The CDA is deeply committed to the sustained development and preservation of our environment. While hunting is a popular activity and an economic asset to many, we recognize the need to conserve our wildlife resources for future generations. More than 140,000 wild animals were hunted and killed in Trinidad and Tobago over a three-year period and to protect them from becoming extinct, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has implemented a two-year ban on hunting.
In accordance with national laws, the Public is hereby notified that hunting is strictly prohibited on the lands of the Chaguaramas Development Authority comprising the North-Western Peninsula, Chaguaramas, and the Offshore islands of Monos, Huevos, Gaspar Grande, Chacachacare and Gasparillo.
Persons found hunting on lands of the CDA shall be prosecuted pursuant to the Trespass Act Chapter 11:07 and Conservation of Wildlife Act Chapter 67:01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago or any other relevant law in force.
Not so long ago Trinidad remained a secret spot, known only to the most adventurous travelling tarpon hunters. Now, Trinidad presents a celebration for this type of fishing for tarpon anglers and fun seekers looking for a fishing adventure. The Chaguaramas waters have been identified as one of the top locations for tarpon fishing according to Sportfishing Magazine (2010). Where the northwest corner of Trinidad reaches out to practically kiss the coast of Venezuela sit four small islands. Tidal currents surge through channels in and around them providing happy feeding grounds for tarpon and abundant fishing grounds for what is arguably the Caribbean's best silver king action.
Sport fishing for tarpon in Trinidad and Tobago is a sure thrill ride of adrenaline. Great schools of the uncompromising, powerful fighters hunt in the narrow passages between the Gulf of Paria and the Caribbean Sea. Magnificent specimen of 100 kilos or more is a perfect challenge for every sports fisherman, whether caught with a fly or the classic way, with either live bait or lure.
June through November is all prime time to fish in Trinidad, when the waters offer both quantity and quality as the tarpons are bountifully present in the still waters of the Gulf of Paria and sea channels into the Caribbean Sea called 'The Bocas'.
The Trinidad Tarpon Bash takes advantage of the large schools of tarpon that line up every morning and evening in the Bocas along Trinidad's northwest coast. Trinidad's Tarpon Thunder Tournament takes place each August.
Whether you visit in early, mid or late summer, the numbers will tell you these islands offer world-class tarpon fishing in an unhurried and un-crowded setting.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, a tarpon is of the family Megalopidae (order Elopiformes), related to the bonefish and the ladyfish and identified by the elongated last dorsal fin ray and the bony throat plate between the sides of the protruding lower jaw. The scales are large, thick and silvery.
The Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus; alternate name Tarpon atlanticus) is found inshore in warm parts of the Atlantic, on the Pacific side of Central America and sometimes in rivers. Also called silver king, grand écaille and sabalo real, it habitually breaks water and gulps air.
It regularly grows to 1.8 metres (6 feet) and 45.4 kg (100 pounds) or larger, and is a favourite game fish. The largest recorded catches weighed more than 136 kg.
The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Tarpon Thunder Tournament is a qualifying tournament for the IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Worlds.
This prestigious tournament is held August 13-15, 2013 and assists the TDC in their efforts to market Trinidad and Tobago to anglers the world over as a key destination for Tarpon fishing. The 2011 Tarpon Thunder Tournament saw records being smashed as anglers from Barbados, United States of America, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago released a record 236 tarpon over the three (3) days of fishing. The previous record was 166 tarpon, released in the 2009 tournament.
In his speech on prize giving night (August 23rd) at Sweet Water Marina in Chaguaramas, Tournament Chairman, Richard De Verteuil revealed that a total of 138 anglers participated on 29 boats. These boats fished all along the North Western Peninsula of Trinidad in search of the “Silver Kings”. The first, second, third and Grande Bocas (Boca Grande) were the popular choices for the anglers although some ventured to parts of the Island’s North Coast and Gasparee (Gaspar Grande) Island. The Bocas and small islands on the western tip of Trinidad are considered by many to be the most prolific tarpon fishing grounds in the world.
In 2009, a total of 162 Tarpons were caught and released when 109 anglers fishing on 26 boats participated in the TTGFA - TDC Tarpon Thunder Tournament. Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Tarpon Thunder Tournament Angler Michael De Freitas on board the winning boat "Mappapie" in mid-August, has qualified for the 2010 IGFA Inshore World Championships (Fly and lightweight tackle Tournament), hosted by the Florida Keys Outfitters. The Inshore World Tournament attracts anglers from the US, Turks and Caicos, Sweden and Australia (just to name a few) who compete for the world title as they fish for bonefish, tarpon, snook, redfish and permit.
For the first time, the IGFA Inshore World Championships will be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and their televised Saltwater Series as well as will be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms.