If you are traveling to Bermuda and want to take in all this island has to offer, fishing should be on top of your list. Surrounded by deep blue Atlantic water, this island oasis sits in the perfect position for many different fish species and fishing opportunities. Whether you are a DIY type of person or you want to enlist the help of a professional guide, the Bermuda waters are loaded with trophy fishing.
Top Fishing Charter Services in Bermuda
There are many charter fishing companies operating in Bermuda. Most of these boats also offer regularly scheduled group fishing trips throughout the week. They leave from the ferry docks or marinas at Dockyard & Sandys, Hamilton and St. George’s harbor. If you are looking for a fishing guide in Bermuda, the list below is a good start with some of the most popular.[table id=1 /]
How much does a fishing charter cost in Bermuda?
Fishing charter rates vary from boat to boat. Most operators offer half day and full day rates for groups and individual fisherman. Boats going to the deep sea or off-shore tend to cost more since they are traveling longer distances to the fishing grounds. Reef fishing and near shore guides are usually less cost and have smaller boats.
Usually the bigger the boat, the higher the cost. This is due to a few factors.
- Bigger boats need more gas which is very expensive in Bermuda
- A large boat can hold more people and bigger groups
- Big sportfishing boats need a full crew to operate
Do you tip the crew?
Yes, it is customary to tip the mate for helping with your fishing activity all day. They usually earn most of their income through tips. Most times they will clean and fillet your catch if you want. We recommend around 10% for tipping the mates, especially if they were hustling all day making sure you were hooking fish.
Types of Fishing in Bermuda
You have many options when it comes to fishing in Bermuda. You can walk, swim and boat to your fishing spot and all have equal opportunity to catch fish.
Off-shore or Deep Sea Fishing
Fish Species in Bermuda
Bermuda has an abundance of fish species throughout it’s clear blue waters. The types of fish you can seek for some sport fishing depends on the area you fish in. We’ll break down the species below based on the type of water fished in.
Near Shore Reef Fish
Off-shore Deep Sea Fish
- Mahi Mahi
- Rainbow Runner
When is the Best Fishing Season in Bermuda?
Although Bermuda is a year round fishing destination, May through November tends to be the peak season for most trophy fishing. Many of the off shore fish are considered migratory and consistently enter the Bermuda waters around the same time each year.
Annual Fishing Tournaments in Bermuda
There are a few fishing tournaments that take place in Bermuda each year. Here are the most popular:
Bacardi Rum Fishing Tournament