What You Can Expect To Catch!!
Voted worlds best for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo by Florida Sports Fishing & Marlin and Saltwater Sportsman magazines. The Turks and Caicos Islands offer a remarkable selection of Big Game Fishing, Sports fishing and Flats fishing.
Mahi-Mahi or Dorado
Their catches average 7 kg to 13 kg (15 lbs to 28 lbs). They are distinguished by dazzling colours: golden on the sides, bright blues and greens on the sides and back, making them popular with game fishers.
One of the fastest-growing fish and fast swimmers, with a top swimming speed of 50 knots. The Mahi-Mahi is a distinctive fish, both for its shape and its colors. Though it is among the most colorful fish in the sea, the colors are quite variable and defy an accurate, simple description. Generally, when the fish is alive in the water, the Mahi-Mahi is rich iridescent blue or blue green dorsally; gold, bluish gold, or silvery gold on the lower flanks; and silvery white or yellow on the belly.
The sides are sprinkled with a mixture of dark and light spots, ranging from black or blue to golden. The dorsal fin is rich blue, and the anal fin is golden or silvery. The other fins are generally golden-yellow, edged with blue. When removed from the water, the colors fluctuate between blue, green, and yellow. After death, the fish usually turns uniformly yellow or silvery gray.
We now only CATCH and RELEASE as research is ongoing for more of these species we have discovered that we need to release them whilst in the water and not to pull them aboard the vessel.
A powerful, aggressive fighter, they run hard and long, sound deep, and leap high into the air in a seemingly inexhaustible display of strength. Fishing methods include trolling large whole baits such as bonito, dolphin, mullet, mackerel, bonefish, ballyhoo, flying fish and squid as well as various types of artificial lures and sometimes strip baits.
They are known to feed on squid and pelagic fishes, including blackfin tuna and frigate mackerel.
Please Note: All Billfish and Sharks are Strictly Catch and Release!
Three types of Mackerel are found in our waters, these are the Large King Mackerel (Kingfish), Spanish Mackerel (common around USA Southern waters) and Cero Makerel, a larger more aggressive species of the Spanish.
Space prevents us from listing all fish caught on our off shore and in shore reefs, however in addition to a myriad of tropical fish, reef fishing usually sees plentiful catches of Snapper (red, mutton, mangrove, yellowtail) and Grouper (black and Nassau)
plus various lesser known panfish, as well as roaming predators such as Mackerel, Kingfish, and Small Wahoo.
The pinkish to red color and sharply pointed anal fin (rather than rounded) distinguishes the red snapper from most other Gulf of Mexico snappers. The snout is long and triangular and the eyes are a distinctive red. Adults have no dark lateral spot, but juveniles have a dark spot on the upper sides below the anterior soft dorsal fin.
Like other grouper, when hooked black grouper are dogged opponents that must be turned quickly before they retreat to cover. They will take a variety of natural and artificial baits, and are considered outstanding table fare.
It is a handsome fish, varying from orangish to reddish yellow with small blue streaks on the head, back and flanks, and orangish fins. The colors may vary, as with most species of fish. A combination of factors distinguish it from other snappers. There is a black, oval shaped spot on the upper flank on each side, the anal fin and rear edge of the dorsal fin is angulate (pointed rather than rounded), the tail is lunate, and the dorsal fin has ten spines and fourteen rays.
This colorful reef fish is easily identifiable. The body is olive or bluish gray above with olive-yellow spots and blotches. It has a prominent, brilliant yellow stripe running from the tip of the snout through the eye to the tail; the dorsal fin is also mostly yellow . The deeply forked tail is bright yellow, hence the name.