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: St. Maarten mid October ?

09-28-2005, 06:17 PM
I may have a chance to get down there for a 4n/5d trip in mid.Oct..

Any ideas on the DIY fishing there ?

Any info appreciated.


09-28-2005, 07:36 PM
Hey Frank -

Just use the 'search' option and type Aruba - plenty of good reading there!

There are bones about, but not like Acklins. If you get on a charter boat the albacore, wahoo, tuna etc are plentiful.

DIY is best around Malmok, also if the wind is down the south end around Baby Beach and the large crescent bay near the prison.

All these are covered in detail in the search results.

Good luck to the newest member of the Aruba bonefish club :hihi:

09-29-2005, 07:07 AM
With the way this hurricane season has been going I don't know if I'd really want to plan a Caribbean fishing trip...

09-29-2005, 12:35 PM
Hi, first of all, what is DIY?
St. Maarten is far away from Aruba, but also part of the dutch west-indies. Been there a couple of times (before my flyfishing-fever started). Itīs tropical and as I remember well there must be some lagunaīs/flats where you could find some of the grand slam fish. I would also take some flies with me for more jack-like fish.

About the hurricanes, Aruba and the lower dutch caribean (curacao and bonaire) but also Los Roques and Aves all lay way too much to the south. More chances for the guys in Texas to get hit by one then we have.
good luck!

Dble Haul
09-29-2005, 01:35 PM
DIY = Do It Yourself

I agree about the that's what travlers' insurance is for.

09-29-2005, 01:44 PM
dOh! Sorry Frank, St.Maarten is in the west indies. I didn't read carefully my bad.

My wife and I have been there but I was not allowed to fish. We did see cuda and there appeared to be a good bluewater fishery in the area from boats.

I'd bet there are good jacks to be caught and maybe even a few bones around Mullet Bay or other shallower coves.

09-30-2005, 06:40 AM
thanks for the replies ....

The hurricane problem will make me take trip insurance for sure.....

had an Abaco trip wiped out last year for that reason.....grrrrr

Not a lot of info on SXM but potential is on most of the Caribbean islands...

If anyone hears anything please share it with me...


09-30-2005, 09:41 AM
Hi There, been looking for some maps on St. Maarten. Hereīs one I found:
If I remember things well, I went there with my parents, and as a diver and fisherman I always look out in to the water to see if thereīs something happening. I would recommend going to the East side, Towards Orient and Coconut side. If I remember it well there were shallow parts in the bays there with turtle grass, I would say a nice opportunity to see some fish there.

There is a salt pond behind the great bay, I donīt know if it is connected with the sea, but if it is, that can also be very attractive for Bones.
And the simpson bay lagoon, which I would approach from the Baie Nettle, I think thereīs a small chanel from this Nettle Baie to the lagoon. Could be something for a lot of types of fish, check it out in the evening, maybe even bring a light and shine on the chanel and into the lagoon, wouldnīt surprise me if you see tarpon out there.

St. Maarten is vulcanic if I am correct and has steep drop-offs close to shore. This makes it possible for big predators (large Baracuda and Jacks) to come out of the blue and just get a snack on the shallower part. Cast towards these deep drop-offs with some steel wire on the end of your line.

Another suggestion, take some snorkeling gear and go snorkeling at some of the bays. Snorkel all the way to the drop-off and look around. Baracudaīs sometimes have steady places where you can find them everyday on the same time. They also sit beneath docks and in Marinaīs. If you see one you can get your gear and try to catch it, ussualy it wonīt be far away from the place you have last seen it.

Good luck and keep us informed!

take some pictures to st. maarten of bonefish, tarpon etc. most local fishermen will recognize them, but not everywhere they have our names. Show them the pictures and ask them where they catch them or spot them.
Also good is to go to a diveshop and ask if there are places where you could snorkel from shore and see some tarpon or big barracuda (but DONīT tell them itīs for fishing purposes that you want this info), they sometimes know a lot too.

09-30-2005, 11:50 AM
the above post is why this site is head and shoulders above the others...

Thank you "arubaman"..for taking the time.....

most appreciated

10-01-2005, 06:15 AM
WE'll be on Abaco 8-18th Oct.........if you end up there be sure to let me know...

10-01-2005, 12:09 PM
Hi Mark...well I took out trip insurance for the first time....with all the hurricanes I couldnt take the chance so you never know where I will end up.....

The French guy
10-17-2005, 01:11 PM
Saint Martin is also French territory (half of it is Dutch, the other one French). We used to have a flat there at the Hotel "Le pirate". I know a French who can help you there.
my email is :

10-19-2005, 05:05 PM
Serge...I am on SXM....any info appreciated...of course THEY HAVE TO FIND MY LUGGAGE FIRST>>>>>>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

I am in Marigot....need directions to flats etc...if I get my rod/reel in time..



The French guy
10-20-2005, 12:49 PM
Frank, I replied to your email and gave you the address of my friend. Check your email. My friend is expecting your contact.