For those of us who have been deep sea fishing before, we know what a rush it can be. Miles away from shore and in waters that are more than 100 feet deep, you will have the opportunity to catch saltwater monsters, such as swordfish, sharks, tuna, and marlin. Deep sea fishing, or sport-fishing/big-game fishing, is one of the most challenging ways to satisfy your inner angler. These fish are huge, and will put up quite a fight. They are known for snapping lines, breaking reels, and causing injuries once on board. The tuna alone has been recorded putting up a fight for more than 12 hours; Good luck wrestling that thing!

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The good thing about conquering that wicked tuna is that you can eat it. Remember to bring knives and ice to clean your catch, and keep it fresh until you make it ashore. If you like to catch and release, that’s ok, too, and is a requirement for some species.

When looking for top spots to reel in tuna, and even a variety of marlin and other fish, like sailfish, snapper, and mackerel, check out tropical locations like Hawaii and Cancun.

Maine is known for its lobster, but you will also find large Blue Fin tuna here as well, and the deeper the water, the bigger the fish. Prince Edward Island (Canada) is also known for its Blue Fins, particularly for being gigantic. The island is home to record-shattering tuna, and shark fishing is available here as well.

Florida is naturally a great spot for fishermen to find the most variety and it is an easier place to get to than the more exotic locales (i.e. Hawaii, St. Lucia, etc.). If you’re a Florida fishing fan, and you haven’t cast a line into the waters of Key West or the Miami area, you’re missing out. While Florida is a super popular fishing destination, the state also has a ton of other things to do, from resorts to theme parks, so you can make a family trip out of it and you’ll get to have your cake and eat it, too. If you can make the trip solo, however, we highly recommend touring Florida’s Gulf Coast in an affordable boat rental or guide program for some of the best fishing in the country.

As for the necessary equipment, you will need a heavy saltwater rod and reel, as well as bait, hooks, proper sinkers and/or lures, and a couple of extra bobbers. Some fishing equipment stores and sporting goods stores sell “trolling packages,” which consist of several or more rods, combined with everything you will need along the way. These packages start at $1,000 and go up from there, depending on brands and what is included.

If you are just looking for a simple daytrip or a weekend out on the water, consider tickets for a deep-sea fishing guide service. You will board the boat early in the morning and come back by dusk, or stay aboard for a day, and fish as much as you’d like. When checking for these services, it is important to make sure that the program is licensed and that you can rent equipment from the boat as well. Most of these events require you to have a fishing license.