Whether your preference is inshore or offshore fishing, the abundant variety of fish in Tobago's tropical waters is enough to keep any fishing enthusiast's interest from fading. Moreover, the highly competitive annual Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament offers very attractive prizes making fishing on the island all the more exhilarating.
Rainbow coloured acrobat, often found around flotsam
Razor-toothed and voracious â€“ use a wire trace!
Sleek, steel-blue speedster
Seasonal and not that common, but well worth the wait
Energetic and excitable â€“ a good candidate for fly gear
(various species include..)
Bonito (false albacore), yellow & black-fin. Tough & Stubborn
Throughout the year, Tobago's coastal and reef fishing is known to be quite excellent as well as the variety of fish one is expected to find. Tarpon is predominantly found immediately off the North-Western coast between the airport and Plymouth-cove where most of Tobago's hotels and villas are situated.
Off the shores of Crown Point and Buccoo are popular areas to hook Tarpon 40 pounds and larger on fly. Reasonably, salt water bone fishermen can retreat to the flats at Friendship (between the Crown Point airport and Lowlands) in search of some of the islands more popular bones inclusive of Snook, Snapper and Permit. Other popular fly fishing spots are the Plymouth Bay's dilapidated jetty where the locally named "Bonito" (false Albacore) may be the catch of the day and Pigeon Point.
Rock fishing is a popular pastime among young locals and is usually done with nothing more than a simple line and bait (usually crab meat or fish pieces). The colourful Parrotfish is the popular catch via this method.
Pulling seine, as it is called locally, is practised on many of Tobago's beaches. Local people as well some tourists can be seen hauling in nets in the early morning on beaches such as Mount Irvine Bay, Turtle Beach, Castara and Bloody Bay just to name a few. It is probably one of the more rewarding forms of exercise you can find since anything caught is usually shared among participants. Species of fish you can be expected to encounter on your inshore fishing adventures include:
Fast, aggressive & always hungry
Nervous, elusive and fast!
Always obliging â€“ fun for the kids
Aggressive, stubborn, strong and fast
Night-time feeder â€“ beware it bites!!!
Big, bad, bulldog of a fish
Sleek and fast acrobat
Tough and stubborn rock-lover
The Silver King â€“ need I say more?
Always hungry / good to eat
Spectacular colouration â€“ loves rocks/p>
Ultra-cautious & very strong
Loves rocky crevices and prawn bait
Prefers low light or dirty water
Young ones hang around rocks
Pretty, silver diamond-shaped fish