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 day (i.e. 4 hours) or full day (i.e. 8 hours) boat charter and the type of boat, the charges can vary between $975 to $2,000. Inshore fishing rates are lesser. The fishing charter rates will usually include all fishing equipment, water etc but generally not your meals and beverages which are charged extra if arranged by the operator.
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: [email protected]
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 protected]
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.
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.
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
The 2008 built boat Riviera is 53ft long and 16ft wide. You can take it on fishing charter for both inshore (up to 10 persons) and deep sea fishing (up to 6 persons). The boat is equipped with fish finder, GPS, Italy made Alutecnos reels, air-conditioning, satellite radio, fridge, freezers etc. Captain Arthur and Matthew Jones have decades of fishing experience in Bermuda. Complimentary soft drinks are provided during a fishing charter. You can also buy liquor or beer. On-board chef is available on request for meals.
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.
Reel Hot Charters
This is a 43ft Torres boat built in Florida and captained by Nick New - a Bermudian having extensive experience in charter fishing in Bermuda's waters. He has been a captain since 1990. The boat has a spacious cockpit, an air-conditioned cabin with couches where you can relax and listen to music whenever you want. There are two fighting chairs. They provide all kinds of top shelf Shimano reels with custom rods. They operate out of St. George at the eastern end of the island.
Reel Hot Charters
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.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
John Gaudio (May 2013)
Our family is traveling to Bermuda from July 10th to the 14th. We have been to the island a number of times and really love it. Since this is my 18 year old's last vacation before he heads off to college, I'd like to plan a special day of inshore fishing for barracuda and bonefish. I'm wondering if you can recommend a charter that provides day fishing like this. I tried Overproof, but they have suspended inshore charters due to lack of a guide. Any suggestions you can provide would be much appreciated. We are staying at the Pompano so something reasonably close by would be desirable. Thank you for your help.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2013
You can try one of the following fishing charters for inshore fishing in Bermuda:
1) Jump dem Bones: The boat is a small 18-ft custom built Dolphin skiff (no shades). Captain Ian Linnell has over 30 years of fishing experience. You can charter the boat for half day (4 hours - $450) or full day (7 hours - $675). They have pickups at various places all across the island, so your location is not a problem.
2) Baxter's Reef Fishing - Captain Michael Baxter has over 25 years of fishing experience. His boat Ellen B is a 32-ft comfortable fishing boat with ample indoor space and shades. While he runs regularly scheduled reef fishing trips on shared basis, you can also charter the boat for half day or full day. Half day (4 hours) rate is $600 for up to 6 persons. They start from Mangrove Bay public dock at Somerset (Sandys Parish) which is not far away from Pompano. Phone: 441/2342963, 334 9722; Email: [email protected]
Hope this helps!
Kristen Walters (January 2012)
Our family took a cruise to Bermuda July 2011. Some of us wished to go deep sea fishing so I researched some charters online and ended up booking the Mattanza. From the start we had a GREAT experience. I had called Brooks about going on a Friday, but a tournament was scheduled to start, he was nice enough to refer me to others, who were also booked. We changed our day and ended up booking Brooks, and his crew on the Mattanza. We literally walked off our cruise boat and across the street where Brooks and his crew picked us up. We pulled right out, and started fishing within the hour.
Not long after we had our first hit, Barracuda. Then again, this time a White Marlin. We had 3 more hits, but no luck hooking in. The boat was amazing and the crew was more than nice. We even visited them at the fish weigh-in after the tournament. We were extremely impressed and pleased with our experience and if we are ever back in Bermuda we WILL be booking the Mattanza again!