Let’s be clear about this up front: America is a big country. Really big. And inside that vastness are lots and lots of mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and canals. There are more than 95,000 miles of ocean coastline and, beyond that coastline, lots of deep water accessible by half- or full-day boat trips.
So when rounding up the 11 best places to fish in the U.S.,there may be one or two folks out there who think they know a place that was overlooked. And they’re right. But these are the best places to catch the widest range of fish, with a nod to geographical diversity and wilderness beauty. With that out of the way, here you have it - an arguably indispensable list of must-fish destinations in the U.S.
Pamlico Sound, North Carolina: Red Drum
Once you head into salt water, there is obviously a very wide range of what you can catch. Depending on the time of year here, these fertile fishing grounds offer up bluefish, marlin, Spanish mackerel, tuna, amberjack — you name it. This area is so popular, in fact, that overfishing led to the cancellation of red drum season this past spring. But if you’re looking for a great day out on the water where you never know quite what you’re going to haul up, you could do a lot worse than here. This area is also great for surf-casting.
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