You can angle for yellowtail snapper, grouper, marlin, tuna, and wahoo on deep-sea excursions. Costs range from $150 per person for a half day to $250 for a full day. Prices usually include bait and tackle, instruction for novices, and refreshments. Ask about licensing and insurance.

Dutch Side

Lee's Deepsea Fishing. When you return from an excursion with this outfit, Lee's Roadside Grill will cook the tuna, wahoo, or mahimahi you catch. Rates start at $800 for a half day trip for six people. 84 Welfare Rd., Cole Bay, n/a St. Maarten. 721/544–4233;

Private Yacht Charter. This company leads deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and catamaran trips, including snacks and drinks. Multiday charters are also available. Oyster Pond Great House Marina, 14 Emerald Merit Rd., Oyster Pond, n/a St. Maarten. 721/581–5305;

Rudy's Deep Sea Fishing. One of the more experienced sport-angling outfits runs private charter trips. Half-day excursions for up to four people start at $575, $50 each additional for up to six. Three-quarter- and full-day trips are also available. Check the website for great tips on fishing around St. Maarten. 14 Airport Rd., Simpson Bay, n/a St. Maarten. 721/545–2177;