If you want a slap-happy, awe-inspiring fishing experience in an environment that also offers a wide variety of other activities and amenities for nonanglers in your party, then Belize is the place. This tropical idyll, located only a few hours’ flight from the US, is blessed with the second-largest coral reef on the planet and countless lagoons, mangroves, flats and atolls. The fishing is fast and fun, especially on light tackle for bonefish and permit in the shallows or conventional gear targeting marlin, sailfish and wahoo offshore. Adding to the appeal is that nonanglers can enjoy everything from cave tubing and zip lining, to jungle spa treatments and Mayan ruin tours.
While Cancun is best known for its beach resorts and wild parties, it is also home to a legendary sail fishery. The peak season is March through May, but there are opportunities year-round. In addition to a good shot at landing a massive sailfish, the waters of Cancun and nearby Isla Mujeres are also prime destinations for wahoo and dorado, especially when hooked on a teaser or ballyhoo. The Galapagos Islands are a dazzling sight when the striped marlin run through them during February and June. But the pristine flats near the Jardines de la Reina offer great chances at bonefish, tarpon and cubera snapper all year round. Easily reached from the US, this Pacific paradise is a prime spot for marlin and a wide variety of other species. Inshore, a plethora of flats and lagoons beckon with snook, redfish, trout and other warm-water species.
The rocky seamounts and pristine nearshore reefs of the outer edge of Haida Gwaii provide a fabulous backdrop for a world-class fishing adventure, especially when schools of tuna patrol iconic spots like Zane Grey Bank and Hannibal Bank. Mahi and wahoo can also be found fluttering in the blue-green water close to shore. A newcomer to the international fishing scene, this small island nation is quickly becoming a popular spot for both fly and conventional anglers. Expect to catch a wide range of species, from bonefish and tarpon to permit, cobia and snook. And a visit here can include a side trip to see the spectacular Great Blue Heron sanctuary in the south of the country.
Mongolia might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a fishing vacation, but this intriguing land of rugged mountain rivers, rich coniferous forests and traditional ethnic lifestyle strongly influenced by ancient cultures is the epitome of intrepid explorations. It’s also an affordable, accessible destination that offers a unique opportunity to explore and fish a raw, natural and untouched environment without blowing your travel budget.