this area is part of the marine park, and line fishing in discouraged. I'm not sure what that means, other than what it says. So I'd suggest you contact the park or go to their office in West End to learn the particulars about why it's discouraged. Many of us are content just to look at the fish underwater and eat what is served in the restaurants.
The gear most locals use is 20-30lb test rolled around a small plastic soda bottle as a reel, a hook, and more often than not, some old nails tied to the line used as weight.
Get 4-5 feet of line swinging as if it were a lasso, release it and point the bottle towards the sea and the line spools off similar to a bowfishing rig, then just pull it in by handEdited: 11:20 am, May 23, 2012
My husband fishes catch and release for bonefish and permit in the Sandy Bay area and on the east end of the island. He's a fly fisherman and brings his own gear; flies are mostly crazy charlies/crab imitations.
Here's a picture of a Sandy Bay barracuda caught by a local chico on line wrapped around a stick (don't know if that's a step up or step down from the pop bottle):
Thanks for the replies. I would be bringing my own gear and would be catch and release.
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