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Worldwide hubs of rod and reel. Sydney Harbour
The biggest city down under has a watery wilderness just outside its gates. Though peak boat in Sydney Harbour can sometimes hamper the bay comes alive in summer with schools of salmon and tuna chasing into the shallow waters. real prize, though, is the famously feisty With their shiny platinum bodies and bright yellow tails, are as gorgeous as they are tough to reel in.
monster predator that most only dream of reeling in. Hook up with a charter guide such as Safaris and troll for marlin, and the 80-pound that make the region famous.
Tucked into the woods of southwest Outaouais region, some 20,000 lakes tempt anglers with bountiful stocks of muskie and northern pike. Reserve a lake (and cabin) of your own at Fairmont Kenauk, a mess of mildly opulent log cottages scattered across a private 65,000-acre wilderness. Canoes and kayaks come standard, and with a ratio of 70 lakes to 13 cabins, pressure is no higher than it was for the fur trappers. fairmont.com/kenauk
Costa Papagayo Gulf
The seas around northwest Costa Papagayo Peninsula are home to the kind of
Early winter in Seattle brings hordes of dedicated squid-jiggers out to piers around Elliott Bay, hearty souls braving feezing drizzle to hook one of the inky, gelatinous delicacies. Squid-jigging is a robust tradition in the Northwest capital, usually performed afer dark with a thermos of hot and a few pals. The humble Fishing Tackle in the Atlantic neighborhood is the headquarters, where the goof-looking jigs, designed to mimic the moves of an injured
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An drive fom bustling Dublin, the unique limestone lakes (or of pastoral River Shannon region teem with pike, salmon and trout. Lough Owel near the town of Mullingar is a popular local hole; to the west, Lough Ree draws hundreds of Irish and European anglers to its pike festival. The River Shannon runs through the adjacent town of Athlone, where oldest pub, the cozy Bar, has been a setting for tales since 900 AD.