Bermuda Fishing Charters
Fishing Charter is an ideal way to go about deep sea or reef fishing or even in-shore fishing in Bermuda. You have a well equipped boat of your own which is operated by an experienced captain. And the captains know the best deep sea or reef areas. The charters can set up lines anywhere from 20 to 130 pound-test depending on whether you like to catch big fish or smaller ones. The charter boats are usually 30 to 40-foot long. There are few smaller ones as well.
They usually have all kinds of sensors and devices to locate fish, like GPS, fish finding sonar devices, radar, depth sounders and such, and are also fitted with safety devices. Some of the common catches in Bermuda waters include White & Blue Marlin, Black fin & Yellow fin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Shark, Snapper etc.
Charter fishing in Bermuda is relative expensive. Depending on half or full day boat charter and the type of boat, the charges can vary between $950 to $2,000. Inshore fishing rates are lesser. The fishing charter will generally take care of everything including fishing equipment, but generally not your meals and drink.
Over 20 fishing charters operate in Bermuda. Here are some of the well known ones:
Captained by Allen, this is a 56 foot custom Carolina built in 2009. It has a top speed of 40 knots. They have Tuna Tubes for live baiting ½ pound tinker mackerel, large live well to hold Ocean Robins for live baiting, a chumming station for Tuna fishing, and a seating arrangement for six. They offer 9 and 6-hour trips for a group of 6 and includes beverages.
11 Abri Lane, Spanish Point, Pembroke Parish. Phone: (441) 295-0835. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overproof Charter Fishing
This 41-foot custom Carolina fishing boat is captained by Peter Rans. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable persons in the profession and has won a number of International Tackle tournaments. The boat can cruise at 28knots. They use latest in deep sea fishing electronics and tackles – Alutecnos and Shimano Tiagra reels. There are various charters available including Full day (8 hours), 3/4 day (6 hours) and 4 hours, as well as night fishing. They also offer inshore fishing (fly and bonefishing) in a smaller boat with a local guide.
136 Somerset Road, Sandys, Bermuda. Phone: (441) 335-9850; Email: email@example.com
Owner Captain Cragin is vastly experienced in the Atlantic waters having participated in many international tournaments. He has twice won the Bermuda Billfish Tournament. Reel Addiction is a 48-foot custom Carolina with 16-foot beam and a flared bow. The cabin has AC, a plasma TV, and a DVD player. The boat is geared with advanced tackle, full complement of Shimano and Penn reels and contemporary electronic & navigation equipment. Reed Addiction offers deep sea fishing charters targeting wahoo, tuna and marlins etc. Phone: (441) 799-9928; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Powered by two 435hp turbo diesel engines, Jolly Roger boat was built at Maryland in 2000 and can accommodate 40 persons. It has several onboard amenities including an air-conditioned cabin with two restrooms. There is also a cash snack bar selling beverages, snacks, beer etc. Souvenirs like Jolly Roger T-shirts and caps are available on board.
For fishing, they provide tackle and bait. From Monday through Thursday, they have regularly scheduled fishing trips leaving from Dockyard offering 3 hours of actual fishing time. On Thursday second half, the boat also leaves from Albouy's Point in Hamilton. On the other days, they make the boat available for chartered fishing for full day, 3/4 day and half day. Chartered fishing can be done in either inshore water areas or offshore (deep sea).
Phone: (441) 705-6559; Email: email@example.com
The Playmate Fishing Charters
The Playmate is a 43-foot Torres Sports Fisherman boat. It has a 660 horse power diesel engine. Gadgets include a GPS positioning device, Auto Pilot, Fish Finder, VHF radio, EPIRB, cell phone, a stereo sound system and cabin AC. Fishing equipment include: Tournament tackle - 12lb through to 130lb, two Fishing Chairs, Outriggers, Downriggers and so on... great for deep sea fishing. 4 Mill Point Lane, Pembroke, Bermuda.
Phone: 441/292-7131; Boat Cell: (441) 335-5172 or 799-8862; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mattanza Sports Fishing
This is a 51-foot custom Carolina sport fishing boat built in 2008. The boat is powered by two 660hp Cummins diesel engines and can cruise at a speed of 28 knots. The salon is spacious, air-conditioned and has TV, DVD and Play Station. The galley has freezers and microwave. The cockpit is large. The boat is fitted with modern fishing gears and equipment. They provide tackles and baits. There is a 130lb fighting chair and refrigerated ice box to keep the catch chilled. There are full day and 3/4 day fishing charters offered. The boat generally takes 6 persons with a maximum of 8 persons at additional charges. Phone: (441) 737-0265; Email: email@example.com
The 54-foot sports fishing catamaran is quite spacious. It has two cabins, two bathrooms, a well equipped kitchen, a dining nook and a lounge area. The boat is operated by Captain Allan Bean and his brother Delvin who together have over 25 years of fishing experience. They offer two types of fishing charters - Tuna and Marlin. There are full day, half day and 3/4 day trips offered. The fishing charters leave from Robinson's Marina, near Somerset Bridge at Sandys. It's quite close to the dockyard and convenient for the cruise passengers. Fishing gears, tackle and bait are provided.
Phone: 441/734-9409 or 705-6134; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Albatross Fisheries & Charters
They are located at the St. David's island. The boat leaves from Ordnance island in St. George's and the fishing zone is in 15 to 20 minutes distance. Albatross V is a 35-foot by 12-foot Henriques Maine Coaster Sport-fisherman built in 1995. It has an air-conditioned cabin. The boat is fitted with modern gears, electronics and tackles. The 120 square feet cockpit has a unlimited lee fighting chair. There is also an enclosed flybridge. They offer full-day, half-day and 3/4-day fishing trips for 4 to 6 persons. Soda and water are complimentary. They can also organize lunch on request.
Phone: 441/ 331-8089; Email: email@example.com
Challenger Fisheries Bermuda
The Challenger is a 40-foot game fisherman boat operated by Alan and Ian Card (Father and Son). Captain Alan has over 35 years of experience in charter fishing. The boat can go up to a speed of 30 knots. It's equipped with twin diesel engines; tuna tower and large cockpit with fighting chair. The boat is available for 8 hours, 6 hours and 4 hours. This charter is ideal if you are planning for Big game fishing like Marlin or Tuna.
5 Wreck Road, Somerset, Bermuda; Phone: (441) 234-0872 or (441) 337-2109
Captained by Reggie Horseman, it's a 38-foot Henriques Sports Fisherman, 480hp diesel Volvo engine that can take a top speed of 30 knots. They also have an 8kw onboard generator. Facilities include: Release Fighting Chair, Outriggers, AC cabin, safety gear package, fully enclosed fly bridge with seating.
Location: Suite 1043, 48 Par-la Ville Road, Hamilton, Bermuda.
Phone: (441)296-9158 or (441)537-3474; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bermuda Sport Fishing Association
Creek View House, 8 Tulo Lane, Pembroke Parish, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 295-2370.
The Bermuda Charter Fishing Boat Association
Sandy’s Parish, Bermuda. Phone: (441) 292-6246.
The St. George’s Game Fishing & Cruising Association
St. George’s, Bermuda, Phone: (441) 297- 8093.
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