Ah, summertime. The season when every day is the perfect opportunity to play hooky and sip some cold ones on the lake.
Where do you prefer to cast your line? From Canada to the Keys, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite North American fishing destinations to reel one in while the weather’s warm.
- Choke Canyon Reservoir, Texas
In the Lone Star State, where temperatures can easily soar into the triple digits, you’ll likely want to do nothing more than park your butt and sit still.
That’s exactly why Choke Canyon Reservoir is the perfect low-key fishing spot, stocked with loads of bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish and bluegill that make for an easy catch.
If wildlife is your thing, you’ll find it here too. Wild turkeys, hogs and gators are known to frequent the reservoir’s banks.
Photo via http://tpwd.texas.gov/
- Key West, Florida
Few places in the world have a community that’s so centered around a singular pursuit, and in the heart of the Florida Keys, that pursuit is fishing.
Head out to the flats for tarpon and tuna, or jump onboard an offshore charter to snag snapper and grouper. Dedicated anglers can even spring for an overnight excursion to the Dry Tortugas, one of the best sportfishing destinations in the world.
Don’t leave Key West without stopping by our favorite watering hole, aptly named Sloppy Joes.
Photo via http://www.stingreacharters.com/
- Nova Scotia, Canada
With nearly 5,000 miles of saltwater coastline, 6,500 lakes and 100 rivers, Nova Scotia is a fisherman’s paradise. It’s also where a record-shattering 616-pound Bluefin tuna was hauled in in 2014—by a 12-year-old girl, no less.
Want to get your name in the record books? Try to match her catch by taking a fishing charter off the province’s northeast coast.
Photo via http://www.mccullagh.org/
- Outer Banks, North Carolina
If you’re type that’s easily distracted by the nearest shiny object, beware the Outer Banks. There are literally endless options to choose from when casting your line: fly fishing, brackish fishing, pier fishing, offshore and inshore charters, you name it.
The variety is also on point in the OBX, with marlin, dolphin, wahoo, snapper, Spanish mackerel, grouper, flounder and a ton more up for the taking all summer long.
See? Told you it’d be tough to make a decision.
Photo via http://obxfishingguide.com/
Blue marlin are the name of the game during the summer months, when Bermuda pops off with fishing tournaments and deep sea charters.
If your talent and good luck happen to land you on a tournament leaderboard, you might walk away with one of the island’s hefty tournament prizes, which can ring up in the tens of thousands of dollars!
Photo via http://www.fishcrack.com/
- Chippewa River, Wisconsin
Pack a couple of our A-10 shell shot glasses for your trip up the Chippewa; the fight will go down easier after throwing a few back. The infamous Wisconsin muskellunge is a lean, mean, fighting machine known for eluding even the most adept anglers.
Catching a “musky” makes for the fish story of a lifetime, so prepare accordingly. Experts advise opting for live bait around 10-12 inches long and trolling near weeds and other areas of cover.
It ain’t called the "fish of 10,000 casts" for nothing!
Photo via http://www.gameandfishmag.com/
- Castaic Lake, California
Known for some of the biggest largemouth bass catches in the world, Castaic Lake is no stranger to the record books. It also holds the title of the largest reservoir in the state of California.
One cool feature of this recreation area is that you can pick your speed; if you’re still recovering from the night before, pick the lower lake, reserved for non-power vessels and swimming. Up for a little more horsepower? The upper lake is your place, where you can wakeboard and jet-ski in addition to fishing.
Photo via http://www.daytrippen.com/
Where’s your favorite place to fish? No matter where you’re dropping your line, don’t forget to bring along our A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog flask, crafted from a genuine 30mm shell casing. It’s the perfect companion for a day on the water!
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