Andaman Sea

Worlds Most Amazing Fishing Spots

Whether you are looking for a light-hearted excursion with a group of close-knit friends, or base your life around recapturing the one that got away, fishing holidays are now big business. So steer clear of the crowds and ensure you have a bit of personal space in which to cast your rods to the water. From tuna fishing in the tropics to a windswept and lonely loch, high up in the Scottish Highlands, here is a guide to some of the World’s most amazing Fishing spots.

Clark Fork River, Montana

Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River by Forest Service - Northern Region/Flickr

Montana is known to host some of the best wild river angling in the United States, and the Clark Fork River offers some of the best fishing in the state.

At 310 miles long it is the largest river in the region by volume, and drains into the Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by bald mountains covered in a permanent layer of snow and ice, and softer rolling hills of pine and conifer, this is a fishing site for those who want to experience a rugged, all-American wilderness. Fish like pike, bass, perch and a dozen different varieties of trout swim in these crystal clear waters.

Loch of Stenness, Scotland

Loch of Stenness

Loch of Stenness by Foxypar4/Flickr

Lake fishing can be amongst the most peaceful, and most rewarding, of all angling. Casting one’s fly into perfectly still fresh waters, captive shoals of abundant fish in shallow waters, and only the sounds of birds to accompany your sport. And perhaps the finest lake fishing on the planet can be found in Scotland, with over 31,460 freshwater lochs and thousands more salt-waters loch dotted around the searing, dramatic highland mountains. Unless you fancy your chances of netting the Loch Ness Monster or jostling with thousands of other anglers on the shores of Loch Lomond, steer clear of the more over-exposed lakes and head north to the Orkney Islands.

One of the least fished of Scotland’s highland Lochs also happens to be one of the best. The Loch of Stenness is difficult to reach, can reach high saline levels, suffers from dramatic swells in tides and tends to be buffeted by high winds day in, day out. Yet it is an isolated oasis, surrounded by romantic hills of wild heather, ancient neolithic stones, and was said to have inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen his historical novel The Pirate.

With waters as clear as triple distilled vodka fishers can catch sizeable Brown trout, in fact, the UK record catch, weighing over 29 pounds was landed here. Other species swimming in these beautiful waters include silver trout, sea trout, yellowbellies, pollock, mullet and even cod. Experienced fishers don’t even have to bring their own primed bait to this fishing destination, as the lake provides ample supplies of shrimp, snails and sticklebacks.

Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez by Sam Beebe/Flickr

Big game fishers will know all about the rich coastal waters off the Mexican peninsula Baja California, and it is in the sheltered, warm waters of the Sea of Cortez where some of the world’s most exciting fishing is to be had. Grab yourself a yacht, a reliable team and head out into the surf in search of Marlin, the spear-headed creature famously featured in Hemingway’s 1952 novel The Old Man and the Sea.

On your voyage you may be lucky enough to encounter endemic species such as leatherback turtles, humpback whales, killer whales, manta rays and even the might Blue Whale, the world’s largest animal. If your quest to snag a marlin ends in disappointment, don’t worry, the sea is also rich with smaller fish such as sardines and anchovies. When back to shore grill up these tasty specimens on an open flame and watch as the sun sets over these pristine, azure waters.

Phuket, Thailand

Andaman Sea

Andaman Sea by Steven W Belcher/Flickr

Most visitors to Phuket lounge on the Thai island’s white sands, laze all day long in hammocks, or party deep into the night at resorts like Patong Beach. Yet if you want to get away from the crowds head to the Andaman Sea coast where some of the best tropical fishing in the world can be had in a landscape so beautiful you may never want to leave.

Set your rod in the wet sands and chill out under coconut groves and swaying palms, while you wait for a bite. Alternatively, head out in a traditional Ruea Hang Yao, known as a long-tail boat in English, where you can catch yellowfin tuna, swordfish, black marlin, blue marlin, red snapper, dogtooth and barracudas.

Perhaps unfortunately, any catches you do land on your boat will have to be returned to the water, as the Thai authorities operate a strict angling policy when fishing in the Andaman Sea. Still, when you return to shore, check out a waterside restaurant and enjoy the same mouth-watering fish cooked up by expert local chefs.

Date posted: 30th January, 2012

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