With 95,471 miles of coastline, the USA abounds with great fishing spots for both on and offshore adventures.
Here you’ll find abundant opportunities to bag every kind of fish in every way possible, from angling off the beach to deep-sea charters, and of course, spearfishing among beautiful natural and manmade reefs.
Start planning next year’s fishing outings with this guide to some of the best places for spearfishing along our shores.
1. Florida Keys
From Key West to the Everglades, the Florida Keys boast some of the best spearfishing waters in the country.
These reefs and wrecks are productive all year round, yielding huge specimens of Mahi Mahi and abundant catches of Hogfish and Snapper too.
Other common species you’ll encounter in Florida’s local fishing spots include Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Permit, and Trevally.
2. The Best Fishing Spots in North Carolina
The Old North State is home to numerous good fishing spots for spearfishing enthusiasts. These are some of the best:
- Outer Banks
- Hatteras Island
- Bald Head Island
- Meg Ledge
- Wrightsville Beach
You can look forward to catching numerous species in these waters including Mahi Mahi, Sheepshead, Amberjack, Wahoo, and King Mackerel.
3. Kona, Hawaii
Not only is Hawaii home to a huge abundance of fish species, but it also has very liberal spearfishing regulations. It’s easy to hunt and spear Spotted Sturgeonfish, Goatfish, Striped Marlin, and Blackspot Sargeants.
Kona’s also a trendy vacation spot, so the whole family’s assured of a great time while you explore the 6000-ft depths around this island. In Kona, you can launch your spearfishing adventure from the headlands or head out on a charter or kayak to stalk your catch.
4. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
This New England fishing spot is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in New England and yields great catches of Bonito and False Albacore.
While you’re down there you’ll also get the chance to admire unusual rock formations populated by Tautog, Scup, Flounder, and Bluefish. Further out to sea, Mahi Mahi and big game fish await.
The best time for spearfishing around here is between spring and fall when the water warms up to about 37 degrees.
5. All Round Great Fishing Spots
Some of the best fishing charters in the country depart from Alabama’s gulf coast shores which also offer promising opportunities for underwater explorers, free divers, and snorkelers.
The Alabama coast marks a point where the warm Gulf Stream current brushes against the continental shelf, so it’s filled with diverse species, from white sharks to small tropical fish.
There are abundant populations of reef and wreck species including snapper, amberjack, tuna, and grouper. Artificial reefs abound and the state authorities encourage spearfishermen and women to thin out the huge populations of lionfish in the area.
More to Enjoy
These are only a small sample of the great fishing spots out there. So, if you’re serious about spearfishing or catching fish on hook-and-line, you’ll start taking advantage of the underwater bounty surrounding you.
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