Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  2
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Barbados

  1. #1

    Default Barbados

    Planning a trip to the Caribbean in September this year and although I'm pushing for Cuba the mrs isn't having any of it. So a friend has offered her apartment on the west coast of Barbados near Holetown. Does anyone know what the fishings like? I know their are no flats but apparently bones can be caught in the surf. I do want to take a fly rod with me and a spinning rod so I am looking for advice on what wt rod to take. I have a 8wt frequent flyer I use for going away or should I get a higher rated rod?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Near Bicester, Oxon
    Posts
    2,495

    Default Re: Barbados

    West Coast is generally calm so an 8 would be fine, maybe a 7. If you venture to the East things get a lot more lively and I would be going with a 9 as a minimum.

  3. #3

    Default Re: Barbados

    Now then, make of this what you will.
    I have been out to Barbados a few times but I confess never took rods or fished from the shore.
    That said, in all those times I never saw anyone fishing seriously from the shore anywhere on the island that I can recall, bar a few locals with basic stuff and small hooks.
    My enquiries lead me to understand it was pretty pants, so I never bothered.

    People on boats did better.

    Personally, I would be trying very hard to suggest to the wife a different location?

  4. #4

    Default Re: Barbados

    Thanks for the advice. My friend is half Barbadian and regularly goes there and has advised that she quite often see the locals fishing but from my research it doesn't really look like a fishing destination. If we went I would still take a rod just on the off chance but species wise I would love to catch a bone.

    Believe me I am looking at alternatives but it has to be a nice hotel for the mrs and good fishing for me! Open to suggestions with a budget of 3,000.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Devon
    Posts
    179

    Default Re: Barbados

    How long are you planning to go for? If it's only a week 3000 would do you nicely in plenty of places that time of year.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Barbados

    Quote Originally Posted by yeoman View Post
    How long are you planning to go for? If it's only a week 3000 would do you nicely in plenty of places that time of year.

    No longer than 10 days. Never really fished saltwater so I don't know much about areas to fish abroad.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Near Bicester, Oxon
    Posts
    2,495

    Default Re: Barbados

    Quote Originally Posted by jmf26 View Post
    No longer than 10 days. Never really fished saltwater so I don't know much about areas to fish abroad.
    Tough gig then - it's a world away from what you've been doing, and you will be in full-on "needle in a haystack" mode.

    The Rainbow Inn on Eleuthera, Bahamas can show you the best areas on the island to bonefish solo, and could likely hook you up with a guide for a day. Beautiful island, too.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Whetstone - South of Leicester
    Posts
    552

    Default Re: Barbados

    I wouldn't say it was a total no hoper although may not be bone heaven.
    The one time I went there was many years ago before I was "fly only" and I didn't take fly gear with me. ;-(
    Knowing what I do now I wish I had.
    I stayed on the southern beach area which is not calm like the west nor wild like the eastern side - sort of a happy medium with sandy beaches.
    I caught plenty of fish from here in the mornings/evenings either bait fishing or chucking small "feathers" and spinners.
    Nothing particularly big but I only had a lt. wt. spinning rod and small fixed spool with me and a handful of hooks, feathers and weights.
    I had small jacks, garfish (or something similar?)loads of bottom feeding fish the locals called chub and a couple of types of the more pretty members of the jack family.
    I'm certain I'd have caught all of these on fly gear by just chucking short into the surf with clousers, bonefish flies or small crabs.
    A couple of times huge barracuda appeared -I had one strike a spinner several times but I never hooked up. Good job as my reel was loaded with 6lb mono.
    I also saw huge jacks on more than one occasion as the surf rose up you could see their silhouettes through the waves- again I would have had no chance if I'd actually hooked one. They looked to be around 30lb or more.
    There are many stone jetties/groynes around the area too and these were great to fish off - would have been perfect for a bit of blind casting with a fly rod.

    Might not be your dream location but I would make the most of it and just cast for what is out there rather than having to target the big three (bones, permit and tarpon).
    I'm sure there were loads of big tarpon in the filthy harbour in the capital -Bridgetown. Whether you would be allowed or even able to fish for them though?

    I'd quite happily spend a week exploring Barbados with my fly rod but I'm happy fly fishing in a canal. ;-)
    If it's booked and paid for take some kit and make the most of it. Got to be better than not fishing. ;-)

    - - - Updated - - -
    Last edited by Skateboard Dave; 13-02-2018 at 10:29 PM.
    It's not flyfishing if you're throwing bait in....learn to do it properly

  9. #9

    Default Re: Barbados

    Otherwise tell her how wonderful Cuba is in May !!!
    Fits in your budget nicely ��

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Linlithgow, Scotland and anywhere i can wet a line!
    Posts
    9,803

    Default Re: Barbados

    Quote Originally Posted by the optimist View Post
    Otherwise tell her how wonderful Cuba is in May !!!
    Fits in your budget nicely ��
    With loads of change for the guides!

    regards
    bert

Similar Threads

  1. Barbados
    By karl23 in forum Destination Fishing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17-01-2015, 04:23 PM
  2. Barbados in April
    By The Dibbler in forum Saltwater Fly Fishing
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 23-02-2009, 01:51 PM
  3. Barbados
    By Kirky in forum Saltwater Fly Fishing
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-12-2008, 03:11 PM
  4. Fly fishing in barbados
    By Kirky in forum Fly fishing for other species
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 05-12-2008, 04:33 PM
  5. Fishing in Barbados
    By twopiece in forum Destination Fishing
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-10-2006, 08:41 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •