Fishing has always been an opportunity for men to get away for a while. From what? It does not matter. All you do is sit by a river, cast your fishing pole into the water, and then think about nothing if that is possible. For fishing enthusiasts, there is another job as well, and that is finding the best spot. It does not have to be just a simple body of water. The surroundings, the challenge, and the company are only of a few factors that make a location the best fishing spot.
Lucky for you, the world is full of such places. Some of them entail a challenge to get there, while others do not obligate you to make too much of an effort. Even so, take a look at some of the best fishing spots in the world.
Kola Peninsula, Russia
Russia may seem far away, and for some reason, there is this common misconception that a man’s best friend there is the frostbite. It can, indeed, get very cold in the winter, but come spring, the place is magical. For fishing enthusiasts, of course. What can you catch there? Salmon. Lots and lots of salmon. And not any kind of salmon, but the fattest and tastiest salmon in the Pacific. The Umba River is known to have five salmon runs per year, so chances of you not getting any are slim to none. Of course, the surroundings will not disappoint either. Depending on when you want to go there, you can see the Aurora Borealis, reindeer, and do not forget the most significant competitor a man can have when it comes to salmon. I am talking about brother bear.
Just keep in mind that you need a visa. Russia may be famous for its salmon, but its visa policy is not the most lenient.
Salmon may be a slow fish, and pretty dumb since it can jump right into your boat. With that being said, if you are looking for a worthy challenge, then you can probably try and hook a giant black marlin. It can be found between Cairns and Lizard Island, and more giant black marlins are caught here than in other places on the planet. However, do not underestimate this fish. It can reach a weight of 750 kg, and if need be, it can swim as fast as 130 km per hour. You need the right gear for it, as you can probably imagine. Lucky for you, all you need is a passport. The Electronic Travel Authorization is easy to obtain.
Amazon Basin, Brazil
If you are in for some dangerous fishing, you can try some piranha in Manaus, the Brazilian capital of Amazonia. You probably have all kinds of negative ideas about the piranhas. How they can leave you without fingers and whatnot. Well…that is as accurate as it can be. These fish are not joking around, and neither should you. If you reach the spot, you can go on organized fishing tours, and while a piranha may be dangerous, just a hunk of meat should be enough bait. They will devour it in mere seconds. Just keep your fingers close to you. Or any other part of your body for that matter.
Who says that ice fishing cannot be fun? Actually, a lot of people. Freezing to death while you crack a hole into the ice and then spend hours just looking at it may not seem fun for a lot of people, but some men find comfort in the whole ordeal. Minnesota is known for its very low temperatures, and the lakes are covered by a few feet of ice every winter. The Gull Lake is a place for competitions. If you are lucky, you can get home with a few thousands of dollars in prizes. Just make sure that you do not leave a few fingers behind due to frostbite. The secret is lots and lots of layers.
Thinking of nothing is hard, but fishing can help. It may not always bring the tranquility you are seeking, but challenges are important in a man’s life. They keep the blood flowing. Whether you fight ears for salmon in Russia or try to keep your fingers in Brazil, all the locations above are worth exploring. Who knows? Maybe you will catch your very own Moby Dick.