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To big game anglers, nothing beats the thrill of landing a blue marlin. One of the most sought-after marlin species, the blue marlin continues to inspire sportsfishing enthusiasts around the world.

Offshore Deep Sea Fishing Catch - Blue Marin Fishing in St. Thomas

Although blue marlin can be found in select areas around the globe, the island of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is one of the most renowned Atlantic blue marlin destinations. Lure fishing, trolling natural baits and bait and switch are all popular blue marlin fishing techniques. The former all-tackle world record for Atlantic blue of 1,282 lb was set in St. Thomas.

The Virgin Islands are perched at the edge of the six mile deep Puerto Rico Trench, an area known for having some of the best game fishing in the world. Two famous offshore fishing areas in the Virgin Islands are the North Drop and the South Drop. The North Drop, about 20 miles north of St. Thomas, is unparalled for its blue marlin fishing. It is said to produce more blue marlin bites per boat than any other place in the world.

Although Marlin fishing is fine year round in St. Thomas, in the most optimum months of May to October it is not unusual to have five, six, seven even ten strikes every day.

Other offshore gamefish around St. Thomas include sailfish, wahoo, kingfish, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, and dolphin (mahi mahi). The South Drop, 8 miles south of St. Thomas, can reach depths of 12,000 feet; its warmer Caribbean Sea waters are the perfect fishing location for dolphin (mahi-mahi), sailfish, kingfish, and wahoo.

Inshore game fish include barracuda, bonefish, kingfish, mackerel, snook and tarpon. There are lots of tarpon around the islands and your catch will generally average around 25 pounds, however catching a 40 or 50 pounder is not unlikely!

Magens Bay, where Sand Dollar Estate is located, is one of the premier locations in St. Thomas for inshore fishing, particularly tarpon and kingfish. Tarpon over 100 pounds are regularly caught right from our beach, as its clear, sandy bottom makes them easy to spot and provides an unlimited supply of baitfish and crustaceans for them to feed on.

Tarpon present no danger to humans as they have no teeth, yet they are one of the most prized gamefish in the world and put up an acrobatic fight second to none when hooked. The photos attached are taken 50 yards off of the Sand Dollar Estate vills's private beach.

The Sand Dollar villa location in St. Thomas is also convenient for big game fishing anglers: just minutes from Cyril King International Airport, which offers direct, non-stop flights from many major U.S. cities.

Sand Dollar Estate Villa has been the vacation villa choice of U.S. presidents and their families, rock stars and celebrities - this stunning and luxurious 8 bedroom St. Thomas villa and guest cottage is set on over 2-1/2 acres of pristine Magens Bay shoreline, just above the completely private beach. In total, this luxury St Thomas villa rental with its eight bedrooms and separate guest cottage can accommodate up to 22 people, making it the perfect base for big game offshore fishing expeditions.

For help in planning the ultimate big game offshore fishing vacation in St. Thomas at the Sand Dollar Estate Villa, please phone (908) 698-2722 or Contact us via email.

Offshore Big Game Fishing Species - Deep Sea Fishing in Virgin Islands

Species Location Season Bait/Lures

Atlantic Blue Marlin

STT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom line

All year, best May-October 

Lures, Ballyhoo, Belly strips, Mackerel

White Marlin

STT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom line

All year, best April-May

Lures, Ballyhoo, Bellystrips


STT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom line


Lures, Ballyhoo, Bellystrips

Yellowfin Tuna

STT North & South Drop, STX 100 Fathom line and all shelf areas

All Year

Lures, Ballyhoo Feathers

Blackfin Tuna

shelf areas on all islands

All Year

Lures, Feathers

Skipjack Tuna

shelf areas on all islands

All Year

Lures, Feathers

Dolphin Fish (mahi-mahi)

STT North & South Drop, shelf areas on all islands

October-January (peak season) March-May, July

Lures, Ballyhoo, Feathers


shelf areas on all islands

All year, best September-May

Lures, Ballyhoo

Inshore Game Fishing Species - St. Thomas Fishing - Fly Fishing

Species Location Season Bait/Lures

Bonito (Little Tunny)

most inshore areas and around schools of bait fish

All year, best January-May

Fry, feathers


reef & bank areas

All Year

Lures, spoons, ballyhoo


most inshore areas and around schools of bait fish


Fry, small feathers

Bar Jack

most inshore areas and around schools of bait fish

All Year

Fry, squid, ballyhoo, feathers

Crevalle Jack

STX 100 Fathom line, most inshore areas and around schools of bait fish

All Year

Fry, squid

Rainbow Runner

STT North and South Drops, reefs & banks

April - September

Fry, squid, ballyhoo, feathers

Yellowtail Snapper

near reefs & bank areas

All Year

Fry, cut bait


reefs, most mid-shelf areas

All year, best February-May

Lures, ballyhoo, fry, skirts


bays and lagoons


Jigs, lures


Near shore, reefs

All Year

Lures fry, ballyhoo

Shallow Water Fishing - Fish Species - St Thomas, Virgin Islands

Species Location Season Bait/Lures Fly Fishing


near shore, shallow areas, sea grass & sand flats, bays, mangrove lagoons

All year, best late March- September

Live shrimp, small jigs often baited with shrimp or crab

Small flies tied to imitate shrimp, crabs


shallow sea grass & sand flats, bays, lagoons, back reefs

All year, best April-October

Lures, jigs, small live crabs, pieces of crab, small sea urchins

Crab patterns


mangrove lagoons, bays, harbors, deeper water adjacent to shallow flats, around offshore cays

All year, best March-October

Silver spoons, white jigs, live bait fish

Large streamers,  various 'tarpon' flies


around reefs, channels adjacent to shallow water, mangrove lagoons and bays

All Year

Live fish, bait fish imitations, silver spoons, feathers

Bait fish imitations, needlefish imitations


around reefs, channels adjacent to shallow water, mangrove lagoons and bays, back reef flats

All Year

Squid, shrimp, cut bait, small spoons, spinners, jigs

Small streamers, shrimp imitations


mangrove lagoons, bays, harbors, along beaches with sharp drop-offs, reefs, seawalls and man-made underwater structures and pilings

All Year

Live shrimp, small fish, bait fish imitation lures, jigs

Bait fish imitations

Note: Information for this section was provided in part by the VI Game Fishing Club, (340) 775-9144 and the Division of Fish and Wildlife, (340) 775-6762 on St. Thomas.

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