Being a pescetarian (can’t make it to vegan yet) I decided to try my hand at fishing in Bermuda. The end goal, If I caught enough fishes this would = cheap, delicious dinner for a week! Typical assumptions about people from the caribbean are, uno we all know how to swim and dos we can fish. Fishing should be in my blood I was told, you should be a natural! Sadly, I wasn’t adept at it at all — well it wasn’t in my blood until today!
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!
I met one of the guys (the one cleaning the fishes) while chilling at a bar the night before. Over dominoes I mentioned looking for a place to fish. What were the odds, he goes fishing with his buddies every Sunday. He was also born in St.Lucia, moved to Bermuda 28 years ago and stayed after meeting his wife. In no time an invite was extended for a Sunday morning of fishing trip. Come morning, that fishing trip turned into a raging competing — what did I expect when you have, a Jamaican, a St.Lucian, and a Bermudian fishing together. “I’ll show you how it’s done over here in Bermuda. No! Let me show you how it’s done down in ah Jamaica man.”
“Stress is caused by not fishing enough!”
Through the the competition, I learnt how to setup & throw a line, gut and scale a fish, the trip ended with me having enough fishes for dinner for the remainder of the week, even had frozen fish left over to take back with me to NYC. With this new skill activated in my blood — I now find myself visiting this same spot during my other visits to Bermuda – this spot never disappoints.. It’s no where close to hunting wild boar but If you’re looking to save some money on food in an adventurous way, then skip the grocery store and take one full day, devote it to catching as many fish as you can.
Where to throw your line when fishing in Bermuda
Essentially, you can throw a line and hook almost anywhere when in Bermuda but my lucky locations are, the location from the pictures, which was in Somerset, map below. There’s a private dock to relax on with enough room to park your bike.
And across the street, the left entrance leads to Robinson’s Marina Gas station and like all gas stations on the island you can walk in and purchase fishing gear: line, hooks, bait and weights.
A few locals recommended the Causeway bridge heading to St.Davids: here. I had little luck there, there’s a strong current flowing under the bridge. Maybe my skill level wasn’t matched to this location. Alternatively, If you possess way more skill at fishing, then this way of fishing is very amateurish. In that case you can carry you own fishing rod, or rent one along with a boat, a 21FT Plantoon and go out on your own little fishing excursion — you might be luckier than we were topping the 48 fishes in the bucket.
Would you pay $20,000 for this fish?
I certainly wouldn’t. So here’s some advice: If you catch this fish, or any bluish fish that makes itself way too easy, by hanging out close to the rocks – LET IT GO! It’s illegal to catch Parrot Fishes in Bermuda — these fishes are like the maintenance crew of the ocean, they help maintain the reefs . So avoid a 20k fine by a not having one end up on your hook. Happy Fishing!