From deep south fishing holes to beautiful tropical oases around the world, fishing brings people together as they explore the world and conquer creatures of the water.
There are a variety of beautiful locations that create idyllic settings for amateur and professional fishermen alike. With competitions and tournaments being held in both the U.S. and abroad, the sport of the angler (fisherman) can be found anywhere.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing your fishing location is to determine what type of fish you want to catch.
The following locations include a variety of different fish and climates, and also happen to host many well-known competitions and tournaments.
Sporting Walt Disney World, Key West, and the Everglades, any tourist will enjoy their time in Florida. If you travel at the right time of year, you can even find yourself swimming with the manatees. For avid fishermen, there are a variety of fish at their disposal. Among the most popular is the sailfish. Similar to a swordfish, only smaller in weight, the sailfish is known for its large dorsal fin.
Tennessee is well known for its beauty, gorgeous vegetation, lakes, and quaint towns. It is no wonder Tennessee will play host to the Bass Pro Tour this year. Tennessee is well known for its largemouth and white bass, as well as catfish. The largest bass measured at more than 38 inches and weighed 22 pounds! It is estimated that bass live for as long as 23 years.
- Nova Scotia
This beautiful island in Northern Canada has a moderate climate with 4 distinct seasons. It does not have extreme weather but does tout some extreme fishing. It’s known for having the best bluefin tuna ever caught, weighing just under 1,500 pounds. That fish was caught in the late 1970s, but tuna larger than a thousand pounds are still caught, with the average tuna weighing around 800 pounds. The price of a thousand-pound tuna sells for around $10,000.
- Los Cabos
Cabos is considered the “Marlin Capital of the World,” with fish measuring up to 12 feet long and weighing close to 2 tons. Fishing in this tropical paradise is not for the faint of heart, and requires some professional assistance – from a guide to show you the best spots to fish to utilizing the best angler’s gear to withstand the immense weight of these fish.
The reefs of Bermuda make it a versatile and rich location for many anglers. Also, due to the many shipwrecks in the area, Bermuda has a host of bottom-feeder fish. Apart from some smaller fish like bonefish, you can also fish for mid-size, tasty fish like mahi-mahi or larger fish like tuna.
It’s important to note that you don’t need to be a professional to partake in some competitions. In fact, during Bass Pro Shops’ 50th-anniversary tournament, a group of amateur fishermen took home the grand prize of $1 million for their catch!
Amateur fishermen can experience the thrill of reeling in a large bass in Tennessee, a marlin in Costa Rica, or a billfish in Los Cabos. Fishing truly is a sport that requires patience and strength to reel in that perfect fish – good luck!