San Juan Deep Sea Fishing Charters

San Juan Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in San Juan

San Juan: 17 fishing charters available

Blue Water Fishing Puerto Rico

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(199 reviews)
Carolina
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $675

CFA – Fish Nuts Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
San Juan
trips from $1,000

Blue Rush PR Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(28 reviews)
San Juan

Caribbean Fishing Academy Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(110 reviews)
San Juan
trips from $500

Miss Anna Fishing Charters PR

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(27 reviews)
Fajardo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $625

Curate Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Humacao
trips from $600

Caribbean Reef Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Fajardo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Kamelia Fishing Charter

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Arecibo
 Instant Confirmation

Deep Sea Fishing in San Juan

When it comes to deep sea fishing, San Juan, Puerto Rico has a reputation that doesn't stop impressing. Thanks to its rich waters and year-round fishery, Puerto Rico is a must-see destination for many passionate anglers, especially those interested in exploring the deepest of waters the Atlantic has to offer. If fishing for A-list pelagics just a couple of miles from the shore doesn't sound attractive enough, just wait until you learn what else is on the menu.
 

What to Catch

 
The combination of currents, upwellings, Fish Aggregating Devices, and deep waters just off the coast of San Juan creates unprecedented conditions for various game species, especially Marlin. This saltwater heaven is one of the best locations for Atlantic Blue Marlin, both in terms of size and quantity. Giant Marlin are not a rare sight (two monsters over 2,000 lb range made their way into boats), and the Club Nautico de San Juan Billfish Tournament is a record-breaker with 190 Blues caught in a single tournament. 
 
White Marlin are usually in the 45–65 lb range, while Yellowfin Tuna average 60–150 pounds. Mahi Mahi are usually 10–15 pounds, though 30–50 lb specimens are often caught, as well. When it comes to Wahoo fishing, San Juan waters close to the shore are the best on the whole island. And don't forget the Sailfish!
 

Where to Go

 
The best part? You can get your hands on all these heavyweights just minutes from the shore. Only a couple of miles from the coast, you will be fishing in waters 600 feet deep. Even Blue Marlin can be found 2–5 miles from the dock. The famous "Billfish Pass," also known as "Blue Marlin Alley," where the waters are 5,000 feet deep, is located just 30 minutes from the coast (about a mile and a half). And if this isn't enough for you, venture 75 miles offshore to the Puerto Rico Trench and fish in the deepest waters in the Atlantic – over 28,000 feet deep. 
 

How to Fish

 
  • All Billfish are strictly catch and release – Puerto Rico takes great pride in being one of the world leaders when it comes to conservation and sustainability. 
 
  • Trolling is the name of the game in these deep waters, be it trolling large lures at high speed or slow trolling using live and dead bait. Even though Puerto Rico is more oriented toward bait fishing in general, lures and teasers might be a bit more popular in San Juan. 
 
  • When it comes to live bait fishing, it's all about ballyhoo – locals use it for various game fish. It's great for tempting all the Billfish, as are mullets, small Tarpon, Tuna, Mahi, Barracuda, and Bonito. Blue Marlin can't get enough of Tuna, Needlefish, Mahi Mahi, and Mackerel, while White Marlin are big fans of squid, surgeonfish, blue runners, and small Tuna. Sailfish are into the same things as White Marlin, in addition to flying fish, Mahi's favorite. 
 
  • Sportfishing weapons of choice usually include 80 lb IGFA-class gear, but some Billfish and Mahi enthusiasts go even lighter than 30 pounds. Light tackle is normally paired with smaller lures. 
 

When to Go

 
Deep sea fishing in San Juan is amazing year-round, but there are times of the year that are better than others for some species. July–October is the best period for targeting Blue Marlin since they tend to be bigger than in September and October. If this is what you want to focus on, go to San Juan during the summer season when you won't be as tempted by other species. 
 
White Marlin are great throughout the year, but their prime time is from April until June. Sailfish usually start appearing in October, and the best time for them is November and mid-December. Large schools of Yellowfin Tuna are beginning to show up in early summer, and the best season for them is May–July. Mahi are also great during summer, but best from the beginning of December until early March. The end of December is perfect for Wahoo, even though other months can be good as well. 
 
With such diversity and year-round opportunities, the hardest part will be to choose when to go and what to target. You can't go wrong whatever you decide. Head to San Juan and experience the best that the deep Atlantic has to offer. 
 
San Juan
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in San Juan

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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Very good
4.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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! :)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

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