The Florida Keys
A fisherman’s paradise exists off the Sunshine State’s southern shore. Anglers looking for permit, redfish, bonefish, snook, or tarpon should go to Florida’s “backcountry,” the seas between the Keys and the mainland. The deep oceans of the Atlantic Ocean, trapped in the warm Gulf Stream, are the primary appeal for most tourists. Charter a boat to try your hand at capturing some of the world’s most coveted species, such as blue and white marlin, sailfish, and swordfish. Even if you don’t get any bites, you’re in luck since the Keys have some of the country’s top seafood restaurants.
North Carolina’s Outer Banks
Consider going to the Outer Banks if you and your fishing buddies can’t determine which sort of angling to do on your vacation. Most anglers in the region choose head boat fishing, which involves fishing aboard big boats that supply all of the required equipment and transport passengers to popular flounder, trout, sea bass, and other fishing areas. Most headboards provide half-day and full-day trips, as well as refreshments and restrooms on board, so bring the entire family along. If you’re looking for peace, get your line to the beach for some of the most excellent surf fishing in the area.
The seas off the Kona region of the Big Island’s western side are tranquil as a lake yet full of thrills for anglers, making it the sportfishing center of Hawaii. Deep-sea fishing is practiced here, with the depth reaching 6,000 feet only a few miles outside of the port. Daily charter boats catch tuna, mahi-mahi, and ono, as well as sharks and big-game bottom fish—just don’t let the stunning scenery distract you from the work at hand.
Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard
One of New England’s most beautiful beach resorts is also a great place to catch fish. Gather a group of relatives or friends and plan an adventure on a charter boat to capture bonito and false albacore (also known as “albies” in the area). Do you get a good feeling about the place? Keep your surfcasting to a bare minimum. You’ll be catching striped bass in no time if you grab a pole or hire one and locate a decent position on the sandy beach or rocky coast around dusk.