Bermuda Reef Fishing
If you want to have a unique fishing experience in Bermuda, try the Reef Fishing. Because you won't see such colorful and wide range of reef fishes elsewhere. There are many coral reefs in the Atlantic ocean around Bermuda which are home to large many reef fish. All these reefs have actually formed three large bands in Bermuda waters. Depending on the reef you choose on your day, the experience may be different.
In general, the typical catch during reef fishing in Bermuda includes trigger fish, porgy, yellow tail snapper, Grey snapper, jacks, lane snapper, Bermuda chub etc. You can also find different kinds of groupers like grasby, coney, speckled hind etc. The nearest reef band is about 5 miles away from the shore. You will likely be doing all your reef fishing here because otherwise you will end up spending a lot of time trying to reach the reef location by boat and then getting back. During the winter time, some reef areas may come as close to 1 mile from the shore.
The second type of reef, known as the Challenger Bank
, is about 12 miles away (south west). The furthest, called the Argus Bank
, is about 30 miles away from the shore (south west). In general, further you go, bigger will be the fish that you can catch. However these reef areas are usually covered as part of Deep Sea Fishing
Reef fishing operators in Bermuda?
Well there are several operators who offer reef fishing in Bermuda on their boats. There are two ways to go about it. Either you can join a group fishing tour on a per person rate which is quite economical or charter a boat.
Baxter Reef Fishing
One of the best group reef fishing tours is offered by Baxter's Reef Fishing... it's done of a small boat Ellen B (32-ft fishing boat). It has an awning so that ample shade is available and is also equipped with a toilet. Captain Michael (Mike) Baxter is your host and he has over 25 years of experience in fishing in Bermuda's water.
So there is no wasting time looking for fish. He usually starts from Mangrove Bay dock at Somerset (in Sandys parish at the western end and quite convenient for the cruise ship passengers docked at Kings Wharf). Captain Baxter is often accompanied by his son Andrew. Both are extremely friendly, active and cooperative.
One great advantage with their boat is it's small and takes up to 6 people on board. So it somewhat operates like a charter giving attention to everybody and making sure that everybody (novice or experienced) gets ample opportunity to fish. The tackle, bait and even drinking water is provided on board. At the end of the fishing trip, you will certainly end up catching lots of fish.
If you are so interested, Andrew or who ever is with Mike that day will make fillets out of the fishes caught and put them into a bag and give it to you. If you have provisions for cooking, you can go back, cook them and eat ... a great finishing to a great fishing experience.
They operate every day if the weather permits. They have a regularly scheduled trip in the morning (from 8:30 am to 12:30pm) and in the afternoon (from 1pm to 5pm). The boat leaves from the public dock of Mangrove Bay at Somerset.
The per person rate is $100 for adult (for a child below 12 years the rate is $75). You can also charter the boat for half day for $600. They accept all major credit cards. Mike is extremely knowledgeable and will share a lot of information about the island and every catch that you make. If you do not plan to eat the fish, you will be encouraged to release the fish.
Another great option for reef fishing is with Jolly Rogers. The boat leaves from Kings Wharf, Dockyard area and therefore very convenient for the cruise ship passengers. The boat is much larger and can accommodate 40 persons inside the cabin. There are couple of restrooms inside and you can even listen to XM Radio while inside the cabin.
They have regularly scheduled reef fishing trips from 9am to 1pm, and also in the afternoon on some days of the week. The total fishing time is 3 hours in each trip.
The cost is $100 per adult and $55 for child below 12 years. The trip includes light tackle and bait. There is a cash bar inside which sells snacks, cool drinks and beer. They also offer fishing charters for 4, 6 and 8 hours. 4-hour fishing charter costs $1000 for up to 12 persons.
However there are plenty of other options in Bermuda for Reef Fishing. But most would operate on a charter basis (for half or full day). Check out Fishing Charters in Bermuda
Check out Bermuda Coral Reefs
to know all about the coral reefs of Bermuda and what kind of fish that you can expect to catch there. The best reefs for fishing are on the south-western and north-western waters of Bermuda.