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Hook Games: Deepsea Sportfishing

Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Wayne Gretzky, Mar/Apr 97

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Marlin Magazine editor David Ritchie regularly rates some of the world's best locales for big game sportfishing. Here are my choices from his various compilations:

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: The best fishing on North America's Pacific coast; plenty of marlin and sailfish, especially in the summer.

Costa Rica: Reliable fishing for all four species of billfish year-round.

Panama: Black marlin year-round and other billfish in the summer, with one of the world's best known sportfishing venues, the Tropic Star Lodge.

Cairns, Australia: Near the Great Barrier reef, this is the destination for the really big black marlin, over half a ton. Add on many other billfish and most secondary game fish, and this is the choice of many anglers. Australia is also one of the few active shark-fishing destinations.

South Florida: Year-round action for sailfish; a great destination for first-timers, with the occasional blue marlin, especially in the Keys.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Between Cozumel, Cancún and other nearby towns, some of the best, most professional billfishing in the world.

Kona, Hawaii: The steep drop-off from this volcanic island offers year-round fishing for big billfish and yellowfin tuna, as well as many smaller tunas.

Madeira: Off the northwest coast of Africa, anglers go to this remote island destination for one reason: enormous fish.

Outer Banks, North Carolina: Discovered in recent years, this Mid-Atlantic destination has some of the finest fishing in the world. Big blue marlin, white marlin, yellowfin tuna and this country's best shot at the giant bluefin tuna.

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