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Fishing is an enjoyable pastime for millions of people around the world. It is an activity for parents to partake in with their children as well as something fun to do while on vacation or a day off.

It doesn’t matter if it’s saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing with bait and lures, or fly fishing; there are plenty of amazing spots around the world where you can reel in a big one.

The 5 Best Places to Fish Around the World

Saltwater Fishing

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Saltwater fishing is made for those who love a fight. Trophy fishing is the name of this game and some places are a sportsman’s paradise.

It also offers a nice compromise for families with different interests; while you fish, they can relax on the beach. For the best saltwater fishing opportunities head to:


Fishing in Dubai can be a great way to escape the heat that visitors to the United Arab Emirates are sure to encounter. Year round it is possible to take a charter into the Persian Gulf to go after barracuda and snapper.

Grouper and cobia are good to fish for most of the year as well.  All four fish are fun for fishermen of all skill levels and it is easy to catch several fish per day.

Cabo San Lucas

This beautiful city in Baja Mexico is the base for people who love to go after the biggest of trophy fish. Blue and striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and sailfish are the main attractions in the Sea of Cortez.

Visitors to this lazy town on the tip of Baja can fish all day before enjoying a fiesta on shore at night.  This is probably the one spot on Earth all fisherman will agree offers the most difficult yet rewarding fish to catch.

Freshwater Fishing

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This is the traditional father and son type of fishing that anyone is able to do.

Whether you use a cane pole with a bobber on a line or you have a top of the line spinning rod and reel with lures, this can be the most laid-back way to fish.

It is a great way to be introduced to the pastime as it is by far the least expensive way to fish. For the best fresh water fishing in the world head to:

Southeastern United States

This part of America is home to country music, NASCAR and fishing for bass, catfish and bream.

With thousands of lakes, there are endless places to drop a line from a boat or shore and relax while waiting for a nibble. Many states in the southeast are also on the Gulf of Mexico, so saltwater fishing is also an option.

Rivers of Africa

Africa is known for one fish above all that is great to go after, the Nile Perch.

The Niger, Congo and Nile rivers are all home to this large beast. It can get as big as 2 meters long and weigh up to 440 lbs., so it can take quite a while to reel in the biggest specimens.

It can also be found on many of the bigger lakes in Africa such as Lake Victoria as well.

Fly Fishing

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Anyone who has seen the film, “A River Runs Through It” is familiar with the difficulty of fly fishing. It is probably the most difficult type of fishing to learn how to do and making flies can be just as difficult.

However, it is also the best way to catch some of the tastiest fish to eat, like salmon and trout or saltwater fish like striped bass and redfish. Head to:

Rockies and Pacific Northwest

The cold waters of Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska and British Columbia are excellent for trout and salmon.

Not only are they fun to catch but they offer an added challenge because most of the time you will have to enter the river to reel them in making fishermen have to battle to flow of the river as well.

It is a wonderful way to spend time on camping trips and makes relaxing around the fire at days end feel well deserved.

Bottom Line

For the traveling fisherman, there is no shortage of amazing lakes, rivers, and seas to explore. But no matter where a fisherman decides to drop a line, there is no such thing as a bad day fishing.

As the adage goes, “a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work”!


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. I literally just caught my first ever fish last weekend…but it was 3cm too small so had to throw it back!

    • Congrats! Hopefully it’s the start of bigger and better fish :D

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