Maldives is known for its fishing industry, which is the second largest right after tourism. Half of the country’s labour force is employed in the fishing industry. With its vast and diverse aquatic life, it plays a large role in the locals’ lives and in tourism.
The season for fishing
While it is said the best time for fishing is during the months November till the end of May, there really is no off-peak season as fishing occurs all year round. Fishing holidays are the next big thing for all fishing enthusiasts, as it gives you a chance to catch the landscapes of Maldives too.
Where to go fishing
Most Maldives island resorts offer you the best accommodation, such as Dhigali Maldives, to reach the best fishing spots, as most resorts forbid fishing as they intend to protect their reef. The best way to get to the hottest fishing spots is by interacting with the locals or by getting yourself a fishing guide.
The different types of fishing
The most common types of fishing include bait fishing, fly fishing and beach casting. Bottom fishing is the common type of fishing among beginners, just to get you started. Jigging/ popping is the main type of sports fishing.
Regulations for fishing
Whilst fishing in the Maldives is a fun tourist activity to engage in, there are a bunch of regulations one may need to adhere to. For a sustainable and friendly manner of fishing, only poles and lines are to be used. Run through with a fishing guide to ensure you’re following all the guidelines before you start fishing!