The Montauk District in eastern Long Island offers traditional Northeast fishing, in waters teeming with blackfish, bass, trematodes, rays, cod, bluefish and tuna. The last weekend in June begins the season, which runs through Labor Day weekend, although some charters will take it out of season. One of the community favorites is Capt Jamie Quaresimo, who can take you fishing on the 80-foot Miss Montauk. The excursion includes bait, tackle and fishing rods. However, if you are a freshwater sailor, you can easily fish at Hither Hills State Park, Montauk Point State Park, and other fishing destinations.
Every year between mid-March and mid-April, thousands of fishermen gather in Panama City Beach for the annual cobia race los suenos fishing. Cobia, also called lemon or ling fish, swim from the Keys and range from 20 to 80 pounds. It’s such a popular event that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission limits one cobia per person and six per day, per boat, over 33 inches. Meet an expert captain like James Pic from JP2 Fish, who will help you catch not only cobia, but also pompano, horse mackerel, sharks, king mackerel and other migratory fish.
Further south, the Florida Keys are a year-round sport fishing fanatic destination. Virtually all types of saltwater game fish are available in these waters, including sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo, and king mackerel. Tip: The Keys are also one of the world’s most famous bone-fishing spots in the shallow, flat waters of the countryside. The season runs from March to October, and the largest bonefish is found in September and October. Make sure you have a guide who specializes in bone fishing as it requires special boats and casting techniques.
The waters of the exclusive resort community of Los Sueños in Herradura Bay in Costa Rica offer extraordinary deep sea and coastal fishing throughout the year. If you are looking for game fish, you will be in awe of sailfish, dorado, tuna, dorado, wahoo, and in particular blue, black and striped marlin. People who stay closer to shore are frequently encountered by roosterfish, Spanish mackerel, and grouper. Fishing takes place throughout the year, with autumn being the optimum time for marlin and snapper, and from December to March for sailfish. A good charter company is Captain Tom Carton, who was the first to provide a fishing charter service in the region and holds several world records (including the largest sailfish), along with several other tournament victories.
North Drop and South Drop around the British Virgin Islands and the US offer some of the most unsurpassed sport fishing activities in the world. The North Drop is a 28,000-foot underwater trench roughly 20 miles north of the islands and has a reputation for having the most blue marlin stings per boat than anywhere else in the world. During the high fishing season, from May to October (considered the low season for tourism), it is common to receive between 5 and 10 strikes per day. You can also fish for white marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna there. The South Drop, located 8 miles south of St. Thomas, is at least 12,000 feet deep in places. This is where you can catch similar fish, as well as many mahi mahi, kingfish, and wahoo. Charters from the US or the British Virgin Islands will take you to either zone, although because St. Croix is so far south, those charters often hit the South Drop.) Double Header Sportfishing in St. Thomas has been in business for over 25 years, and their guides are thoroughly familiar with those waters.
Europe offers several great destinations for fly or deep sea fishing, but you may not be aware that there are huge catfish available on the Ebro River in Spain. The Ebro is one of the largest rivers in Spain and crosses a large strip of waters from Catalonia to the Mediterranean. In 1974, catfish was introduced, and after that, anglers around the world have been able to catch fish up to 300 pounds. Although fish of this size are rare, most anglers catch at least one fish that weighs 100 pounds or more on any given day. The optimal time to fish for catfish is between mid-March and mid-November. In addition, in the Ebro you can find numerous carp and zander, winter being the best time for carp. Several companies offer guided expeditions with English-speaking guides, mostly based in the UK, such as CatMaster Tours, with accommodation in charming Catalan cities such as Zaragoza and Mequinenza.