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Travel Picks: Top 10 fishing destinations

Aug 19, 2011, 2:09 a.m.

Appropriately nicknamed the "Marlin Capital of the World," Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is a place to bring your highest-quality camera. There's nothing like capturing your family's Christmas card on the beaches of Mexico's most abundant shoreline - with a massive marlin on display.

More than 3,000 species of marine life live off the Baja Peninsula - and marlin rule the seas. Some of the most well regarded yacht charters around, like the Picante Bluewater Sportfishing fleet, take eager novices out daily, year round.

7. Montauk Point, New York, United States

Montauk Point, a glacial cliff on the east coast of Long Island, provides a fishing retreat for New Yorkers, Philadelphians, Bostonians - and everyone in between. Thankfully charter groups that take you out come equipped with experienced captains who know what they're doing.

Bring the family to reel in tuna, striped bass and shark that swim the eastern shore of the United States. Remember to bring a cooler: your finest catches can serve as dinner after a sun-filled day on the high seas.

8. Newfoundland, Canada

The tastiest fish in the world, from Arctic char to rainbow trout to cod, live off the coast of Newfoundland on Canada's east coast. Stay inland along Newfoundland's Flowers River if salmon piques your interest. But for saltwater species, like yellowtail and mackerel, head east to the blistery coast.

The area, between its mountainous terrain and serene surroundings, is an ideal spot to bait your hook, sit back and relax. Until you get your first bite, of course.

9. Puget Sound, Washington, United States

For a day trip from Seattle, try nearby Puget Sound. The waters are calm and it's easy to relax - perfect for the stressed out workaholic who just wants to get away from it all.

Turn off your cell phone, cast your line, and sit back while the salmon comes to you. Your view of Mount Rainer and the Olympic Mountains will be worth the trip. Fishing is popular in the area, so there's no shortage of charters to take you out. Sign up ahead of time, and then go with the flow.

10. Victoria, Australia

Imagine your boat rocking back and forth as roaring waves push it farther and farther away from shore. You've got your fishing lines in tow and you're ready to catch something big.

Powerful and wild waves are no strangers to Bass Strait. The strait, which separates Tasmania from Victoria, has a reputation for being rough. But you need to get out there if you hope to see sharks -- great hammerheads, gummy, school and spurred dog sharks -- off of Australia's coast.

(Edited by Paul Casciato)

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