What's on your bucket list?
When it comes to fishing, some anglers are content to fish in the same spots for their entire lives, while others have a list of places they want to see before they kick the bucket. If you're more of a globetrotter, we've made a list of a few breathtaking places to fish before you die:
1) Havana, Cuba:
Known for glorious sunrises and sunsets over the glistening Gulf of Mexico, Havana, Cuba is a tourist destination in and of itself. Head out from one of the city's harbors shortly before daybreak and fish as the sun comes barreling over the horizon. This is a fishing experience that is cinematic and peaceful at the same time, and it isn't to be missed.
Fishing boats in the Bay of Havana
2) Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan:
Named as "the Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan offers scenic vistas of piercingly blue waters and towering pillars of sand. If there's a more relaxing fishing spot anywhere, we haven't found it.
View from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore via Empire, MI Chamber of Commerce
3) River Helmsdale, Scotland:
World-renowned for its consistently great salmon fishing, the River Helmsdale will undoubtedly play host to one of the most successful days in your fishing career, but it's the rustic Scottish surroundings that will remain embedded in your memory forever.
Opening day of Salmon season on the River Helmsdale in Sutherland, Scotland via International Business Times
4) Florida Keys, Florida:
The Keys have long been a destination for tons of people, from spring break partiers to honeymooning newlyweds, family vacationers to recent retirees. With beautiful blue-green waters, tropical temperatures, and jaw-dropping coral formations, it isn't difficult to see why this archipelago is an ideal get away spot, and anglers will be happy to learn that it is a prime fishing area as well. If you are looking to reel in a shark or barracuda, this is where you belong.
Atlantic view from Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, FL
5) Cape Town, South Africa:
With a plethora of beautiful beaches and long expanses of Atlantic waters filled with tuna and other fish ready to take your bate - not to mention dolphin and whale watching opportunities - Cape Town is a terrific destination for your next luxury fishing vacation.
The Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa
6) Phuket, Thailand:
Routinely named as both one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of the finest fishing locations, Phuket boasts remarkably clear waters, fascinating geographical features and rock formations, and enough trophy fish - from swordfish to marlin to tuna - to satisfy even the most cynical fisherman.
Traditional fishing boat in Phuket, Thailand
7) Newfoundland, Canada:
With bodies of water on all sides - the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east - and dozens of inland lakes and ponds, Newfoundland boasts plentiful fishing locations. It may not have the sunsets of Cuba or the blissfully warm temperatures of the Florida Keys, but Newfoundland makes its name as a fishing spot on its populations of tasty fish and its escapist environment. If you need to get away from the noise and bustle of your everyday life, than Newfoundland, with towering trees, peaceful skies, and scattered bodies of water will make you feel like you have at last found a place to become one with nature.
Cape Spear lighthouse at sunrise in Newfoundland, Canada