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 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 both inshore and offshore. 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 between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tunas can be found to the north in the afternoon hours, but not in solid numbers yet and not with the consistency we see in the spring/summer months. However late 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 the spring will have monster Yellowfin in the crosshairs
Nothing negative to report on the recent inshore bite. Blackfin Tunas, Pompanos, Barracudas, juvenile Mahi’s and Yellowtail Snappers have all been chewing on our most recent inshore trips, even a couple of Sailfish have been caught inshore following the peanut Mahis. The Kingfish bite has been spotty but we expect that to improve in the coming weeks.
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/early summer 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