Barbados open boat fishing is the best of all!
Folks, there is nothing like fishing in Barbados – sharing good times with friends, washing down some sandwiches with a few Banks beer and hauling in some yellow fin tuna or kingfish (mmmmm! tasty… I love grill kingfish best of all!).
Lots of tourists head to fisherman’s row in Bridgetown and hire themselves one of the many deep-sea boats for a part or full day – and that is all very well for those who have US$900 to spend. Plus the fact that there are no guarantees with fishing. No one can guarantee the wind and the waves and the fish. The captains do their best to provide a good day of fun and a good catch, but there have been many a charter come home “bare bum” (as we call it) back into harbour with nothing to show but the empty beer bottles and empty wallets.
True, the captain will usually take a bit less when it’s been an unusually bad day, but it’s still an expensive boat ride.
Now, nothing against our friends who run the big charter boats (except when they ruin our night tree fishing), but one can hardly tell the difference from deep sea fishing out of Miami, Nassau, BVI or Bridgetown. Half the time your “captain” is a Brit or American early retiree who struck it rich at some investment firm before the collapse, came to the Caribbean, bought heself a 50 foot Bertram Sportfisher and started calling heself “captain”.
That’s not always the case, but there’s enough truth in that statement that a few of the big boat owners in B’town will read it an wince.
Want an authentic Bajan fishing trip with a good captain at a reasonable price?
That’s easy. Hire Shaun Sandiford out of Holetown on the west coast to take you and your friends for an open boat coastal fishing experience… and what a good time you will have!
Always within sight of the coast, and always lots of other friendly boats around. Shaun’s boat is safe, well equipped and you’ll catch the same fish that you’re likely to catch on most of the big charter trips: Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish, Dorado, Barracuda, Trevally, Jacks, Snapper and Tarpon. Have a look at the photos here and on Shaun’s website and you’ll get the idea; the fish doan care whether the hook is dropped from Shaun’s 18 foot fiberglass boat or a new million-dollar 60 foot Hatteras.
Bring your own tackle or Shaun will supply you for free. If you like, he’ll teach our traditional hand-line fishing or take you and the young ones to some of his secret holes in close where the children will yell with delight because them smaller fish are always hungry!
But if you want to head a little further out Shaun will show you that you don’t need to pay US$900 to pull in good sized fighting fish – and he won’t steal your catch on you either. (Many first time charter boat tourists are surprised to learn that they don’t own what they catch! Your motto should be “Ask, don’t assume”)
So give Shaun a call and you’ll see that you don’t have to pay big dollars to have big fun and big fish!
Cell: (246) 249 8646
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