Updated: Jul 6
There are millions of gorgeous, sunny destinations to fish at in the world. There is a wide range of species to offer as well as some of the most challenging fighting fish in the world. Today we will break down our top 10 picks for the world's finest fishing destinations. The destinations will not just include outstanding fishing but alos great destinations to tour to see different cultures and beautiful landmarks.
Iceland - Starting off our list is Iceland. A short drive from Reykjavik lies Lake Thingvallavatn. This lake is home to huge brown trout. These fish can weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds (extremely large for this species), and you can also catch Arctic Char here. Go to the ocean, and you may see Cod, Pollock, Haddock etc., caught.
Sardinia - Second on our list is Sardinia. Pesca-tourism is shared here. You can work with the crew, learning about their techniques and traditions. You catch some fish, but it's the experience that you're here for. This fishing destination will give you the best experience of having an insider into life at sea. Sardinia is fantastic for a life of luxury, from the climate to the food, and of course, the scenery. Cagliari itself is the definition of "la dolce vita", with a port full of yachts and a multi-coloured jumble of stunning old buildings. It's impossible not to fall in love with it.
Denmark - The diverse landscape of Bornholm allows people to do all kinds of fishing. The deep waters close to the island offer excellent conditions for catching salmon and cod, commonly referred to as 'Viking size' The shallows and underbrush of the Baltic coast are favourable to the appearance of sea trout. There is also something for lovers of freshwater fishing. The lakes and ponds here abound in pike, perch and eels.
Poland - To the southeast of Krakow, the picturesque Dunajec River flows into Roznow Lake and then accumulates at a dam in Czchow Lake. It's heaven for fishers. There are grayling, trout, pike and nase in the river and the lakes, primarily pikeperch and bream. This is great if you live bait fishing!
Greece - Greece is one of the most beautiful locations on today's list. Fishing has been a prevalent occupation there for generations – and with some of the cleanest water in the world, you can find some of the best fish as well. The best time to go out is during the early morning hours, as the water will be at its calmest and the fish will be easier to catch. Since the country is surrounded by sea, there is no shortage of viable destinations.
Estonia - Fishing is a year-round activity in this country. Of course, with a 4000-kilometre coastline, it would make perfect sense. Chub, Baltic herring and pike perch are a few of the prevalent fish that can be found here. These species eat all over Estonia. You'll have a lot of places to try out, as Estonia has thousands of islands, lakes and rivers.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. The area has a strict catch and releases policy, which has helped to boost the population of Marlin. Marlin is an extremely hard fighting fish, reaching high speeds when hooked. The fishing season goes all year round, but the peak times are between May and December. Mexico boasts more than 10,000 kilometres of coastline to explore. A large number of wildlife can be seen hear such as exotic birds and sea lions.
Costa Rica - variety - Costa Rica's rich coastlines offer some of the best sport fishing in the world, with each coast distinctively different. On the Pacific side, you are spoilt for choice with the chance to fish for dorado, tuna, wahoo, marlin, roosterfish, snapper and more. At the same time, the Caribbean side of the country is renowned for its big snook and big tarpon. Nearly all of the fish mentioned growing to enormous sizes. They are built for speed and agility. Therefore, they put up an amazing fight for any fisherman!
Montenegro - Montenegro is stunning almost anywhere. Durmitor National beside Tara River Canyon, the second canyon in the world according to depth. Offers great fishing for common freshwater fish. The common catches are huchen, grayling and stream trout.
Slovenia - The Hidden Gem - In Slovenia, you can take part in all forms of freshwater sportfishing: fly fishing, spinning, float fishing and trolling. Fly fishing on Slovenia's crystal clear lakes offers you the joy of some of the best fly fishing in the world. In addition to the Soča, the best fly-fishing spots in Slovenia can be found on the Sava Bohinjka, Krka, Unica and Radovna rivers. The catch and release technique is becoming more and more popular in Slovenia.
● Lofoten, Norway – The World's Greatest Cod Fishing
● Scotland – The Home of Salmon Fishing
● Ebro River in Spain – Catfish
● The Netherlands for Zander
● Jamtland in Sweden For Whitefish, Trout and Big Grayling
We hope you have enjoyed our breakdown of the top 10 fishing destinations in the world. Each destination offers a wide variety of species as well as different styles of fishing. The great thing about fishing in new destinations is that you get to experience the rich culture of foreign countries as well as catching your new personal best.
By Daniel ONeill.