With temperatures colder than normally this winter, just about everyone is itching for a warm getaway. These five spots might be the best winter fishing around. Bonus—these spots are not just great for fishing but also for tourism so you can even take your family!
Fishing in the central America country of Panama, with the Caribbean Sea and Northern Atlantic Ocean to one coast and the Pacific coast on the other, offers a variety of fish year-round including yellowfin tuna, black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, Pacific sailfish, wahoo, amber-jack, cubera snapper, rooster fish and dorado. Yellowfin tuna is the name of the game during the winter months in Panama. But don’t count out the marlin, blue, black and striped marlin, and dolphins that migrate through the area.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas one of the most well-rounded fishing destinations in the Pacific. During the winter months, anglers find striped marlin, hammerhead shark, snapper, rooster fish, jack crevalle, goliath grouper, pacific bonito, amberjack. In February, the rainy season ends so take your chance at the Striped Marlin Capital of the World.
Key West, Florida
The southernmost point of the United States plays host to an assortment of fish during the winter months. From just coastal to further trips offshore, you can find sailfish, King mackerel, permit, bonefish, blackfin tuna, big bonito and early season tarpon.
Gulf Coast, Texas
Fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast delivers some of the liveliest angling opportunities for bull reds, flounder, redfish, black drum, and speckled trout.
Bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and Northern Atlantic, Costa Rica’s national motto ‘Pura Vida’ or ‘Enjoy Life’ can definitely be applied to the fishing here. During the winter months, you’ll find sailfish, snapper, roosterfish, blue marlin, black marlin, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo in plethora.
With fewer crowds, and warmer weather than back home and large numbers of big, hungry fish, winter might be a great time for anglers to get away. But, as always enjoying these areas means being prepared. It’s important to follow the weather forecast as conditions can change quickly. Just because the weather is warmer doesn’t mean the water will be just as warm. Be prepared with SWITLIK safety and survival equipment.
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