Whether you’re looking to travel afar or stay closer to home, there are some gorgeous places to fish in warm weather during the winter months.
Ice fishing may not be your style, but you don’t have to stow away your tackle box just because it’s wintertime. Head south and find some incredible fishing destinations, whether you’re hoping to stay near to home or travel to a far-away location. You can find ideal saltwater and freshwater fishing destinations in all parts of the world and fitting any sort of budget.
Check out this slideshow to see incredible scenes from our top 10 warm weather fishing spots.
The southern hemisphere sees its warmest weather in the wintertime, and when the fish are biting there’s no better place to fish than Australia’s Sunshine Coast. With plentiful fish and picturesque scenery, anglers can fish from the beach, near dams or even on the river without the need of a boat.
You can find some impeccable warm-weather fishing opportunities closer to home by fly fishing rivers of Arizona. Try your hand at landing trout, large- and small-mouth bass, crappie, striper and walleye as you coast along the gorgeous riverscapes in a kayak.
Head west through the Pacific to Hawaii in the winter and take a shot at shore fishing for mahi-mahi and wahoo, as well as bonefish, snapper, barracuda and the plethora of other species native to the islands. Make sure you are prepared to land the huge, toothy and energetic fish.
South Padre Island
If you’re looking for some warm-weather fishing in the continental United States, head on down to Texas’ South Padre Island, where you’ll find more than 25 miles of prime fishing potential. Anglers can fish the surf daily and never see the same thing twice as the seascape constantly changes.
Travel to exotic Thailand and try your hand at fly fishing the jungle rivers of Khao Sok National Park. In what has become the holy grail for many anglers, landing the Thai Mahseer is the ultimate challenge due to its overwhelming strength and tenacity.
The waters around Miami are home to a plethora of fish species, from Spanish mackerel and grouper to sailfish and snook. Sport fishing is huge in the temperate weather of the winter months, whether you charter a private fishing boat or partake in a “party” fishing trip where as many as 100 anglers try their hand aboard a single 70-foot boat.
Both bonefishing and deep-sea fishing are popular sports in the Caribbean islands, as anglers take to the flats in skiffs and small boats in search of the elusive but hyperactive prey. In the winter, captains take hopeful anglers to fish for marlin, sailfish and wahoo that swim at depths of 6,000 feet.
With more than 1,200 miles of Pacific coastline, Mexico is home to an array of tourist resorts like Acapulco, Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta, adjacent to peaceful fishing villages that are almost untouched by time. Hop on board one of the popular fishing-trip cruises and try your hand at landing tuna or the many other native species.
Costa Rica is truly an angler’s dream fishing destination with its countless fishing venues and incredible mix of trophy game fish and exotic species. Its sport fishing is arguably the best in the world, as anglers commonly land double-digit sailfish, marlin and roosterfish.
Considered one of the world’s best fishing destinations, Panama is home to an enormous variety of fish. Paddle along in a kayak as you listen to the howler monkeys in the treetops overhead.