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Endless sun, sandy beaches, and delicious cuisine – a Caribbean fishing adventure is an incredible experience. With some of the best sportfishing in the world, as well as prolific inshore waters, the Dominican Republic is where the fishing magic happens! Whales, dolphins, and giant rays frequenting the area will enrich your trip and make for some exciting memories.

With the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic Ocean at your fingertips, the possibilities are endless. Closer to shore, you can expect to find Mackerel, Snapper, Skipjack, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Triggerfish, and Barracuda. An offshore adventure will provide you with the chance to go after big game fish like Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish.

Trips normally run for four, six, or eight hours, targeting a variety of species depending on the weather and tide conditions. If you’re looking for excitement, full day trips are the best option, while staying closer to shore on a shorter trip is a great family experience. If you have a specific species in mind, take advantage of some of the specialized trips on offer. Fly fishing for Sailfish or Marlin is a must for fly fishing enthusiasts.

The Caribbean is a vacation paradise, so if you’re looking for a fun activity to shake things up, you’ll find fishing charters in every major city. Visit Punta Cana for an unforgettable deep sea experience, or head up to Puerto Plata to catch some big Billfish. To see the beauty of the Caribbean sea, visit La Romana.

Rules & Regulations

When it comes to fishing off the coast of the Dominican Republic, choosing an experienced charter captain is all the preparation you need to do. You don’t have to get any additional fishing licenses. Note that Billfish have a catch-and-release policy, and there are bag limits for other species.

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Caribbean Fishing Seasons


Start the year by going on a fishing adventure in the Caribbean! You’ll get the chance to catch some Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and more.


This is a good month for offshore fishing, as Mahi Mahi and Wahoo are still biting, and Yellowfin Tuna is starting to show up. The Dominican Republic celebrates independence day on the 27th, so you can join in the fun!


With the whale migration starting, use this time to go fishing alongside it. You can target White Marlin and enjoy whale watching at the same time.


The White Marlin season is heating up, so take advantage of some great offshore fishing. You can head out in search of Blackfin Tuna as well, and inshore fishing is as good as it gets.


With the summer slowly approaching, this is when the tournament season heats up. Visit Puna Cana for the White Marlin Tournament and have a serious sportfishing adventure.


White Marlin is still biting hot, and Blue Marlin joins in the fun. This is the best time of year to target Billfish, so head out and get your own trophy specimen.


With tourism slowing down, have a great fishing experience without spending a fortune on accommodation. Blue Marlin is biting hot, so challenge yourself and have some fun.


With humid weather and daily rain, there are fewer people on the Dominican coast than usual, so you can head out in search of some trophy Blue Marlin.


Blue Marlin doesn’t stop biting, and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo are showing up again. The hurricane season starts off, but fishing is as productive as always.


With hurricanes still an active threat, get ready for a bargain at local hotels. Mahi Mahi and Wahoo fishing is heating up, and you can have a lot of fun outside of the peak fishing season.


This is when Sailfish starts to show up, and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo fishing get even more heated. Inshore, you’ll find Snapper, Barracuda, and Amberjack.


With the holiday season knocking, good weather is bringing in big Mahi Mahi and Wahoo. This is a great time to visit the Caribbean and enjoy your time on the sea.

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Reviews of Fishing in Caribbean

Full day trip on the Pedator
Robert S. fished with Mike’s Marina - 29ft Gladiator on March 1, 2020
Invite a friend or two and book a full day private trip. A full day really expands the options for where you can fish.
July fishing trip
Gregory R. fished with "Big Marlin" Private Charter – Sherlock 39' on July 30, 2019
Is an adventure no matter the fishing outcome!
July fishing trip
Robert B. fished with Tease Me Sportfishing on July 22, 2019
Do your homework on charters ..ask questions ..
6 hour trip with Tito and Omega
Linda F. fished with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on July 22, 2019
We had a great experience, but were told that the fishing is definitely better in the winter months
We did an 8hr trip with Tease Me Sportfishing
William P. fished with Tease Me Sportfishing on July 9, 2019
Book your own charter dont go through the hotel or resort
Great Day for fishing
Fred F. fished with Fishing Machine Punta Cana on July 5, 2019
be prepared for heavy seas. Waves were 6-7 feet plus
Half Day Trip
Noel E. fished with Fortuna - Big Marlin Punta Cana on June 17, 2019
Views are great and the fish are fighters!
Very impressed
Christian H. fished with High Z’s Fishing Tour on June 16, 2019
The wind and waves are bigger in the afternoon, so I would book a morning trip.

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