Aruba has so many great activities to keep visitors
entertained, busy, and happy throughout their vacations
here. Golf, scuba
dive, snorkel, or take a tour,
but one of the best things
to do here is fish.
The Caribbean is one of the best places to deep-sea fish in the world.
Many world records have been set by the large fish caught
in this region, with Puerto
Rico holding the highest number of records. Barbados,
the Cayman Islands,
and most of the rest of this region attract deep-sea fishers
as well. With perfect water and weather, Aruba is also
known for its great fishing. Aruba deep-sea fishing is
possible year round and with a variety of charters and
knowledgeable staff, anyone from beginners to experienced
fishers can take part in fishing in Aruba. While deep-sea
fishing is more popular here, Aruba fly fishing is also
Aruba deep-sea fishing yields many types of fish, including amberjack, barracuda, bonito, kingfish, blue and white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, and black- and yellow-fin tuna. The best way to get out to the deep waters for Aruba fishing is to charter an experienced crew with a boat to take you. Many boats and crews are available, including local fishermen who are willing to take you out, but if you are interested in a chartered boat it is wise to reserve in advance. Fishing in Aruba is popular. But if you show up without a reservation, it's not unlikely that you'll find a boat available to take you. Check at the Seaport Marina near Oranjestad for charter options. Aruba fishing charters usually take 4 to 6 people and are available for a half day or a full day. Some provide soft drinks and lunch as well.
Most of the fishing here is done off the southwest coast where the water is calmer than on the other side of the island. Peak season is October through February when the fish are migrating, but it's possible to fish year round. If hiring a charter is too expensive for your budget, it's also possible to fish from the shore.
Fishing in Aruba also means fly fishing to some. Though
not as popular as in the Bahamas or Belize,
Aruba fly fishing can be done year round. Peak season
is March through October, and the fish include bonefish,
barracuda, tarpon, and others. Because fly fishing isn't
a booming business on the island, bring everything you
need with you as stores here do not sell fly fishing equipment.
Whether you have your mind set on Aruba deep-sea fishing or Aruba fly fishing, this island is a great place to get out on the water and test your skills. There are few better ways to appreciate Aruba's scenery and surrounding waters than on the bows of a boat.