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Fishing in St.Thomas/St. John

post #1 of 17
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I believe I started a similar thread a few months ago, however it didnt get too many responses. Anyway, im going to St Thomas for a wedding the end of June. I plan on fishing there and heard theres many species im looking for ....bones, snook, tarpon etc...My question is does anyone know about fishing on these islands w/o renting a guide. Ive heard taking the ferry to St. Johns is the best bet, however what to do once I get there????? Any info is greatly appreciated and if you feel like gettin specific, please PM. I normally wouldnt say that, but these islands are far enough away I didnt think spot burning is an issue. Thanks...
post #2 of 17
I fished in St. Thomas about a year and half ago, didn't hire a guide or rent a boat.... to be honest I am not sure there is a guide there, in fact I didn't even find a bait store and had to go to the seafood section of the local supermarket to get bag of frozen shrimp & squid as bait.

Here is the rest of that thread:

http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...d.php?t=553023
post #3 of 17
Tiderunner - We have visited both islands many times, spent a week on St. John a couple years ago and will be going to St. Thomas for 5 days in July. Shore fishing on St. John is problematic because much of one side of the island is US National Park property and shore fishing is not allowed. However, there are some possibilities. Leinster Bay is one (hike down Leinster Bay Trail to reach the water) and supposedly the flats off the beach below Annaberg Plantation have some bonefish. Try hiking out to Ram's Head and fishing the shore along Salt Pond Bay; I have seen plenty of Spanish mackerel, barracuda, yellow tails and various kinds of jacks in that area while snorkeling. Most of the southern shore of the island is either inaccessable by foot or is US National Park property. I doubt you'll find much shore fishing on St. Thomas. After dark the lighted docks in Cruz Bay attract baitfish and tarpon. There are a couple guys who do small boat charters in both STJ and STT and specialize in close-in, light tackle but most of the fishing is offshore. Here is a decent map to St. John:
http://www.usvi.net/usvi/html/st__john_map.html

For most basic info on the islands I like www.vinow.com

Good luck!
post #4 of 17
Spent 9 days on St. John last year..I don't think there is one land based guide on the entire island. 90% of the island is jungle..it's amazing. We went just offshore with Mixed Bag with a charter for big stuff like Wahoo and jacks and did well...bottom fishing opportunites there are endless and not very utilized.

I didn't see another person fishing the surf zone the entire time there...only a couple of locals handlining from the rocky points..I would try the shallow bays and flats on the east/SE side of the island, there's mangroves over there too. The south side is rocky and drops off deep. With some knowledge there are probably big critters to catch over there like big dogtooth, grouper, etc...but you would have to hike in etc.

You will see bones, permit, cuda, snappers, etc diving so there are things to catch inshore. As the sun starts to go down every bay lights up with surface action...in the dark everything gets loaded with sharks and big rays.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by MartinD18 View Post
Tiderunner - We have visited both islands many times, spent a week on St. John a couple years ago and will be going to St. Thomas for 5 days in July. Shore fishing on St. John is problematic because much of one side of the island is US National Park property and shore fishing is not allowed. However, there are some possibilities. Leinster Bay is one (hike down Leinster Bay Trail to reach the water) and supposedly the flats off the beach below Annaberg Plantation have some bonefish. Try hiking out to Ram's Head and fishing the shore along Salt Pond Bay; I have seen plenty of Spanish mackerel, barracuda, yellow tails and various kinds of jacks in that area while snorkeling. Most of the southern shore of the island is either inaccessable by foot or is US National Park property. I doubt you'll find much shore fishing on St. Thomas. After dark the lighted docks in Cruz Bay attract baitfish and tarpon. There are a couple guys who do small boat charters in both STJ and STT and specialize in close-in, light tackle but most of the fishing is offshore. Here is a decent map to St. John:

http://www.usvi.net/usvi/html/st__john_map.html



For most basic info on the islands I like www.vinow.com



Good luck!



I will be there around the 8th of July, staying at the Ritz. where are you staying in st thomas, and are you planning any fishing trips? I'm bringing my rods and tackle.

Italian612
post #6 of 17
Be careful while at St Thomas it's a beautiful place i would not go off the beaten path day or night. there are alot of men there who pray on tourist. much more than other islands.
post #7 of 17
I was on St. Johns last year and had no problem with access, Stayed at Caneel bay and also fished off of Cinnamon bay. I brought along a MH Tidemaster and had fun with some small albie on 007s. I did get absolutely spanked one morning when a a couple of big jacks or Cuda blew up on my yozuri Bulls. Could not control any of them- Next time I'm back I'm packing a big 2 piece.....let em try again

NS1
post #8 of 17
I saw some big tarpon in cinnamon bay while snorkeling there
post #9 of 17
I fished St. John a few years back with a fly rod and did quite well on bones, jacks, cudas, cero macks, snook, various snappers. The flats by Annanberg have bones and other critter, plus all sorts of reef guys that you can wade to.
post #10 of 17
went so many years ago, but we rented a guide out of st thomas and fished over at st johns. was fun. bunch of ladyfish and a couple of tarpon.
post #11 of 17
Gonna bring this thread back up, I am going to St. John in like 3 weeks (last minute trip). Anyone been shore fishing down there in the last few years? I'm not sure how much "free" time i will have, but would like to get some casts in for a few hours here and there. Any thoughts on some good places to try? I've been reading online, but havent really found any reports from the last few years.

Morning or evening be better do you think?

I was planning on just bringing a 7'6 travel spinning rod with a 4000 reel and 30'lb braid with several options for leaders. Would love to catch a bonefish as I've caught one.

I will be staying in the great cruz bay area, a little to the east of there. We are staying up off the beach, so is there anywhere to park and fish those bays on the SW side of the island?

Was also going to bring some kastmasters, topwaters, and some jig/plastics.
post #12 of 17
Anyone fish down there recently?
post #13 of 17

I was there last July.  Beautiful place, great trip.  I caught some fish from shore but it was pretty tough, not gonna lie.  I can tell you where I foudn fish

post #14 of 17

Assuming you're staying at the westin.  You will see tarpon rolling on bait there early morning.  You'll also see em at night under the dock lights.  Catching them is a whole different story.  The boats catch them though.  There's a ton of bait around the Westin, it's where the boats go to get bait before going offshore.  Best fishing I found from shore was the morning I went wading at one of the bays on the north end of the island that I believe was Maho Bay.  Parking is a breeze everywhere.  Had some strikes but no hookups from good sized snook and tarpon.  Caught cuda, various snappers, small shark.  Like I said, fishing's tough.  Nowhere to buy bait so forget that.  You can get squid from supermarkets though.  Best lures were small white swimmer about 4.5-6", and small bucktails with gulp.  

 

Long story short, go on a charter whatever you do.  It's renowned for offshore fishing and also has good inshore action on tarpon which is very underrated.  Wish I did that instead of going offshore.  

post #15 of 17
Thanks for the info... i'm actually not staying at the westin, but rather in a rented house. But looking at the map, it doesnt look too far from the westin. A little further east and i'm guessing up hill from there. Not sure they would even let me on the property though... i'll have to do some investigations on that.

I think i have some lures that fit your description, I'll toss them in. I've heard about fishing in Maho bay, so maybe I will try there as well if I can find the time.

Any other thoughts or suggestions are always welcomed!
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