Fishing In TobagoOur beautiful waters give a new twist to the expression "there's plenty of fish in the sea." Trinidad and Tobago's fishery can rival any Caribbean destination for variety with wahoo, bigeye and yellowfin tuna, swordfish, sailfish and white marlin being caught on a regular basis.
Over 1800 square miles await you off Trinidad's coast where the top three game fish dominate its offshore fishery. Among them wahoo, that in the peak season from October-December, are so plentiful that game fishers are likely to find delightful never-ending action from dawn till dusk. These fish are both numerous and big.
Catches of wahoo often average 65 pounds with some, at least a half-dozen each year, in the 100-pound class. Off Trinidad Sailfish often exceed 100 pounds with average catches of 75 pounds being common. The island presents excellent conditions to go after a world record on light or fly tackle. Marlins though present are rare in these waters.
The waters around picturesque Tobago teem with life in April. Marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dolphin are present. Variety is the catchword to use when describing Tobago's fishing opportunities. Most of the marlin fishing off Tobago takes place just a couple of miles off the northwest coast on the leeward side of the island, between a three-rock formation called the Sisters and two small uninhabited islands called the Giles.
Local fishermen often talk of large marlins that are present in these waters. Poundages have been estimated as being around the 1200-pound range. Catches are rare though since the poundage of the fish often exceeds the gauge of the equipment used.
Peak fishing usually begins in November and continues until the end of May. There is some debate locally as to which time during the season is the best to fish. All agree however that the five days leading to and during the full moon are most productive. Whatever the time though we are also one of the few island nations that ensure conservation through a catch and release programme.