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Where to Go for a Great Father’s Day Fishing Trip

June 17, 2016 Travel and Adventure : 72 Hours By Photo by Matthew Ankeny

There’s just something about fathers and fishing. Few activities, if any, are as cherished in our collective culture — perhaps because fishing is so universal, indiscriminate of age or ability. This Father’s Day, instead of material goods, treat your old man (or even your own child) to a long weekend in one of the world’s most celebrated fishing destinations. Here’s where to go, and what to do after you arrive.

Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston is home to year-round Red Drum, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Speckled Sea Trout and, given its proximity to the ocean, sharks. Besides fishing, here’s how to make the most of a weekend in this Southern city full of history and contrast.

Guide: Charleston Saltwater Fishing
Tackle Shop: Haddrell’s Point Tackle

Cocoa Beach, Florida


Near Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the United States, there’s a wealth of fishing opportunities in this sleepy beach town off central Florida, with schools of redfish and snooks.

Guide: Fin & Fly Fishing Charters
Tackle Shop: Shut Up & Fish

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont


Occupying the northeastern section of the state and consisting of Orleans, Caledonia and Essex counties, the sparsely populated area covers 2,027 square miles, and is home to numerous adventure opportunities, including, hiking, mountain biking and fantastic fishing.

Guide: Green Mountain Fishing Adventures
Tackle Shop: Village Sport Shop

Portland, Maine


Portland is the basecamp of wild Maine. As such, it’s a great place to start your search for Maine’s coveted striped bass, bluefish or any number of endemic species.

Guide: Eastman Guide Service
Tackle Shop: The Tackle Shop

Wanaka, New Zealand


Action and adventure sports are the most popular way to kill time around Lake Wanaka. But this is also the perfect place to test New Zealand’s reputation for having the best trout sight fishing in the world.

Guide: Alpine Fishing Guides
Tackle Shop: Southern Wild
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