Tips for Bonefish, Tarpon and Peacock Bass Fishing in Puerto Rico

January 15, 2016

Fishing in Puerto Rico is exhilarating, refreshing and memorable. Whether you opt for lake fishing in Puerto Rico, or you head out on an ocean fishing adventure, you are bound to catch some fish just as gorgeous as the scenery surrounding you. To ensure your experience is unforgettable, we have put together these tips that will help you catch the bonefish, tarpon and peacock bass found in our lakes and oceans.

Bonefish Fishing in Puerto Rico

When you want a fish that isn’t afraid to put up a fight, the bonefish is a solid target. This saltwater fish can commonly be seen featured on television, and they can be caught with either traditional line (bait or lures) or via fly-fishing. When seeking bonefish while fishing in Puerto Rico, keep these tips in mind:

  • Bonefish are fast, so always make sure you have plenty of line on the reel.
  • If you are fly fishing for bonefish, an 8-weight rod is ideal.
  • Bring along your polarized sunglasses so you can see bonefish below the water.
  • You will have the best luck looking for bonefish while fishing in Puerto Rico if you stick to the shallow waters.

Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico

Another fish that is an extremely popular target while fishing in Puerto Rico is the tarpon. In fact, the backcountry waters of San Juan are considered one of the top five places for tarpon fishing in the world. Tarpons are very large and can grow up to seven feet in length and 300 pounds in weight, or more, and since they can be found close to shore, they are one of the largest fish that can be caught without a large fishing boat. Tarpon are unique because they can live in freshwater as well as saltwater. Here are some tarpon fishing tips to help you succeed:

  • Tarpons have very hard mouths, which make them difficult to catch.
  • If you do catch one, be prepared for the fish to wildly leap and thrash around. It is not uncommon to see a tarpon jump ten feet out of the water by your boat.
  • While you can use lures to catch tarpon, your best chances are using a circle hook with bait.

Peacock Bass Fishing in Puerto Rico

To witness one of the most beautiful creatures in the waters of Puerto Rico, the peacock bass should be your target. While they are stunning to look at, don’t let their appearance deceive you—the peacock bass is very aggressive, so fish with caution. That being said, they are fairly easy to catch, so it’s not uncommon for anglers to catch more than 50 peacock bass on a good day.

When you want to experience fishing in Puerto Rico, our 70 acres of lakes and canals on the Bahia Beach property are the perfect setting. Grab your gear and be prepared for one of the most memorable fishing trips of your life.