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Old 01-01-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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I'm going on a cruise in February. We will be visiting Martinique, Dominica, St Kitts, St Thomas, and Tortola. I would really like to take my catch home with me if possible. If you had a choice, where would you fish (one day only) and who would guide it?
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:54 AM   #2
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If I had to guess, I'd say st Thomas would be the best bet. Probably the most charter options.

One other thing to consider, if you want to bring fish home, make sure you call the cruise line before hand and make sure it's ok. I was an environmental officer with 2 different lines and the guests weren't allowed to bring things like that back. Reason being environmental concerns and health reasons on board. It didn't happen much but we did have to turn a few people down trying to bring things back- usually fruit and things link that.

Have fun and tight lines! I miss spending my winters in the caribbean
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This month's issue (Jan) of Sport Fishing has a good article on the US VI with good info on St. Thomas to include what's running, where, when and where to charter boats and costs. It is important to know how much of the catch you keep and what the charter captain keeps. Someone with more recent experience could chime in here. You might find out too late that after paying to fish you don't get to keep any fish. The rules of the captains will vary. Get them straight before leaving the dock.
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Hey Matt, we have a rental on St Thomas so I've only fished from there so far. It's an easy run to the North Drop. About 20 miles, even less to the South Drop. Here's a couple boats to look at if you fish from there.

I've fished on Fishwhistle twice in the last six months. Hard working guy and clean rig, a 39' sea-v. He's in Compass point Marina near Red Hook.

There's also Double Header in the marina at Sapphire Beach. They run 3 different boats, 2 center consoles and a larger day boat in the 40ish' range. These guys are right out the back door of our condo and I don't think I've ever seen them come to the dock without a decent catch.

Also Capt. Alvin who I think is in American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook. He's a member on here but I've never got a chance to book a trip with him.

I have no idea if you will be able to retain your catch but best of luck in what ever you choose to do.
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