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Fishing is one of America's favorite pastimes, and saltwater fishing alone draws in more than 25 million participants in the U.S. every year.
It can offer more excitement and challenge than freshwater fishing, and if you're truly dedicated to finding the best, it can take you to exotic locations all over the world.
If you're looking for big tuna, exotic flounder, redfish, or one of the hundreds of other fish species you can't raise in your bathtub (and please don't try), then saltwater fishing is for you.
Here are 8 of the best saltwater fishing destinations in the world!
Lizard Island is the northernmost island resort of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Soon after the discovery of Lizard Island by Captain James Cook in 1770, he named the island presumably after getting chased down by the swarms of goanna lizards that inhabit the island.
But if you're interested in saltwater fishing, you can always hide from the lizards on your boat while angling for Black Marlin.
Lizard Island boasts massive Black Marlin sometimes weighing over 1,000 pounds, the largest in the world! Be warned, you're going to need more than a plastic Dollar Store pole to catch a legendary "Grander!"
Be warned, you're going to need more than a plastic Dollar Store pole to catch a legendary "Grander!"
Alphonse Island boasts the most exhilarating saltwater fishing experience in the world.
Fly fishermen from around the globe gather at the 10,000 acres of hard white sand flats surrounding the Alphonse atolls for the most diverse and abundant population of fish species in the world.
The Alphonse Island flats are home to Triggerfish, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Parrotfish, Trevally, Milkfish, and one of the largest Bonefish fisheries in the world!
Simply put, this one goes on the bucket list!
Christmas Island has the world's largest coral atoll and another massive fishery of bonefish.
The island is less than 200 miles from the equator, so it experiences year-round perfect weather for saltwater fishing. And because of its massive population of bonefish, you don't have to wait around long for a bite whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran.
Apart from the bonefish, there's also a good supply of Giant Trevally which can grow over a foot long and up to 60 pounds! That's dinner for the whole village!
What kind of all-time saltwater fishing list would this be if we didn't include the Amazon River?
Due to the immense ecosystem in the Amazon Rainforest, the Amazon river is filled with some of the strangest, most beautiful and most exotic saltwater fish in the world.
The Amazon River Basin is home to over 2,000 different fish species, many of which can't be found anywhere else in the world.
Because of the constant rainfall, river banks are created and destroyed every year, so species will often be isolated to a single lake for long stretches of time. This has caused fascinating evolutionary paths for some species, including some species gaining the ability to breathe on the surface and leave the water! (But it doesn't count as "fishing" if they're walking around, sorry.)
Ha Long Bay is one of the most beautiful and culturally fascinating places in the world, and even if you don't bring your fishing pole, it's still an amazing place to travel.
But why would you go to the most famous fishing village in the world and NOT bring your fishing pole?! The residents make their living on fishing boats, so there's no shortage of fishing tours that tourists can sign up for with someone who knows the area.
Night fishing for squid and octopus is especially popular among visitors when the waters are so full that tourists often catch an average of 30 squid each night!
Ascension Bay is the fly fisherman's paradise. Hundreds of miles of crystal clear saltwater flats are home to a thick population of Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Barracuda. And they're all in season year round, because of the consistent tropical climate.
Each fish provides a different experience for beginners and experts alike. The bonefish is easy to catch, while permit fish provide more of a challenge, and if you're brave enough, barracudas can provide an element of danger to your fishing experience!
La Guaira Bank has earned the title of "Billfish Capital of the World" because it has the unique feature of having all species of billfish caught throughout the year. The banks are rich with plankton which draws in baitfish during the summer months, which in turn, draw in hundreds of species of billfish.
Massive schools of Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and the legendary Venezuelan Swordfish abound in the waters of La Guaira, but fishermen are also likely to see Dolphins, Wahoo, and Giant Tuna Fish.
The weight of the all-time largest bluefin tuna ever caught was 1,496 pounds. And it was caught off the coast of Prince Edward in 1979. And that tuna was no mere fluke! Bluefins near the island are regularly more than 800 pounds!
By law, Prince Edward Island is a catch-and-release fishery, but you're still allowed to take home one to two fish per season, which even at 800 pounds per fish is still more tuna than you could ever want to eat!
Most of the fishing is done close to the coast of the island, but you can also cast off for a deep-sea fishing excursion to catch some big game tuna, marlin, or even sharks!
Saltwater fishing is an exciting and fun whether it's your first time or you've been fishing so long that you have saltwater in your veins.
With thousands of unique, exotic, and often delicious fish that are exclusive to saltwater environments, it's no wonder that saltwater fishing is one of the biggest and most exciting pastimes in the world.
With billion of fish out there to be caught, the real question is, where do you want to go first?