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post #1 of 10
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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 10
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 10
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 10
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 10
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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 10
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 10
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 10
I saw some big tarpon in cinnamon bay while snorkeling there
post #9 of 10
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 10
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.
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