Are you looking for the best places to go sport fishing? Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, there are plenty of great spots around the world to cast your line. From Belize to the Bahamas, and from the Florida Keys to Virginia Beach, this comprehensive guide will help you find the perfect spot for your next fishing adventure. Belize is a great destination for sport fishing. With its pristine waters and abundance of macaabi, sabals and sabals willing, it's hard to find a place with better odds of releasing at least one of each in a day.
While the chances of finding trophy-sized fish, especially bones, are better elsewhere, Belize is a great bet when it comes to numbers. It's not uncommon to find bone banks in the hundreds, and the macaabi is known to be more aggressive than creepy. For Pacific sailfish, Iztapa in Guatemala is one of the best destinations in the world. From November to April, hunting boats have released an average of 20 to 30 times a day during the high season, and some have recorded more than 50 on particularly good days.
Even during the intermediate seasons, which lead up to and follow the best fishing period, double-digit odds can still be found on most days. In addition to sails, anglers can also find black marlin in the 250-400 pound range from December to March, blue marlin from April to July, and striped marlins from November to January. Yellow-fin tuna weighing 20-50 pounds invade the region from January to June, while dolphins can be found from March to August. Roosters and nests also trot along the coast during this time. The Great Barrier Reef is a legendary spot for black marlin fishing.
From September to December, many specimens can be found there, especially females that migrate to spawn. To get the most out of your trip, it's highly recommended that you stay on one of its islands such as Lizard Island and its 40-suite resort. On Australia's west coast is Ningaloo Reef, where beaked wahoos (ono) and golden mahi-mahi swim. In Cape Verde's archipelago, Sal and Santiago are worth mentioning. On Sal Island, Hotel Morabeza is located in Santa María where anglers can enjoy an unforgettable experience in the Atlantic.
On Santiago Island, King Fisher Resort in Tarrafal is another popular spot for deep-sea sport fishing from April to November. Costa Rica is another great destination for sport fishing all year round. Horseshoe Bay, located 90 km from San José International Airport, is one of the best sportfishing destinations in the Pacific for sailfish, blue marlin or yellowfin tuna. Los Sueños hotel is a great accommodation option located right on the beach with a small marina and a fleet of fishing boats with professional crew. Central America is one of the Meccas of deep-sea fishing and Nicaragua's southern part remains virtually unexplored. Marina Puesta del Sol complex in Chinandega region is a wonderful and quiet place surrounded by mangroves where dozens of swordfish bite every day.
Further south in Guacalito de la Isla is Mukul which is by far Central America's best tourist center with its best fishing season during summer. Panama has some of the world's best saltwater fisheries with a great diversity of species that are active all year round. Here you can fish for medallions, marlins, Pacific sailfish and trophy-sized cockerel fish among others while enjoying stunning landscapes. The Bahamas is another great place for sport fishing with all kinds of options from marlin and swordfish to snappers and tuna. El Rio Negro Sport Fishing Lodge Playa Reina in Mariato Veraguas Republic of Panama Central America is also worth mentioning as a great spot for sport fishing. The coastal waters of Florida Keys range from Key Largo to Key West where you can find yellowfin tuna, medregal and royal mackerel. The best time to fish here is during winter months when several species begin to come ashore with tuna and sailfish arriving in November and highest numbers found from December to February. The Gulf Stream about 10-20 miles offshore is also a good place for fishing all year round with some of the best big game fish found here.
Charleston South Carolina has plenty of deep-sea fishing opportunities thanks to its proximity to ocean rivers streams and subtropical climate which attracts plenty of fish throughout the year. Spend a full day 45-60 miles in Gulf Stream fishing for mahi-mahi sailfish and wahoo or stay closer to coast about 5-10 miles away for swordfish and barracudas. Galveston Texas also offers deep-sea fishing trips 12 hours drive away 40-80 miles into Gulf of Mexico where you can fish for snapper common maruca and grouper. For deep-sea fishing in Mid-Atlantic look no further than Virginia Beach where big catches await at Norfolk Canyon including beeffishes tunas and more.