Fort-de-France, Martinique (MQUE)
Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, between Dominica, Santa Lucia and Barbados, the colourful island of Martinique is perfect for family holidays and ...Read more..
Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, between Dominica, Santa Lucia and Barbados, the colourful island of Martinique is perfect for family holidays and couples’ retreats. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, this is the ideal destination for water sports, scuba diving and kitesurfing.
Martinique waters are world-renowned for their game fish. So, during your stay, don't forget to go fishing in Martinique. Offshore fishing you may expect wahoo, dorado, marlin, sailfish and yellowfin tuna. Smaller open boats usually use traditional fishing techniques - handlines for example - to catch different species of reeffish.
Spinfishing species such as jack crevalle and barracuda can be targeted.
Fishing in Martinique is world-renowned because of its location. The island is part of the Lesser Antilles, a volcanic island arc that stretches from Puerto Rico in the north to Grenada in the south. They form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.
These islands emerged from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by lava emissions millions of years ago. The sea floor is a paradise for sea fishing in Martinique and the other Caribbean Islands. On the west side of Martinique, the sea floor falls to over 1000 meter (3300 ft) deep only 3 nautical miles from the coast. The east side of the island features a plateau, but then it also plunges to over 1000 meters (3300 ft) of depth.
These offshore waters are world-renowned for big game fishing in Martinique. Here, you'll find wahoo, dorado, tuna, shark and marlin.
The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda), often referred to as barracuda, is a long predator that can be found in tropical and subtropical waters where they like to patroll mangroves, reefs and drop-offs. Record barracuda can grow to 1,5m and weigh over 45kg (100lb+).
Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) are also commonly referred to as dorado, dolphin or dolphinfish. They are recognizable by their bluntly shaped heads, long dorsal fin and their bright colouring, dark blue and green on their dorsal side and yellow on their sides and underside.
Yellowfin tuna grow fast, up to 400 pounds (180kg) in about a 7-year lifespan, and they range in length from 59 inches to 88 inches long. They’re known for their torpedo shape, with a pointed nose and a sickle-shaped tail, and have dark blue backs with yellow sides (thus their name) with a silver underside.
The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is probably the most wanted fish in the sport fishing world. The magnificent fighter usually feeds during day time on fish, octopuses and squids. Blue Marlin is mainly caught trolling with artificial lures or with dead bait (bonito, mackerel...).
Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), also known as Ono (meaning “delicious” in Hawaiian), are found in many subtropical and tropical waters. They’re identifiable by their blue-green upper body which shifts into silver towards their belly. They also have blue vertical striping along their sides. These predators are torpedo-shaped and have long and largemouths with teeth.
The best time to go offshore fishing in Martinique is from June to January.
Although blue marlin and sailfish are around all year round, the best time of year for marlin fishing in Martinique is December, January and February.
Barracuda, wahoo and skipjack tuna are around all year round.
Dorado can be found in Martinique from November to February.