If you’re anything like us here at Fusion, you can’t wait for the holidays to come so you can brush the dust off the boat and take her out for a fish.
Over the years, we’ve curated a list of what we think the best few fishing spots around the world are. Hopefully you get a chance to check one or two of them out next time you hit the water!
Famous for its Great Barrier Reef, the coast off Eastern Australia is also the world’s best marlin fishing spot. These 750kg+ monsters inhabit the coastline between Cairns and Lizard Island, terrorizing anglers with their dashes of up to 130km/h. For those brave enough to take on the challenge, you’ll want to head there between early September and late December. The sun will be out, the water will be warm, and you’ll be among good company—more marlins are caught in this 250km stretch than anywhere else in the world combined!
Key West, Florida
If you’re looking for a great fishing spot, and a community absolutely obsessed with fishing, then look no further than Key West in Florida. Not only is this the gateway to the Dry Tortugas, renowned for their fishing, but the town has everything an angler could need. From seafood restaurants, through to great moorage and accommodation, you’ll be well catered for as you explore the sparkling blue waters and reefs amidst some of the world’s best fishing grounds. Thanks to the weather, any time of the year you’ll find good fishing at Key West, so head on out next time you get a few spare days.
For those chasing fame and glory in their fishing exploits, you’re going to want to head over to the Azores archipelago off the coast of Portugal. No less than 22 world records are currently held for different species of catches made here—that’s right, the fish are big, and they bite! You’ll find all the classic game fish, as well as mako sharks and even the occasional whale sighting. If landing big catches in the shelter of stunning volcanic scenery sounds like your cup of tea, then Azores needs to be your next fishing destination.
Orkney Islands, Scotland
Europe’s playground. That’s what the Orkney Islands are known for, and with good reason: The absolute abundance of fish species makes fishing these waters an incredible time for anglers. What makes this Scottish spot unique is its intersection with nearby lochs and rivers, meaning you’re likely to catch all the usual salt water fish, alongside salmon, trout, bass and hake. Adding to that, the whole place has a surreal ancient vibe about it—mysterious stones and craggy cliffs give off a Viking feel, making the Orkneys an unmissable experience.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Another spot known for its big game fishing and world records is Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia in Canada. 40 years ago, the world’s largest bluefin tuna was landed in this spot, weighing in at a whopping 1,496 pounds. That’s literally like catching a horse! Besides ginormous fish, what makes Prince Edward Island great is the proximity of its fishing to shore. Usually you’ll find great spots less than a mile off the coast, which means half-day trips are much more sustainable. Get in some quality fishing, but also relax and enjoy your time in Canada—what more could a man want?
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
If it’s beach, sun, relaxed-vibes and fishing that you’re after, then nothing beats the good old Coromandel in New Zealand. There’s a reason why Kiwis flock to this spot in the summer holidays—it’s white sandy beaches are great for the family to relax on, while Dad and his mates go out to fish around the mussel barges. You’ll find a real range of fishing options here too—from handlining for sprats off the rocks, to snapping up snapper a few hundred yards of the shore, through to big game fishing for kingfish and marlin further out. Take the boat out anywhere in the Coromandel, and you’re sure to come back relaxed, and full of fish.
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