, we’ve got a boat, a reel and a destination for you.
With full-service marinas all around the island, charters, nautical clubs and knowledgeable skippers who have plied our waters for decades, fishing enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities available to them in Puerto Rico. And for the sport’s pros, we host some of the biggest fishing tournaments in the Caribbean.
As for what to catch and where to go, take a closer look at what we offer and discover why so many people get hooked on fishing in Puerto Rico.
With its deep harbor, San Juan has been a sailor’s haven for more than four centuries. Naturally, fishing has long been much more than a pastime, and continues to be both a vocation and a vacation for many locals. San Juan is the place to experience the thrill of some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. Big game catches include marlin, sailfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. In addition, in nearby Carolina are the Torrecilla and San Jose lagoons, the largest estuaries on the island and prime fishing grounds for tarpon.
Blue Marlin Season
Blue Marlin is one reason anglers from around the world come to San Juan. Blue Marlin season runs from May to October, although these fish can be caught year-round in our waters.
A San Juan institution since its founding in 1930, the Club Náutico de San Juan has a large marina from where you can charter a fishing tour. The club also hosts the annual International Billfish Tournament, one of the region’s most prestigious fishing events.
Not Far Now
Those of you who want to hurry up and get your fishing on won’t be disappointed. The fish start biting just 15 to 20 minutes from the dock.
The marinas at Fajardo are your launching pad for fishing excursions that take you to the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Tarpon, snook, bonefish, kingfish, jacks, snappers, groupers, sharks, and other game fish can be found just a short run from the dock. Marlin, tuna and dolphin are also available in season.
Calling All Fishermen
No matter what your reel of choice, you’ll find a charter here for you. Light tackle, fly fishing, deep sea fishing and night fishing are available.
With its many marinas, Fajardo is the boating capital of Puerto Rico. Fishing and sailing is a way of life, and charters are easily found.
Puerto del Rey
Fajardo is home to the Puerto Del Rey Marina, the largest full-service marina in the Caribbean. It has 750 slips and serves as the base for many sailing, fishing and diving charters.
South of Fajardo, the east-coast town of Humacao has a laid back vibe, a state-of-the-art marina, and a fishing scene that’s as much about livelihood as it is recreation. Charters sail from here on the hunt for wahoo, tuna, dolphin, white and blue marlin, sailfish, barracuda, amberjacks, and sharks, among other game fish.
Palmas del Mar
The Palmas del Mar resort in Humacao boasts the only marina in the Caribbean linked to a resort community. In addition, the resort features tennis, golf, horseback riding, and a variety of water sports.
Humacao Natural Reserve
The lagoons of the Humacao Natural Reserve contain important fisheries that include tarpon, snook and tilapia.
While you’re in Humacao, don’t miss the chance to try granitos, an Humacao specialty. These canoe-shaped fried snacks are made with rice dough and topped with cheese.
Not to be outdone, the islands of Vieques and Culebra offer plenty of opportunities for fishing. Vieques boasts shallow flats and reefs where you can fish for bonefish, tarpon, snapper and more. One of Culebra’s hidden secrets is its excellent saltwater fishing. Look for bonefish and pompano, in particular. In addition to their healthy reefs, both islands are close to the Puerto Rico Trench, an outstanding fishing area where dolphin, black fin tuna, mackerel, sail fish, grouper and barracuda roam, among other species.
Fly Fishing in Culebra
Culebra is a great place to try your hand at fly fishing. The conditions, temperature and size (and fight!) of the bonefish make it a favored destination for this sport.
The Secret of Vieques Fishing
What makes fishing in Vieques such a rewarding experience? Part of the answer is the ledge that abruptly drops off from around 120 feet to over 1,500. And it begins just about a mile off the beach.
A Fine Fishing Tradition
Vieques has been a fishing community for hundreds of years. The locals know these waters, and know where the fish are.
Cabo Rojo and the Southwest Coast
Did you know that half of the fish consumed in mainland Puerto Rico is caught off the waters in Cabo Rojo? This sleepy town on the southwest coast of the island offers more than pristine beaches. Here you’ll find a variety of fishing spots, from rivers to reefs, mangroves to artificial lakes, and estuaries to the sea.
The waters off Cabo Rojo teem with tarpon. A good place to find them is Boquerón Bay, which is also a great destination for snapper, jacks and ladyfish, among other catches.
On those days when you don’t head out to sea, visit the Puerto Real fishing village in Cabo Rojo, where you’ll find local fishermen coming in at around noon each day with their catches.
From Fish to Seafood
With its abundance of fish, it’s not surprising that Cabo Rojo specializes in seafood. For a sample, head to Joyuda’s “Golden Mile of Good Eating,” a string of seafood eateries along Highway 102.