January and February typically feature some of the best offshore fishing here is in the USVI. The convergence of two seasons offers anglers the best shot at an offshore trifecta – late season Wahoo and spring Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tunas beginning their migration to the north and south of the island. The Wahoo bite in January was absolutely red hot, hooking into 4-6 Wahoo per trip on the high-speed troll. Our largest Wahoo of the year was landed on January 21st weighing in at 75lbs! Mahi’s in the 10-20 pound class have shown up in decent numbers so far, which is a great sign, with even a few larger class fish mixed in. As we get later into the winter and early spring, the larger Mahi’s in the 20-50lb class will start to show up to the south of the island. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tunas can be found to the north, but are coming to the surface primarily in the late afternoon hours. Mid-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 big Yellowfin in the crosshairs.
The inshore bite was a roller coaster in January, with big fluctuations in the quality of the bite week to week. This was largely due to the fluctuating presence of bait schools along the southside and western end of St. Thomas. Pompanos, Barracudas, Spanish Mackerel, peanut Mahi’s and Yellowtail Snappers have all been chewing on our most recent inshore trips in February with more consistency. Kingfish and Blackfin Tunas have been tougher to hook, as well as Rainbow Runners but as we get closer to the full moon this month the bait should be getting pushed further out over the reefs and getting the bite going over some of our favorite reefs.
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-Mahi fishing!
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:
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Have a blessed winter season and stay warm!
Capt. Alvin Turbe