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Once you’ve started with saltwater fishing, you may find yourself wanting to catch a specific species.

Perhaps you’re angling for a trophy fish. If that’s the case, you’ll need to find the right places to find your target. There’s no point in going to Baja, Mexico for white marlin, or visiting Venezuela so you can get some roosterfish just a few meters from the beach. These species simply don’t go to these places.

So get your gear from a reputable company like Eat My Tackle, and plan your trip. Here are the top favorites when it comes to saltwater fly rod fish species, along with some helpful information on where to find them.

  1. Tarpon - It’s not surprising if you’re angling for some tarpon, as it’s one of the best fly rod game fish. For the big ones, you can try Homosassa, Florida, but you’ll find a lot of excitement in the Florida Keys too. You should also try Costa Rica, Belize, Venezuela, and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
  2. Permit - This species proliferate in the Atlantic Ocean tropical flats. Many permit fishers in the US go to the Florida Keys, where you can find huge specimens. Outside the country, the best places include the Bahamas, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
  3. Bonefish - Any tropical flat in the world will do for this species, but for US aficionados the Florida Keys is nearby, and it has provided the most number of record-size catches. For more exotic locales, you can try Los Roques in Venezuela, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Christmas Island, the Seychelles, and the Bahamas.
  4. Barracuda - Tropical waters are excellent for this species, but your best options are the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as well as Belize.
  5. Snook - There are a few spots along the Pacific Coast from Baja in Mexico to Panama, as well as all along the Atlantic coast from Florida to Brazil. Costa Rica is considered by many as the top spot for snook, but you can also try Venezuela, Honduras, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. If you don’t want to go abroad, try the Florida Everglades.
  6. Pacific Sailfish - Central America is a great place for this species, and this region is conveniently near the US. Try Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
  7. Dorado. You’ll need warm salt waters for this species. Some consider the best spot as Baja in Mexico, but you can also visit the Bahamas, Panamá, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. If you want to remain in the US, just go to Florida.
  8. Roosterfish - The very best destination for roosterfish, say some experts, is Cabo San Lucas, which is one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico. It’s in the southern part of Baja. But you can also try other Baja locations, as well as Panama and Costa Rica.
  9. Striped Bass - Just go to the US East Coast. One great choice is off the New England coast, from May to October.
  10. Redfish - You don’t need to go overseas for this species if you’re in the US. Just try Padre Island in Texas and the Florida Everglades.

Good luck, and have a great time!

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