The 5 Best Fishing Spots in Puerto Rico
If you’re into game fishing, Puerto Rico is one of the places in the world you really should visit. It has excellent spots for deep-sea and light tackle fishing, and it’s especially renowned for its blue marlin and tarpon.
When you’re in Puerto Rico, you’re never far from a great fishing spot, as many of these places offer excellent fishing spots all year round. However, some places are even better than great—they’re truly world-class. So if you’re in the area, here are some of the best fishing spots you can check out:
- The Puerto Rican Trench. Better-known as Blue Marlin Alley, it’s located off the northern coast of Puerto Rico. In general, you can find fish just about any time of the year, although you’ll really get a lot of action during the summer months, from July to September.
- Torrecilla Lagoon. For tarpon action, the Torrecilla Lagoon is the place to go. From September all through March, the small tarpon here go crazy. In recent years they even extended their frenzy well into the summer months. You can also find some bigger game here, as they begin to move in late February or early March.
- Ratones Island. If you’re in Puerto Rico and you want to catch some swordfish, you’ll be luckier in waters that are about 1500 to 2000 feet deep. Interestingly enough, in Ratones Island, which is a very popular spot among many fishing aficionados, you can catch swordfish in the deep as well as in areas near the shore.
- Culebra. Some of the most famous names in the fishing business know about Culebra, and quite a few of them go fishing in these waters every year. The numerous shallow sandy bays you can find here are among the top destinations for winter fly fishing. It’s a challenge to catch bonefish here, but then again you also have a chance to land the biggest bonefish in the whole Caribbean.
And if you can succeed in catching a bonefish here, then you can catch them anywhere! The prices are actually miniscule compared to what you’d have to pay in the Bahamas.
You can also go deep sea fishing in Culebra for barracuda and sailfish. And for those with more exotic preferences you may be interested to know that spear fishing is legal in Puerto Rico.
- Vieques. If you like to fish in perfect serenity, away from the noisy boats and the rambunctious crowds, Isla Vieques is absolutely perfect. Go to Ensenada Honda and scan the water for feeding bonefish and maybe even tarpon. The best thing about it is that on the flats of Vieques, you will rarely find any competition!
So if you’re in the mood for some game fishing, Puerto Rico IS the place to visit. And once you’re done with your fishing, you can tour the entire archipelago and marvel at the natural wonders all around you. There are so many things to see and do in Puerto Rico that you might as well grab the opportunity while you’re there.
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