This was definitely the break-out period for the offshore scene in the Virgin Islands. We started the month of May with 1st place overall, Best Angler and Best Boat finishes at our first tournament entry, the Virgin Island’s Big Game Club’s 2013 Dolphin Derby. Not only did we have an excellent time at the tournament festivities, but landing 19 Mahi (totaling 368lbs) created such a memorable day on the water with friends and family.
With the end of the winter/spring season converging with the start of the summer, it’s really been a mixed bag out there. Our May & June offshore charters were consistently LOADED with Mahi-Mahi, all in the 20-30lb class range. Numerous trips saw double-digit catches with a mix of Mahi, Skipjacks and Wahoo caught on the troll and found under flotsam in the waters to the south of St. Thomas. We’ve had a few White Marlin come into our spread, and one monster Blue Marlin that gave us quite a surprise while dealing with a multiple hook-up boatside on a school of Mahi- despite our attempts to lure him back up from the deep he never reappeared. Fingers crossed, the increased activity so far this June is making for a great start to the famed VI Billfish season. Just in this past week, reports of a bigger class of Yellowfin arriving are finally starting to pop-up. They have been tricky to locate so far this year, but with nice weather moving in Capt. Alvin is eager to hunt them down on upcoming offshore charters.
Much like the offshore scene, the inshore fishing has really turned on, especially in June. The Kingfish and Tarpon bite has been HOT along the southern coastline with some really nice size fish, including a 40lb Tarpon, caught just a few days ago. Recent guests have also tussled with hefty Blackfin Tuna and Barracuda on our lighter spinning combos using live bait. Our Family & Kid’s Trips have been action packed with plenty of Blue Runners, Yellowtail and hard-fighting Jacks keeping young anglers busy.
If you’re planning a summer getaway to the US Virgin Islands, give us a call and get in on the action!