Top 6 International Fishing Destinations

November 3, 2020

Ready to go beyond your local fishing grounds? We understand completely. While the fishing spots closest to us may be amazing and productive, sometimes you just want to explore all this world has to offer.

Traveling with Fishing Gear

No matter what your departure city is, you can find new-to-you fish species just a plane ride away. You won’t have any trouble discovering a destination to travel to for your next fishing adventure.

However, getting your fishing gear there is another story. If you’re planning on hiring a professional guide from the area, we suggest leaving your rods and reels at home. But sometimes you just have to take that lucky pole with you. The good news is, TSA (Transportation Security Administration) does allow fishing rods as carry-on luggage. Securing the rods is of course very important, you don’t want to damage your most prized possessions during transit.

While the rods can be carry-on, we recommend checking all other fishing gear, including reels, hooks, and lures. And when it comes to hooks, make sure they sheathed and securely packed. Some tools and equipment may need to stay behind, including any knives. If you are traveling with a lot of equipment, we recommend arriving early at the airport to pass all the checkpoints and the inevitable questions.

International Fishing Charters

Or, skip all the hassle of traveling with gear and hire a local charter. It really is a lot simpler, and the local captain will not only know everything about the area, but they’ll have all the gear you need as well. 

If you’re wondering just where to take this international fishing adventure, we’ve got you covered. partners with captains and guides around the world to bring you closer to the action. Here are some of our most frequently booked international destinations:

Costa Rica

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for sportfishing! Head to the closest marina on the Pacific Coast and you’ll have no trouble finding a charter. We typically head out from Playa Hermosa in the north or Quepos in central Costa Rica. Spend the day targeting billfish such as marlin and sailfish for the trip of a lifetime!


People from the U.S. like to travel to the Bahamas throughout the year. It’s a subtropical paradise just a short flight from Florida. Some even arrive by boat, either a cruise vessel or other deep-sea worthy vessel. In fact, many boaters make this trip out of sheer sailing recreation. No matter how you’re traveling to the islands, find a charter to accommodate your group. You’ll be amazed at the clear blue Caribbean waters!

Puerto Rico

Farther out in the Caribbean is the beautiful country of Puerto Rico. Much of it is still devastated by recent hurricanes, but they are welcoming tourists to help boost the economy. Just outside of the capital of San Juan is a Captain that consistently puts his international customers on fish: Go Tarpon! Captain Rafael will ensure that you and your group go home with plenty of photos and memories!


Panama is another favorite international travel destination, especially for anglers who like to fish both coasts of this extraordinary country. Rich in sights and culture, Panama is a paradise not far outside the US. The fishing is pretty remarkable too. Charter your next Panama fishing trip with Xtreme Adventures Panama, these guys know how to treat their customers!


The country of Tanzania is located along Africa’s east coast. You may not think of Tanzania as a fishing destination, but trust us when we say it’s an amazing experience. You can explore the area on your own, or hire Captain Armour with Panamwe Tours. They offer full-day and half-day trips for groups of up to four passengers. Captain Armour is very accommodating and educates his customers on the area, fishing techniques, and methods used to reel in the trophies. 

Cape Town

The southern tip of Africa is legendary for its fishing grounds. Head to Cape Town, South Africa for the trip of a lifetime. Your group can target a variety of species here, including kingfish, rockfish, and tuna. Ocean Life Fishing Charters welcomes you to join them for a day of fishing, no skills required. They work closely with the South African Oceanographic Research Institute, and primarily tag and release their catches.

Book an International Fishing Charter

Ready for your international fishing adventure? We recommend booking your charter when you reserve lodging and other travel accommodations. Planning ahead is always best, especially when traveling to far-off destinations. can help your group find the best charter at the best price – book today so you don’t miss out. And don’t forget those passports!

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