6 Exotic Locations for Fishing
By Matt Preston
If fishing is your hobby then you’ve no doubt spent many happy hours along the banks of your local rivers. Have you ever thought of taking a fishing holiday? There’s a whole world of fish out there and some amazing exotic places to go fishing. Here’s our pick of 6 amazing places to go fishing around the world and the fish you can catch there.
Migingo Island – The Nile Perch
Nile perch are voracious predators and that makes them ideal for sport fishing. It means they will attack artificial lures, and also that they can grow to six feet long, making for dramatic trophy photographs. The fish has had some dramatic effects on Lake Victoria’s ecosystem. Out of vast Lake Victoria, why choose Migingo Island? Because Migingo is in waters disputed between Kenya and Uganda—although Kenya seems to be winning. I think that could add some excitement to your fishing holiday!
Pulau Seribu, Indonesia – Milkfish
Pulau Seribu means Thousand Island. It’s a nice resort area near a major city (Jakarta) with gorgeous reefs perfect for diving and a haven for fish. The milkfish is a flitting white specter, renowned as one of the most difficult fish to catch in the world. Its diet of plankton and algae makes it nigh impossible to tempt with a hook. Catch one and you get respect from those in the know. Bread is suggested as bait.
Northern Maine – Salmon, Trout, Bass, etc.
The lakes and rivers of northern Maine in North America are a great place for a fishing holiday. Besides the breathtaking views, you’ll also get the chance to catch Trout, Northern Pike and other cold water fish.
The Allagash river is a popular place to fish with plenty of combined canoe and fishing excursions available. You’ll be able to fish in multiple destinations while your guide takes care of getting you to the best spots.
Gibraltar – Gilt-head Bream
To my mouth, gilt-head bream are the tastiest fish in the world. They’re meaty and have thick bones convenient for removal. One sushi website describes the taste as “like a neat and clean daughter”. Lost in translation perhaps?!
The fish are found throughout the Mediterranean and Europe’s Atlantic coast. The straits between the continents of Africa and Gibraltar is an excellent place for catching the Gilt-head Bream. You’ll also find a number of other “big game” fish here.
Cuba – Marlin
Maybe a trite choice, but it’s a staple for any fisherman’s bucket list. Read Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ about Santiago’s struggle with a marlin and the sad, poetic results. The marlin makes for the most sporting fishing and the classic mantle decoration if you go to the trouble to stuff it and drag it back home!
It’s the generally acknowledged favorite for fly-fishers. Standing around in rubber pants and flicking your tackle back and forth is a special kind of addiction. Aficionados spend a lifetime dreaming of taking the trip down to Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego.
Junín de los Andes is considered one of the best places in Argentina for trout fishing. There’s a great range of accommodation here from back-to-nature camping expeditions to 5 star lodges. Personally the wilderness expeditions are the best as you’ll maximise your fishing time and have the beautiful rivers pretty much to yourself.