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Just Hook It Charters Ltd.

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Montego Bay
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Ocho Rios Fishing Fun Adventure

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(11 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Island Dog - Whaler One

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(31 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Falmouth
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

Aquarius Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,500

Island Dog - Lady Verr

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Island Dog - Lady White

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(5 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,050

Island Dog - Justeina

Excellent
4.1 / 5
(30 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Parker Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Montego Bay
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

Island Dog - Dancing Reel

Very good
3.7 / 5
(5 reviews)
Ocho Rios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Jamaica

The average price for a private 4 hour Jamaica fishing trip is $755, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,304 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Just Hook It Charters Ltd., Ocho Rios Fishing Fun Adventure, and Island Dog - Whaler One are some of the most popular fishing charters in Jamaica. Full list of top fishing charters in Jamaica.

Just Hook It Charters Ltd., Ocho Rios Fishing Fun Adventure, and Island Dog - Whaler One all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Jamaica.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Blue Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include trolling, deep sea fishing, and heavy tackle. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
Excellent
4.0 / 5
Based on 25013 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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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!
Randy  Z.
Randy Z. 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.
Anita  J.
Anita J. 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.
Stefan  A.  L.
Stefan A. L. 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.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. 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
William  S.
William S. 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!
Bruce  Z.
Bruce Z. 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.
Tom  J.
Tom J. 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.
Joe  P.
Joe P. 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!
Troy Victor W Patton
Troy Victor W Patton Montego Bay, Saint James

Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
This was the best fishing trip of my life. I brought in two Blue Marlins. One was 150# and the other 180#. Sterve is a great captain.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Itasca, IL
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Left a little early came back a little late . Caught blue marlinS and dolphin was spectacular
Blaz  B.
Blaz B. Windermere, FL
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Seriously the best experience I could hope for! Both Steven and Derick were incredibly nice and very accommodating. Their customer service was unbeatable. 10/10 would recommend!!
Jacey  S.
Jacey S. Saint Elizabeth, Saint Elizabeth
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Out of all the boats that went out from that harbor, ours was the only one that got a bite. It was a 7-foot black tip shark, so we were able to try and reel him in. It ended up with him biting the lure in half so never landed it, but definitely exciting for a while. We had to cut the trip short due to motion sickness, but the crew took great care of us. This is the crew & ship you want if you decide to go fishing in Jamaica.
Pat  W.
Pat W. Oro Valley, AZ
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Took my family on a 1/2 day trip, we’re amateurs, it was first time for some of us. Originally booked for afternoon, the captain messaged me and recommended morning instead. Calmer seas and less traffic. He was right, we had a perfect morning. Crew was very helpful, cheerful, and hard working. Will defenitely go out with them again if I get the chance
Micah  M.
Micah M. VLG O THE HLS, TX
Parker Fishing
Parker Fishing
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
This was the first time I've had the chance to fish for anything like this and it was a blast. Although we only caught one fish that day, it was not for lack of effort by Captain & crew. (This is why it is called "fishing", not "catching"). Shout on to Coco, who worked his tail off in the efforts to make this a memorable experience. Would most definitely return! The Renauds
Kevin  R.
Kevin R. Lancaster, NY
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
We spent a day on the ocean with Captain Stephen, Derek and Shane. Awe had a great time and I would recommend them to anyone looking to book a fishing trip in Jamaica to books with Just Hook It!
Wolfsen  M.
Wolfsen M. Weatherford, TX
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
The whole crew on this trip was great. Boat was exactly as advertised! Fishing was slow but these guys fish until the last minute and got us on one! Thanks a bunch
Daniel  W.
Daniel W. Harper, TX
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Aquarius Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
There were 5 of us that went out and the waters were a little too rough for my younger kids so we didn’t get to spend much time out. However these gentleman are top notch. They are accommodating and we’re great with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Kristie  B.
Kristie B. Clayton, NC
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Our family had a great day fishing with Captain Stephen, Derek, and Shane. They were all very knowledgeable, hospitable and friendly. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone! Also notable is the great communication in booking this trip with Sascha. He was fantastic in getting us transportation in a short amount of time. Everything was on time and organized. You could knew they paid close attention to every detail.
Aaron  W.
Aaron W. Chico, CA
Island Dog - Whaler One
Island Dog - Whaler One
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Boat was great, crew was great, beer was cold, fish weren't cooperative, but hey it ain't called catching. 10 outta 10, would go again.
Christopher  B.
Christopher B. Valley City, ND
Island Dog - Justeina
Island Dog - Justeina
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great trip for my husband and I even though we didn't have any luck! The crew was wonderful and it was a really nice way to spend an afternoon.
Emily  W.
Emily W. Greenville, SC
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Went 2 for 3 on mahi and the one we lost was the angler's fault. Great trip and I'd highly recommend it!
Carter  D.
Carter D. Wake Forest, NC
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
We caught two marlin which exceeded our expectations. The crew and captain were fun. You could tell they loved what they were doing. They have a real passion for fishing.
Mike  V.
Mike V. Montego Bay, Saint James
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
The captain and crew were very friendly and informative. They really know how to get it done. A great day on the water!!!
Jason  S.
Jason S. Lake Angelus, MI
Jamaica Sailing Adventures
Jamaica Sailing Adventures
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We had a great day with Captain Chris. Such a great guy and really showed us a great time!
Cory  A.
Cory A. Philadelphia, Parish Of Saint Ann
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Dave & his crew mate Dean were great hosts, we arrived and they were ready for us. Fishing within 15 minutes of leaving dock. Slow day on the water but not for lack of trying by the crew. We had a fantastic time . Will definitely book next time we’re out. Carey & Joel
Carey  B.
Carey B. Montego Bay, Saint James
Island Dog - Lady Verr
Island Dog - Lady Verr
Fishing charter in Ocho Rios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Top notch crew. Changed baits frequently. Well aware of visual signs of fish. Cleared baits of weeds. Good Guys -The Ricker Family-
Philip  R.
Philip R. Severna Park, MD
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Just Hook It Charters Ltd.
Fishing charter in Montego Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
The guys were great, the boat was awesome. They went overtime with me, it was my first deep sea fishing trip. They did their absolute best, and I ended up catching 3 skip jack, on a day when I could've not caught anything. It was a wonderful experience, just wish I was in better shape. It is nothing like catching fresh water fish.
Herbert  A.
Herbert A. Montego Bay, Saint James
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Luminous Lagoon Tours LTD
Fishing charter in Falmouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Didn't catch any fish but Captain David and Dean were great!! I would recommend them to everyone!! Thanks Captain David and Dean!!
Rita  S.
Rita S. Aniwa, WI