Jamaica Fishing Charters

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Jamaica: 21 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Falmouth
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trips from US $800
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(142 reviews)
Montego Bay
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trips from US $850
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(33 reviews)
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $250
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(20 reviews)
Montego Bay
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trips from US $800
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $1,500
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $900
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(12 reviews)
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $1,050
Excellent
4.1 / 5
(32 reviews)
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $750
Ocho Rios
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trips from US $800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Negril
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trips from US $1,200

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Jamaica

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Jamaica are: Full list of top fishing charters in Jamaica

The average price for a private 4 hour Jamaica fishing trip is US $831, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,490 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Jamaica that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Jamaica are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Jamaica are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Jamaica are:

Many fishing charters in Jamaica provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Jamaica are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Jamaica?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Jamaica are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $250
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $375
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $913
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,396
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,807

Fishing in Jamaica

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.

Known For

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.
 

Budget

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!

Jamaica Fishing Seasons

January

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.

February

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.

March

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

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.

May

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.

June

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!

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

October
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.
November

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.

December

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!

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What anglers said about fishing in Jamaica

Off season for most fish, however we were on fish and were successful. Fresh Tuna is great! Always pay attention to what is in season!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Off season for most fish, however we were on fish and were successful. Fresh Tuna is great! Always pay attention to what is in season!
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
We were told that because of the heat, the afternoons are better for catching fish when you get a little wind. We intend to go back before we leave and will book an afternoon trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were told that because of the heat, the afternoons are better for catching fish when you get a little wind. We intend to go back before we leave and will book an afternoon trip.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd. Johns Creek, GA
You are always search for schools of fish and following birds not a lot of structure holding fish..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are always search for schools of fish and following birds not a lot of structure holding fish..
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd. Fulton, NY
Highly recommend planning your fishing trip with Island Dog and their crew! Professional, excellent, lifetime experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend planning your fishing trip with Island Dog and their crew! Professional, excellent, lifetime experience!
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina Wabasca-Desmarais, Alberta
Seas are calm in the morning and busier in the afternoon as the wind picks up.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Seas are calm in the morning and busier in the afternoon as the wind picks up.
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Reel Magic Sports Fishing
Reel Magic Sports Fishing Kingston, Kingston
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Reel Magic Sports Fishing
Reel Magic Sports Fishing Syracuse, New York
Take care of the Capital we don’t tip the Captain in the states just the mate
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take care of the Capital we don’t tip the Captain in the states just the mate
Reel Magic Sports Fishing
Reel Magic Sports Fishing Ronkonkoma, New York
Go the full 8 hour charter if you can, it may take the first 4 hours to find & get on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go the full 8 hour charter if you can, it may take the first 4 hours to find & get on the fish!
Reel Magic Sports Fishing
Reel Magic Sports Fishing Kingston, Kingston
Only caught one fish but it was a good one. Water is a little rough so recommend motion sickness patch/pill.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Only caught one fish but it was a good one. Water is a little rough so recommend motion sickness patch/pill.
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina Omaha, Nebraska
Remember to troll closer along the shorelines of Och Rios if thrtes little action in the ocean. The 8 rivers dump into the ocean there and stir up activity. Especially when the ocean water is warmer, as in August.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Remember to troll closer along the shorelines of Och Rios if thrtes little action in the ocean. The 8 rivers dump into the ocean there and stir up activity. Especially when the ocean water is warmer, as in August.
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina Fair Lawn, New Jersey
The crew of Reel Magic were great with our first timers. Bring sun screen and a good attitude. The rest will be fantastic!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The crew of Reel Magic were great with our first timers. Bring sun screen and a good attitude. The rest will be fantastic!
Reel Magic Sports Fishing
Reel Magic Sports Fishing Montego Bay, Saint James

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Jamaica?

Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
I manage fishing trips for an NBA all star. Capt and crew picked us up from our rental house!! What!!! We went out and caught fish for dinner and did some freediving as well on pristine coral reef. I could not recommend anybody other that Aquarius if you are looking to get top class service and next level fishing fishing while you are in Jamaica!! 5 stars . Will be rebooking soon
Roman  S.
Roman S.
Tightlines Charters Negril Ltd
Tightlines Charters Negril Ltd
Fishing charter in Negril
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Steven and Michael were great. my wife and I caught 6 skipjack tuna on our 25th anniversary. Had a blast ! service was awesome. THANKS FOR A GREAT DAY.
Galen  W.
Galen W.
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
The Aquarius team put us on a giant Marlin and several Tuna. They all worked like a seasoned team to make the trip smooth, productive and enjoyable.
Rick  C.
Rick C.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain and crew were very experienced and professional, very easy to to work with! Highly recommended!
Shawn  J.
Shawn J.
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Very good
4.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
First time my kids went deep sea fishing! Crew was great with both my sons. We had a blue marlin but he escaped us. But we still caught fish. The day we went the ocean was a little rough, but still a great experience for whole family!
Jamie  B.
Jamie B.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
What an amazing day! We arrived early for the trip and were on the water in minutes. Our lines were in the water quickly , and we were on our way. The crew was great, snacks were good. We had fish on and caught dinner for several nights. Tuna dinner! Highly recommend this trip and look forward to next year!
Roger  S.
Roger S.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain and crew know their stuff. Just when we caught a couple of small tuna one of our people starting getting seasick. The Captain and crew were very caring and did what they could to provide comfort. I would recommend this trip, we caught a few and I know we would have caught much more if we didn’t have to cut the trip short,
James  G.
James G.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(20 reviews)
Tyrone and CoCo were awesome! The water was pretty rough-5 to 7ft rollers and my wife did not want to go anymore. Not only did Tyrone take her back to the dock but we dropped her back off at the hotel and went back out on the boat for a 1/2 day. Very knowledgeable and truly want you to have fun and catch fish! Tyrone was also very responsive via Fishing Booker and even sent pictures for my wife to see the bathroom. Will definitely be back to see Tyrone!
Jason  H.
Jason H.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Deck hands- Dean & Chad worked hard at getting 10 lines in water 10-15 minutes after leaving the dock while Captain was putting us on the fish. They used a variety of lures and bait fish which helped us pull in the tuna. If you want a relaxing fishing trip with excellent service, call Captain David.
Karen  C.
Karen C.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a great time with David and his crew. Caught our first blue marlin. It was an exciting trip we will always remember. Looking forward to future fishing trips in Jamaica.
Thomas  B.
Thomas B.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Dave & First Mate Dean were wonderful! They are incredibly knowledgeable and an absolute joy to be around. Dean was extremely patient and informative with my 8 yr old son. Can't wait to do it again!
Kenneth  H.
Kenneth H.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
The water was a little choppy but you can’t predict that. The captain was very knowledgeable and he’s crew was accommodating. There was 4 of us on the boat and each of us was able catch something. It was as an experience we will not forget. Thank you, Captain David
Kellie  R.
Kellie R.
Tightlines Charters Negril Ltd
Tightlines Charters Negril Ltd
Fishing charter in Negril
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Great operation and communication after the initial hurdle of email going to spam. From the pick up at our hotel, to the water taxi to the boat itself, service was friendly and excellent. We did the early morning trip and caught 5 fish in the first hour. Highly recommend!
Nathalie  P.
Nathalie P.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had an awesome day out at sea with a great group of people! Would go out again with them! Even got to eat our fresh catch.
Kelly  S.
Kelly S.
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain David and his crew were outstanding! So fun to troll off the coast of Jamaica in a very nice boat. Great gear. Dean and Chad were master fishermen! We caught 5 nice fish rapidly! Highly recommend this crew!
Joel  M.
Joel M.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Cap'n Tyrone and Coco were top notch. My son was able to catch a dolphin fish. It was a light day, but hopefully another day would bring more action. It was fun watching Coco in action making sure rods, reels and bait were all being handled.
Patrick  L.  P.
Patrick L. P.
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Would recommend to anyone looking for an amazing fishing trip in Ochi! Vaughn was an amazing stand up guy would love to go back again! Highly recommended!
Michael  P.
Michael P.
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Negative first: Didn’t want marlin fishing, but trolled for them anyway. Only caught 1 Mahi Mahi and thought we should have circled back to try for more but continued on. Positive: The captain and crew were awesome. Boat was top notch. They went above and beyond and even cooked our catch for us when we got back to shore.
Doug  K.
Doug K.
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
I have to say, I have fished all over the world (Columbia River, the Nile, Key West, etc.), and this trip knocked all of those locations out of the game. The Captain and his first mate work the boat like if it was an extension of your rod! Not only do they know how to reel a fish, more importantly they know how to spot fish. We caught 7 yellowtails and one giant Marlin. Parker fishing is the best!!!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Kingston, Kingston
Island Dog - Lady White
Island Dog - Lady White
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
All 3 guys on board were great the 2 deck hands were top notch and were constantly working to get fish on the hook. We caught a few small mahi, 1 tuna , and a shark. Only request I’d say is to let the anglers get pics with their catch. We didn’t have that opportunity
Bradley  T.
Bradley T. Ennis, TX

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