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Fishing permit needed?

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Fishing permit needed?

Is a fishing permit/license required to fish from shore in St. Lucia? We (husband & I) both love to fish, and we are planning on packing our rods & reels for our 10 night stay in Soufriere in January. If a permit is needed, how do we go about obtaining them? Also, can anyone recommend inshore fishing charters based in the Soufriere area? Thanks for the help.

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1. Re: Fishing permit needed?

No, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore. For fishing charters, check out Mystic Man, based right in Soufriere. Or talk with the local fisherman and make a trip out with one of them for a unique experience (just make sure they have all the appropriate safety equipment).

Enjoy.

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2. Re: Fishing permit needed?

Thank you reedprincess. We are so excited to return to St. Lucia - January can't get here quick enough!

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3. Re: Fishing permit needed?

Bon jou Susan B,

Your ultimate fishing experience would definitely be on a traditional gommier pirogue (the keel & hull hewn from a single gommier tree) with local fishermen out to the Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) off of The Pitons.

And although Looshan fisherman always keep an eye on The Pitons (our #1 navigational aid since time) there is still some risk to weigh since most fishermen in St. Lucia don't need or can't afford the safety equipment required by the St. Lucia Air and Sea Port Authority (SLASPA) for watercraft "plying for hire" (ie: water taxis, fishing charters, etc...).

If you are wanting to safely experience real Carib fishing then contact me by email and I can connect you with a local Carib fisherman who is US Coast Guard-trained and was an officer with the St. Lucia Coast Guard.

Bless up! Paul

Edited: 03 September 2013, 04:03
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4. Re: Fishing permit needed?

Hi Susan,

Fishing from the shore wasn't great when I was there in Aug. There were plenty of good fish inside the reserve, and plenty of fishermen outside it, why probably explains why! For what it's worth, spinning with light plastic shads worked for needlefish and small jacks and barracuda from the shore and rocks. If you like catching squid, take a few jigs as there are plenty around. Small livebaits or shrimp at dusk took a few lane snapper, nothing larger than 2lb.

Offshore, it was quiet just trolling around, but if you can get a water taxi to take you fishing (a lot will take you out for about $40-50/hr), wait till you see the birds/blitzes then run for the boat to get out there - often it's mahi mahi, bonito, skipjack and blackfin tuna and they're fun on light gear.

Good luck.

Edited: 05 October 2013, 12:37
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