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FISHING WITH CATCH THE WAVE edge of the reef from November to April, which are also the best months to catch wahoo, tuna and mahi mahi. Barracuda are large and plentiful year-round, while yel-lowfin and blackfin tuna hang around Providenciales well into the summer. An advantage of fishing here is the proximity to the deep sea. Just 15 minutes stands between leaving the dock and reaching ocean deep enough to trawl. As many as six lines are rigged and set from the boat, with some skimming along the surface, and others aiming to lure fish from below. Once a fish is hooked, the catch is quite a spectacle and, though exhausting for the angler, thrilling for the spectator. Sailfish and marlin tend to leap several times from the water, while wahoo some-times launch from below the surface, at speeds of up to 60mph. Mahi Mahi are also solid members of the high-flying clan, with Mackerel less so, however Mackerel tend to swim in schools so two or three may take bait at once. that aims to lure small, silver bonefish, recog-nisable by their short mouth and deeply forked tail. Their habitat resides on shallow flats, often near mangroves. The mud flats, situated a short distance away from Providenciales, are all part of the Caicos Banks; hundreds of miles of shallow feeding grounds. Find rays, sharks and sometimes schools of more than 2,000 bonefish, creat-ing mile-long mud clouds in the water. Here, engines are cut upwind of the school to increase the likeliness of drifting into them with a spin caster, baited with artificial lures. If you hear the drag pulling, you must let it run or they’ll pop your line, they’ve got the power! The skill is to maintain rhythm and put some oomph into your cast. While spin casting, anticipate a haul of some 10-30 fish in a day, while in slightly deeper waters the skilled fly fisherman among you will have the opportunity to search for larger prey. FISHING LICENCE • A licence is compulsory for anyone who wants to fish in the Turks and Caicos Islands. • Fees: 1 Day: $10 1 Month: $30 1 Year for a non-belonger: $60 • Fishing licences are available (and often included in your fee) if you are booking a fishing excursion with one of our many operators. If not you can pur-chase one from Turtle Cove Marina. • Please note that fishing licence or not, fishing within national parks is strictly for-bidden, so make sure you’re in a fishing approved area before casting. FISHING LICENCE Turtle Cove Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . .941-3781 FISHING REGULATIONS DEMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .946-4017 I Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at SUMMER 2017 • • • • • 83 BOTTOM & REEF FISHING Yearning for more catch-a-minute fishing? Bottom and reef fishing cultivates smaller fish but in greater numbers, from the prized snapper and grouper families, including pot, grey and mutton snapper, to strawberry and nassau grouper. Yellowfin and parrotfish are among other reef browsers. Depending on the guide, as well as the weather, site and preference, the final net can range from a dozen, to 50 or more, with fish in the five to 15 pound weight range not uncommon. BONE FISHING Using a fly rod or spin casting technique, bone fishing is a ‘catch and release’ sport Boat House at Blue Haven Marina -Providenciales

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