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    My wife and I are planning a trip to Jamaica next winter with some friends. Of course I'm planning on sneaking away to do some fishing. I was wondering if any of you have been there and fished. What types of species? I will most likely being wading and fishing from the beach. Any info would be great. Thanks

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    Huge flat off Montego Bay. Small bonefish, lookdowns, African pompano and tons of barracuda! If you wade to the edge of the flat where it meets up with the reef you can look over and see many species of shark and grouper as well as various snappers. This is the part of Jamaica I spent the most time fishing and it was good just nothing big!
    The best fishing I had by boat was the cheapest on an outrigger canoe where we caught tuna and wahoo! The charters I went on were terrible and I wouldn't recommend wasting time or money on it.
    The local kids that hang out by the hotels know more about the fishing then the charters and guides and if you find the right ones( not the ones selling Ganja) for a few bucks theyll put you on fish and hang out all day with you in case you need help. It's a blast catching pelagics out of an outrigger canoe and I highly recommend it. Don't let the very low tides on the flats(inches at times) throw you there are plenty of fish!
    One other fun thing is the river where everyone goes to the waterfalls is loaded with the biggest mullet I have ever seen and they take flys readily!

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    Oh and don't sneak away by yourself it pays to stay in a group or near touristy areas or in your compound! Definitely some rough spots!
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    Thanks for all the info! Did you have to buy a license for Jamaica, I've never fished outside of the states, not sure how that would work.

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    No license for saltwater in Jamaica .
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    That sounds like a real fun place Boz. Thanks for the info.
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    Hey guys I'm from Montego Bay and am trying to be able to flyfish when I'm there but have not been able to find somewhere to fish. This sounds great and I was wondering if you could be a little more specific where it is in relation to the city. Thank you

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    If your from Montego Bay you should know where to fish already. I f your going there which I think is what you meant its easy. I doubt your staying in town so you are probably staying at a resort with a beach . Anywhere but the swim area is fishable, There is more info in my earlier post.
    Just dont wade to far out at night the Cuban gun boats frown upon that!
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    Jamaica used to be our thing (though more from Negril to Treasure Beach), and though you can have some fun fishing from shore (though is not all that rewarding IMO) consider some offshore fly fishing.

    Now typically folks for that sort of thing suggest trolling some teaser baits then casting to the fish.....My best success came from running the 10-20 miles out to the scum line and casting along its edge. Besides being a little more natural feeling, just a slow parallel by the boat works well and you can allso tow a few heavy tackle baits just in case.

    However, be prepared for a lot of different things from Blue and White Marlin (my first doing this was a tiny 8' Blue male), Dolphin fish, Wahoo, varied Tuna.

    Past that take some company and enjoy the day however you may do.

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    I have been fly fishing the North Shore, St. Ann area for over 30 years and every year there are less and less fish. Jamaica is the #1 overfished island in the Carribean. The government needs to take immediate steps in controlling the spear fisherman and small canoe type boats. Instead they are handing out free boats and motors in a "Feed the Poor Program." I still get out there and give it a try now and then. To me there is nothing more relaxing then fishing and enjoying the wildlife. Offshore you might have a better chance. If your stuck at a hotel just try out front at day break or before dusk when the wind drops. If you can get past the reef it's an aquarium but mostly small fish. Look at a map to find flats in your areas or where fresh water streams enter. You need at least an 8 wt. Rod and Floating Line for shallow water. Intermediate for deeper water. Species you might find are Barracuda, Jacks, Snapper, Tarpon, Bonefish and Snook. Negril has more fishable back water. Search YouTube Fishing Jamaica and rember to keep your lines tight. Peace
    Last edited by jamaicajames; 12-23-2015 at 03:23 PM.

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