10Best Sportfishing Destinations

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    Florida Keys, Florida

    The waters of the Florida Keys have yielded more saltwater world records than anywhere else on earth. Rent a charter boat from Islamorada for some of the best fishing opportunities, where it's possible to snag mahi-mahi, wahoo and even Yellowfin tuna. Looking for something different? Try reef or wreck fishing.

    Photo courtesy of Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

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    Outer Banks, North Carolina

    Inshore, offshore, pier and sound -- the Outer Banks offers year-round fishing catered to almost any style. The area is known as the "Billfish Capital of the World," and you'll find blue marlin at their peak in June and sailfish and white marlin filling the waters in August and September.

    Photo courtesy of Aaron Tuell photo | courtesy Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

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    British Columbia, Canada

    With approximately 12,000 miles of coastline, including some 6,000 coastal islands, British Columbia is home to a lot of fish. Freshwater anglers will find plenty of sport in the region's lakes and rivers, while the coastal waters contain Pacific salmon, halibut, rockfish and shellfish. The scenery alone is worth the trip.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism BC/Dave Heath

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    Abaco Islands, Bahamas

    While fishing is excellent throughout the Bahamas, it's world-class in the Abaco Islands. Record sailfish, tuna and marlin catches are frequent, particularly during the many summer tournaments held in the area. If you're interested in bonefishing, head to the marshes west of Great Abaco.

    Photo courtesy of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

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    Los Cabos, Mexico

    The Baja Peninsula is Mexico's largest and most popular fishing destination for a reason. The waters from the Sea of Cortez mix with those of the Pacific Ocean, resulting in plentiful sports fish. The area teems with blue and black marlin from June to December, while April to October is the best period for sailfish. Wahoo, yellowtail, dorado and snapper are plentiful throughout the year.

    Photo courtesy of elaine moore

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    Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

    Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is all about variety, and the surrounding waters are home to all five varieties of Pacific salmon, including the largest King salmon in the world. You'll also find rainbow trout, grayling, steelhead, halibut and Dolly Varden in the lakes, streams, rivers and inlets of the area.

    Photo courtesy of Ted Angstadt

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    Costa Rica

    With Limón on the east coast and Puntarenas on the west -- both excellent fishing locations -- Costa Rica's waters are some of the best in the world for anglers. In the eastern Caribbean waters, you can target Jack Crevalle, mackerel, dorado, tarpon, snook and tripletail, and on the Pacific side, you'll find roosterfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo and snook.

    Photo courtesy of H Dragon

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    Kona, Hawaii

    Anglers come from all corners of the globe in search of marlin, ono, ahi and mahi-mahi in the waters off the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Each August, Kona hosts the "Grandfather of Big Game Fishing Tournaments," the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.

    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ)

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    Vanuatu, South Pacific

    For fishing in the South Pacific, it doesn't get much better than Vanuatu. You can take short deep-sea or light tackle day trips, or join a live-aboard game fishing tour to catch tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo and marlin. If that's not incentive enough, you'll have postcard-perfect views of the azure waters and verdant volcanic islands the whole time.

    Photo courtesy of Sportfish Vanuatu

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    Queensland, Australia

    Yellowbelly, sooty grunter, welch grunter, sleepy cod, Murray cod, barramundi, catfish and redclaw all reside in the waterways of the rugged Queensland Outback, while deep-sea enthusiasts will find their catch along the Great Barrier Reef -- with a little snorkeling and whale watching thrown in. You can also fish off the beach of the Sunshine Coast.

    Photo courtesy of David Gardiner


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