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An IVHE Fishing Holiday

Fish for a trophy, fish for dinner, fish for the fun of it
on an IVHE holiday by the water

Nestled by an ocean, sea, bay, lake, river, estuary, creek, stream, bayou, billabong, fen or fjord, an International Vacation Home Exchange property by the water offers more than the usual relaxation vibe – it offers opportunities for thrilling water sports activities, the whopper of them all being fishing.

If you are an avid angler and expressly want  accommodations that offers fishing as an activity, go to  In the upper right hand corner you’ll see “Vacation Selections.” Click it and a drop-down menu will appear with a variety of vacation categories. One will be “Fishing Locations For Home Exchange.”
Photo source: flickr, Bill Brine

Here you will find locations where fishing is happening,  from Tasmania to Trinidad, Scotland to South Africa and luxury homes to serve as your “fish camp.” 
Some of the best places in the world for deep-sea fishing may be debatable, but here are a few that many fishing fanatics agree on,  as well as a few examples of IVHE properties in each area: 

Phuket, ThailandWaiting for you in the clear blue waters of the Andamen Sea are monster marlin and tuna, queenfish, giant trevally, sea bass and huge carp, catfish and barbs. Your IVHE home in Phuket is a four-bedroom detached villa with private pool.

Capetown, South Africa – The waters off the coast of this beautiful city are known for its bounty of huge tuna and other game fish. Set out from your four-bedroom home on Hout Bay to catch a few. The home has a private pool and gorgeous mountain views.

Cabo San Lucas, MexicoKnown as the Marlin Capital of the World, Cabo has a strict catch-and-release policy to keep the marlin population from being depleted. Bring your camera to record your catch.  But there are other fighters in the water, so don’t despair– Dorado and yellowfin tuna to name a few. You will stay in a stunning four-bedroom hacienda with spectacular ocean views.

Costa Rica –Two coasts from which to chose, both are excellent sport fishing grounds. The coast of Limon on the Caribbean side is great for mackerel, dorado, jack crevalle, tarpon and tripletail.  The waters of Puntarenas on the Pacific side are where you will likely land marlin, tuna, roosterfish, wahoo and snook. On the Pacific, IVHE offers this three-bedroom jungle and beach retreat.
Victoria, Australia –
One of the best places in the world to fish for shark – hammerhead, bronze whaler, common thresher, organic blue whaler, gummy shark and many others great and small. Stay in a three-bedroom house on the Great Ocean Road with great ocean views.

Portugal, Algarve
– Shark fishing is quite successful  here, as well as marlin and a good variety of other fish, including corvina of up to 100 lbs. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with lots of things to brighten your holiday in addition to fishing. Stay five minutes from the beach in a luxury two-bedroom townhouse. 

Property #0563: Portugal, Algarve.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  -- Excellent opportunities here to land a big tuna, wahoo, shark, or amazing blue marlin. Your place to stay in sunny Tenerife is a three-bedroom privately owned “Presidential Suite” in a beautiful holiday resort. The apartment overlooks the pool and there is a shared hot tub to soak in after a wild day of fishing. Cleaning services daily.

Good fishing destinations in the Caribbean Islands and North America are endless.  Cities along the Gulf of Mexico and up the eastern seaboard to Nova Scotia are home to a wide variety of ocean, marsh, bay and bayou species.  Across the interior, Minnesota, called “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” offers muskie, walleye and great northern pike, bass, and a variety of other fish. The Great Lakes, on both the U.S. and Canadian side, have many of the same species to challenge the fresh-water angler.  Fly fishing for trout in the mountain streams of Colorado and Montana is popular, and in the Pacific Northwest, and in British Columbia, salmon and halibut are the catches of the day. 

Photo source: flickr, Rodmob Fishing Podcast

Freshwater fishing in Europe is as varied and thrilling as the scenery.  Check out IVHE properties in County Cork and County Kerry on the West Coast of Ireland.  The rivers and lakes there are jumping with trout and Atlantic salmon.  In Switzerland, the alpine lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains are a fly-fishing paradise.  You will also find great trout fishing in the gentle streams of Tuscany.

Photo source: flickr, Clinton and Charles Roberts

Pursuing different kinds of fish calls for specialized gear and know how. Unless you will be bringing all the right stuff with you, hiring a fishing guide or charter boat is a great idea. They usually furnish all you need to snag the big ones. And in most cases, they will clean and fillet your catch so you can take fish-ready-for-dinner back to your IVHE fish camp without stressing over the butchering process and remnant disposal.

Ask your host about what kind of fishing license you will need and how to get it. Online will probably work in most cases.

Whether you are an experienced angler or a novice, fishing will add an exhilarating dimension of adventure to your home exchange holiday. Good luck.

If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, find out more about it and how it works.  For more pictures and details on the accommodations featured above, just click the property #.

Blogmeister: Mike DiPrima


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