Most of the time, with a professional crew, they will have already arranged bait and tackle to be on board.
If you are in the British Virgin Islands chartering, there are a few places where you can get gear. Richardson’s Rigging—This place looks like a small house on the waterfront opposite the ferry dock in Tortola.
If you are standing at the ferry terminal, it’s on the other side of the road and a few houses to the left. They have the largest selection of tackle and bait in the BVI. They have frozen squid, ballyhoo, both rigged and unrigged, shrimp, herring, and other small baitfish. Be warned, though, as these are not Kmart prices.
BVI Watertoys rent out fishing poles and gear.
All the large grocery stores sell squid and ballyhoo, which are the cheapest places to buy bait. With these accommodations, you’ll be eating your fish in no time!
If you are out in an anchorage and want to fish, a bit of raw chicken or steak on a hook on the bottom will usually get you some small baitfish that you can use as cut bait.
Silverside and needlefish are easily caught with a scoop net at night, with some lights shining in the water.
If you like to fish with the proper gear, have your favorite equipment, or want to troll lures, the best thing is to bring them home. Airlines have no problem with fishing poles, but if you plan on chartering a yacht for the week specializing in fishing, their gear should be up to snuff.
They should also be very willing to let you eat your fish fresh on the BBQ the day it’s caught. It doesn’t hurt to check, though. Of course, when eating your catch, Ciguatera Poisoning is always best with local knowledge.
We will ensure that any yacht we book you on meets any requirements and has all the correct permits in place for you to be able to fish.