Captain Red & The Abigail III

Fish with a living legend and find out why the waters around St. Thomas have such an outstanding reputation! Let Captain Red and “The Abigail III” show you the premier fishing hot spots.

If you’re an avid Billfish chaser, then you’ve come to the right place. Capt. Red is a proud winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Billfish Foundation and he dedicated his life to catching Marlin across the globe.

The bountiful waters of St. Thomas are the playground of Blue Marlin and White Marlin, which makes them the perfect place to land your next trophy. The best time to go after these prestigious fish is from April to October. You can also hook various Tuna species here, along with Mahi Mahi and Wahoo.

Bear in mind that Billfish are strictly catch and release, and everything else you catch, you’ll share with the crew. The captain and his first mate will clean and fillet the fish for your convenience.

“The Abigail III” is a 44’ aluminum sport fisher and she’ll be your ride for the day. The boat is outfitted with twin 870 HP Caterpillar engines and has plenty of room for up to 6 anglers to fish at the same time. Capt. Red will provide top-of-the-line Penn International tackle, lures, and fishing licenses for everyone.

With a private toilet and an air-conditioned cabin, the vessel is perfectly suited for longer fishing jaunts. You will have a competent first mate by your side, so if you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask. For all his hard work, 10–20% tips are much appreciated.

If you need pickup from St. John Island, the captain can arrange it for an additional charge ($50). The only thing you should think about before the trip is packing enough food for your day on the boat. Sunscreen and hats are also a good idea.

Captain Red and “The Abigail III” welcome you aboard and vouch that they will make your sportfishing adventure truly memorable!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Blue Marlin Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,700
    Are you a Marlin aficionado? If the answer is a resounding yes, then Capt. Red is one of the best people to turn to. This is a 10-hour charter that will take you offshore in pursuit of the prized Billfish – Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish. You can also find Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi on the way, and that will make everything even more exhilarating. Don't forget to have plenty of food with you, and your guide will have quality fishing equipment and drinks at the ready.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,550
    This is the perfect expedition for anglers that want to spend 8 hours on the boat, going after a mixed bag of catch. On your to-catch list is everything from Wahoo and Mahi Mahi to Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin. Everything fishing-related will be at your disposal, but you'll need to take care of food and snacks on your own.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,200
    With 6 hours on the water, you get a chance to go further offshore and target Sailfish, Blue and White Marlin, along with Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna. Wahoo and Mahi Mahi could easily make an appearance as well. You'll have rods, reels, and bait on the boat, as well as water, soda, and beer, so you'll just need your lunch and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $800
    Spend your morning on the bountiful fishing grounds surrounding St. Thomas and check how many fish you can catch in 4 hours. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin are all in the cards. Take some breakfast with you, and Capt. Red will take care of everything else.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 12 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $800
    You don't have to get up early to enjoy excellent fishing with Capt. Red, and this trip is proof. Stay on the trail of Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and possibly Marlin. Tackle, drinks, and licenses are provided, so just remember to stock up on snacks.
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About the Captain

Red Bailey
Red Hook, U.S. Virgin Islands
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22 Customer Reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since April 2019
Captain Red Bailey is one of the most renowned captains in St. Thomas and with good reason. Fishing is his lifelong passion and calling, and he spent over 50 years on the water. In that time, he honed his angling skills and participated in numerous tournaments all over the world. Capt. Red has also had famous guests on board, including Jerry Lewis, and that alone speaks volumes of the captain's expertise. Today, he runs fishing trips from the Sapphire Marina and regularly puts people on the best bite of their life.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin

Sailfish Sailfish
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom built (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 1972, and restored in 1992. Powered by 2 870HP Caterpillar engines.

Length
44 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
78%
Friendly captain
89%
Recommend this charter
82%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Half Day was just enough

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 15, 2021
Captain Red and KJ were great! They explained where we were going via GPS unit, provided history of the islands, and gave us...
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Half Day trip with Captain Red and Roland

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 20, 2021
What a great experience going out on ghdd EC water with these two class act fishermen.  It wasn’t our day to catch, only...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 1, 2021
I don’t think my review can do it justice.  Captain Red put us on some fish, but this trip was filled with so much more. ...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 5, 2021
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 5, 2021
The captain and crew are top notch. they really know their business. Boat was comfortable and easy to move around on. Spent...
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FAQs about Captain Red & The Abigail III

Captain Red & The Abigail III offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,550 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - Blue Marlin Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Red & The Abigail III, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System (DVD)
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Captain Red & The Abigail III include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Soda, bottled water, and beer)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Captain Red & The Abigail III offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Captain Red & The Abigail III offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Red & The Abigail III include:
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo