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Jamaica fishing charters are all about having fun. Whether you’re heading out to the deep bluewaters offshore or trying your luck fishing the southern shallows, you can expect a day of music, laughter, and plenty of drinks. But this fun-loving attitude doesn’t mean Jamaican fish are anything short of spectacular. “The Rock” enjoys awesome sportfishing all year round, with Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and more. Throw in a can-do attitude and stunning views of the island itself, and you’re set up for a fishing trip you’ll never forget.

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Most of the fishing in Jamaica happens out in the deep waters of the Cayman Trench. The instant drop-off here means you can be dropping lines into 3,000 feet of water just half a mile from shore. 
Jamaica is busiest in the winter, but the fishing can be even better during low season. There are several deep sea fishing tournaments that you can enjoy, notably the Jamaica International Blue Marlin Team Tournament and the Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament. Both of these run during the fall, so you can find great deals as well as awesome angling!

Types of Fishing

Jamaican captains have an “irie” attitude to every charter they run. Want to spend all day focusing on one fish? Can do. What about switching things up with some swimming or a lunch break? Sure thing! There’s something for everyone, but here are a few of your options of how to spend the day.

Deep Sea Fishing

With a revolving door of big game legends waiting just a few miles from shore, the deep sea fishing Jamaica has to offer is perfect for any angler. If you’re new to sportfishing, you can book a half day offshore and catch some hard-fighting Tuna and Mahi Mahi in time for a delicious lunch. More seasoned sportfishers can put their skills to the test against tons of Blue and White Marlin which hunt offshore.
Most big game charters leave from northern towns like Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio. The water here is deepest and the marinas are better suited to mooring large sportfishing boats. This is also where the country’s top tournaments run in the fall.

Reef Fishing

Many of Jamaica’s reefs have suffered from overfishing, but they can still be a great way to switch things up if you somehow get bored of the bluewater bite. The shallower reefs hold Yellowtail Snapper, Rainbow Runner, and Barracuda, while deep dropping in more remote spots can win you Amberjack, deep-water Groupers, and more.
The biggest bottom fishing area is Pedro Bank, which runs along the whole south coast of Jamaica. Kingston and Port Royal are good starting points for fishing here. In the north, Buckner Bank is an easy 15 miles from Montego Bay and is home to a great range of species.

Not Fishing

The beauty about fishing charters in Jamaica is that there’s so much else you can combine with the fishing itself. Lots of boats have snorkeling gear and will take you to the shallowest reefs to see rays and tropical fish. You can also add a beach cookout to your trip with many charter companies. Spend a few hours bringing in tasty fish then hit a remote beach to grill it up and enjoy some local beers or tasty rum punch.

Fishing Techniques

The sport fishing Jamaica is best at focuses on trolling around weedlines for surface-feeding big game species. Billfish don’t get as big here as in other parts of the Caribbean, but they easily make up for it in sheer numbers. If you’re a fan of light tackle Marlin fishing, Jamaica is the place for you!
When fishing the reefs, you can also have fun taking Yellowtail Snapper or Rainbow Runner on light tackle, but you’ll really need to break out the heavy line when deep dropping for Amberjack or Grouper. Some boats have electric reels that will let you go after even bigger game like Swordfish!

Need to Know


Local Rules

Fishing licenses are covered by the boat on all Jamaica fishing charters. You don’t generally need a license to fish from shore, although you do need a letter of approval if you’re planning on shore fishing in Jamaica’s marine parks. 
The catch is usually split with the boat at the end of the trip and crews will often keep Billfish to eat or sell. If you want to release your fish, make sure you make it clear to the captain when you book. They won’t normally mind releasing healthy Billfish, but they will need to plan and rig accordingly.


A half day offshore will normally cost around $700-$800 for a party of 6. Full days are a little cheaper by the hour, costing roughly $1,200-$1,300. Large party boats are also available for more money. Charters generally include beer, rum punch, and water. You can also add lunch for a small fee on most charter trips.

Getting There

Flights run internationally to airports in Kingston, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios. You can transfer internally to Port Antonio and Negril. If you want to explore Jamaica by road, government-run “route taxis” connect many towns. Licensed route taxis always have red license plates with 2 white letters, one of which is “P,” followed by 4 white numbers. Rates are fixed, so find out how much they cost before you travel. If you don’t like the idea of sharing a taxi, most hotels can also arrange a private driver for you.
Jamaica is a stunning island with a truly unique culture. The food’s delicious, the weather’s great, and the fishing’s outstanding. Despite the occasional scare story, Jamaica can be a hassle-free vacation destination with a little common sense. Leave your fancy camera at home and focus on the fishing – the memories will be better than any picture can put into words!


January is peak tourist season in Jamaica. You’ll need to book ahead of time to enjoy the great White Marlin bite. Otherwise, visit the Accompong Maroon Festival to learn about the island’s rich cultural history.


Jamaica celebrates Bob Marley’s birthday in style, with week-long celebrations in Kingston and one serious party in Montego Bay. Check out the music then hit the water for awesome White Marlin and Mahi Mahi fishing.


Get a workout battling Mahi Mahi, White Marlin, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna, then enjoy a whole other kind of watersport at the Jamaica Kiteboard World Cup in Port Antonio.


April means Carnival in Jamaica, and Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay all come alive with color and music! It’s also a great time to go fishing, with all the island’s many fish species biting hard.


The toughest part of fishing in Jamaica in May is deciding what to go after. Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, and various Sharks are all biting hard this time of year.


The Ocho Rios Jazz Festival brings some big names and great vibes to the north coast of Jamaica. That’s not all you’ll find here in June – the Blue Marlin bite is heating up!


Blue Marlin season is really getting good as the Mahi Mahi bite drops off. Head offshore for a day of screaming reels, then switch to a more mellow sound at the Montego Bay Reggae Sumfest.


Locals celebrate Jamaica’s independence island-wide, with parades, floats, galas, and street parties. If you want to escape the crowds, you can always enjoy peak Blue Marlin season offshore.


Competitive anglers head to Montego Bay in September to take part in the Jamaica International Blue Marlin Team Tournament. We can see why: Blue Marlin are on fire this time of year.

The Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament is the longest-running and most important event in the Jamaica fishing calendar. Anglers arrive from around the world in search of the biggest Blue Marlin.

Big game season winds down in December, and the tournament crowds all move on. There are still plenty of Marlin around, though, so this can be a great time of year to target them.


If there’s a better place to spend the holidays, we haven’t heard about it. The sun’s shining, the fish are biting, and everyone’s in a partying mood. Head out and bag yourself a festive feast offshore!

Jamaica Fishing Calendar

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Full day Trip With Capt. Ninja and Shawn
Crystal E. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on March 16, 2019
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Enjoy and be ready for action right away!
4 hours on Bigg Deal with Captain Tony and Lucky Randy
Randy Z. fished with Island Dog - Justeina on February 20, 2019
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Highly recommend planning your fishing trip with Island Dog and their crew! Professional, excellent, lifetime experience!
Half Day Trip with Captain Craig
Paul G. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on February 13, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
REEL MAGIC. They are a great group of guys.
Morning half day trip with Travis and Erin.
Anita J. fished with Island Dog - Justeina on July 26, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Seas are calm in the morning and busier in the afternoon as the wind picks up.
Fishing with Craig
Stefan A. L. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on March 27, 2018
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Don’t go with a low budget outfit under $600 for 1/2 day. Make sure you are clear on what you want: trolling vs deep dive. If you want to keep the fish, make sure that is allowed and that the crew will clean it. Avoid outfits that offer snorkeling and drinking if you really want to catch fish.
Half day trip AM
Michael V. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on February 23, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fish Reel Magic. Get your sea legs ready. And get ready to Rip Lips!!!
A great experience!
Thomas R. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on February 6, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go on Captain Criag's Magic Reel trip! We didn't catch much the day we went, it was rough and a bit rainy, but we had a fun and memorable trip.
Half day trip with Captain Craig
William S. fished with Reel Magic Sports Fishing on February 4, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take care of the Capital we don’t tip the Captain in the states just the mate

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Jamaica

According to customer reviews, Reel Magic Sports Fishing, Island Dog - Whaler One, and Island Dog - Dancing Reel are some of the most popular fishing charters in Jamaica. Full list of top fishing charters in Jamaica.

Reel Magic Sports Fishing, Island Dog - Whaler One, and Island Dog - Dancing Reel all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Jamaica.

The best way to experience fishing in Jamaica is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Jamaica.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Jamaica are:

April means Carnival in Jamaica, and Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay all come alive with color and music! It’s also a great time to go fishing, with all the island’s many fish species biting hard. Check availability for local fishing charters in Jamaica.