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2018 Guide to Fishing in Aruba

Here I am on the pier in Oranjestad watching local fishermen prepare their boats to show visitors the best fishing trips Aruba has to offer.

Our lifestyle is connected to Aruba’s beautiful beaches, so it's not a coincidence that sport fishing is a big thing on the island.

The fishing scene in Aruba has gone under the radar for years, believe it or not.

Local fishermen are passionate about their craft, dedicating years to perfecting it and know exactly where to find fish and what it takes to catch them!

Not only are they knowledgeable, but they embed the qualities by any local you will meet while on vacation in Aruba - welcoming, friendly, supportive and fun!

Deep Sea Fishing in Aruba

You can fish around the entire island, the weather is stable and you can catch big fish! I’m talking big game fish and they are available year round.

When you’re fishing 10 to 13 miles far out from the island you don't know what you’re going to catch, because there’s so many different fish species in the Aruban waters.  

Here’s a list of commonly caught fish, but it’s certainly not limited to it:

  • Kingfish
  • Black & Yellowfin tuna
  • Sailfish
  • Blue marlin & White marlin (strictly catch & release)
  • Bonito
  • Barracuda
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Amberjack

It’s easy to find Aruba fishing charters. The boats are docked at the Renaissance Marina pier in Oranjestad.

Trolling? Bottom fishing? Depending on the type of fish you want to catch, you can ask for any fishing style!

There’s an option for everyone, no matter the experience level or budget. Here are the average prices for chartering a boat (prices are subject to change depending season)

  • Half day - 4 hours $400.00 - 6 hours $600.00
  • Full day - 8 hours $800.00

Here’s a list of essentials I would bring on my fishing trip:

  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Light clothing
  • If you like to drink, you can bring your own beer, they have ice on board

The Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Aruba

There are over a dozen deep sea charter companies on the island.

Here’s a list of the best deep sea fishing charters in Aruba worth looking into.

  • Lucky Star - one of the only boats with 4 fishing chairs
  • Driftwood - captain owns restaurant and will cook your catch for you traditional style
  • Mahi-Mahi - one of the Aruban charters specialized in catching Mahi’s

Fly Fishing in Aruba

Aruba is not the fly fishing capital of the world. The constant winds and tides make fly fishing difficult on the island.

But it turns out that it’s definitely possible to fly fish here anyway, despite not having perfect conditions. All you need to know is the right spots and knowledge of local fly fishing tactics.  

Local fishermen usually fly fish between mangroves at the Spanish lagoon and on nearby flats.

A guide that knows the ins and outs of fly fishing in Aruba will be helpful to you if it’s your first time fly fishing on the island.

The main catches while fly fishing in Aruba are:

  • Bonefish
  • (Baby) Tarpon
  • Snook
  • Permits
  • Or any other fish that bites the bait!

 

The Best Fly Fishing Charter in Aruba

  • Fly And Spin Fishing - one of the best local fishermen on fly-fishing and light tackle fishing on the island.

The Best Fishing Trip Experience in Aruba

Wouldn't it be great to catch a Mahi or kingfish on your deep sea fishing adventure in Aruba?

Or even try fly fishing in Aruba for the first time?

Whether you choose to charter a boat or fish at the beach close to your hotel, you can definitely catch a fish that you will be proud of. It’s going to be one of those “the one that didn’t get away” stories your friends and family can’t stop hearing about!

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