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5 must-visit US fishing spots

  • Jul 16, 2015

Do you yearn for some fly fishing? Are you searching for the best spot to cast off for big game fish? There are hot spots all over the U.S. perfect for tossing a line and reeling in the big one.

Whether you're a tried and true angler hunting for a new thrill or a casual fisherman looking for a new spot to relax, these popular locations are sure to put a smile on your face and a catch in the cooler. Before you load up the tackle box, make sure you strap on your watch tide graph. It will give you a better idea of where those big fish are hiding before you cast off.

1. Mountain Home, Arkansas
Mountain Home isn't just some fishing town. It's a hidden angling paradise fit for retiring to, according to Fish & Stream. It has a reputation for low taxes, beautiful scenery and tremendous fishing potential. It's a perfect place to set your sights on largemouths, stripers or walleyes, but you'll find trout close by in the White and Norfolk rivers. Best of all, despite its fishing fame, the area remains relatively vacant - perfect for casting a line unbothered.

2. Massachusetts Bay
On the other side of the spectrum, Massachusetts Bay may be the greatest fishing ground to visit if you like a little thrill. That's because the bay is one of the best shark fishing spots in all of North America, according to the World Fishing Network. It's not too unreasonable to get a hook into a mako shark weighing over 1,000 in the bay. That said, shark fishing in this spot - or in general - is reserved for serious anglers. Not only are sharks incredibly powerful and tough to reel in, some have a history of injuring fishermen while being caught.

3. Charleston, South Carolina
It may be a hotbed for tourists, but not all those visitors know about the prime waters surrounding the city. From the shallow marches to the waters beside Fort Sumter, Charleston is swarming with big redfish. Redfish are the perfect target for anglers. They grow past 45 pounds, and they're particularly easy to locate given their feeding grounds. Redfish like swimming through the shallow waters of the marshes and coastal areas digging around for shellfish. If you see any tail fins churning up the water, cast your line and get ready to reel in a catch.

4. San Francisco Bay Area
If sharks and saltwater fish aren't your cup of tea, you could try fishing for the monster of the fresh waters - the white sturgeon. It's the biggest freshwater fish in North America and a commoner over in the San Francisco Bay area and up along the Sacramento River, World Fishing Network noted. These behemoths grow even larger than the Mako. They've been known to weigh roughly 1,500 pounds and grow over 20 feet long. Don't get your hopes up when it comes to spotting something that large, but something even half that size is a huge catch compared to other fish. Before casting your line, just make sure you're following all of the state regulations regarding the white sturgeon.

5. Minocqua, Wisconsin
Hidden far away from the hustle and bustle of city life - it's roughly five hours outside of Milwaukee - Minocqua is a nature lover's dream. The North Woods are prime for hiking, exploring and, of course, fishing. There are around 70 or so lakes in the area crawling with various species of fish, and nearby creeks are perfect for fishing trout, Fish and Stream reported.

Whenever you go on a fishing trip make sure you have your tide graph watch nearby. Don't have one? Check out the PRW2500T-7. This watch has all the great features you need when out in the great outdoors.

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