Fishing has become a popular outlet for everyday well-being, especially among younger and more diverse populations. A June 2021 study by Boating and Fishing Foundation found that first-time fishing participants hit a record 4.4 million in 2020, and nearly 55 million Americans fish at least once a year. The seaside resorts have taken up the trend by offering a wide variety of fishing activities. These five fishing destinations are some of the best travel experiences in the world for both the seasoned angler and the occasional participant.
Villa del Palmar in the Loreto islands by the bay of Danzante, Loreto, Mexico
Located in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa del Palmar on the Loreto Islands takes guests back to historic Mexico. The resort occupies a vast expanse of tranquil beaches, panoramic views and amazing natural habitat. Loreto is a great year-round fishing destination, and the Sea of ââCortez is teeming with tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi, yellowtail, bass, and more. Other notable activities include visiting the Loreto Islands, cultural city tours, trekking in Tabor Canyon, snorkeling, exploring the “Aquarium of the World”, desert tours in Mountain biking, LED stand-up paddling at night and surfing at Scorpion Bay.
Salmon Falls Resort, Ketchikan, Alaska
Located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, Ketchikan is known as the âSalmon Capital of the Worldâ and is beloved for its rich Alaskan culture and breathtaking wilderness. The King and Silver Salmon Trail is legendary, but that’s not where the possibilities end. Both experienced and novice anglers can fish for halibut, lingcod, redfish and 20 other species of fish. Upon their return to the dock, the expert deckhands will fillet, vacuum seal and freeze all fish for easy transport. In addition to fully guided fishing, the resort offers adventure experiences including seaplane flights, ethical bear watching, eco-kayaking tours, and guided hikes.
Cabot Cape Breton, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Located on over a mile of sandy beach along the Nova Scotia coast, Cabot Cape Breton is an idyllic island getaway. The resort features a charming 72-room lodge with ocean views from every room, three exquisite restaurants featuring the world’s freshest seafood, and world-class golf. Inverness and its surroundings offer one of the largest concentrations of bluefin tuna in the world as well as incredible salmon fishing. For those looking for a bonding adventure, a helicopter fishing experience will take guests on a private excursion in search of Atlantic salmon on the famous Margaree River.
End of Grand Solmar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The Grand Solmar Land’s End is located along the private golden sandy beaches of Playa Solmar and offers stunning ocean views. A collection of spacious suites, penthouses, infinity pools with swim-up bars, breathtaking views, and a beachfront spa inspire tranquility at every turn. The resort offers visitors easy access to a plethora of big game fishing trips to satisfy everyone from novice to expert. Cabo San Lucas is widely recognized for its marlin population and hosts the largest marlin tournament in the world. Resort staff can help fishing enthusiasts charter several types of boats, from traditional panga boats to luxury 80ft yachts, from the harbor near the resort. The chefs will also cook your fresh catch for dinner.
Tipiliuke Lodge, Patagonia, Argentina
Considered by many to be one of the best fly fishing destinations in the world, Tipiliuke in northern Patagonia is home to over 17 miles of the world’s best trout waters. The fishing season runs from early November to May and includes two very different rivers, the ChimehuÃn and the Quilquihue. It is during the last 30 minutes of light that fishermen can use a large streamer to coax one of the brown monsters of ChimehuÃn. Typical fish average 14 to 20 inches, but each season customers catch browns approaching 30 inches. The nine-bedroom Tipiliuke Lodge features a large wood-burning sauna, a relaxing massage room, a yoga room and a hot tub to enhance guests’ stay.