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Avid sport fishermen will find endless opportunities while fishing in Malé. This capital city of the Maldives may be the one of the smallest national capitals in the world, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression. Surrounded by seemingly endless sea and thousands of coral islands, this destination boasts some major game fishing opportunities.

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Malé is home to a wide variety of fish, including colorful bottom dwellers and legendary pelagic prizes. Not least among them is Giant Trevally, a local favorite that you can target year round. You’ll find GT swimming both nearshore and offshore. While many fishing charters depart from Malé, those which are committed to finding the biggest GT often travel to more remote atolls. Some anglers spend an entire week chasing after this trophy, living on board and casting lines until they earn their bragging rights. Local crews often encourage the catch and release of Giant Trevally and other large game fish. Nonetheless, fishing here is sure to be unforgettable and you will not leave disappointed.

While game fishing in Malé you can also target Sailfish, Wahoo, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. These fish are always biting, with their peak season lasting from November to March. Other fish commonly caught in these waters are Red Bass, Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Bluefin Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, and Barracuda. 

Sport fishermen can also enjoy excellent bottom fishing opportunities. Local reefs are home to some of the most colorful fish of the Maldives, such as Red Bass, Coral Trout, Sweetlip Emperor, Bream, Jobfish, and much more. Night fishing is a popular approach to bottom fishing, with many local anglers targeting Snapper and Grouper after dark. Almost any given Maldives fishing charter will offer night fishing trips and a chance to reel in something unexpected! 

Rules & Regulations

Always be aware of local fishing regulations before heading out on the water. Restrictions may apply to specific areas and these are strictly enforced. Reef fishing on reserves is prohibited, and offenders may be faced with a penalty of $500-$2,000. Do not reef fish or shore fish at resorts unless explicitly permitted by the resort management. There are some protected areas where you cannot fish at all.

Fishing inhabited and uninhabited islands is generally allowed. If the distance from the beach to the reef edge of an inhabited island is greater than 1,000m (3280.84 ft), fishing beyond the 700m (2296.59 feet) boundary of the reef is permitted. You are allowed to fish from individual reefs that are not part of an island, sand bank, or any other dry area.

 

Types of Fishing

Depending on the target species, big game fishing involves trolling, jigging, and popping. Local anglers often troll for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna. On the other hand, jigging and popping are preferred for Red Bass, Amberjack, Barracuda, and other species. Giant Trevally is almost exclusively targeted by popping, though other methods can be effective. 

While bottom fishing you can target Red Snapper, Grouper, Jobfish, Sweetlip Emperor, Coral Trout, and more. Jigging with handlines is a common local method for bottom fishing. Reef fish may be targeted with lures, live bait, or cut bait, depending on the species. Fish waste is sometimes preferred for targeting Snapper, while live bait is used for Jacks. Green Jobfish can be targeted using a feathered hook and no bait. Bottom fishing at night is especially popular in Malé, with many trips departing before sunset and lasting four to five hours.


January

This marks the beginning of the dry season. Big game fishing opportunities are at their peak. You are very likely to catch Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Giant Trevally, and Barracuda.

February

This is your final chance to get in on big game fishing’s peak season. You can target Giant Trevally, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and more.

March

You are still very likely to catch Sailfish, Barracuda, and Giant Trevally. Your chances of landing other seasonal big game fish like Marlin and Mahi Mahi are also good.

April

Dry season is winding down and so are your chances of landing Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. You are still very likely to catch Barracuda and Giant Trevally.

May

This marks the beginning of wet season, when you can expect heavy rainfall. Barracuda and Giant Trevally are still biting, but your chances of catching other big game fish are slim.

June

If you are looking for the renowned Giant Trevally, you can still enjoy great success out on the water. Other big game fish are around, but are less likely to bite.

July

Wet season is at its peak, with the potential for strong wind and rain even after a clear and sunny morning. Big game fishing is at its lowest point, but you can still catch GT and Barracuda.

August

Big game fishing is starting to pick up momentum. You are now more likely to reel in Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. However, Marlin is still scarce.

September

Come and revel in the buildup to big game fishing’s peak season! Almost every major player is biting offshore. Be sure to check the forecast for rain.

October

Wet season is almost over. Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi are biting more than they have been. As always, you are likely to reel in Barracuda and Giant Trevally.

November

If you aren’t already out on the water, now is the time! You can add Sailfish to your target checklist, along with Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and maybe even Marlin.

December

Come aboard and enjoy Maldivian big game fishing! You are likely to catch Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin. The weather should become more stable as dry season approaches.

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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
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.
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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.
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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)
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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
Silent Hunter
Silent Hunter
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
On time arrived Boat was full ready with all gears Our Capt for the day mubeen is very skill full and knows the area Boat was clean and comfortable About fishing activities and skill I definitely recommend him and I will book him for the second time
Abdulla  S.
Abdulla S. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Silent Hunter
Silent Hunter
Fishing charter in Malé
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
We booked a 5hr trip with Abdul and had great fun fishing for many reef fish species and casting for GT. I highly recommend booking with captain Abdul.
David Van Der Westhuizen
David Van Der Westhuizen Malé, Kaafu Atoll
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
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!
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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
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....
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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FishingBooker Member United Kingdom

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Malé

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Malé costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $414, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $445. 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 Malé is 47 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Maldivian Fish Hookers, Hilman Sport Fishing, and Silent Hunter are some of the most popular fishing charters in Malé. Full list of top fishing charters in Malé.

Maldivian Fish Hookers, Hilman Sport Fishing, and Silent Hunter all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Malé.

The best way to experience fishing in Malé 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 Malé.

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

Come aboard and enjoy Maldivian big game fishing! You are likely to catch Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin. The weather should become more stable as dry season approaches. Check availability for local fishing charters in Malé.

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