Take A Fly Fishing Vacation In Antigua
By Gregg Hall
If you are a fly fishing enthusiast then you probably spend time looking for new places
to go participate in your sport. A lot of fly fishermen stay in the United States going to
locales in Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska to try their hand. I would like to introduce you
to a new world of fly fishing, the Caribbean.
In the heart of the Caribbean lies the island of Antigua with incredible coral reefs
and beautiful crystal clear azure water which is filled with the likes of marlin, tuna,
Wahoo, tarpon, and permit. Bonefish are a particular treat in Antigua and are a favorite
of those who fly fish anywhere in the Caribbean. These fish have three times the stamina
and strength of a comparably sized rainbow trout and will really test your tackle.
If you really want a treat have your guide take you out jumping tarpon.
Tarpon are one of the most magnificent fish of all to catch inshore. The giants often
approach 200 pounds and are a spectacular sight to see when they begin leaping out of the
water. I have seen these giants jump as many as eleven times once they feel the pressure
of the hook. If you are a northern fisherman who has always fished for pike, the tarpon
will make you forget all about them as their performance pales in comparison.
One great fly fishing spot in Antigua is the Codrington Lagoon. This twelve mile long
strip with an almost endless pink sand beach is thriving with an abundance of all sorts of
sea life. It is not as advanced as a lot of the other locations that have their own ports
and marinas but the natural beauty of the area is overwhelming and will leave you
The topography of the area is friendly with a maximum elevation of only 125 feet and the
waters are relatively shallow which makes them a perfect place for going after bonefish
and tarpon that love the local flats. This is the perfect destination for those who like
to get away from it all as it is very primitive and the area only has 1500 residents.
If you are the type who wants more creature comforts on your fly fishing trip you
should consider the Falmouth Harbor Marina. It was specially built to accommodate large
boats and has docking available for vessels with drafts of up to 20 inches. This marina
which is located on the English Harbour main road has all the facilities of a resort town
with shops, bars, and restaurants all in walking distance.
So there you have it, two completely different choices for fly fishing in Antigua. What
are you waiting for? Go book a trip.
Gregg Hall is an author and internet marketing consultant living in Navarre
Florida. For more on fishing or fishing in Antigua go to http://www.fishingandhuntingplus.com
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