IOU Fishing Charters

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    Cancellation Policy

    Please note: bookings are confirmed by taking credit card details, in the event of a cancellation during 24 hours before the charter, the full amount will be payable and charged to the credit card.

    24 to 48 hours before the charter 50% of the charter fee will be payable and likewise charged to the credit card.

    If for any reason the charter is cancelled due to sudden illness or an unforeseen situation which is acceptable to us, we will be flexible providing the charter is booked for a later date. If you have booked multiple charters, we will need longer notice of cancellation so that we can re-book charters during that period.

    At least 2 weeks notice is required for cancellation of bookings exceeding 2 charters.



    Additional information

    IOU is a purpose built 36 ft. Sports Fisherman, 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. Last Sept / Oct IOU underwent a major refit - two new Perkins / Sabre 225 HP twin turbo diesel engines and gearboxes were fitted and her entire interior was refurbished.


    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 and in other islands of the Caribbean. IOU offers 4, 6 and 8 hour charters. The 4 hour 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.

    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.

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  • Program of a tour

    We fish all year long in Barbados but the best fishing is from December to April.

    Program of a Tour
    4 hour Fishing Charter – US$500
    6 hour Fishing Charter – US$750
    8 hour Fishing Charter – US$1,000
    5 hour Fish and Swim Charter – US$625

    All prices are for private charters for up to six people. All charters include drinks and snacks as well as all tackle and bait. The 6 and 8 hour charters include sandwiches as well.

    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.

    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 21/2 hours fishing along the sheltered west coast, then 11/2 snorkelling and swimming with the turtles, then another hours fishing back to port.

    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.

    Guided Shore fishing for Bonefish in Barbados

    One of the world’s great game fish - the Bonefish - famed for scorching fast runs when hooked and usually fished for on the shallow water flats of the Bahamas, Bermuda or the Florida Keys - inhabits most of our shoreline. Not being edible, the Bonefish is not fished for commercially so a good stock of fish roam the spectacular East coast beaches where we fish. Fishing is always on a rising tide up to high tide which of course changes daily and dictates the time we fish. Barbados Bonefishing is unique because instead of the usually fly fishing from a boat on the flats, we cast from the beach, catching the fish in the surf.

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