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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
LocationSpeciesPeak Season
AustraliaBlack MarlinSeptember – December
Striped MarlinAugust – January
SailfishAugust – January
Baja MexicoBlue MarlinMay – October
Striped MarlinOctober – February

May – July

SailfishJune – December
SwordfishMarch – June
Mexican PacificBlue MarlinMay – October
Striped MarlinOctober – February

May – July

SailfishJune – December
SwordfishMarch – June
Los Cabos, CozumelBlue Marlin
White Marlin
Sailfish
late February to early September

peaks between March and June

Nicaragua, Costa RicaBlue MarlinMay – October
Striped MarlinOctober – February

May – July

SailfishJune – December
SwordfishMarch – June
HawaiiBlue MarlinMay – October
Striped MarlinJanuary – October
New ZealandBlue MarlinDecember – April
Striped MarlinDecember – April
SwordfishDecember – April
PanamaBlack MarlinDecember – February
Striped MarlinMarch – April
SailfishApril – June
U.S. Virgin IslandsWhite MarlinJuly – September
Blue MarlinJuly – October
SailfishJuly – September
VenezuelaWhite MarlinAugust – November
Blue MarlinAugust – November
SailfishAugust – November