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Top Fishing Charters in Malé

Fishing in Malé

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.

Malé Fishing Seasons

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Malé Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Malé

"Half Day Fishing Trip PM"

Muhaimin Mohamed fished with Ocean Fun on March 10, 2018

Boats are equipped with fishing necessities but, Bring your own equipment for best fishing experiences.

"10 out of 10 for Anglers Connections (AC2) - Maldives "

Phil Hambly fished with AnglersConnections - AC2 37’ on February 21, 2018

Not all fishing charters are the same. Read reviews carefully. Focus on stick baits over poppers. Aim for blue, purple and pink colours.

"Full day trip"

Fan Zhai fished with Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse on January 27, 2018

Make sure the charter can reach the resort or island you are staying at

"Full Day Fishing"

Muhaimin Mohamed fished with Ocean Fun on January 27, 2018

Always bring a Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses (preferably polarized), Seasickness medicine, pain reliever and a Camera is a must! ;) They teach really well.

Top Targeted Species in Malé

Trevally (Giant)

Wahoo

Barracuda (Great)

Tuna (Yellowfin)