Staring into the deep blue sea, watching the sun’s golden rays slowly dip into the horizon in front, you slowly start to wonder if you are going to get lucky at all today. The taunting of your friends grows ever louder with every minute that pass by. When all hope is almost lost, you feel that sharp tug and you know that finally the time has come for you. Then comes the mental and physical game you have to play. Seconds pass and you are left to wonder if you have done enough. Slowly but surely it surfaces, the fruit of your labor. You finally caught that elusive fish. This is the intense and exciting adventure of fishing. A sport that is rooted in our genes and one that thrives in the Maldives.
Long regarded as a honeymooner’s paradise, the idyllic country is littered with amazing sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. However Maldives is not only perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip into the water, it is also one of the most brilliant destinations to go fishing in.
Fishing has been one of the staples in the Maldivian economy for centuries. Before tourism became the main industry of the Maldives in the 1970’s fishing was long regarded as the bloodline of the country. Every morning at the crack of dawn, the men of the families could be seen setting of in their boats and when they returned with their catch, the womenfolk would be ready to help them in processing the fish. With such a rich history in fishing, it is not a surprise that the waters of the Maldives is such a gem for all kinds of fishing adventures
The Indian Ocean, the only ocean which reverses the currents with the season is a haven for all types of fish. For the big game fishermen, marlins, tuna’s, sailfish and the ever famous skipjacks are plenty and ready for the adventurous souls. Whisk of in a speedboat to the best fishing areas with the latest fishing gears that could be hired from the resorts or diving school and immerse yourself in a day of excitement. Although the rules are less, it is important to know where the protected marine areas are and the best fishing spots are. Locals who have spent countless of days fishing near their atolls would be more than glad to guide you along the way. Expect to encounter a variety of fishes such as barracuda’s, wahoo and yellow fin tuna’s in these waters.
If you are looking for a more relaxed environment, reef fishing might be the best choice for you. With a wide array of marine life such as red snappers, emperors, squirrelfish and much more swimming in the reefs below, it is sure to be a treat that you would not forget soon. Night fishing would be best suited for such trips and it would leave you with memories that you would cherish for a life time. Whether it is the thrill of the catch or just staring into the endless skies at the glittering skies of the night above you, night fishing in the traditional Dhoni’s of the Maldives should not be an experience to be missed.
Whether its big game fishing or an outing with family and friends with a barbeque on the sandy banks, roasting up your days catch; fishing in the Maldives is sure to be an exciting adventure unlike any other.