Prepare your bait, anglers—we’ve been working on your next fishing trip. From America’s southern states to Australia’s islands and Russia’s rivers, there’s fishing fun to be had all over the world. If you want to combine a relaxing island excursion with some quality offshore time, look no further than St Lucia. With almost 100 miles of coastline and a huge array of fish species, it’s a must-visit for any keen angler.
An Introduction to St Lucia
The British and the French fought over this island paradise and exchanged ownership many times over the years. The official language is English, but French and African roots are also evident in its culture. Creole, a French-derived language, is also often spoken here, so you’ll likely catch some French words here and there. When you head to la plage (the beach), you may be surprised to find they don’t feature the typical Caribbean white sand you might have expected. St Lucia’s beaches are beautiful and clean, but many of them have sand that is colored a mix of orange and black due to volcanic action.
One tradition that St Lucia has in common with many Caribbean neighbors is its Friday night street parties (known to the locals as street limes) held around the island. Locals and travelers come together to enjoy a cold beer or rum punch, fried seafood, and Caribbean beats. The liveliest of the limes is the Gros Islet Jump Up, held in the small fishing community just north of Rodney Bay Marina. Make sure to sample some homemade rum from the various vendors.
When to Go Fishing
Any time! Tropical St Lucia’s high season runs December through March, when average temperatures hang in the mid-80s, rain and wind are rare, and there’s lots of sunshine. That said, any month of the year offers extremely pleasant highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s.
For fishing enthusiasts that know what they want to catch, a little research could help determine when to take that trip. Each species has its own peak season: October to December is prime for wahoo; November to April is best for tuna (and the occasional whale sighting); June through August is when to snag a billfish; and blue and white marlin are seen from October until June. There are year-round catches too, including: sailfish, dorados, barracudas, swordfish, red snappers, groupers, spearfish, blackfins and yellowfin tunas.
For the real enthusiasts, try to time your visit to the island during one of its popular fishing events. The annual St Lucia Billfish Tournament is held at the end of October at Rodney Bay Marina on the north side. In June, coastal towns celebrate Fisherman’s Feast, a religious holiday that honors St. Peter, the Patron Saint of Fishermen. On this day, the Priest blesses each fishing boat at the harbor before all the fishermen and friends eat and drink into the night.
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What to Catch
It’s important to know where the fish are biting, not only so you can decide where to go, but so you can pack appropriately. If you’re going somewhere inhabited with marlin, for example, you’d feel pretty silly showing up with bait meant for bass. Check the fishing reports, ask friends that have fished there, or even ask a local fishing captain to share their expertise. One of the great characteristics about fishing St Lucia is you don’t have to go far for good offshore fishing. Jump on a boat and within 15 minutes and just a few miles from the shore, you’ll be looking for bites already. This is because the island is surrounded by sharp drop-offs to deep water. For the best chance at catching blue marlin, head off the island’s northern tip towards Martinique.
Summon a fishing charter to make the most of your fishing experience. Captain Mike’s Charters is owned and operated by the legendary Hackshaw fishing family. Third generation Andrew and Bruce have set up shop outside of Castries Harbor and will provide you all the equipment you need, plus a drink or two. Mystic Man Tours offers four-, six-, and eight-hour charters as a split party or private boat.
Where to Stay
Your fabulous fishing trip needs a fantastic vacation home to go with it, and the island holiday continues when you choose a tropical villa in St Lucia. These rental properties are far from just a place to rest your head at night—they’re the start of a truly magical vacation. From Sugar Beach to Gros Islet, our St Lucia villas can host a meaningful multi-family trip, a romantic honeymoon, or a relaxing fishing trip among friends. Big group? Stay on a private estate on Marigot Bay with a 65-foot swimming pool and its own brick pizza oven. Small group? Immerse yourself at a resort-style private villa with access to water hammocks, a yoga studio, and a juice bar.