For many years, there has been a seemingly age-old debate circled around the debatable question: "Is fishing really a sport or just a hobby?" Of course, we'll let all of you guys and gals decide whether or not fishing is a sport or not a sport, but this site does cover fishing, so it's technically a sport because it often requires a lot of physical exertion, especially if one is looking to catch some large fishes in a rather dangerous area that signs and sometimes residents advise fishers not to step foot into. However, there are some folks who are daredevils that are willing to take the risk to set a new record in fishing or tape an extreme fishing television show like "Deadliest Catch" with Mike Rowe on the Discovery Channel and "Extreme Fishing with Robson Green" on Channel 5.
With that being said, fishing is a fun sport to many and getting a bite is always exciting even if you don't catch the type of fish that you were hoping for. You don't have to cook and eat the fish as three of the most important parts of the fishing experience is the casting, telling stories, and hanging out with your friends and/or colleagues. There are people who fish for sport-related reasons and these above statements should be enough to convince you that fishing is a sport.
Here are the 20 most extreme places to fish in the world. And, if you have any outlandish locations you'd like to add, please feel free to comment.
20 Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States
For those fishers who have dreams of landing sharks, there are a couple of places where you could find really huge, half-ton Mako sharks. Like, for example, Massachusetts Bay just outside of Boston. They're not uncommon in the Massachusetts Bay, so if you're in the New England area, you can count on this fishing spot to catch an enormous fish with a mouth full of teeth without having to fly out of the United States.
Just make sure to be careful as these sharks do bite especially if they're having a bad day and want to take out their anger on others.
19 Howth Cliffs, Ireland
The Howth Cliffs in Ireland have served as a tourist attraction for years. What's so intriguing about this particular location is their impressive cliff walls and rocky crags that make for a spectacular view over the blue sea. But for a fisherman of any sport, this location poses a heck of a challenge. Why's that?
First off, climbing down the rocks can be deceiving. Second, you'll be met by a sea or a crushing wall of water that will like carry you into the abyss.
Yet, people continue to fish here due to its high-quality mackerel and pollock fishing along with its secluded environment.
18 Kodiak Island, Alaska, United States
Alaska is a U.S. state that's known for its high altitudes, rough terrain, and of course, polar bears. But did you know that Alaska's Kodiak Island is an extreme place to fish? Maybe or maybe not.
But seriously, there are Alaskans and people in general who try to catch fish in wild, dangerous places such as Kodiak Island. Hopefully, they made preparations ahead of time because possible challenges include creek-side meals, elevation changes, and overnight camps. And, as you can tell, those challenges provide great amounts of satisfaction for each time that they get crossed off of one's hand-written checklist.
17 Lizard Island, Australia
According to Wide Open Spaces, the Lizard Island in Australia got its name from the well-known British explorer, Captain Cook, who once said, "The only land Animals we saw here were Lizards, and these seem’d to be pretty plenty, which occasioned my naming the Island Lizard Island."
Today, the Lizard Island is a national park and research conservancy. It's also one of the few places in this world where people can fish for the Black Marlin, which is a fish that often weighs 1,000 pounds or more.
Oh yeah, and it's usually sunny and hot in Australia, so you might want to throw on an instant cooling shirt of some sort before stepping on the boat for a fishing adventure.
16 Hazard Rock, Rhode Island, United States
The fact the Hazard Rock got its attention-grabbing name for the wrong reasons isn't a coincidence at all.
The Hazard Rock features a large crag that noticeably sticks out of the coast of Narragansett, R.I.
Of course, this unique placement allows fishers to reel in deep water fish right from the coast, but this may come with some consequences.
Like, say, the sea could swallow you up and you can be gone. Also, the rock can be extremely deceptive as some of its areas are actually entrances to underwater caves, which likely isn't something that you'd be readily prepared for.
15 Eg-Uur River Basin, Mongolia
If you're a really hardcore fisherman or fisherwoman, you've probably already heard of this spot. If you haven't, then that's okay too.
The Eg-Uur River Basin in Mongolia is arguably one of the best places to catch the largest species of trout that's called Taiman. Now, Taiman may be an unusual name for a type of fish, but it requires a lot of patience as one has to keep the sport fishing pressure stable and low. So please don't skip your upper body workouts if you decide to fly out for a fishing trip in such an area because you'll need your upper body strength.
14 Kola Peninsula, Russia
If you're a history expert, you might recognize this location.
The Kola Peninsula in Russia was previously a significant military base for the Soviets during the Cold War. And, not only that, it still has the highest concentration of nuclear reactors on this Earth! Talk about extreme!
The Kola Peninsula's major port, Murmansk, doesn't freeze during the winter. So that weather-based consistency eventually allowed this location to become a huge hub for commercial fishing. Since then, it has become widely known for fishers from all walks of life who want to catch some of the biggest salmon in the world.
13 Florida Everglades, Florida, United States
If heat and humidity don't scare you, then you might want to check out the Florida Everglades in Florida, U.S. the next time you want to catch and check out some interesting creatures in the sea. You'll likely come across a few hungry alligators in the backwaters of the Florida Everglades, who may even go as far as boarding boats!
Hopefully, you won't provoke alligators while fishing because you don't want to get bitten, or even worse, get sucked into the water.
Being under the hot Florida sun isn't easy, and the alligators in the way of your search for fish can make things even more difficult.
12 Timassinine's Rivage, Morocco
Timassinine's Rivage in Morocco is one of the most extreme places to fish in this world. Its route to the sea is loaded with complicated cliffs, drops, rocks, and turns. In my opinion, it looks like a combination of the surface of Mars and a scene from Indiana Jones. Expect to see and perhaps deal with a lot of dangers along the way!
As you can tell, the uneven paths to the sea create curves and turns that may prevent you from getting a good position while standing on your two feet. And even if you show the rocks who's boss, the sea is no joke as a currant can carry you into its waters. Unless if you're a really skilled swimmer and/or lifeguard, it's going to be hard to make it out alive.
11 Devil's Hole, New York, United States
So there's this place located just below Niagara Falls in New York called the Devil's Hole. It's a downright scary combination of whirlpools and rushing currents that can pull down both bodies and boats alike. We know that you don't like to think about the fatal consequences, but we're just giving you a warning before you decide to take on the Devil's Hole.
The rushing currents are described in that sense for a reason. They can reach up to 18 mph, which can certainly affect those in small boats.
That being said, the Devil's Hole is basically like the devil laying around and waiting for its prey. Please be prepared to deal with its unpredictability.
10 Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Australia may not be the first country (and continent, for that matter) that you think about when it comes to fishing, but believe us when we say the Sydney suburb of Randwick is the home of the most dangerous rock fishing on the planet.
Rock fishing is all about walking out to rocky crags and outcroppings far into the sea. So you'll definitely have access to deep water fishing, but it may come at a cost as one fall can cost you your entire life. Yeah, you read that right.
The 2013 National Coastal Safety Report has recorded at least one death a month in Australia for rock fishing alone.
9 Gulf Of Alaska, Alaska, United States
Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch famously brought Alaskan saltwater fishing to the attention spans of viewers everywhere. And, as you may already know, the Gulf of Alaska is surely a dangerous place to saltwater fish due to its icy cold waters, extreme storms, rough waves, and slippery surfaces, which can all make going overboard a fatal action on its treacherous waters.
In case you didn't know, the death rate of Alaskan fishermen is at a whopping 26 times the national average in the U.S. But what makes these courageous fisherman so brave to put their lives on the line? Well, there aren't many jobs in Alaska, and fishing makes up about half of Alaska's private sector economy, so there you have it.
8 Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife and Spain in general are known for their relaxing vacations spots and peaceful fishing areas, but did you know that Tenerife's Puerto De La Cruz is an extreme place to fish for snapper, moray and amberjack?
It's most definitely a challenge within itself as it's a sport that requires people to make it to the top of the rocks with all their gear.
It's virtually impossible to imagine how people do such things, but don't worry, you also have the option of fishing at Puerto De La Cruz without having to risk your own life while out and about the sea.
7 The Red Triangle, California, United States
The red light at the traffic stop recommends that you stop before you get the go-ahead, green light to move forward. The Red Triangle in California is kind of the same way. You see, it's the fishing spot that records nearly 40 percent of all great white shark attacks in the U.S.
The Red Triangle covers about 100 miles of ocean in Calif. There's tons of fish in the area between Bodega Bay and Santa Cruz, but they've caused additional trouble on divers and kayakers who aren't looking to get hurt in any way, shape or form. We don't know if the great white sharks mistake humans for elephant seals, but we can confirm they're dangerous and possibly deadly. Beware!
6 New Caledonia, France
France is indeed a lovely country, and you should make plans to check it out in person if you haven't already. But, right now, let's shift our attention to New Caledonia, a fishing location in France that boasts a clear blue sea.
There's almost a 100 percent guarantee that you'll catch some sort of fish in New Caledonia, but if you want to take it up a notch, try hooking a giant trevalley because it could gain sanctuary in the reef and bust you off for an extreme fishing experience.
Oh and make sure that you have strong hands before trying to hook a giant trevelley!
5 Papua, New Guinea
In case you need a refresher, Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania. Its capital is Port Moresby, which has a population of 346,000 residents. That's quite a lot for a coastal city!
Papua New Guinea was one of the many places where English actor, television presenter and fishing fanatic Robson Green has traveled to to film his TV series Extreme Fishing.
Green fished with some local fisherman and failed to secure a Papuan bass and a couple of Marlins, but managed to snag up some interesting sea creatures like a giant, 40-pound goldfish and a fierce-looking creature that he was unable to identify.
It's a shame that Green couldn't catch all the fishes he wanted, but at least he tried. It's fairly rough out there.
India features everything from Himalayan peaks to an Indian Ocean coastline. Its history dates back to five million years ago.
India is also a country as a whole where extreme fishing is fairly common. Extreme Fishing star Robson Green has caught a frogfish, snakehead, catfish, manta ray, whale shark, grouper, bluefish, red snapper, and yellow lip in one episode filmed in India (and the Maldives) in December 2010.
We know that he has seen a whole lot, but we're just glad that he made it out alive because who knows what could've happened to him on camera? It's definitely a hotspot.
3 Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is known for its Thai cuisine, which combines a balance of five different flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. And, as you may already know, Thai people like to consume fish and fish sauce for that matter.
That being said, it shouldn't come as a surprise when Robson Green once recorded an Extreme Fishing episode in Thailand in April 2009. Green caught a redtail catfish, Mekong catfish, freshwater stingray, alligator gar and more obscure creatures from the sea.
If you're a first-time fisher in Phuket, Thailand, you should first take a guided fishing trip around the area to familiarize yourself because the heavyweight fishes can test your endurance and stamina.
2 Zambezi River, Zimbabwe, Africa
Fishing in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in Southern Africa is among the finest places in the world. But any true fisherman will tell you that it's not only about the catch, but also the timing and consequences.
You have to be physically fit. You should fish somewhere between May and December. You should also go with a guide to help you with the roles and assist you if needed.
After all, you don't want to fall ill in a real African country with crocodiles, hippos, and maybe even mosquitoes. So if you have a skin condition, you should avoid fishing at night because the mosquitoes will be out in full force.
Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. It's also the home of some of the hottest women in the world like supermodel and Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, designer and Matthew McConaughey's wife, Camila Alves, and dancer Daniela Freitas—just to name a few.
But did you know that Brazil is also known as an extreme fishing hotspot for fishermen? That's right! The Amazon is the biggest forest in the world and you can find just about everything from a 3-meter Brazilian catfish to a 3-foot peacock bass. So, if you go hungry in the Amazon, you'll probably have only yourself to blame for your famished woes.