Nestled in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is an island haven for various categories of fishing.
The majority of the fishing is carried out on the south side of the island, due to the calmer waters, however the east and north often yield a good number of fish. Therefore fishing in Aruba is almost always possible where ever you are and whatever the weather.
Fishing charters in Aruba offer three main categories of fishing excursions, deep sea, bottom and bone fishing. Here is a look into each one.
A number of miles off the coast, the fishermen search for a variety of species such as blue and yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, amberjack, barracuda, sailfish, kingfish and finally the aspiration of every sports fisherman, the blue and white marlin. The largest recorded blue marlin caught in Aruban waters weighed in at a little over 1000 lbs. Deep-sea fishing is carried out most often in high season, October through February, due to migrating fish stocks, though they are available year-round.
Bottom fishing is conducted in shallower water, between 100 and 400 feet of depth. The fishing charters will drift over spots known to have concentrations of fish, looking for such species as wreckfish, snapper, grouper and squirrelfish.
Fly-fishing is a more recent practice of fishing in Aruba, yet has found great success in the recent years. Fishing is good year round, however peak season for fly fishing are the months of March through October. The bonefish of Aruba are renowned for their size and strength, and for any fisherman worth their weight, this is the real test. Although average in size, these bones can put up a mammoth fight, and can reach weight of up to 14 lbs. Fly-fishing often requires a licence, yet is a good method of fishing to avoid paying large sums of money. Fly-fishermen can cast from the beach or lagoons rather than spending days on the ocean aboard a chartered vessel.
Aruba Premier Boat and Dive would be happy to take you on a private fishing charter on Aruba!