Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars
Are you planning a fishing adventure? Before you do make sure you consider some of the hot spots at the bottom of the page.
There are many different ways to catch fish, but this page will focus on the kind that use a hook: angling.
Fishing is a great way to relax and have some exciting fun at the same time. Whether you’re trying to land a tenacious marlin from the deep blue waters off Cancun, Mexico or a prized rainbow trout from a quiet stream in Montana, there’s something about landing a feisty fish that thrills the soul and elicits stories that are exercises in exaggeration.
If you can hold onto a rod, you can fish. Skill and experience make it a lot more fun, and productive, but a child throwing in a line for the first time can have as much fun as an experienced angler.
Fishing vacations are a perfect family outing, and they’re easy to find from Alaska to Patagonia and Costa Rica to Thailand.
Grab your gear and call your travel agent. And don’t forget to hang the sign on your door’ ‘Gone Fishing.’
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2 adventure travel stars
By and large, recreational fishing isn’t considered to have much risk associated with it. It would probably rate one star for most people.
However, this website is for people looking for some ‘reel’ adventure. So, there could be more risk involved if for no other reason than sometimes having to get yourself to a remote location.
Some things that can add risk would include wading out in water where there are alligators and other critters that might see you as a good catch, like in Florida, Australia or Africa. And, of course, there are some nasty snakes and other things that tend to bite if you happen to stumble onto them.
Other risk factors include the kind of fish you’re going after like sharks or some other species that may have a little extra fight and bite in them. And Mother Nature can throw some danger your way with bad weather, especially if you’re on a boat out in rough waters.
Dangerous wildlife, ill tempered fish and bad weather can all make fishing a bit hazardous, and if any of these come into play you can add two or three stars to the risk factor.
Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars
To be a good fisherman you need to have quite a bit of skill, experience and finesse. You’ll also need to have knowledge of the nuances about different types of fish and your fishing environment. And having a sixth sense wouldn’t hurt.
That doesn’t mean that novices can’t enjoy fishing from the get go. The “beginner’s luck” philosophy seems to come into play fairly often with the fishing experience.
As far as the physical factors go, just about any body type and level of conditioning will do just fine unless you’re going for the deep-sea-sized fish where strength and endurance certainly come into play. Or if you plan to backpack for miles into the wilderness to find that secret spot that no one else knows about.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
You’ve baited your hook and cast it into the water with great expectation, and then you wait. Nothing for a while, and so you reel it in and recast a few times.
Was that a nibble on the line? You jerk the rod and then suddenly you feel the pull and hear the whir as the line goes flying out of your reel. The fight is on!
Fishing is a great time for all when the fish are biting. There’s nothing like landing the big one that tried, but couldn’t, get away. And then there’s the added reward of a delicious meal at the end of the day.
Popular places for fishing vacations
When it comes to finding the best fishing spots, it pretty much depends on what kind of fish you’re after. Following are some world-class destinations sure to add excitement to any fishing adventure.
The fish listed in parenthesis are only a sampling of what you will find at the given destination.
- British Columbia, Canada (Salmon)
- Wyoming, USA (trout)
- Alaska (salmon, halibut, trout)
- Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (trout)
- Turneffe Atoll, Belize (bonefish)
- Rio Colorado, Costa Rica (Tarpon)
- Cancun, Mexico (shark, grouper, marlin)
- St. Lucia (sailfish, marlin, tuna)
- Thailand (shark, wahoo, marlin)
- South Africa (barracuda, trout, bass)