Fishing on IOU


IOU is a purpose built 36 ft. Sports Fisherman which is very comfortable for Big Game Fishing in Barbados. She has full toilet facilities, a large sundeck, spacious cockpit with sun awning and plenty of seating both in the cockpit and up on the fly bridge. We encourage your participation by involving you in re-baiting the lines, steering the vessel and coming up to the bridge where the navigational instruments are explained to you. IOU has two new Perkins/Sabre 225 HP twin turbo diesel engines and has been maintained to the very highest standard. 

IOU has fully safety equipment, the latest electronics and public liability insurance.

IOU is owned by Alan and Nicola Birkett and is captained and crewed by very experienced fishermen. Alan has over thirty years experience fishing in Barbados for recreation as well as in Tournaments such as The Barbados Game Fishing Association International Tournaments and International Tournaments in other islands of the Caribbean such as Tobago, Grenada and St. Lucia.

Barbados fishing trips on IOU are always a great way to spend a day on the sea.

IOU docks at the Careenage in Baridgetown which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


IOU offers 4, 6
  and 8 hour deep sea fishing charters. The 4 hour Barbados fishing charters include drinks and snacks and the 6 and 8 hour charters include freshly made sandwiches and a wide selection of drinks. All tackle and bait is provided. Free transportation for all private charters.

 Also available and very popular, is the 5 hour fish and swim charter which offers a few hours of fishing followed by swimming and snorkeling over wrecks or with turtles. IOU is the only charter boat to offer this option. 


In Barbados, Wahoo, Barracuda, Dolphin, Marlin and Sailfish are in our waters all year. The Tuna are usually caught in the winter months. Most tropical species of shark are also available year round.

The fishing season in Barbados runs from December to April when all the main species such as Wahoo, Dorado, White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellow and Black fin Tuna are available. The Marlin pass the island in September/October when there is a small run of these fish but if you are seriously after Marlin, the best months are February, March and April.


In Barbados, We have over 400 feet of water within three quarters of a mile of the shore, so very little time is lost steaming to distant waters. The 1,500 feet contour is as close as 3 miles! We have one major offshore structure which rises from over 600 feet to 140 feet which provides most species and is only 15 minutes from port. We fish mainly the south and west coasts as these have deep structure close inshore. The West Coast is always protected from the prevailing easterly trade winds and is ideal for those with poor sea legs. Our Barbados fishing trips cater to the experienced fishermen as well as novices.


Most of our fishing is trolling using outriggers and down riggers with well tried and tested lures incorporating dead baits, we sometimes drift with live baits. Reef fishing can be arranged but we do require prior notice to arrange bait and special anchors.

We use short, stand up rods, which allow you to handle big fish easily, lines are 50 to 80 lbs and we have just re-equipped with Penn Senators graphite reels. We use wind on leaders so you can play a big fish right to the boat.


Fish 'n' swim - 5 hour charters give 2 1/2 hours fishing along the sheltered west coast of  Barbados, then 1 1/2snorkelling and swimming with the turtles, then another hours fishing back to port.

(snorkeling gear on board or bring your own) 

Full safety equipment, the latest electronics and public liability insurance 
All tackle and bait supplied

  Free drinks and snacks on 4 hour charters, free drinks, snacks and lunch on 6-8 hour charters
Parties up to 6 and individuals catered for - Fishes 4 in comfort

Please note that the catch belongs to the boat. 
However, on request, we are happy to share some of the catch and 
the captain can provide fillets of fish for a meal.

Cancellation policy: We require 48 hours notice for cancellation of a charter. A 50% deposit will be charged if less than 48 hours notice is given of cancellation. 100% cost of the charter will be charged if less than 24 hours notice is given of cancellation.


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