Looking for a different fishing experience this year? Deep sea fishing is very popular in the U.S. and has many opportunities on every coast of the country.
Starting in the south, Venice, Louisiana boasts a vast network of offshore oil rigs, incredible depths and a nutrient driven Mississippi River. This area is claimed by many to be one the most prolific fisheries in the world. At the southern point of the lower Mississippi River Delta, it is consistently compared to some of the world’s most famous fishing charter destinations such as Hawaii, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica.
Head west from Venice to Galveston, Texas. Acting as the barrier between Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, anglers in Galveston will have the variety of speckled trout, tarpon and redfish in the bay. A bit more into the gulf, fishers will catch world-class sailfish, king mackerel, red snapper and wahoo. Big sharks are also common which make for great photo opportunities and a little bit of a thrill. After returning to dry land, enjoy some of the best seafood in Texas at one of the many waterfront restaurants.
The Florida Keys
Florida Keys offers a full calendar of warm tropical weather, crystal clear water and converging currents. This makes the Keys one of the best saltwater fishing locations in the country. From Key Largo to Key West, it is not hard to find a hot spot to tangle with tarpon in the shallows or fight for hours with trophy marlin, tuna or dolphin out in the deep sea. If a great deep sea fishing spot bucket of fishing locations, this should be definitely at the top!
San Diego, California
On the west coast, you’ll find productive water up and down the entire state of California, but the area near San Diego holds the most variety of fish as well as some of the largest. This thriving year-round fishing scene has the best opportunities to catch a variety of fish, including giant tuna on multi-day trips. These are very productive tuna waters, but you have to be willing to work for them.
Located where the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and many freshwater waterways intersect, Virginia Beach offers up a uniquely diverse range of fish. It’s no wonder this fishing spot is deemed an angler’s paradise. Mahi, amberjack, bluefish, cobia, tuna and marlin all swim in these deep waters off of the beach.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The awesome reputation of Cape Cod’s fishing has been around for a long time. Great fishing spots like Buzzards Bay just past Martha’s Vineyard, around Nantucket and then back up to Provincetown are full of giant bluefin tuna, bluefish, cod, swordfish, and wahoo. The natural shape of the Cape’s land creates sheltered conditions and virtually year-round flat seas, and the outgoing tides seem to produce more fish. The striper action is best in the months of May and June, and the open ocean species become more active from June until September.
Amazing opportunities for anglers are abundant all along America’s coast, so stop wishing and go fishing! If you want to stick around Colorado, come on a fly fishing adventure with Fly Fishing Colorado this year. We’ll teach you the in’s and out’s of fly fishing some great trout waters in the state, and you’ll be ready to step your game up in the deep sea and try your hand at different types of fishing.
*Featured image courtesy of On The Water.