Fishing in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Fishing boat in Turks and Caicos

Fishing in the Turks and Caicos is a pastime as much as it is a profession. South Caicos and Providenciales have put more emphasis on fishing compared to other islands. South Caicos focuses on fish export; and Provo being the tourism central, offers several fishing excursions.

Bill Fishing or Blue Fishing is seemingly popular in these islands. During the summer, The Annual Bill Fishing Tournament is held in Providenciales. Attracting large crowds and the attention of international media outlets such as ESPN; this sport is only for experts. The goal, to catch only the biggest Blue Marlins in the Deep Blue; the challenge, these fish are far from easily attainable and don’t surrender without a fight!

You don’t have to exclude the kids from the fishing activities; Bottom and Reef Fishing are open to all ages capable of handling a rod. This sport is fairly simple, and has similar techniques to traditional island fishing that uses hook, line and sinker. The only difference is a rod.

Bone Fishing is one of the oldest sports in the islands, and also one of the preferred dishes by the older generation of locals. However, you won’t find these fish on the menu, as the major turn off is the amount of bones you’ll have to pick.

You came all the way to Turks & Caicos; so don’t limit yourself to fish. We have Lobster and Conch in abundance. Do it like the locals, and dive to dine. Be aware however, Lobster season is closed April 1st -August 1st. Conch season is always open, but with both come size limitations. If the sea creatures have not reached adult growth, you will have to release them into the water. Otherwise, there are penalties.

No matter where you choose to fish in our islands, you will strike luck. The fish here are eager to jump on the line. Just be careful NOT to fish in restricted areas such as National Parks. These areas are OUT-OF-BOUNDS. Upon obtaining your license, you will be informed of these areas.

A Fishing License is required before you can start reeling in the big boys. The fees are considerably cheap,  but if you’re not sure how long you want to extend your trip for, it is best to pay for the entire month. For non-belongers, a year’s license is offered. These licenses are attainable at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources or DECR on the Lower Bight Road, across from Kid’s Park in Providenciales. However, if you’ve book your tour with an excursion company, it is more than likely that these fees have been included.

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