2015 started off in a big way for our January guests. On the first trip of the New Year the Brenton family landed a beautiful 250lb Blue Marlin along the North Drop that put on quite an aerial show. Just a couple days after, our first monster bull Mahi hit the deck and tipped the scale at 55lbs on a 6-hour offshore charter with our good friend Dr. Biscoe. January and February typically feature some of the best offshore fishing all year is in the USVI. The convergence of two seasons offers anglers the best shot at an offshore trifecta – late season Wahoo and early arriving Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tunas beginning their migration to the north and south of the island. The Wahoo bite remained steady right through the end of the month, hooking into 2-3 Wahoo per trip on the high-speed troll. Mahi’s in the 10-15 pound class have shown up in large numbers so far, which is a great sign, with even a few larger fish mixed in. As we get later into the winter and early spring, the larger Mahi’s in the 20-40lb class will start to show up to the south of the island. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tunas can be found to the north, but not in solid numbers yet. February typically marks the beginning of the Yellowfin bite so any week now it should really start to heat up and you can bet our offshore charters booked for February will have monster Yellowfin in the crosshairs.
Nothing negative to report on the recent inshore bite. Consistency has been the name of the game so far this winter, largely due to the fresh supply of bait along the southside of the island. Pompanos, Barracudas, peanut Mahi’s and Yellowtail Snappers have all been chewing on our most recent inshore trips. Kingfish and Blackfin Tunas have been tougher to hook, as well as Rainbow Runners but as we get closer to the full moon the bait should be getting pushed further out over the reefs and getting the bite going over some of our favorite Kingfish and Blackfin spots.
We hope you’ll get out on the water with us if you’re planning a visit to St. Thomas or St. John in the coming months! *Our springtime offshore fishing charter slots are filling up quickly so be sure to reach out to us if you’re looking to get in on the upcoming Yellowfin and Mahi run!
Remember, you can keep up with all the St. Thomas sport fishing action on our Facebook page where we post the latest pictures and reports from our inshore and offshore charters:
Capt. Alvin Fishing Charters – Facebook
Have a blessed winter season and stay warm!
Capt. Alvin Turbe