Located near the equator the warm waters sorrounding Maldives is rich in plankton and corals which in turn provides shelter and food for numerous shallow and deepwater fish. This makes the deep waters around the Maldives teem with large predatory fish, ideal for game fishing. The country’s income largely depends on these fish as fish exports is a major contributor to the local economy next to tourism.
The Maldives – A fishing destination
Fishing enthusiasts from all over the world visit Maldives to experience the joys of game fishing as the archipelago features some of the world’s most remote and beautiful fishing destinations. The deep sea of Maldives is a playground for commercial and game fish and other sea creatures that span over 4feet in length.
The sea surrounding the Maldives comprises of fragile coral reefs and rare sea creatures and in order to protect this ecosystem, the government has implemented strict fishing regulations; failing to follow any of these regulations may result in severe penalties and even imprisonment.
How can you go fishing then?
Most of the Maldives island resorts the likes of Kuramathi Maldives provide exclusive fishing charters and tours that are worth checking out. Do some research in order to select the best resort that offers you the ideal fishing experience. Be mindful when selecting the resort as sometimes these fishing charters will have some drawbacks and there is even a chance of you being scammed; that is why it is absolutely necessary to do some self-research before selecting a fishing charter.
Fish varieties vary depending on where you fish but the most commonly found game fish species are tuna, amberjack, red bass, barracuda, and giant trevally. You get to catch even marlins and sailfish if you are lucky.
As there are no fishing seasons, in particular, you could go on a fishing trip to Maldives in any month of the year. Fishing enthusiasts recommend that you should visit Maldives during the time between December – April as the dry season falls during this season and the seas are filled with large predatory game fish.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.