For hundreds of years, countless fishermen make their way to the seas to grab the biggest game fish that they can. Now, more than ever, sport fishing has become more accessible and it’s increasing the number of participants continuously. Whether you’re just now getting into the sport or are an experienced fisherman, you’re probably looking for the best spots in the world for these big game fish. When booking your next sport fishing vacation, check out these spots that were rated as the tops in the world.
Hawaii is already the best state for fishing in the United States due to the deep seas, so it can be tough to pick the best spot. However, Kailua-Kona stands out and has several charter boats going out each day to catch some of the biggest marlins that you can imagine. Off the big island, you’ll see marlins that are well over 1,000 pounds and can be caught at any time of the year. Locals claim that it’s the only place in the world where both of these statements are facts.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
There’s a reason that the largest sport fishing organization, the Sport Fishing Championship, concludes their season in San Juan. That’s because the Puerto Rican capital is home to the International Billfish Tournament each August when all of the largest fish can be caught. San Juan has earned several nicknames for its fishing potential, including Billfish Pass and Blue Marlin Alley. You don’t have to wait until the big event to enjoy San Juan, though, as blue marlin season starts in May and goes all the way into September.
Lizard Island, Australia
Located in Queensland, Australia on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is a national park that’s known just as much for its fishing as it is for its lizards. Some of the fish that can be caught just off of Lizard Island include queenfish, trevally, and mackerel, with plenty of charter options depending on what you want to catch. If you’re looking for the biggest fish that the reef has to offer, the ride is about 50 minutes from the coast where you can catch black marlins and tuna.
More than 50 fishing world records are held off the coast of the Bahamas and its 16 islands. Marlin, sailfish, and tuna are just a few of the fish that can be caught at this beautiful tourist favorite.
Key West, Florida
Among the most popular sport fishing destinations on the American mainland, Key West brings in thousands of people every year to either take out their own boats or hop on a charter. No matter how you’re getting onto the water, you’re going to catch some massive fish. Marlin, tuna, and kingfish are among the many that you’ll see, and dolphins can even be spotted during certain parts of the day. Going fishing in Key West isn’t just a one-day event, with different marinas offering different types of game fish.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
The smallest province in all of Canada, Prince Edward Island, also bases most of its economy on fishing and tourism. It’s no surprise, either, as Prince Edward Island is home to some of the world’s largest tuna and mackerel. The season for deep-sea fishing is shorter due to the northern climate of Prince Edward Island, but it’s a great summer destination with a lot to offer, including charters that are specific to certain types of fish.
Alphonse Island, Seychelles
While Africa doesn’t get a lot of global attention for its fishing, it really should. This is especially true for the eastern side of the continent where you’ll find the island country of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. There are more than a dozen exotic species of fish to be caught off of Alphonse Island, including bonefish, trevally, milkfish, and many more.