Big schools of Mahi-Mahi have entered the VI waters. Our offshore charters this month had great success using a combination of trolling and live-bait techniques. Consistent Mahi in the 20-25 lb range have made for some great rod-bending action on our new Shimano spinning combos. Even a few bull-Mahi pushing 30 lbs hit the deck just last week. Other Caribbean pelagics, such as Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna, have been less consistent. The Wahoo bite has slowed down a bit after some epic fishing through November-January, however one or two Wahoo are sure to hit our trolling spreads on offshore charters along the North and South Drop. The Yellowfin have everyone scratching their heads, not knowing exactly why they haven’t shown up yet in solid numbers. Could be a late start to the VI Tuna bite but we’re confident they’ll show up any day now. When they arrive to the offshore grounds, you can be sure we’ll know when & where!
The inshore scene remains consistent with nice size Kingfish and Barracuda giving our guests plenty of excitement. On a recent 4 hour inshore trip we came across some big kingfish giving our guests an aerial display as they leapt out of the water after baitfish. Surprisingly, in the middle of the feeding frenzy were some Blackfin Tuna boiling on the surface, and despite attempts to hook one, we were repeatedly met with aggressive kingfish. These tuna are typically found offshore, an encouraging sign that smaller Tuna and even Mahi could be moving in and out of our inshore waters pursuing bait. Yellowtail snapper and various Jack species also gave some novice anglers consistent action on a 3 hour inshore charter last week.
We’re in the height of the winter season here in St. Thomas and the fishing has yet to disappoint! We’ve heard some promising, early reports of Blue Marlin at the North Drop, a great sign that the famed St. Thomas Billfish season could be underway. Keep up with the latest action and reports on our Facebook page!