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Warm and rich with nutrients, Puerto Rican waters allow great fishing all year round

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Puerto Rico is one of the top fishing destinations in the Caribbean. Whether it's a fly-fishing or a deep-sea excursion, you won't regret spending a day or two of your vacation on the water. There are plenty of charters to choose from in San Juan, Fajardo, Humacao, and Mayaguez with experienced crews, guides, and equipment for big game fishing.

The size of big game fish in Puerto Rican waters is ranging between 150 and 400 pounds (70-180 kg). Charters can be booked for half a day, one day, or several days. Some offer accommodation and dining as well as all necessary fishing gear. You can catch different kinds of fish during different seasons. Additionally, there are many sport fishing competitions in Puerto Rico that are held usually in August and September.

Best fishing spots

You can fish anywhere along the Puerto Rico coast, however, the most popular destinations include the islands of Vieques and Culebra, La Pared Beach in Luquillo, La Parguera on the south coast as well as lakes Guajataca and Dos Bocas, and Tortuguero Lagoon.

Fish species and seasons

Blue marlin is frequently caught in Puerto Rico. The season for this big fish runs from June through November. Blackfin and less common yellowfin tuna are caught year-round. The mahi mahi season is from November through December on the north coast, and from February through May on the south coast. Tarpon is mostly caught in inner waters from November to May. The same seasonal range applies to wahoo, barracuda, and kingfish.

No matter when you come to Puerto Rico, you can always have a superb fishing experience thanks to beautiful nature, warm weather and great water diversity: from the deep ocean to lagoons and shallow shores.

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