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St. Thomas/ St. Johns Marlin fishing full moon?


St. Thomas/ St. Johns Marlin fishing full moon?

Old 02-10-2016, 10:31 AM
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Default St. Thomas/ St. Johns Marlin fishing full moon?

Have done some searches on here and read all that I can find about Marlin fishing in the Virgin Islands. We are looking at going down in Aug. or Sept to fish the week of the full moon.

I have found a couple of boats that specialize in Marlin full moon fishing. I am looking at Black pearl, No limit, or Marlin prince. Was wondering if anyone has had an experience with any of them? Or is there another Charter I need to check into? I am looking for a sporty with a tower so not really interested in a CC charter.

Also, I know its middle of hurricane season for my time frame. Was wondering if anyone has ever used trip insurance company and what their experience has been using it. Is it really worth it?

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Old 02-10-2016, 10:58 AM
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I live in St Thomas but I only meat fish. I don't have any direct experience the boats you listed but I do see them at the marina and hear reports. I know mixed bag out of St John and Ocean Surfari out of red hook both do well in the marlin tournaments. I did a winter tuna/ mahi charter with mixed bag years ago on their Luhrs 40 and I didn't have any complaints. Ocean Surfari has a Buddy Davis 48 and 61 and have done very well in the marlin tournaments the last few years.

I'm sure others on this site have direct experience with marlin charters.

I'd probably get trip insurance as there is always a threat of a storm that time of year.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:02 AM
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Also the marlin tournaments are scheduled around the August moon so some of the boats might not be available.

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Old 02-12-2016, 09:00 AM
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thanks bucklene.

anyone else been?
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:04 PM
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I'm there every other week in the winter. The two boats you have mentioned do well but are a sight for sore eyes and long in the tooth. Bucklene has a good recommendation with Mixed Bag. Ocean Surfari is down to one boat and is struggling to survive. You should try Chris with World Class Anglers 340-334-1155 he has a 35 Carolina Classic.
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Check us out on TripAdvisor and Google and shoot me a PM. Unlike most of the other charter companies in the VI, you get to keep all of the fish you catch with us if you want it. We have two 37’ Calypso center consoles set up perfectly for fishing in our area.

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Old 12-12-2018, 08:17 PM
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I have fished on the Black Pearl. Fine captain. Old boat. Knows his stuff. Runs to the North Drop. You should know that its rough water fishing. We fished around the full moon at the end of July a couple of years ago. Fishing was slow, but we had a 400 pounder and briefly hooked a 150 pounder. Marlin fishing in St. Thomas is expensive. Be prepared. Sometimes the fishing is really hot, but mostly you'll raise a couple of fish in a day and hook one or two if you're lucky. Sometimes the South Drop, which is much closer, is hot too, but the bulk of the marlin boats head up to the North Drop every day. And then you just troll along the drop around and around and around and around through the moutainous waves.
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