Whether you’re after the thrill of the chase or seeking a peaceful day surrounded by nature, fishing is a sport which can be enjoyed by many. Take to the open seas battling to reel in giant marlin, try your hand at spearfishing or leisurely cast your line fly fishing. You won’t be a fish out of water by taking your next fishing holiday at one of these fabulous destinations.
Deep Sea Fishing – Harbour Island, The Bahamas
“The summer is the best time for fishing,” advises Pamela. “The gorgeous island is a popular destination year round, however, in summer the sun worshipers have been mostly replaced by fishermen and divers. This is when sport fishing is fantastic with tuna, mahi-mahi and wahoo in abundance. This is also the start of the marlin tournaments which can be found throughout the island chain. Bone fishing is great year round and there are several excellent guides on the island.
“Serious and amateur fishermen love to go out with Jeff Fox of Ocean Fox. Not only is he a really nice guy but he has a sixth sense as to where the fish are. A full or half day spent with him guarantees great sport and fun.”
Where to stay on Harbour Island
Dock your boat on Harbour Island at the spectacular five bedroom House on a Dune, one of the most extraordinary properties on the whole island. Located on 1.5 very private acres, this remarkable oceanfront property is hidden from the road and reached via a 500-foot sand driveway which meanders through tropical vegetation culminating in a simple pavilion that sits atop a 35-foot-high dune. Designed and owned by an internationally renowned architect whose award-winning firm creates contemporary and cool residential and commercial projects, House on a Dune’s minimalistic design allows it to blend seamlessly into the environment.
To learn more about renting this designer villa, contact Pamela H. Murdock Inc. here.
Spearfishing – St. Peter, Barbados
For something a little different, our expert Nicole George at Altman Villa Rentals recommends heading to Barbados to try spearfishing, a fantastic sport that combines the thrill of catching fish and the extreme tranquillity of free diving.
“It is unique in that spearfishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish,” explains Nicole. “It’s extremely ecological, providing virtually zero bycatch thus reducing the damage to fish populations and ensuring sustainable fishing practices.
“Enjoyed all over the world, spearfishing is an incredible way to escape from the modern day stresses of life (regardless of modern technology in equipment) and relax your mind to that of the ocean. Spearfishing can be a great experience with clear waters and tasty tropical fish which can be caught all over Barbados on the Caribbean (South & West) side and the Atlantic (East).
The following locations are typical dive spots known for fish, ease of access and usually allow diving throughout most conditions: Just off the beach by Port St Charles Marina in St Peter, and just off of Needhams Point in St Michael.”
Where to Stay in St Peter, Barbados
Leamington House is a colonial-style Great House set in the exclusive Leamington Estate. Extended by the famous architect, Oliver Messel, the house was for many years the home of the American Ambassador.
It was recently extended and modernized by the famed architect, Oliver Messel, to provide a very spacious reception/living area. This now leads to a covered patio with seating and dining areas, a swimming pool, and a beautiful, tropical walled garden. A gate just a short walk through the garden opens onto the beach.
This beautiful Barbados villa boasts four double, air-conditioned bedrooms on the first floor, each with private bathrooms. A fifth bedroom and bathroom are located on the ground floor. In addition to the aforementioned reception areas, the ground floor is host to a TV room and Wi-Fi is available throughout. This fully furnished holiday villa is let complete and fully staffed.
To book your fishing stay at Leamington House, contact Altman Villa Rentals at this link.
With phenomenal coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has some excellent fishing opportunities. We hit the waters off the splendid Papagayo Peninsula, where our expert Jane Moore of Papagayo Luxury reveals is ideal for fishing all year due to the Gulf’s fertile waters.
Along its 200km coastline are beautiful beaches whose warm waters are full of a wide variety of fish such as marlin, tuna, mackerel, roosterfish, sailfish and mahi-mahi.
“The fishing season really kicks off in May and is strongest through November,” adds Jane. “However, marlin and roosterfish can be found throughout the year, especially mid-November to March.”
Where to Stay on the Papagayo Peninsula
Relax after a day out at sea in the chic comforts of one of the spacious villas by Papagayo Luxury. The custom villas have sleek contemporary design and furnishings. Outside, each deck features a private pool as well as expansive views of the Gulf of Papagayo, the Pacific, and the most awe-inspiring sunsets. All guests have access to the private five-star Prieta Beach Club in addition to the Four Seasons Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.
Fly Fishing – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Many might associate the turquoise waters off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with snorkeling or diving. However, from a fly fisherman’s perspective, the Yucatan could not be more perfect as it is literally surrounded by some of the most sought after gamefish in the world, says Angelica Espinosa of Catherwood Travels.
Angelica sends fishermen to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere in Quintana Roo and to the Isla Arena in Campeche, both of which offer some of the most productive fly fishing in the world. A UNESCO natural heritage site, the saltwater flats and shallow bays of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, situated on the south side of the peninsula near Tulum, are excellent for experienced anglers as well as families. The best fly fishing here is from November to June which corresponds nicely with winter holidays. On the northern side, Campeche features an extensive mangrove lagoon extending from the City of Campeche north for over 120 kilometers where you can experience fantastic fly fishing.
Where to Stay on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Catherwood Travels has a wide repertoire of the top private haciendas and beach villas in the Yucatan Peninsula. This unique part of the country combines fascinating Mayan culture, deep history, and amazing natural beauty. Staying with Catherwood allows you to experience all of these facets to their fullest. They can arrange expert-led expeditions, cultural experiences and, of course, fabulous fishing trips.
Contact Catherwood Travels here to arrange the ultimate trip to the Yucatan.
Fly Fishing – Montana, U.S.A.
We couldn’t talk about fly fishing without including one of the best places for this sport: Montana. With miles of pristine rivers, the state is a haven for fly fishermen. Suzy Hall of Mountain Home suggests casting your line in the Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in North America and one of the great trout streams of the world.
Originating in the famed Yellowstone National Park, the river flows almost 700 miles to its confluence with the Missouri River. According to Suzy, Paradise Valley also offers some of the best spring creek fisheries in the region and a favorite of local anglers.
Where to Stay in Montana, U.S.A.
Located just seven miles up into the hills from the Yellowstone River, The Grizzly Creek Ranch by Mountain Home is a foolproof fisherman’s base in the area. Hidden in the breathtaking Montana wilderness, Grizzly Creek Ranch is a classy and comfortable lodge complex for up to 30 guests. Guests have exclusive use of six homes, a vast dining and event hall, a recreation barn, yoga and massage cabin, and the 2,000-acre ranch.
Weeklong ranch stays with all meals included begin at $32,000 for a group of six, and just $600 per additional person up to a max of 30. Fly fishing and other activities can be arranged at additional expense.
Discover this lovely luxury ranch by reaching out to Mountain Home at this link.