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Maldivian Fish Hookers

Malé
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trips from $200

Super Friday Fishing

Baa Atoll
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trips from $250

Black Pirate

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (2)
Naifaru
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trips from $500

Laamu Atol Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (3)
Gan
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trips from $475

Hilman Sport Fishing

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (28)
Malé
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trips from $200

Life At Sea Charter

Guraidhoo
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GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (1)
Malé
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trips from $800

Just Salt

4.6 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (6)
Malé
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trips from $400

Silent Hunter

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (6)
Malé
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trips from $400

Whitetip Fishing Charter

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (1)
Malé
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trips from $750

In the Maldives, fishing is more than a popular pastime—it’s the second largest industry in the country, surpassed only by tourism. Countless species of fish are vital to both of these markets, drawing visitors from far and wide for scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and marine research. Choosing a Maldives fishing charter is about more than the fish, however: are you looking for a luxury getaway, or an authentic experience guided by local fishermen?

A day on these emerald waters can be as modest or as extravagant as you would like, with your choice of mega yachts, cabin cruisers, and even dhonis (local traditional boats). Whichever you choose, rest assured the colorful and enchanting fish of the Maldives will never disappoint. You might even reel in a new discovery!

Known For

Anglers will delight in exceptional big game fishing in the Maldives. In fact, this is one of the world’s premier destinations for it. Thanks to the traditional pole and line fishing method used by commercial fishermen, local waters have retained their natural abundance. The pole and line technique allows anglers to target their catch one-by-one, rather than dredging up thousands of fish in massive nets. This technique has become iconic of Maldives Tuna fishing in particular, and some charters allow visitors to experience this method first hand.

Plenty of other fish in the Maldives have their own reputation for adventure. Giant Trevally (GT) is at the heart of local sport fishing, and anglers have a blast popping and fly fishing for it. This bad boy is biting all year long, often in the company of other impressive species such as Bluefin Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, large Barracuda, and Red Bass. While chasing GT farther from shore, you can reel in big game fish like Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin.

Dedicated anglers will often book a week-long Maldives liveaboard trip so they can focus all their effort on capturing the majestic GT. If you’re hoping to turn this experience into something especially magnificent, you can even book a local yacht charter. These often include scuba diving, onboard spas, and other activities that your non-fishing companion can enjoy. The best time for a Maldives big game fishing excursion lasts from August through March, when the weather is pleasant and most big game fish are biting.

Excellent reef fishing adventures are also to be had among thousands of coral islands surrounding the local atolls. The most colorful and extoic creatures inhabit these spots, never failing to surprise and delight the angler who manages to reel one in. Common reef fish in the Maldives include Groupers, Red Emperor Snapper, Sweetlip Emperor, Jobfish, Bream, and even Dogtooth or Yellowfin Tuna.

For a truly unique sport fishing experience and a chance to encounter the most exotic species, look for a Maldives night fishing charter. While casting lines under the moonlight you can reel in Squirrelfish, Sweetlip Emperor, Mackerel, Jacks, Snappers, and many other reef dwellers.

Need to Know

With more than 1,000 coral islands to choose from, it’s hard to pick a bad place to fish in the Maldives. Malé Atoll is one of the most accessible destinations, with international flights and world renowned resorts at your disposal. Many charter operators based on other islands offer pickup service from Malé for your convenience.

Liveaboard charters are a great way to explore other atolls and the deep sea beyond. For those with less time to spare, casting a few lines from shore can also be very rewarding, so long as it’s allowed in that location.

If you plan to fish alone, make sure you’re familiar with local regulations ahead of time. Strict rules apply to specific areas and types of fishing. In some cases, there are protected areas where you cannot fish at all. In general, fishing inhabited and uninhabited islands is allowed. You may fish from individual reefs that are not part of an island, or sand banks, or any other dry area.

The first UNESCO biosphere in the Indian Ocean was founded at Baa Atoll in 2011, and  marine conservation is taken very seriously throughout the Maldives. Always be aware of where you’re casting lines, since reef fishing is prohibited on marine reserves and can lead to penalties ranging from $500-$2,000. It’s best to refrain from reef or shore fishing at resorts unless explicitly permitted by the resort management. 

The best way to fish responsibly is to book your trip with a professional Maldives fishing charter operator. You do not need to purchase a fishing license when you book a charter.

Maldives Fishing Styles

Big Game Fishing

Maldives Big game fishing includes heavy duty trolling, jigging, and popping. Anglers troll for Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Jigging and popping are preferred for Giant Trevally, Red Bass, Barracuda, Amberjack, and more. You can also catch these species from shore, mainly by beach casting, live bait fishing, and fly fishing. Strong braided line is recommended, since these fish put up a strong fight!

Pole and Line Fishing

While typically reserved for commercial fishing, Tuna may also be targeted by the traditional pole and line technique. Commercial fishermen use 10-15’ bamboo poles fitted with a fishing line, a barbless hook, and a feather. After luring Tuna to the dhoni with live bait, these fishermen cast their lines and target the fish one-by-one. You shouldn’t expect to try this method on a typical fishing charter, but it’s possible to find a crew that offers trips specifically for visitors interested in the pole and line technique.

Reef Fishing

Bottom fishing with hand lines is the typical method for reef fishing in the Maldives, traditionally aboard a dhoni or a smaller vessel called a bokkuraa. Depending on the species, techniques may include deep drop jigging, live bait fishing, or fishing with cut bait. Some anglers prefer feathered hooks with no bait for catching Green Jobfish.

A Maldives fishing charter gives you the chance to try your hand at any of these techniques. Whether you’re in the market for an authentic hands-on experience or a decadent vacation on the waves, your next adventure is waiting here!
 

Maldives
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Based on 23938 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January marks the height of dry season, when Maldives big game fishing is at its peak! This is a great time to hook into GT, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and more.

February

Big game fishing will start winding down toward the end of the month. Be sure to get in on the action while you can!  Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and plenty of other fish are still biting.

March

The peak season may be ending, but you’re still likely to land a Barracuda, Sailfish, and much more. If you’re not having any luck offshore, try hitting the flats for some GT action!

April

As dry season comes to a close, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast in case of heavy rain. You’re less likely to make it offshore to catch Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi at this time.

May

When the weather is fair, May can be a great time to catch GT and Barracuda. Your chances of catching other big game fish are slim, but the reefs can still be promising.

June

For light tackle and fly anglers, GT fishing on the flats never fails to disappoint! Wait for a break in the weather and head out to the shallow turquoise waters for some fun.

July

Don’t let a sunny morning fool you at this time of year—severe storms can linger just over the horizon at the peak of wet season. It’s best to stay inshore and see what the flats and reefs have in store.

August

Wet season is far from over, but big game fishing is starting to pick up again. If the weather allows, you might have a chance to reel in Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and more.

September

The peak season for Maldives big game fishing is inching closer and closer. All the trophies are biting offshore, including Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. Marlin are still scarce.

October

With wet season drawing to a close, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi are biting more than ever. As always, you can count on great action inshore while fishing for Barracuda and GT.

November

There’s no better time for big game fishing in the Maldives! Marlin are appearing offshore, joining the ranks of Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and much more.

December

A tropical holiday getaway may be just the thing you need this year! Ditch the crowds on shore and head out to sea for Marlin, GT, Tuna, Sailfish, and plenty of other trophies.

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Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Zainal  M.  A.
Zainal M. A. Maldives
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
Apoorva  M.
Apoorva M. Banjara Hills, TG
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
Deeksha  M.
Deeksha M. Banjara Hills, TG
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Copenhagen, Capital Region
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
Arto  M.
Arto M. Singapore, 01
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member London, England
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Uzbekistan
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Bangkok, Bangkok
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
Nck  B.
Nck B. France
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
Vukan  S.
Vukan S.

GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
My wife and I chartered the GT Orion for a half day trip. We are novice fishermen. This crew made us feel like pros. It was a crew of 4. They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. The best part of the whole trip of course was that we plenty of caught fish! Great crew, great boat, and an awesome experience!
Peter  L.
Peter L. Long Valley, NJ
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
We had a perfect morning fishing with Skull fishing. They picked us up in the morning at our resort. That had drinks and snacks for us. I brought my two kids 13 and 16 yrs old and they enjoyed the trip a lot. We got different type off groupers and very nice Giant Trevally. Thank you for giving us s perfekt day of fishing!
Geir  S.
Geir S. Klepp, Rogaland
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Fishing charter in Dharavandhoo
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Hello. In fact we don't catch anything, the crew worked good. Thank you guys! Highly recommended team.
Dmitrijs  K.
Dmitrijs K. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Truly a great experience onboard with the hardworking and friendly crew, we caught good fishes and had a lovely time. Highly recommended!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Just INCREDIBLE, staff was helpful at all times, fish were abundant. Tried several techniques & spent enough time trying them. Met new caught fish & ended with a lovely lunch in another island
Kyle  D.
Kyle D. Funadhoo, Shaviyani Atholhu
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Highly recommend the Skull Fishing Team! Picking me up from the resort island at 5.30am I was super keen to go tangle with some GT. After catching a few other reef dwellers I managed to snag one and what a delight that was! Great boat, great crew, great fish and most importantly great experience!
Hans  V.  D.
Hans V. D. Australia
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Fishing charter in Dharavandhoo
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
these guys are proffesionals and will go the extra mile to get you your target species.great equipment . good boat. great crew.. the guys know the spots so if yiu dont get your fish they just aint biting
Jan  V.  S.
Jan V. S. Amsterdam, NH
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Great experience, crew was wonderful and extremely friendly, communication with the company office was also excellent. We wanted to fish some tunas and the company arranjed for a very early start for us to be in a offshore site first light to maximise our chances. Turned out to be a success. After that the fish stubbornly didnt bite but the crew was relentless and tryed to do their best to find new spots and never gave up, we actually gave up before they did.
Jorge  N.
Jorge N. Malé, 26
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
We had an amazing trip with Skullfishing, the boat was will equipped and Shimal and Nashid knew what they were dong. We ended up with 4 Wahoo and several Tuna. It was great noting less and nothing more....
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Copenhagen, Capital Region
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Despite the weather (of which is beyond anyone's control), these guys were able to put us on the fish, show us their magnificent country, and provide us with an awesome 2 days of fishing. Recommend to any fisherman (or fisherlady) coming to Maldives
Graeme  H.
Graeme H. Brisbane, QLD
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Had a great experience caught lots of nice fish. Crew we're very professional and knowledgeable would definitely recommend
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
I had a great day fishing with captain Moosa and his crew, despite the bad weather they did everything possible to fish for a few hours in decent sea conditions. We made it to a few spots with plenty of gamefish and thanks to their experience i could catch a few fish and enjoy my day. The booking process was excellent, communication before pick up was perfect, captain Moosa and his crew are gentle persons and great anglers. I look forward to see them again soon.
Ghali  A.
Ghali A. Barcelona, CT
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Over all amazing experience for both the early morning trolling trip and the bottom fishing evening excursion. For bottom fishing and snokleing we had children with us. They made sure everyone was comfortable and we had a good experience. Abdullah and Moosa both were excellent guides.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Karachi, Sindh
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Good experience captain, know where to catch the fish, not give up if not get fish, he will try until you get, all crew good, they will serve you nicely
El  A.
El A. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Незабываемая рыбалка на Мальдивах, впечатлений на весь год!. Договорился через знакомого туроператора, заказал за 3 дня, заранее. До этого BIG GAME FISHING был на Гуаме, где волны были очень огромные, переживал, не повториться ли на этот раз? Погода не подкачала! Всё было отлично, рыбалка джигом, и троллинг, и поппинг. Команда профессиональная , снасти , оборудования и катер - всё на достойном уровне. Рекомендую!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Uzbekistan
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
My first time to the Maldives. Skull fishing made it easy! Quickly responded to my Facebook message and then rang the hotel I was staying at to sort out my trip. They picked me up from the local jetty on time and we got straight to fishing. Awesome crew with great experience. I will be back to the Maldives and booking another charter with Team Skull.
George  M.
George M. Fonadhoo, Laamu Atholhu
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
A great fishing experience with Skull Fishing. We tried jigging, trolling and night fishing. Trolling landed 5 big wahoo; and the likes of GT and groupers on jigging. The crew were helpful and friendly, and knew the waters well. With a fast boat, it was more fishing than traveling.
Ismail  R.
Ismail R. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Caught 3 wahoo and a few bonito. In all a very nice day. Very smart new boat. The crew were excellent and were very attentive and keen to make sure we enjoyed ourselves
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing
Skull Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Fast boat and able to get fishing quickly. the crew listened to what we wanted to do. Slow couple of hours but moved sites and picked up 3 wahoo. Very happy.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member United Kingdom

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Maldives

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Maldives costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $309, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $566. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Maldives is 39 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Maldivian Fish Hookers, Super Friday Fishing, and Black Pirate are some of the most popular fishing charters in Maldives. Full list of top fishing charters in Maldives.

Maldivian Fish Hookers and Black Pirate received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Maldives.

The best way to experience fishing in Maldives is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Maldives.

The most popular fish species you can target are Trevally (Giant), Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Barracuda (Great). Top fishing techniques include trolling, jigging, and popping. Reef fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

January marks the height of dry season, when Maldives big game fishing is at its peak! This is a great time to hook into GT, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and more. Check availability for local fishing charters in Maldives.