Shore Fishing in Bermuda
Shore fishing in Bermuda does not require any kind of permit or license. While Bonefish at the shallow waters is a typical catch, barracuda, snapper and pompano are also caught by the anglers from the shores. Although May to November is the best time for fishing in Bermuda, you can also catch Bonefish even in the winter time. They will usually be medium sized and weigh between 6 to 10 lbs. Remember, bonefish usually hide in sheltered shallow waters. And they are strong pulling fish.
So which are the best places for shore fishing in Bermuda?
You should look for large expanses of shallow water area along the shore. In the western part of the island, Great Sound
, Little Sound, West Whale Bay
and Spring Benny's Bay
are typically very good for shore fishing.
(near the Somerset Bridge) and Daniel's Head
located at the western end are also popular shore fishing areas. Much of the south shore is good for fishing. Watch Hill Park
is an anglers favorite. There are great options for shore fishing at the eastern side of Bermuda as well. St. George's Harbor
, Harrington Sound
in Hamilton Parish have enclosed shallows that are excellent for shore fishing.
Other great shore fishing areas in Bermuda include:
Tackles and Fishing Equipment rental/purchase in Bermuda
Earlier there were few local tackle shops in Bermuda where you could buy or even rent fishing equipment. The daily rent of the tackles started from $10 onwards depending on the type and make (a security deposit of around $30 was required). But most have closed down or sold off their inventory, so today you won't find any shop dedicated to selling or renting tackles or other fishing equipment.
However you can still buy tackles and baits (but not rent) from few stores in the island. C-MART located at the corner of North Shore Road and Black Watch Pass
in Pembroke (at the outskirts of Hamilton) is one place which has good collection of fishing equipment. Actually they had taken over the inventory of the flagship store Flybridge Tackle that closed down. Another option is the store Marine Locker on #2 Mill Creek Lane, Hamilton (Phone: 441-295-9950) which too has great collection of fishing gears.
Below is a list of well known outfitters who once rented out and sold fishing equipment but now closed.
Church Street, Hamilton City (located opposite bus terminal of Church Street)
They have been a host of the Bermuda Junior Anglers Tournament and sponsor of the Bermuda Billfish and the Mid Ocean Wahoo Tournaments.
X Closed down: This was arguably the best fishing equipment store in the island. After 40 years of operation, owner Bobby Rego decided to close it down in 2018.
Four Winds FishingTackle Ltd.
X Not in operation
2 Woodlands Road, Pembroke, Phone: (441) 292- 7466
Mangrove Marina Ltd.
X Not in operation
Located at the end of Cambridge Road, Mangrove Bay, Somerset
Phone: (441) 234- 0914
Harbor Road Marina
X Not in operation
Newstead, Paget, Phone: (441) 236- 6060
Pompano Beach Club and Waterports
X Not available
Southampton, Phone: (441) 234- 0222, Extn: 212
Salt Kettle Yacht Charters Ltd.
X Not available
(You will need to take a boat on rental. The tackle comes with the boat)
17 Salt Kettle Road, Paget, Phone: (441) 236- 4863
Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Monica/Ronnie (February 2016)
Hi, Ronald and I are interested in just a couple of hours of fishing. We would like information on (fishing off a pier) like say renting some fishing poles and buying bait with out going on a charter boat is there any information you can direct me to? Can we just get off the ship and ask a taxi driver to take us to a fishing spot? Any info would be greatly
appreciated, thanks in advance.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2016
Hi, yes you can do shore fishing in Bermuda from various places. Many locals do it. There are several outfitters who offer the fishing gears on rent (already discussed in the Bermuda Shore Fishing page). The taxi driver can guide you to the nearest place for buying baits and tackle rentals.
Beverly (December 2015)
If we take a cruise to King's Wharf, can we surf fish? Is there any kind of fishing allowed? Thank you
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) December 2015
Hi, shore fishing is quite popular in Bermuda. Some of the good places for shore fishing near Kings Wharf (i.e. Royal Naval Dockyard) would be Daniel's Head, Ely's Harbor, Great Sound water area etc.
Good morning, my husband would like to shore fish in early Sept. I am wondering if you could suggest locations where I could find something to do while he is fishing - i.e. fishing/sea glass beach or fishing/fort or museum. We are arriving on a cruise and using the local transportation pass. I would like to be in the same general area as my husband. Also, where can he purchase fish food - such as squid strips many thanks in advance
Hi, you can consider the following two locations for fishing and visiting forts:
1. St. Catherine's Point in St. George which is great for shore fishing and also the home for famous St. Catherine's Fort. There is also a beach here. Check out the following links:
2. West Whale Bay where the Whale Bay Fort (only remnants though) is located.
For fish food, you may ask any tackle shop (listed above) and they will let you know.