10 Best Places for Sports Fishing in South America

Amazon fishing - Angler fights a peacock bass
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The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline that courses through your veins when you feel a tug on the fishing line are among the biggest reasons that fishing is big business, and South America is no different, with some amazing places to go fishing.

You will also find that there are some very interesting species to be found in the region, whether your passion is fly fishing or trying to catch the really big fish in the ocean. Here are some of the most popular places to go fishing on the continent, where you are likely to catch rare and fascinating fish.

The Brazilian Amazon

There are few authorized sites within the Amazon where sports fishing is permitted, so make sure you choose a reputable company. But once you are there the Peacock Bass is among the target species, and the remarkable surroundings make a special trip.

Araucanía, Chile

During the winter, the mountain slopes around the town are famous for their ski zones, but during the seasons when the snows subside, the river fishing here is very good, with some beautiful surroundings that help to make this a memorable destination for a fishing trip.

Tumbes, Peru

This coastal town is best known for its lovely beaches and the palm tree-fringed coast, but it is also one of the sport fishing highlights of Peru. Black Marlin and Striped Marlin are among the large impressive fish that can be caught in these tropical waters.

San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina

As the name suggests, this is a destination located in the Andes and is a great fly fishing spot with some peaceful waters and an excellent trout population.

Parana River, Paraguay

There are several different parts of the Parana that are great for sport fishing. The most attractive fish is the Dorado, which is a species that grows up to around 40 pounds and is famous for its golden scales and for really putting up a fight as it is brought in.

La Guaira, Venezuela

The locals say that this is among the best fishing areas in the world, and there is no doubt that the waters offshore here are teeming with different species, particularly in the summer when the shoals of baitfish draw some truly immense Blue Marlin and Billfish to the area.

Bertioga, Brazil

This lovely town is located in the Sao Paolo area on the Northern Coast and is a great spot for fishing from a boat, with a variety of species to be caught. Although they aren't too large, there are plenty of fish to be caught there.

Georgetown, Guyana

This is a good base for fishing in several of the rivers around Guyana, with the northern end of the Amazon river among the highlights. The Payara and Peacock Bass are among the local catches, while there are several other rivers worth fishing here too.

Cartagena, Colombia

The waters off the coast of Cartagena are best for fishing from September until April. There is plenty of game fish to be caught here, including Sailfish, Marlin, and Wahoo. Despite the sports fishing, the city itself is a beautiful bonus to this particular fishing trip.

Mar del Plata, Argentina

In terms of the variety of fishing conditions, Mar del Plata is a great spot for fishing as you can try shore fishing, boat fishing, fly fishing, and deep-sea fishing all in one place. Few people leave without catching fish from these teeming waters, with the largest being the Yellow Tail and the Atlantic Bonito that are caught a little way out to sea.

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