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There are few capital cities better located for getting you on the water than San Juan, Puerto Rico. Waves crash into the beaches right in the heart of downtown, while the city’s eponymous bay gives you immediate access to a prized inshore fishery. Whatever you’re looking for, one of the numerous San Juan fishing charters has sure got it!
 
Just 75 miles out, the Atlantic reaches its deepest, and the Yucatan current means that migratory fish get pulled right up to shore. Take advantage of the chance to go after Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and many more within just five miles of the coast!
 
However, there’s much more to fishing in San Juan than just pelagic species. The city is a year-round home to one of the most sought-after inshore fish in the world – Tarpon. These acrobatic creatures rub shoulders with Snook, Jack Crevalle, Snappers, and Barracuda, meaning you’re sure to find something biting whenever you come.
 
With such a rich fishery on the city’s doorstep, San Juan fishing charters can be as long or as short as you want. Families and beginners should try half day trips in the calmer waters inshore. And, while that’s enough to land at least one bite offshore, more experienced anglers will want to spend a full day fishing. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing aboard a charter boat will mean that you won’t need to worry about a license, as your captain will have you covered. Your professional guide will also keep you informed of all rules and regulations, including making sure that you release all Tarpon and Billfish.
 
San Juan
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January

January is a popular time for vacationers escaping the cold on the mainland. Enjoy grappling with monster Tarpon in the backwaters and bays and finish your day at the vibrant San Sebastian Street Festival.

February

Peak tourist season continues in February, San Juan's dryest month. The great Tarpon bite continues, while you'll find plenty of Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna, amnong many more offshore.

March

Temperatures rise slightly, averaging from 72 to 82 degrees. Offshore, Tuna and Mahi Mahi are biting well around the FADs, while King Mackerel starts to invade the bay. Meanwhile, the Silver King is still on top form.

April

The peak tourist season starts to come to an end, although the weather is still very dry and pleasant. Temperatures remain about the same as they were in March, and the White Marlin bite picks up.

May

The slower tourist season means that smart anglers can find some good deals in local hotels. The Marlin bite is getting better and better, while King Mackerel, Tarpon, and Snook are all biting in the bay.

June

June in San Juan is hot, but there's plenty going on in town and on the seas to make it worth it. Marlin numbers are picking up: this is the best time to target White Marlin, while Blues are getting increasingly good.

July

In a fortuitous time for blue water anglers, as peak Marlin fishing season coincides with the low tourist season in San Juan. Focus on catching a Billfish slam without having to spend more than the odds on a hotel.

August

August is the hottest month of the year in San Juan. The weather is humid, but sea breezes can make you forget about that – especially if you have a Blue Marlin on the end of your line. Multiple hookups are the norm!

September

September in San Juan means one thing – the International Billfish Tournament of Club Nautico de San Juan. One of the top Billfish tournaments in the world, it really is not something you want to miss.

October

As the waters cool, the fishing scene changes up. Blue Marlin bites become less frequent, while Sailfish and Wahoo start to become the main focus. Smaller Tarpon are schooling in and around the bay.

November

November is San Juan's rainiest month, but don't let that put you off. This city is famous for its year-round fishery, after all. With Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo on the cards – it's certainly worth a visit.

December

As rainy November moves into December, the days become sunnier and slightly cooler (we're talking average highs of 'only' 82ºF). Check out the FADs for Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna.

San Juan Fishing Calendar

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Keep in mind that covid regulations are in affect. So the experience might be a little different than you would normally expect. Bait shops are closed and you have to catch your own bait.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Keep in mind that covid regulations are in affect. So the experience might be a little different than you would normally expect. Bait shops are closed and you have to catch your own bait.
Alister  K.
Alister K. Grapevine, TX
If you are looking for a Captain who's passion is putting his customers on fish than Captain Carlos is your man. My experience with Carlos was the high point of my trip to this beautiful paradise. I look forward to returning next year to put in some more time in fishing these productive waters. Fish on Captain, Fish on. Peace
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are looking for a Captain who's passion is putting his customers on fish than Captain Carlos is your man. My experience with Carlos was the high point of my trip to this beautiful paradise. I look forward to returning next year to put in some more time in fishing these productive waters. Fish on Captain, Fish on. Peace
Peter  F.
Peter F. West Roxbury, MA
Beginners stay in shore. Off shore is for experienced anglers with patience to hope for a hit on a big sports fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Beginners stay in shore. Off shore is for experienced anglers with patience to hope for a hit on a big sports fish.
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Wolcott, CT
Definitely use this company. Make sure to stay hydrated. Enjoy yourself. It is hard not to when you fish with Captain Luis.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely use this company. Make sure to stay hydrated. Enjoy yourself. It is hard not to when you fish with Captain Luis.
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Gurabo
This was our first tarpon fishing trip and we had a great trip so I would highly recommend Bayside Charters 2 and Carlos Torres as your guide.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was our first tarpon fishing trip and we had a great trip so I would highly recommend Bayside Charters 2 and Carlos Torres as your guide.
Jason  W.
Jason W. Broken Arrow, OK
If you're not used to it, the sun can be nearly overwhelming. Come prepared.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you're not used to it, the sun can be nearly overwhelming. Come prepared.
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Guaynabo
Go early. Short ride off the coast. Deep water in 1 mile. Never out of sight of land. Watch the weather closely. Changes quickly.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go early. Short ride off the coast. Deep water in 1 mile. Never out of sight of land. Watch the weather closely. Changes quickly.
Cary  D.
Cary D. Harrison, TN
If you want to catch tarpon, trust your guide. If you want to catch tarpon your way then bring lots of patience.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you want to catch tarpon, trust your guide. If you want to catch tarpon your way then bring lots of patience.
Antonio  E.
Antonio E. Houston, TX
TODA PERSONA PUEDE PESCAR EN SAN JUAN AUNQUE SEA PRINCIPIANTE COMO NOSOTROS
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
TODA PERSONA PUEDE PESCAR EN SAN JUAN AUNQUE SEA PRINCIPIANTE COMO NOSOTROS
Luis  H.
Luis H. Orlando, Florida
Be prepared for the short rain showers that can come up quickly and the inland bay and canal fishing was a much more adventurous and fulfilling experience than i expected!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for the short rain showers that can come up quickly and the inland bay and canal fishing was a much more adventurous and fulfilling experience than i expected!
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Sellersville, PA
Catch and release is only in the bay. Meat fishing is outside of the bay. The website should specify.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Catch and release is only in the bay. Meat fishing is outside of the bay. The website should specify.
Kelli  T.
Kelli T. Puerto Rico
Wait until you get really close to yor trip to book. The weather/winds can be a factor, and should be taken into account.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Wait until you get really close to yor trip to book. The weather/winds can be a factor, and should be taken into account.
Troy  D.
Troy D. Miami, Florida
Absolutely book these guys! Great day on the water! Even my wife, who dislikes fishing, had a great time!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Absolutely book these guys! Great day on the water! Even my wife, who dislikes fishing, had a great time!
Martin  M.
Martin M. Canby, OR
Target tarpon in the canals and don't be afraid to plunk dead bait on the bottom!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Target tarpon in the canals and don't be afraid to plunk dead bait on the bottom!
Cory  W.
Cory W. Battle Ground, WA
The water there is very choppy so take your dramamine! We had some on board that have been fishing for years in the Atlantic that got seasick.
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The water there is very choppy so take your dramamine! We had some on board that have been fishing for years in the Atlantic that got seasick.
David  P.
David P. Papillion, NE
Tarpon are acrobats! Stick that rod out there when they jump and don’t let them off!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Tarpon are acrobats! Stick that rod out there when they jump and don’t let them off!
Noah  C.
Noah C. Virginia Beach, VA
Bring medication if you are prone to motion sickness. Even on calm days, the ocean swells can be uncomfortable.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring medication if you are prone to motion sickness. Even on calm days, the ocean swells can be uncomfortable.
Carter  S.
Carter S. Orlando, FL
I would strongly recommend sun protection hat, spf clothing and sunblock. We had a gorgeous day and it was 5 hours of staight sun.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would strongly recommend sun protection hat, spf clothing and sunblock. We had a gorgeous day and it was 5 hours of staight sun.
Sandra  A.
Sandra A. Grand Prairie, Texas
Use really good sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and be ready to have a great time!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Use really good sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and be ready to have a great time!
Rick  M.
Rick M. San Jose, California
If you are considering it, you need to do it! You will have a blast and ask for Luis! He is fun, knowledgeable, and wants to help you catch fish! :)
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are considering it, you need to do it! You will have a blast and ask for Luis! He is fun, knowledgeable, and wants to help you catch fish! :)
Shawn A GoinsShawn A Goins
Shawn A GoinsShawn A Goins Crossville, Tennessee

Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
We had a blast on our fishing trip with the Captain and his first mate. They were responsive to our questions and attentive to our needs. The vessel and gear all worked perfectly and we didn’t go home empty handed. It was nice to be able to hang out on deck, climb up to where the Captain was and enjoy the ride, or catch some shade in the cabin. All around a great trip and it was definitely worth taking. Would recommend to anyone.
Fernando  A.
Fernando A. Puerto Rico
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Had a great day fishing with Captain Humberto and Israel! After a few hours or trolling we reeled in an approx. 350 lb blue marlin! Great morning with the family! Would book again!
Victoria  T.
Victoria T. Arlington Heights, IL
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Best captain and 1st hand around.. provided us with food and drink. And so much knowledge about this beautiful fish. And we were lucky enough to catch this amazing fish. Me and my dad will never forget this day.
Tim  B.
Tim B. Garden Plain, KS
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Had a great morning with Captain Umberto and Mate Isreal! Caught fish right out of the gate! Hooked 4. Landed 2! Rough ocean conditions from passing hurricane cut the trip short for me (heaving in a bucket) , but had a super time anyway! I would highly recommend Double Hook Charters and Captain Umberto! Looking forward to a spring trip for sailfish!
Jan  W.
Jan W. Humacao
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Humberto and his crew know how to fish, I'm confident of that. Overall definitely enjoyed going out with these guys. We just didn't catch any fish, and would have appreciated a greater degree of communication from the captain
Jeremiah  B.
Jeremiah B. Denver, CO
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Not much luck besides one fish but solid Capt and crew for trying. Everything was great besides that
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Commack, NY
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Humberto did a private fishing trip with my NEW husband and I. He and his first mate gave great instructions and was so helpful and knowledgeable of the waters. Out of all the ships fishing that day, our boat was the only one to catch a Merlin! My husbands dream fish! We had a blast for our honeymoon.
Hunter  H.
Hunter H. Lehigh Acres, Florida
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Captain mike is relentless on finding fish 1 of the best in my experience this is my 3rd trip with double hook and won't be the last ☝️👍👍👍👍
Troy  W.
Troy W. Baton Rouge, LA
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Took my parents out for Mother’s Day. Capt Humberto and the first mate were spot on. Very respectful! Parents caught some dolphin and a blue marlin! Definitely recommend this Captain. Will use them again for our next trip!
Jose  B.
Jose B. Indiantown, FL
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
3.3 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 163 reviews
Trip was ok even though we only caught one fish. Had a chance to catch 3 more but the lines kept breaking. I think if they had the strong lines we would have been good. Also the co captain wasn’t very friendly or engaging and when 2 or 3 lines went off at same time he seemed flustered and didn’t even get us instructions on what to do so we could have caught more fish. Overall ok tour and recommend.
Tameka  G.
Tameka G. Las Vegas, NV
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
We told the captain we wanted Mahi and we were competing against another boat that some buddies were on, he made it happen! 3 mahi and 1 barracuda for a half day...not bad at all! We had 5 on the boat but 6 would of been comfortable as well.
Peter  L.
Peter L. United States
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
We had a great time out with captain Humbert, he worked really hard at putting us on fish we were hoping to fish and was successful, Great guy and would definitely recommend him to anyone, I look forward to fishing with double hook charters in the future
Jacob  M.
Jacob M. Mount Holly Springs, PA
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
We had a wonderful time on the Double Hook! Captain Humberto and his first mate/wide, Anna, were great! We had a tremendous time, and will definitely book with Double Hook Charters again! 🤗🤗🤗
Don  S.
Don S. Grapevine, TX
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Captain Humberto and Juan were great. Just wish we had hooked at least one fish, but that's the way it goes.
Justin  B.
Justin B. San Juan
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Slow day of fishing. . One barracuda caught and that was it. Still good to be out on the water though, no complaints here. Captain Humberto pointed out a whale which was cool to see. Spoke with him and first mate Jaime a bit and both were nice and seemed very knowledgeable. Pop, water, and chips were provided. I'd go out with them again.
Jordan  P.
Jordan P. Minneapolis, MN
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Unfortunately for us the seas were a bit rough. First day we did hit a period of excitement in catching mahi-mahi and tuna but struggled rest of day and second day just no luck despite captain effort to locate fish. But no one else was catching anything that day either
Steven  W.
Steven W. Grantville, GA
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Perfect day for fishing, but unfortunately bad luck with the fish not biting. Captain Humberto tried all the good spots, nothing else him or his mate Javier could’ve done better. Totally recommend these guys.
Carlos  B.
Carlos B. Minneapolis, MN
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Had a great day of fishing with double hook charter. Would definitely go with them again. PAULJACOBS
Paul  J.
Paul J. Philadelphia, PA
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
Capt humberto was very accommodating and had great communication. Water was a little choppy and We didn’t catch anything but was a great experience. Would recommend booking a full day to increase chances of landing some fish.
Jay  S.
Jay S. San Juan
Double Hook Charters
Double Hook Charters
Fishing charter in San Juan
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
The fishing was slow, but it was a comfortable boat. Gabriel was amazingly patient and hospitable! Humberto and Gabriel were a great team! Thank you!
Sean  C.
Sean C. Plainfield, IL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Juan

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in San Juan costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $494, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $836. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in San Juan is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Double Hook Charters, Go Tarpon Puerto Rico - 22’, and The Drop Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Juan. Full list of top fishing charters in San Juan.

Double Hook Charters, Go Tarpon Puerto Rico - 22’, and The Drop Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Juan.

The best way to experience fishing in San Juan 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 San Juan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Barracuda (Great), King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Tarpon. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and trolling. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As rainy November moves into December, the days become sunnier and slightly cooler (we're talking average highs of 'only' 82ºF). Check out the FADs for Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna. Check availability for local fishing charters in San Juan.

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