Karen and Archie are heading out to the Caribbean next week for some deep R&R.
Their trip has become something of an annual tradition and each year Archie ambles along the sandy shore in his Gant Bermudas growing ever more curious about the inshore fishermen in their little boats and the big game boys in their enormous gin palaces.
Will this be the year he gives it a go – he admits he’s tempted?
Inspired by his curiosity we take a look at the region’s fishing legacy and what he might expect.
In the Caribbean fishing is a way of life.
Beneath the earliest rays of sun, the local fishermen of Barbados walk the beaches looking for schools of fish in the shallows, they spin their nets, set fish traps and perch on rocks with line and tackle.
They set out in small open hulled boats to catch tuna, marlin, dorado, barracuda, snapper and tarpon.
The port of Bridgetown is home to many of these small boats and a few are willing to act as a guide to visitors seeking a taste of traditional fishing methods.
A day fishing Bajan style is a lot more rustic than the large boats but we’ve heard happy reports of Shaun Sandiford’s small operation out of Mango Bay, Holetown. The Barbados Free Press seems to approve – Barbados coastal fishing: Big fun, big fish at a small price.
Of course if it’s deep sea fishing, comfort and style that you’re after, sitting back with a Banks beer, and the adrenaline rush of landing a big fish, then there are plenty of professional charter boats on the island.
Within one mile of the coast the waters run to 400 metres deep and it’s possible to catch marlin weighing up to 500lbs.
Barracuda are said to be the easiest fish to catch.
IOU Fishing Charters have a good reputation.
Their boat is a purpose built 36 ft Sports Fisherman, ideal for comfortable big game fishing. The IOU crew encourages participation in all aspects of the trip, from re-baiting to steering the boat. IOU offers 4, 6 and 8-hour deep sea fishing charters.
They offer 4, 6 and 8-hour deep sea fishing charters.
The Barbados Fishing Season runs from December – April.
Barbados Game Fishing – www.barbadosgamefishing.com
Shaun Sandiford – www.fishbarbados.net
Barbados International Game Fishing Tournament, Port Charles, April 9-13, 2014.
IOU Charters – www.iouchartersbarbados.net
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