You probably cast your hook in the lake behind your country home every other Saturday for recreational fishing; or, perhaps, you take your boat to the open waters once a month for some serious fishing, the idea of catching some fish can be an exciting feeling. However, if you want to join the big league, you’d need to consider what is known as deep-sea fishing. As the name implies, deep sea fishing is the type of fishing done in deep waters- far away from the shores.

To engage in deep-sea fishing, you’ll need to sail upwards of 15 hours about 30 to 130 miles away from the shore. It is an exciting adventure that is breathtaking and eye-opening, with a sudden rush of adrenaline. Armed with your big game-fishing craft, you can launch into the deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to go face to face with dolphins, cobia, amberjack, marlin, swordfish, Grouper, sailfish, and many more.

Across the world, there are known destinations for big-time deep-sea fishing, and we’ll take you through five (5) of them in this post.

  • Kauai Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth. But even with its plethora of Islands, breathtaking scenery, wild-life and tourist attractions, nothing quite beats its amazing water bodies, making it a top destination for deep sea fishing. Kauai, an Island in Hawaii, is a known spot for amazing underwater adventure. Known as the Garden Isle, the amazing thing about game fishing in Kauai is its unique underwater topography. The water can drop off to about 6000″ just three miles away from shore, allowing you to confront the big monsters in a matter of minutes.

In most cases, it will take only about 10 minutes to get to those amazing depths. Apart from that, Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) are often located close to shore and these devices are known to attract Marlins. Due to its strategic location, Kauai is surrounded by deep waters and right at the center of pelagic game fish migration patterns. As a result, you’ll find several species of tuna and billfish, Ono, Mahi Mahi, Sharks, Green Job fish, Ahi and Giant Trevally.

  • Key West, Florida

Anglers who have explored the vast waters of Key West will tell you how rich it is with species such as Marlin a Yellow Fin Tuna. The great thing about this deep-sea fishing spot is that it can be done all-year round. The warm tropical weather and blue waters combine to make this place a beautiful abode for some of the world’s most amazing aquatic creatures. You also do not need to be an expert angler to explore Key West, as you’ll find charter guides everywhere to help you get a hang of things. From shoreline fishing to deep-sea excursions, there’s a lot you’ll get out of your trip.

  • Panama

Panama is a top tourism destination in the world for many reasons. Many find her waters calming, peaceful and the perfect view to help them regenerate and start all over. But deep within those waters are beautiful monsters of varying sizes, certainly worthy of your attention. The reefs of Panama and her amazing coastline puts the nation among our list of top deep-sea fishing destinations of the world. Here’s the best part; Panama is only 150 minutes from Miami, so getting there shouldn’t be a problem.

Asides the iconic tune schools by the banks of Zane Grey and Hannibal as well as the dolphin schools which provide amazing viewing pleasure, the open waters provide opportunity for big catches like Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Rooster Fish, Large Sierra, Cubera Snapper, Bluefin Trevally, and so on.

  • Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most visited cities in Africa, and for good reason. It is known as a great spot for deep sea fishing due to its large water bodies and the presence of fingerfish, Tuna and swordfish. Add this to the high spirits of the locals and you’ll see why it is such a huge tourist destination. If you want to have the best experience as an angler, you’ll need to visit between September and June, especially for Tuna. However, there’s always something to catch all year round. Killer whales, dolphins and albatross are some of the fighting fish you’ll find in Cape Town.

  • Cabo San Lucas

Mexico is known for many things, and infamous for so many more. But if you talk to those in the fishing circle, Cabo San Lucas is likely to have come up at some point. This boisterous spot is not just known for street parties and bars but has made its way into the all-time top 5 list of best deep-sea fishing spots in the world. Its waters are filled with dorado, marlin, swordfish, sailfish, Wahoo, and several others. For the best fishing season, you should visit between May and July.

Going deep…

Except you have your own large fishing boat and know your way around these waters, your best bet is to engage a fishing charter in any of the locations you’ve decided to explore. Owning and maintaining a boat can be quite expensive, so a fishing charter seems like the most reasonable alternative. These charters also offer a great learning experience, safety, and wider coverage. Whatever the case, of you want the best of deep-sea fishing, these are the best spots in the world to discover.