6 Awesome Offshore Fishing Destinations You Should Have on Your Bucket List

Cocoa Beach charters explore other locations around the world any die-hard angler should go at least once

For the most part, fishermen stay close to home, or no more than a few hours away. For many patrons aboard offshore charters, fishing is not the sole reason for visiting Cocoa Beach. Perhaps they are here visiting family or one of the many theme parks in Orlando.

Only the most serious anglers will venture to far-away places just for the fishing.

While Floridians pride themselves on having the best offshore fishing, the Sunshine State and Space Coast off Cocoa Beach are not the only places in the world that offer superb opportunities to catch large gamefish like Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and more.

We invite you to continue reading for 6 top offshore fishing destinations every diehard angler should have on their bucket list. For most of us, these destinations are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fishing and enjoying some of the most exotic spots on the planet.

  1. Florida Keys – If you’re a serious fisherman and live in Florida, this is a no-brainer. And while many outsiders certainly have heard of Key West and other towns in the chain of islands off the southern tip of Florida, they may not understand just how good the offshore fishing is. Proximity of the Gulf Stream to the Keys and the area’s clear blue waters provide better sight fishing opportunities and bigger gamefish much closer to shore. Flats and reefs also allow you to pursue inshore species just in case it’s a rough day offshore. It is possible to go fishing throughout the year in the Keys, but winters can be rough and unpredictable.
Looking offshore from Bahia Honda State Park - Florida Keys (Courtesy of Ebyabe via Wikimedia)
Looking offshore from Bahia Honda State Park – Florida Keys (Courtesy of Ebyabe via Wikimedia)
  1. Bimini Islands (Bahamas) – Located just 50 miles straight east of Miami, the Bimini chain of islands offers a world class offshore experience as well as picturesque blue waters. Also influenced by the Gulf Stream, many celebrities like Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffet have pursued Marlin, Tuna and Swordfish in this tropical paradise. Like the Keys, the Bahama Islands also have excellent flats fishing just in case you can’t get offshore one day. Also like the Keys, fishing is a way of life in the Bahamas, but winter time can get a little unpredictable.
Henry "Mike" Strater and Ernest Hemingway with "apple-cored" marlin. Bimini, Cat Cay, 1935. Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
Henry “Mike” Strater and Ernest Hemingway with “apple-cored” marlin. Bimini, Cat Cay, 1935. Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
  1. North Carolina’s Outer Banks – Although the North Carolina coast is several hundred miles north of the Bahamas and the Keys, the Gulf Stream runs just offshore, carrying many popular gamefish species from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico with it. Examples include Redfish, Marlin, King Mackerel, Tuna (Yellowfin and Bluefin) and more. Unlike the Bahamas and the Keys though, offshore fishing off the Outer Banks is best from April to June and September to just after Thanksgiving. Many species will move south during the winter months.
Satellite View of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Courtesy of NASA.gov via Wikimedia
Satellite View of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Courtesy of NASA.gov via Wikimedia
  1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Moving to the Pacific Ocean, Cabo San Lucas is situated on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula on the western coast of Mexico. In most places in the world, getting into that crystal blue water requires you to run up to 40 miles offshore. However, due to Cabo’s location at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, anglers can enjoy the opportunity to catch offshore pelagic species like King Mackerel, Wahoo and more literally minutes from the docks. Like other tropical locations, offshore fishing in Cabo San Lucas is good throughout the year.
Los Arcos @ Cabo San Lucas. Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs via Wikimedia
Los Arcos @ Cabo San Lucas. Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs via Wikimedia
  1. Belize – This small Central American country is known for its plethora of Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and more and as one of the few spots on the planet you have a good chance of catching all 3 in one day. While the fish are not the biggest here, they make up for it in sheer numbers. The flats and other areas offshore are highly valued and protected by law. Unlike Panama and Nicaragua though, English is an official language in Belize and only a few hours flight from most major U.S. cities. Fishing is good throughout the year, but for the chance at some monster Tarpon, you should plan on going between the middle part of summer to late fall.
  1. Cocoa Beach (Space Coast) Florida – We wanted to save the best for last. While Cocoa Beach may not be as exciting as Belize or Cabo San Lucas or even the Keys just 300 miles south, it still provides ample opportunities for snagging popular gamefish ranging from Mahi Mahi to Cobia, Wahoo and more. Offshore fishing charters in the area provide the expertise you need for finding the right spots and employing the right techniques. Best of all, Cocoa Beach is within a short drive of popular vacation destinations, so even if you’re the only one in your family who enjoys fishing, you can easily break off for an exciting day on the water.
FIshing offshore of Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach. Image courtesy of Ofishal Business Charters
Fishing offshore of Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach. Image courtesy of Ofishal Business Charters

Each of these fishing destinations has numerous offshore charters to choose from, which is highly recommended, especially for your first couple of trips. Each place is different, including the techniques and baits that work best. Cabo San Lucas for example uses a trolling method almost exclusively.

OFishal Business Charters offers guided offshore fishing excursions around Cocoa Beach and other spots along the central Florida coast. To learn more about where we fish or to schedule a trip, visit http://www.ofishalbusinesscharters.com/ today.

Featured image courtesy of Ofishal Business Charters.

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