Fishing destinations can be chosen according to various criteria, including available fish, access, natural beauty and local infrastructure. Some people prefer sea fishing, while others do not exchange a good camp at the edge of a river.
With so many option it can be difficult to choose a destination for a fishing trip. For this article, we compiled five must-visit destinations in Latin America for sports fishing. Our goal is for you to have a real guide on such sites. Are you ready to find out what they are? So, let's get into it!
Destination # 1 - Amazon (Brazil)
Imagine the unimaginable! Look at all the sounds, smells and scenes that make the trip unique and exciting. Amazonia is undoubtedly one of the most wanted destinations in Latin America for the practice of sports fishing. And it is easy to explain why: it is one of the largest and most splendid "cradles" of the world's biodiversity. This is also due to the number of fish species that can be found there.
It is important to emphasize that, if you are an angling enthusiastic, the hunt of the Tucunaré is perhaps the main attraction in these waters. Furthermore, going to the Amazon is an excellent opportunity to be in contact with nature and ensure leisure time. The most famous rivers for you to consider fishing at are Rio Negro, Madeira, Tapajós, Xingu, and Trumpets.
The fishing season happens in the period from August to March of the following year, depending on the region of the hydrographic basin. Keep in mind that you need a license to practice sports fishing in Brazil.
Destination # 2 - Panama (Central America)
Imagine a fishing destination where you have the possibility to fish an unlimited number of species of saltwater in a truly exotic landscape of primitive ocean waters and lush tropical islands that could well surpass anything you have ever imagined.
This is the extraordinary world of Panama. In the indigenous language, Panama means "abundance of fish," which makes a lot of sense since this region, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, retains all sorts of surprises and marine fauna of the richest and most exuberant in the world. The country's rocky coastline and local reefs offer perfect conditions for tuna and several other species of fish, making it a paradise for sports fishing.
Its waters rich in food are ideal for sports fishing, the most outstanding places for its abundant biodiversity are the waters of the Gulf of Panama, the Las Perlas archipelago, the Gulf of Montijo and the vicinity of the island of Coiba, as well as the Gulf of Chiriquí and to Bay Piñas, in Darién. Fishers can count on excellent resorts that offer professional fishing around the region. In this country, sports fishing is practiced with speedboats on the high seas. It is for sure a destination worth considering!
The best season for sports fishing in Panama is from January to May, and this is the season of drought in the region, when it rains less. It is also when the water gets colder and richer in food, attracting numerous species.
Destination # 3 - Pantanal (Brazil)
This region might not be well-known as Amazonia, but Pantanal is still one of the top destination for fishing. There are hundreds of rivers and tributaries and about 250 species of fish in the area. The Dourado is the most wanted but be careful, in some areas it is prohibited to catch this especies. Some other species such as the smart Pacu and the Jaú are also good catches, but Piranha fishing is certainly the most common.
The main destinations are Caceres and Poconé, in the State of Mato Grosso, where you can navigate by the rivers Cuiabá, Sepotuba, Piquiri, São Lourenço, and Paraguay; in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Corumbá and Porto Murtinho are the most sought-after cities, and the main rivers are Miranda, Paraguay, and Aquidauana.
It is common to see boats-hotel sailing for up to a week searching for the best spots. In general, they provide the fishing license and the required license, that can issued by the internet.
The activity is allowed by law only between March and October. In March and April, the rivers are full, and there are few tourists in the region. During the spawning period (from January to February and from November to December), fishing is prohibited.
Destination # 4 - Cuba (Central America)
Cuba is one of the favorite places for fishing lovers. Its prime location between the straits of Florida and the Bahamas is a good reason for its fishing fame. The region has submarine basins and trenches that act as natural barriers and allow the passage of hundreds of species of fish. The destination delights in its natural beauty - typical of most of the Caribbean isles. The aquatic streams of the Caribbean Sea that bathe the back attract an immensity of fish species, such as sawfish and garfish. Besides, the island is very rich in coral reefs that provide shelter for numerous varieties of fish.
The fishing practice is very extensive in Cuba, so it will be easy to find specialized stores anywhere. When it comes to regularization, you can obtain a fishing license by merely presenting your passport.
The amount of shrimp, lobsters, crabs and other types of marine wildlife can also be seen easily. All this abundance becomes a must-visit for sports fishers from all over the world. Do not forget to visit Cayo Guillermo, famous for its dunes, which are among the highest in the Caribbean, and its deep-sea fishing.
It should be noted that the best season to fish in Cuba is between April and September since October to November is the hurricane season.
Destination # 5 - Costa Rica (Central America)
Closing our list of destinations in Latin America for sports fishing, we have Costa Rica. The country is well known by those who like extreme sports, such as surfing, but then it also has much to offer those who prefer more quiet and relaxing programs. If you want an excellent fishery, enjoy the trip to San Jose to visit a small paradise located in the north of the country: Barra del Colorado, the fishing mecca of Costa Rica.
Located in the province of Limón, 225 kilometers from San José, the region is bordered by Nicaragua and attracts thousands of tourists equipped with rod, bait and hook to catch some of the largest fish in Central America. One is the tarpon, which can reach 2.5 meters in length and weigh up to 100 kilos.
It is important to mention that anglers need a license issued by the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Incopesca).
The best time to go for a fishing trip in Costa Rica is between February and April. Besides, local residents guarantee that it is easier to see toucans, macaws, hawks and other animals at that time when the weather is dry. The bottle of water, therefore, is mandatory.
We hope that now you have all the information you need to choose your next Latin American destination. After all, the adrenaline that goes through your veins when you feel a pull on the line is still the main motivation for angling, and in Latin America is not different, but with the benefit of some of the most stunning fishing spots in the world.
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