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Fishing is a popular recreational activity throughout the Caribbean and definitely in Trinidad. Anyone with a line, a hook, bait, patience and a little luck can go fishing. We are an island and so there is an abundance of locations for fishing and each fisherman has their own favorite fishing spot.

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Occasionally however fishing enthusiasts like to try another location. On this page we outline some of the popular fishing areas where almost every day individuals can be observed fishing.

For convenience we have divided the country geographically and clicking on the geographic link below will take you to that section of the country. To find the locations referred to on this page, see the Trinidad Map

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Mucarapo

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Mucarapo Bay is on the outskirts of Port of Spain, along the Audrey Jeffers Highway, also known as the Foreshore. Fishing in this area is usually only done at high tide because at low tide the water level on the in-shore area is extremely low.

 

Carenage

The large population in Port of Spain and its environs with its myriad fishing enthusiasts places pressure on shore based areas of the north-west peninsula of Trinidad as recreational fisherman seek open sea front. The recent construction of a jetty in Carenage has provided an additional location for those whose hobby is fishing.

This jetty is located next to the Carenage fishing depot immediately before the Alcoa bauxite terminal. The jetty is a concrete structure with railings and wide enough to allow fishing on either side. An added benefit of fishing from this jetty is the row of lights along the jetty that allow clear vision in the night. The water in this bay is somewhat shallow and so it would be best to fish as high tide approaches.

 

Chagaramas

The close proximity of Chagaramas National Park to Port of Spain and its environs makes it an extremely popular fishing area. Almost every exposed area of coastline is used for fishing. Within Chagaramas however some locations are used more frequently than others.

Williams Bay

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Williams Bay is located at the eastern end of Chagaramas and is the first bay encountered as you enter the peninsula along the Western Main Road. Part of the attraction of this area is the low sea wall that provides a solid platform for standing. Another attraction is the fact that it is possible to park your vehicles next to the sea wall. At low tide the sea level in this area is very low and so the majority of fishing is done at high tide, particularly when high tide occurs during the early afternoon hours (3pm - 7pm). The eastern end of the bay is the area in which most fishing activity occurs.

 

Salt Factory

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This is a fishing spot used by those in the know. The end of the road leading to the Salt Factory in Chaguaramas (First Avenue South) is a quiet fishing spot used by locals in the Chaguaramas area. It is a small area with room for only two fishermen. One of the reasons for it's popularity is the fact that the water level is deeper than at other land accessible fishing spots in the area.

 

Anchorage Bay

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This bay is along the Western Main Road in the Chagaramas peninsula immediately after the entrance to the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association. Fishing takes place from the rocks on the edge of the bay along the road. While the catches in this bay are not huge and, as is typical of fishing, not guaranteed, people either catch often enough or see others catch often enough to keep them coming back to the bay. The bottom of this bay is rocky particularly as it approaches the shore so fishermen should walk with extra hooks, line and weights.

 

Centipede Island

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This island is a popular fishing spot for those in the know. The actual fishing location is not on Centipede Island but actually on a small islet on the northern side of the island. For those without a boat, a water taxi can be hired at Island Property Owners facility for the short trip (5 minutes) to the islet. Arrangements can be made with the water taxi for collection at a designated time or upon a cellular call.

 

Macqueripe Bay

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Located at the end of the Tucker Valley Road in Chaguaramas is Macqueripe Bay. The rocks on the northern side of the bay are often used for fishing. Also used for fishing is the abandoned jetty on the northern side of the bay. The photo of Macqueripe Beach on the Beaches page shows the jetty.

 

Point Gourde

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This is not a well known fishing spot but ideally structured for the recreational rock fisherman. It is on the northwestern side of the Point Gourde penninsula in Chaguaramas. On this part of the penninsula there is an old seawall with areas that make good benches. Close to the wall are underwater rock structures that usually attract fish and there are abandoned ships in the vicinity that also attract fish. Behind the seawall is a flat area that makes a good campsite for those who want to do an overnight fishing expedition. The area has many mosquitoes and so insect repellant is required, if staying overnight. Across the bay is a marina and hangars that provide a visual attraction at night.

To get to this location is a relatively easy hike of about 40 minutes and our Other Hikes page has a description of the hike and directions.

 

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The Maracas Bay Agri-Tourism Park has a small pond that is stocked with tilapia and cascadura and gives visitors the opportunity to catch fish from the pond. The fishing is strictly catch and release. You can bring your fishing equipment or use the rods and bait that the park supplies. This type of fishing is especially good for introducing small children to the joys of fishing. For more details on the park, see our section on the Maracas Bay Agri Toursism Park on the Other Places of Interest Page.

 

Las Cuevas Beach

Las Cuevas Beach lies along the North Coast Road, approximately 8 kilometers east of Maracas. The bay is often used by north coast commercial fishermen for catching bait fish, as schools of small fish gather in the bay. Wherever schools of fish gather, larger fish eventually come to prey, hence the popularity of this bay for fishing enthusiasts. Even if the larger fish are not caught you are generally certain to catch some of the small bait fish, leading to an enjoyable day. The north eastern end of the bay in the vicinity of the fishing depot is the most used location because of the safety caused by the numbers of people in the area.

 

Fort Abercromby, Las Cuevas

To get to Fort Abercromby, you go past Las Cuevas beach and fishing depot and take the first road on the left and follow the road until it ends at the fort. If you follow the tracks leading north you emerge on a headland with the sea below. The south track brings you to a promontory overlooking Las Cuevas Bay. For those using the north headland, you should carry plenty of line as the headland is a significant height above the sea.

 

North-east

Galera Point

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The rocks at Galera Point are a favorite fishing ground of many, especially the area below the lighthouse. To get to Galera Point you turn off the Toco Main Road at the round-a-bout in Toco Village and proceed easterly, going past the Toco Composite School and Salybia Bay. The lighthouse is at the end of the road. On arrival at the lighthouse you walk along the northern side of the lighthouse and follow the track to the rocks. One fact that must be taken into consideration by anyone going onto the rocks is that the splash of the waves against the rocks can be heavy at high tide. This can cause the footing near the edges to be slippery. Occasionally the splash and spray are heavy enough to soak persons near the edge.

 

La Fouray

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The headland at La Fouray is a little known fishing spot but highly favored by those who know of it. The headland is not far above the water and the water surrounding is deep so it does not require plenty of line to make a good cast. Spare hooks and sinkers must be brought on any fishing expedition to this headland as there are numerous rocks in the water below the headland.

The La Fouray headland is along the same coastline as Galera Point. For directions to La Fouray visit our Beaches Page.

 

Guyamara Beach

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This beach is along the Toco Main Road after Rampanalgas Village and before Cumana Village. The beach is directly opposite Khan Avenue. It is an area of heavy surf and currents that is not suitable for swimming but good for fishing. A long heavy rod is recommended for this beach.

 

Rampanalgas

33 kilometer Marker

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On the Toco Main Road at the 33 kilometer distance marker is a small cove where two rivers run to the sea at either end of the cove. The cove is adjacent to the main road and there are a few locations where there is sufficient space on the edge of the road to park your vehicle. Part of the attraction of this cove for fishing  is the low sea wall that provides a place for sitting as well as placing your bait and other equipment. The waters offshore contain rocks, so extra line, hooks and weights should be brought with you. This cove is also a favourite camping spot.

34.5 Kilometer Marker

At the 34.5 kilometer distance marker on the Toco Main Road, shortly after the village of Rampanalgas, is a flat cliff top that provides a great location for fishing. The cliff faces the open ocean on one side and a sheltered bay on another side. There is ample space for parking several cars off the main road and then one approaches the ocean side of the cliff.

 

East

Nariva River mouth

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The mouth of the Nariva River is found along the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road. For those coming from Sangre Grande it is after the initial stretch of coconut trees when the road swings away from the coast and then rejoins the coast after going through a forested area. For those approaching from Mayaro, it is shortly after the road leading to Kernahan Village.

This location may be the most popular fishing spot on this entire coastline. It is possible to fish from the bridge, beach or river bank. The particular species that will usually be found in estuaries are Tarpon, Mullet, Salmon, Grouper and Nariva has all of these. As with all river mouth fishing the change of tides is the best time for catching as the larger fish enter the river on the high tide and exit on the low tide. One factor to be remembered when fishing in this area is that at dusk, the mosquitoes emerge from the swamp, so carry repellant.

While the point at which the Nariva River joins the sea is the most popular location for fishing, there are other areas along this river that are also good locations for fishing. When approaching this area from Sangre Grande, the road crosses the river approximately two miles before the river mouth. This bridge provides another location for fishing. The bridge has been constructed with relatively wide pavements on either side so that you can stand on the pavement and be out of the flow of the traffic. On this stretch of the river, schools of grande ecaille (also known as tarpon) are sometimes seen lazily swimming upstream.

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The Manzanilla/Mayaro Road, before this bridge, runs through a coconut plantation. In the area between the bridge and the Bovell coconut factory the river is 100 – 150 meters from the road. There are areas along the river bank where there is a break in the mangrove providing direct access to the river and it is possible to walk through the coconut area to the river.

 

Ortoire River

Another popular fishing area along this coast is at the Ortoire River which is a few kilometers after the Nariva River. Fishing is possible from the bridge across the river which has relatively wide pavements and also at the river mouth.

Both the Ortoire and Nariva rivers are also good kayaking areas.

 

Manzanilla Sea Front

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For those who like surf fishing Manzanilla offers 9 miles of beach front on which to fish.

 

South

Goodrich Bay

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Goodrich Bay in Savonetta Point Lisas is accessed via North Sea Drive (the road leading to Industrial Gases Limited). At the end of the road is the former Caroni rum shipping terminal in a large mangrove lined bay. Mangroves are spawning areas for fish and the young spend their early lives among the mangrove roots, thus attracting larger predator fish. The rum terminal does not have heavy shipping traffic and so for most of the time this bay is in its natural state.

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On the eastern section of the bay there is a concrete embankment providing a platform for standing. The southern section is lined with mangroves but there are tracks through the mangrove and fishermen have created clearings in the mangrove at the water’s edge.

 

 

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This fishing location is located on the boundary between Pointe-a-Pierre and Plaisance Park in South Trinidad. As you descend Pointe-a-Pierre hill heading north on the Southern Main Road, there is a service station on the eastern side of the road and directly opposite this service station is a narrow road with a hotel on the corner. Taking this narrow road leads to the beach. The road is only wide enough for one vehicle to travel and at the end there is a turning/parking area that can accommodate two vehicles.

The shore area is a combination of mangrove, grass, abandoned concrete abutments and steel pipe from an old jetty. It therefore provides several locations for standing or sitting and casting your line. This shore line is on the Gulf of Paria and so will have brown coloured water particularly in the rainy season.

 

San Fernando Waterfront

The entire waterfront of San Fernando is used for fishing, however the popular area begins at the Wharf and extends is a southern direction to the Paradise cemetery with the most popular location being directly opposite the PTSC compound.

As with most fishing on the western coast of Trinidad, the best time is around high tide especially when high tide is between 3pm and 7pm.

 

Mosquito Creek

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The proximity of Mosquito Creek to San Fernando and its environs has made it a popular fishing location for southerners. Mosquito Creek is the name given to the stretch of the Southern Main road that begins after Cara Suites Hotel and ends at the Godineau Bridge. The road runs alongside the sea and is backed by the Oropouche Lagoon. A concrete sea wall has been constructed in an attempt to prevent sea encroachment and it is from this sea wall that the fishing is done. While fishing takes place along the entire length of the sea wall, the eastern and western ends are the most popular. At these ends the wall veers away from the road moving the fisherman away from the vehicular traffic along the road.

 

Godineau Bridge

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For those with a boat, the Godineau River provides freshwater fishing as the main river is navigable for a considerable distance from the sea. For those without a boat the bridge spanning the river provides an ideal location for fishing. The bridge spans the river exactly where it meets the sea and is on the Southern Main Road, outside of San Fernando immediately next to the Shore of Peace. As with all river mouth fishing, the change of tides is the best time for catching as the larger fish enter the river on the high tide and exit on the low tide. When casting into the river be aware that at low tide there is a noticeable movement of the water out of the river.

 

 

Usine Ste. Madeline Pond

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A well known freshwater fishing location in South Trinidad is the pond opposite the former St Madeline Sugar Factory on the edge of the golf course along the Manahambre Road to Princes Town. While the pond is visible from the road, there are actually two ponds with the second pond being to the east of the pond along the golf course. When visiting the pond you can sometimes see either an Anhinga or an Osprey plunging into the water to catch fish.

 

River of Hope, Moruga

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The River of Hope is a wide (by Trinidad standards) river in Moruga that can be accessed using La Ruffin Road. The river is fairly deep and used by commercial fishermen to access the sea in their pirogues. According to the commercial fishermen who live in the area, the river has grouper, tarpon, salmon and mullet.  Fishing can be done from the river bank or from the spring bridge that spans the river.

 

Clarke Road Dam

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For many a young person in the inland areas of Trinidad, fishing along a river bank or from the edge of a pond with a simple bamboo rod is their introduction to the world of fishing. For some individuals this remains as their preferred type of fishing while for others freshwater fishing is an occasional alternative to saltwater. Along Clarke Road in Penal, shortly after the Petrotrin office, is a moderately sized dam that is a good location for freshwater fishing. This dam provides the opportunity for catching cascadoo (cascadura) and guabine (waubeen).

 

Quinam Beach

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Quinam Beach in south Trinidad is also popular for fishing. On this beach surf rods are recommended as wading into the ocean is required.

 

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To get to the Icacos Point fishing area, when you arrive in Cedros at the village of Bonasse on the Southern Main Road, you turn left onto Perseverance Road and then continue on to Columbia Road and then to the Icacos Savannah Road. In the heart of Icacos Village you turn right (west) and continue to the end of the road. The road ends here amid a jumble of rocks as the sea eats away at the coastline in this area. The rocks provide a convenient location for standing/sitting and casting a fishing line. To the left of the rocks there is a sandy beach that also provides an area for bathing and fishing.



This is one area where people have been fishing and catching fish for over 200 years.   On 2nd August 1498 Columbus landed here and called it Punta del Arenal or Sandy Point. Some time between 1784 and 1797 a land grant was given to create an agricultural estate and to this date an estate is still operating on this spot alongside the beach. It has been reported that people from the estate have fished on this spot from the time the estate was created. Even up to today, people continue to fish from the beach alongside the estate.
 
A mile west of Icacos beach is Wolf Reef which is reported to have with 400 lb groupers.

 

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Point Coco beach is used by persons in the Southwestern peninsula for fishing. As this is a very flat beach with a gentle gradient one has to walk into the surf to cast the fishing line and then walk back to the beach and place the rod on a pole while awaiting a bite. To get directions to Point Coco beach see the Point Coco section on our Beaches Page.

 

 

 

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Persons who live in the vicinity of South Chatham beach say that the beach is very good for fishing. As you are fishing from a beach, long surf rods are recommended with poles in the sand to hold the rods after the cast, while you wait on the fish to bite. To get further distance on your cast you can walk into the water while casting and then walk back to the shore and anchor the rod. Rock salmon are caught on this beach along with a fish the locals call gobedot. Directions for finding this beach can be found on the South Chatham Beach section of our Beaches Page.

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Along the Clifton Hill beachfront a large rock sea wall has been constructed. This rock seawall now provides an easily accessible location for fishing as the road runs parallel to the sea wall, so you can park and clamber to the top of the sea wall.

To the immediate east of that sea wall, a rock breakwater has been built. That breakwater now provides a convenient location for salt water fishing. It is fairly easy to access the breakwater from the beach as the distance from the sand to the rocks is short.

 

To obtain directions to this breakwater see the Clifton Hill Beach section of our Beaches Page. To the east of this rock breakwater there is the new beach facility and just beyond the facility, the Guapo River enters the sea. All river mouths in Trinidad are good locations for fishing. At this particular river mouth, mullet can usually be found and at certain times of the year grand escaille (tarpon) will frequent the river mouth.

 

Guapo Bay

In this bay there are two old jetties and a rock outcrop that provide potentially good fishing locations. You can find out more about this bay on the Guapo Bay section of our Beaches Page.

 

 

Central

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Every weekend at the irrigation canals on the eastern side of the Uriah Butler Highway in the vicinity of the Caroni Flyover, fishermen can be seen with rods or nets catching cascadoo (also known as cascadura). An important feature of the cascadura is its ability to utilize its gut, which is richly supplied with blood vessels, to assist in breathing when the water becomes low in oxygen. The fish surfaces and gulps air, allowing it to be spotted by sharp-eyed fishermen and so giving a good indication of where the net or line should be cast. They tend to rest among the roots of the Soharee plant which grows in swampy land and also lay their eggs among the roots and so among the roots is a good location for a line cast.

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These canals always have water, with the level being higher in the rainy season. In addition to cascadoo, coscarob, waubeen, mullet and catfish may be found in these canals, as in other freshwater areas. From the Uriah Butler Highway, the irrigation canal that parallels the highway is easily seen but there is also a second canal that lies behind the first which is easily accessed via a metal bridge next to an old pump house.
 
In addition to the irrigation canals that run parallel to the Uriah Butler Highway on its eastern side from the Caroni overpass to the Rexcar walkover, there are several other areas in the vicinity that are popular fresh water fishing locations. On the eastern side of the highway, just after the junk yards on the western side of the Uriah Butler Highway in Guayamare Village, there are two dirt roads. These roads run alongside wide irrigation canals that flow from Cunupia to the sea. Both of these canals are popular fishing spots with the second canal being especially popular with families on a Sunday afternoon. 

 
On western side of Uriah Butler Highway from the Monroe Road exit to the Caroni River there are several irrigation canals that are also used for fishing. These rivers actually begin on the eastern side flow across the highway and continue on the western side to eventually enter the sea or merge into the Caroni Swamp.
 
Alongside the Blue River (at the Caroni Savannah Road exit where people go bird watching) there is a bumpy dirt road that follows the river on its northern side. This road leads to a point where a tributary joins the Blue River and is another popular fishing spot. The confluence of these two rivers is also a popular liming spot on a Sunday afternoon. In addition to those who drive to the spot, the Blue River is used by owners of pleasure boats to have fun running up and down the river and out to the Gulf of Paria and some boats tie up on the river bank at this spot. Families can usually be seen sitting on the banks fishing and enjoying each other's company.
 
The black tilapia is also found in these waters and often locals use nets strung across the canals to catch this species. On the northern side of the Blue River there are a series of small lakes where recreational fishermen use strung nets and cast nets to catch tilapia.
 
Catching marine swimming crabs in these canals is also very popular. Individuals use a piece of chicken on a line dangled in the water and when the crab takes hold of the chicken the line is pulled out of the water and a flattened basket (usually the metal or plastic cover from a fan) is slipped under to catch the crab if it lets go of the bait when it comes out of the water.


 

 

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