Articles | TRAVEL LOG:ST. THOMAS (USVI) – The Fisherman Magazine

A year following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the sportfishing in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is back up at 100% access and action.

After the devastation of the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean in 2017 I am proud to say that I checked in with my good friend Capt. Alvin of Capt Alvin Fishing Charters in St. Thomas and he advised his clients are getting tight once again!

I had the pleasure to fish with Capt. Alvin in May of 2017 aboard his 37-foot Calypso center console and the trip did not disappoint. We fished live greenies and trolled single hooked flying fishing to hungry bull mahi-mahi that topped 40 pounds.

Our morning started as we cast netted a live well full of greenies which are about 3 to 6 inches in length that kind of resemble a peanut bunker or even a snapper blue which proved to be deadly to stir up a bite when tossed around a debris filed or a single beacon in the middle of nowhere. But, it gets better when you get back to the dock and watch hundreds of tarpon battle for our left over greenies!

Capt. Alvin’s home port of Charlotte Amalie harbor is the perfect spot to access the legendary fishing grounds of the North and South Drop. Anglers come from around the world to fish these waters for trophy blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, sailfish, wahoo, and mahi. The sheer number of pelagic game fish in these waters rivals some of the best sport fishing locations in the world.

Inshore trips generally target species such as kingfish, barracuda, tarpon, bonito, jacks, yellowtail snapper, Spanish mackerel, blue runners, rainbow runners, grouper, and snook. Capt. Alvin utilizes live-bait fishing to give the angler the best possible shot at hooking up with multiple fish throughout the day. If you prefer to fish using lures, they have a selection of PENN casting gear ready to go!

The North Drop: An underwater trench north of St. Thomas that circulates with cool water from the Atlantic Ocean and reaches down about 5-1/2 miles to depths of 29,000 feet. The swift moving currents from the ocean depths drive upwellings from the ocean floor delivering nutrient rich plankton and small baitfish to the surface. The masses of baitfish and nutrients attract a variety of large offshore species, particularly huge blue marlin for which the North Drop is famous. Hook-ups with other pelagic species such as dolphin, tuna and wahoo are almost a guarantee at the North Drop as well.

The South Drop: An underwater trench just a few miles (10- to 15-minute ride from our marina) South of St. Thomas that is filled with warm Caribbean water, reaching depths of 12,000 feet or about 2-1/4 miles. Similar to the North Drop, underwater currents deliver baitfish and nutrients to the surface along the trench line. Wahoo, yellowfin, blackfin, mahi, blue marlin and sailfish all congregate in this area making it a proven offshore fishing ground.

Capt. Alvin was born in Frenchtown, a small harbor side community in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. His father was part of a fishing tradition that dates back three generations as an artisanal & commercial fisherman. Due to his 20+ years of fishing experience in both inshore and offshore waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands, Capt. Alvin has been blessed with winning several local kingfish tournaments in St Thomas (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 & 2012) as well as earning 1st place and Best Boat in the VIGFC’s Dolphin Derby (2013, 2014 & 2015).

I stayed at the Marriot Frenchman’s Cove where Capt. Alvin Fishing Charters offers some of the finest accommodations in the world. Our Fish & Stay Vacation Packages at the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove and Ritz Carlton Club properties include accommodations with either two- or three-bedroom Waterfront Villas. Just let Capt. Alvin know when you’d like to visit, how many days you’d like to fish and what species you’re after. From there he can customize a vacation that combines world-class fishing with tropical relaxation at two of the Caribbean’s most sought after destination resorts.

Capt Alvin Fishing Charters
www.fishinginstthomas.com
Day: Capt John (774-955-4122)
Night: Capt. Alvin (340-626-4220)

Source: https://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=1974&ParentCat=2

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