The Turks and Caicos are a beautiful string of islands, islets and cays. Our favorite – Pine Cay – floats right on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean (and has its own private island resort.) Because of this unique location, Pine Cay is perfectly situated to offer a wide variety of fishing.
We’ve asked two local island residents, “SLW”, an avid angler and 25-year resident of the island, and “FMG”, a sports fisherman for 30+ years, for their thoughts about the fishing around Pine Cay.
Where do you live when not on Pine Cay?
SLW: I tend to spend 6 months a year in California, 3 months in London, and 3 months on Pine Cay.
FMG: I’m based on the eastern seaboard and fish in Wyoming as well, but my heart resides on Pine Cay where we’ve owned a house for almost ten years.
What do you do for a living?
SLW: I am a retired from two overlapping professions: business executive and chair of several not-for profit boards.
FMG: I work in finance.
And you both like to fish…
SLW: Absolutely. Fishing is one of my passions in life.
FMG: I spend, in total, about one month out of each year out on the water, fishing.
How long have you been fishing?
SLW: I guess since I was 3 or 4 years old with every summer in my youth spent on the New Jersey Shore, where I learned to fish!
FMG: For me it’s been over 30 years now. It’s a sport that gets better with experience, so the longer you do it the more passionate you become.
How often do you fish now?
SLW: Whenever I can! I’ve enjoyed fly fishing all over the world – in Brazil, Argentina, Alaska, Newfoundland, Costa Rica and California.
FMG: The same for me – fishing is an important part of my life, and one of the reasons why we decided to buy a residence on Pine Cay.
What is your favorite game fish?
SLW: I like all fishing but two types stand out: I love to target trout for “catch and release” on the fly. I also fish “for the table,” and trolling in the deep blue water close off Pine Cay is perfect for this.
FMG: Wahoo, of course! The wahoo fishing in the Turks is world-class and the larger fish can be as large as 6 feet. It’s all good though … there is never a boring day outside on the reef.
What makes Pine Cay so perfect for “fishing for the table?”
SLW: The time from out on the water to prep in our house on Pine Cay takes under an hour, including cleaning up the boat!
The Meridian Club provides a great experience for anyone planning a vacation who wants the opportunity to fish. There is deep water and game fishing just 20 minutes from our Caribbean island resort, as well as reef fishing for grouper, tarpon, snapper and more. The “wadeable” flats around our island and around the Caicos Bank make for great bonefishing, one of the most satisfying pastimes in the Caribbean.
Contact us to learn more about fishing on Pine Cay.