Top 5 Big Game Fishing Destinations From Around The World
For many years Sportquest Holidays have been searching the globe for some of the best big game fishing this awesome planet has available and listening to all the returning customer’s feedback who we send to these amazing places, all have very positive things to say.
Our dedicated research team spend their days looking out for potential destinations where we know the fishing to be world-class, it’s then that their daily tasks involve in-depth research into how to get people there, making sure we can line up airport transfers from reputable companies, making sure the accommodation is up to standard and more importantly making sure that the boats and equipment are the best it can be for the area. This is sometimes a very lengthy process but no time is spared in completing the full research before releasing our new destinations to our customers.
Within this blog, we are showcasing some of our best and most popular big game destinations that have been tried and tested by so many of our customers that we thought you would like to hear about them for yourself. On each of the below destinations you will find links to the full tour details on our website where you will be able to find full galleries, dates and prices, suggested itineraries, real customer reviews and some excellent videos shot on location. Hope you find something of interest and hopefully, it will give you some inspiration when you are next considering that fishing adventure of a lifetime
Rodrigues Island – Jigging & Trolling
Rodrigues Island located just off Mauritius has been for many years kept really quiet and just welcomed people who were in the know. Slowly pictures started to leak out to the general public of huge Dogtooth Tuna and other pelagic species to sizes that are not that common elsewhere. The more that we delved into this destination the more we desperately needed to find out how to fish there. With our team on the case, they set about making sure everything could be put in to place to make getting customers there easy and with some lovely accommodation and of course boat with skipper found it was then on to some research trips. These, of course, had their hiccups but before long everything was ironed out by our team and Rodrigues was released.
This destination offers that angler an extreme adventure, it’s not your typical sit back and relax trolling holiday. Yes, you can do this style of fishing here, but it’s the jigging off the Hawkins Bank that drives so many people to this Island. The fishing around the Island (we class as inshore fishing) is phenomenal for smaller Dogtooth and some excellent GT fishing, buts it the trips out to the Hawkins bank that sets this place apart from others. We have different options for trips out there but what we find the most common is a 4-day 3-night trip where you actually live on the big game boat while out at the Hawkins Banks. This gives you the opportunity to fish on location, so as soon as you wake up you can be fishing and catching fish like of have dreamed of for a long time. Remember though, this isn’t a big luxury yacht, but a fish catching machine. So if you are looking for some of the best jigging and bait fishing opportunities then Rodrigues will tick all your box’s. To read the full holiday details with loads of amazing pictures from our customers, read some of our reviews simply click HERE and you will find all the information you will need.
Palmas de Cortez Mexico – Trolling & Bait fishing
When people talk about the big game fishing in Mexico you can start to hear a mass of excitement in their voices as if you have been to Mexico on a fishing dedicated holiday then you will understand their passion for this part of the world. The fishing in the Sea of Cortez is often referred to as some of the best Big Game fishing around. The sheer number of fish in this bay like the ocean is unreal and are all there for one thing in common and that’s the bait fish available. The water is teaming with life from microplankton to large items such as squid and baitfish all, in turn, attracts the predators and from April to October the waters are full of the main targeted species for any keen big game angler.
The Palma de Cortez is one of the only purpose-built fishing resorts in the whole of Mexico and with it built beachside, it’s just a matter of a few minutes out in the boat and the fishing starts, none of this travelling an hour or so down from Cabo, the fishing is on your doorstep. Whether you are looking for the insane inshore fishing or the prolific offshore trolling then the Palma de Cortez will leave you feeling completely content with your fishing adventure and we can assure you that once you have been there you will want to return year after year. On their page on our website, we have a full-colour gallery showcasing pictures from our customers, full suggested itineraries and more importantly real customer reviews to help you make your mind up. All this very useful information can be found by pressing HERE which will open the Palma de Cortez page on our website.
Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica – Trolling, Lure & Bait Fishing
The world class fishing and eco-resort known as Crocodile Bay is recognised around the big game circuit for both the fishing and their amazing friendly service. Set amongst 44 acres of the lushest dense tropical rainforest your senses will be in overdrive as the smells and sounds of the jungle surround you each day. The fishing is separated into two different areas, inshore and offshore. Inshore fishing is a lure anglers paradise as there are many different species that are more than willing to smash a well-presented popper and shallow diving lure. Then you have the offshore fishing and at certain times of the year the Sailfish run is something you really must witness, watching Sailfish randomly free jumping and sunning themselves is truly amazing, then when you hook-up to one of these Sails you will see why so many people travel to this amazing part of the world.
At this fishing resort the fleet of boats are maintained to the highest standard whether you decide to fish from the impressive 33ft Strike boats where comfort and space is important or if you choose the fast and sleek Boston Whalers more accustomed to fishing inshore you will find the boat that suits you and your group. This destination makes for a great place to take the entire family as no one would need to compromise with either the fishing or alternative activities, the entire family young or old will be catered for at Crocodile Bay. If this amazing destination tempts you in to wanting to read more then click HERE where you will find further details or the resort, other activities and a huge image gallery of our customer’s pictures.
Blue Marlin Fishing Madeira – Trolling
If you have done any research into big game fishing for Blue Marlin then Madeira will appear very highly. Madeira is classed as the mecca for any angler in search of a grander, a Blue Marlin of 1000lb or more. With a huge average of over 600lb Madeira is visited each season by people from around the world in search of their dream Marlin. With this style of fishing, you have to be prepared to put the hours in as fish of this stamp don’t come along every day but when they do, you better be ready as fights can last anything from 1hr to 4 hrs.
Madeira has always been known for its superb Marlin fishing but you must go out there with the knowledge that not much else swim these waters. Unlike other destinations where there are many other species to keep you busy while trolling, Madeira really only offers the Marlin. Madeira enters the Marlin World cup each year and many times have come first so this helps cement its place in the world for one of the best places for the chance of a grander.
When the Sportquest team are speaking to their customers about Madeira, they are always honest with them regarding how many fish get caught and it really is a place to visit if you have done big game fishing elsewhere and have caught your fair share of 200-330lb Marlin and want something a little bigger. Of course, you can visit this destination if you are new to the sport but be prepared as the time between fish can be sometimes fairly lengthy but well worth it when that rod screams and all hell breaks loose.
Panama Sport Fishing Lodge – Trolling, Lure & Bait Fishing
Every angler no matter where you are from around the world has heard of the amazing fishing Panama offers. It doesn’t matter if you love your lure and popper fishing or sitting back and trolling, all methods are catered for in Panama. Probably the most famous fishing area off Panama has to be Hannibal Bank a true hotspot for Tuna, Marlin and many other species either off the top on big poppers, jigging the deeper water or simply trolling artificial lures along the edge of the reef it all works really well and you will be catching fish on all these methods. It really is a great place to head to if you are new to the sport and just want some action.
The other advantage of fishing Panama is that both inshore and offshore offer equally as excellent fishing opportunities as each other and both attract many different anglers. So if you love throwing poppers and lures around all day or you prefer sitting back and taking it all in then we have the right boat for you from the big luxury sportfishing boats to the more intimate inshore boats and can completely tailor your holiday to suit you and your requirements. If you have not yet had the chance to head over to Panama then why not put something in your diary and start the planning process.
As you will be aware there are many other countries around the world where you can take a charter boat out and fish and you will catch, but the destinations we have listed above are tried and tested and have proved very popular over the years and will always appeal a much greater audience, so this is why they have appeared on this list.
With regards to the best and peak times to travel, this is a huge factor in when and where you should travel. Our game consultants have spent many years big game fishing and sometimes learning the hard way, which is a huge advantage to you our customer as we have learnt over the years the best times for certain species when the best moon phases and tides as these play a huge part in offshore fishing. So with years of travel behind us, we are in the perfect position to advise you the times to travel depending on what you want out of your holiday. Why not give one of our consultants a call and have a quick chat about where we recommend would best suit you and your budget. We have a complete and unbiased opinion on all our destinations and will advise according to your requirements.
We all look forward to chatting with you about your plans and hopefully, it will be you appearing at the top of our website with that dream fish. You can reach us anytime on 01603 407596 and we would be more than happy to help you achieve your goals. You can look at all our big game fishing holidays around the world all located in one place to make it a little easier for you to see them. Simply click HERE and it will take you to ALL our destinations for this style of fishing.