We Know: 8 Great Places for Deep Sea Fishing


Hawaii is the paradise of deep sea fishermen, and each island has its own fishing specialty. Not only do you have wide variety, you are also guaranteed year-round fishing, including important international tournaments. Types of fish available off the coast, depending on the time of year, include:

  • Blue or Striped Marlin (you'll need a good crew)
  • Skipjack Tuna
  • Sailfish
  • Billfish
  • Wahoo (or ono)
  • Yellowfin tuna (Ahi)
  • Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi)

Coast of Maine

Not everyone can get to Hawaii. If you live in the New England area, a more affordable option may be the coast of Maine, where you can fish for giant Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (try 400-800 pounds dressed), striped bass, haddock, striper, mackerel, shark, and one of the tastiest of saltwater fish, the cod.

If you don't want to spend all your time fishing, it's a great place for whale watching as well.

Florida Gulf Coast

The Florida Gulf Coast, from the Keys to the end of the Panhandle, is one of the best areas to find deep-sea fishing -- and it's surprisingly affordable. For the best deals, look around the Panhandle area (Pensacola and Perdido Key are super, and the Appalachicola area is good too) and around Tampa. There are literally hundreds of types of seafood you can catch around here, including the giant marlin.

Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island in Alabama is part of the affectionately-named Redneck Riviera, a section of the Deep South devoted to water sports, offshore casinos, and resort living. Though large sections of Dauphin Island were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the fishing industry is recovering nicely, and they're waiting to welcome you to very affordable deep-water fishing.

Prince Edward Island

Canada's Prince Edward Island offers big game fish in cold deep channel waters. You can find blue, mako, and porbeagle shark as well as some of the biggest tuna in the North Atlantic.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun has year round deep sea fishing for certain fish, and additional opportunities for several salt water fish from April to August.

  • Year-round fishing: barracuda, amberjack, grouper, Spanish mackerel, snapper, and shark
  • April to August: Marlin, sailfish, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and tuna

Sitka, Alaska

For a completely different sort of fish, deep-sea fishing in Alaska's Inside Passage can provide its own challenges. In Sitka, you can catch halibut up to four hundred pounds as well as some pretty big salmon.

St. Lucia

On the edge of the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, St. Lucia island is ideally suited for several varieties of deep sea fish, as well as whale and dolphin watching. Common varieties of deep sea fish here are blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dorado, and yellow fin tuna.

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