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Does your dream fishing vacation include blue water fishing? Learn where to go for some of the best saltwater fishing experiences below.

Saltwater fish have always been a bountiful legacy in the waters surrounding our lands. Blue water game fishing received world wide acclaim after Zane Grey’s early adventures and has grown in popularity ever since.

Both light and heavy tackle fishing are available worldwide. Pelagic fish migrate in the warm ocean currents. Great techniques have evolved to make fly fishing fun and productive. Having the best equipment available to catch these beasts will make your deep sea fishing experience fun and rewarding. Rods should be made of Graphite for their strength, and durability. Reels should be of first-rate quality and capable of holding 200-300 yards of mono line. Quality reel makers include Finnor, Penn & Shimano. A wide variety of Lures should be carried.

Billfish are attracted to schools of baitfish. They will travel in groups or alone, and can travel great distances. Most trophy-oriented anglers will travel far to find the largest fish. Fishing International encourages a Catch-and-Release policy of non-edible species as well as limiting your catch, not catching your limit. These conservative practices ensure a future of our sport fishery.

The best season for these fish can be found in the chart below:

World Billfish Seasons
Location Species Peak Season
Australia Black Marlin September – December
Striped Marlin August – January
Sailfish August – January
Baja Mexico Blue Marlin May – October
Striped Marlin October – February

May – July

Sailfish June – December
Swordfish March – June
Mexican Pacific Blue Marlin May – October
Striped Marlin October – February

May – July

Sailfish June – December
Swordfish March – June
Los Cabos, Cozumel Blue Marlin
White Marlin
Sailfish
late February to early September

peaks between March and June

Nicaragua, Costa Rica Blue Marlin May – October
Striped Marlin October – February

May – July

Sailfish June – December
Swordfish March – June
Hawaii Blue Marlin May – October
Striped Marlin January – October
New Zealand Blue Marlin December – April
Striped Marlin December – April
Swordfish December – April
Panama Black Marlin December – February
Striped Marlin March – April
Sailfish April – June
U.S. Virgin Islands White Marlin July – September
Blue Marlin July – October
Sailfish July – September
Venezuela White Marlin August – November
Blue Marlin August – November
Sailfish August – November