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Old 02-28-2011, 03:18 PM
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I will be staying at a resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica in mid April and am looking for suggestions for good offshore charter boats. What should I look for and expect?
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:35 PM
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I was there in 2004 and was told the locals had dynamited so much that there were no fish left. I know we didn't see many when we were snorkeling. Maybe it's better now, but I'd try to find out before spending money on a charter.
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You're wasting your money. They don't even try cause they know there's no fish.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:20 PM
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I was there in 2004 and was told the locals had dynamited so much that there were no fish left. I know we didn't see many when we were snorkeling. Maybe it's better now, but I'd try to find out before spending money on a charter.

I went down for 2 weeks 3 years in a row and found out the same thing from the locals we had working with us! So I never even gave it a shot!
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:13 PM
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I have been fishing in Jamaica for 10 years.Dont now where all the negative comments come from,ofcourse there is good and bad days,The drop off on the northcoast is whitin 1/4 mile from the shore so it is either to run the edge or start go further out to search for birds, floating debris etc.There is several options for charters, there are a few bigger boats in Montego bay yachtclub. in Falmouth 15 miles east of Mobay there is boats from 33 wellcraft, 35cabo to 46 bertram available.You can also go out with a local fisherman in a 28 canoe.My average sunday fishing trip is follow the edge for couple hours then go deep looking for birds,catch every thing from barracuda to marlin and sometimes nothing. The dynamite for the reef right now is lionfish, they are every where.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:39 PM
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Don't waste your time fishing in Jamaica. Been there several times and have never had any success.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:14 PM
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Stayed down there last year at private estate right outside Ocho Rios. Fished the beach in front with light tackle and hooked some bigger fish which kept breaking me off on the scattered reefs. While snorkeling the same areas saw what appeared to be bigger grey snapper that were the probable culprits. Going back this April and give it a try again. Also met a local guy who keeps a twin outboard cc moored right on the beach and will probably try it with him this year. Between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay there are quite a few beaches with large white sand flats that look promising, maybe for bonefish??? I'm gonna try those areas also. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:09 PM
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I know the post is old, but others searching might find this helpful.
I searched the board and saw the posts about it not being worth it to fish in Jamaica.
We stayed in Montego Bay.
Took a chance with a guy name Howard Martin and his mate "Man of War".
The price of the trip included roundtrip from the hotel, beer, water, snacks, fresh oranges, etc...

Within 5 minutes of leaving port, we were at our spot.
About 1200' to the bottom.
Deep dropped a rig with 6 or so hooks on it.
As soon as it hit the bottom, bam! fish on.
Caught 2 nice red snapper.
Moved spots (about a 5 min move).
Dropped line - 700' of water
Hit bottom - bam! 15lb grouper and nice golden eye snapper.
Moved again - bam! 3 nice queen stripper, a lizard fish and a black snapper.

The fish are there, you just need to know who to go with.
You can see pics of our catch under the date of 6/6/13
https://www.facebook.com/FishingInJamaica

Howard was awesome! I will book with him again on my next trip!
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