Fishing Holidays to Beat the Coarse Close Season Blues

Fishing Holidays to Beat the Coarse Close Season Blues

12 January 2018

The annual coarse close season which begins on Thursday 15th of March in the UK, is almost upon us. So we thought we should share 8 great locations to beat the close season blues.

Saltwater fishing

Speedboat in Seychelles


The Seychelles are located off the East coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean. The country is composed of over one hundred islands. Its fabulous white sand beaches and crystal clear waters has made a popular place for fishing tourists. If you are into fly fishing go to Alphonse Island. There are over sixty species but the most notable amongst anglers are: Bonefish, Giant Trevally and Milk. If you are going with your family, the island offers plenty of alternatives if they don’t want to go fishing - such as snorkelling, ocean walks and wind surfing.

Los Roques boats

Los Roques, Venezuela

Venezuela offers some of the best Bone fishing and Tarpon fishing in the world. Los Roques, is just situated 90 miles offshore Venezuela, it is an archipelago formed of 350 islands and cays, which have some of the finest salt water fishing in the world. The islands are a highly preserved national park frequented by locals and holidaymakers. You can expect to find Bonefish, Tarpon, Jacks and even Barracudas.

Exmouth Western Australia beach

Western Australia

Exmouth is located just an hour and half’s flight from Perth. The fishing spot is located within the Ningaloo reef, famous for its Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and incredible varied marine wildlife.

Exmouth’s diverse ecosystem provides some amazing fishing such as Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Permit, Mack, Tuna and the famous Australian Barramundi.

The good weather conditions allow fishing almost all year round. It is a fantastic fishing destination set against the Australian outback.

Big Game Fishing


Manda Bay, Kenya

The East Coast of Kenya is known for its known for its excellent fishing for Billfish, Sailfish, Striped, Black and Blue Marlin and the other game fish which migrate through these waters.

If you want to fish some Marlin, the best time to go is between February and March. Regardless of when you visit, Manda Bay is one of the best places to stay on the entire East African Coastline.

Marina Hemingway in Cuba


If you want to catch big game, head to Cuba. Hunt some Marlin and embark on an epic battle with the fish. You will need heavy-duty equipment, lures, natural or live bait.

Fly to La Habana and head to Marina Hemingway, named after the famous author. It’s also popular for its annual Marlin Tournaments.

Canary Island, Spain

Canary Islands, Spain

This family-friendly fishing destination is only a few hour’s flight away from your doorstep. Fish big game whilst your family enjoys the wonder of the island, its beaches and sights.

With plenty of family-friendly activities as well as the opportunity to catch a Marlin, the Canary Islands a prime holiday destination for an angler looking for a quick getaway to beat the close season.

Freshwater Fishing:

Fishing boat in the sunset

La Patagonia, Argentina

There is little comparison to sea-trout fishing in La Patagonia, located on the South of Argentina. The character and style are unique to the region, where you can find record-breaking Trout. You will be fishing in a barren environment, completely different to what you might have seen before. Filled with character and an ever changing weather pattern and red skies, La Patagonia will give you an unforgettable fishing experience.

Boats docked in Alaska


Alaska has more fishing lodges than anywhere on the world: there are hundreds you can choose from. Experience fly fishing in Alaskan freshwater streams and rivers for wild Alaskan Salmon, along with Dolly Varden and Artic Grayling. Combine this with trophy size Rainbow-Trout and you will have the fly fishing experience of a lifetime.

At Harris Sportsmail, we offer all the tackle you need for your next fishing holiday. If you need help deciding what equipment you’ll need, contact us anytime for advice.