Fishing in the Maldives

The islands of the Maldives has an advantage that makes it unique and comparable to only a few other similar exotic destinations. The islands are right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, entirely made of coral reefs, with pristine lagoons and amazing white sandy beaches. The turquoise colored lagoons and the bright blue seas not only makes it a “dream destination” for holidays makers worldwide, but the natural environment and geography makes it an ideal fishing area, where every conceivable fish and marine life in tropical waters , converge and gather around the Maldivian seas. Hence it is not surprising since the beginning of known history of Maldives, the Maldivians have been fishermen, and they have been the “blood line of the nation” as proclaimed by the locals. Indeed it is still one of the few main industries for the country.

The Maldivian fishermen has always been among the respected elders of local society , not only due to their unique abilities for fishing, but also their deep knowledge of the surrounding seas and navigational skills around dangerous shallow reefs, especially their night time navigational skills. No GPS system can match their skills due to the geographical nature of the reefs, hence their skills are formidable.

So when we combine the Maldivian fishing captain and his advice, along with a luxury sports fishing boat with the best gear and equipment, one can imagine the unique fishing experience people may have here in the Maldives. Indeed, if the weather permits, we guarantee you one of the best fishing experiences you will ever have in your life.

 

FISHING METHODS IN THE MALDIVES

Almost all types of recreational fishing is practiced in the Maldives with a high emphasis on catch and release philosophy to preserve the fish population and the environment. But of course, anything required by the guest for their consumption (for barbeque etc.) will be available, no matter what species, no matter what size.

If you are lucky enough to go fishing in the Maldives, you will be fishing for Sailfish, Tuna, Swordfish, Marlin, Wahoo and Barracuda, among other fish species.

Some of the available methods of fishing are detailed below:

Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. The hook itself can be dressed with lures or bait. A bite indicator such as a float is rarely used.

Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial 'fly' is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or 'lure' requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates or other food organisms, or lures to provoke the fish to strike.

Line fishing is fishing with a fishing line. A fishing line is any cord made for fishing. Important parameters of a fishing line are its length, material, and weight (thicker, sturdier lines are more visible to fish). Factors that may determine what line an angler chooses for a given fishing environment include breaking strength, knot strength, UV resistance, castability, limpness, stretch, abrasion resistance, and visibility.

Modern fishing lines are usually made from artificial substances. The most common type is monofilament, made of a single strand. There are also braided fishing lines and thermally fused super lines.

Drop-lining - a drop-line consists of a long fishing line set vertically down into the water, with a series of baited hooks .Drop-lines have a weight at the bottom and a float at the top. They are not usually as long as long-lines and have fewer hooks.

Hand-lining - is fishing with a single fishing line, baited with lures or bait fish, which is held in the hands. Hand-lining can be done from boats or from the shore. It is used mainly to catch ground fish and squid, but smaller pelagic fish can also be caught.

Jigging –is the practice of fishing with a jig, a type of fishing lure. A jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it and usually covered by a soft body to attract fish. Jigs are intended to create a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinner baits which move through the water horizontally. The jig is very versatile and can be used in both salt and fresh water. Many species are attracted to the lure which has made it popular amongst anglers for years.

For successful jigging, the jigger needs to use a rod which is good for feeling a strike, and needs to stay in contact with the lure and get it to where the fish are. Most fish caught by jigs are on or near the bottom.

Trolling - is fishing with one or more baited lines which are drawn through the water. This may be done by pulling the line behind a slow moving boat, or by slowly winding the line in when fishing from the land. Trolling is used to catch pelagic fish such as mackerel and kingfish.

When sports fishing in the Maldives, you can experience the local fishing methods, with a traditional line and weights, or you can use the modern equipment you are probably already familiar with. Indeed, experiencing the thrill of catching 90lbs giant trevally and 50-80lbs Wahoo will be the norm. It is when you catch the sailfish and its larger version that will give you a good fight, that is the truly unique gift the “Silver Marlin” boat and its captain offers you.