Maldives Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Maldives Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Maldives

Deep Sea Fishing in Maldives

The Maldives are a go-to destination for those who can’t get enough of big game fishing. Some of the world’s most prestigious prizes call these waters home, including Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Giant Trevally. Whether you’re eager to experience deep sea fishing aboard a traditional dhoni or in style aboard a luxurious yacht, it’s bound to be epic. Spend half a day fishing among the atolls, or come aboard for days on end and explore the deep sea beyond. No matter what bites the bait, you’re sure to get hooked on big game fishing in the Maldives.

When to Go Big Game Fishing

The Maldives see two distinct seasons each year, characterized by some as “wet” season and “dry” season, while others know them as the “northeast monsoon” and the “southwest monsoon.”

The northeast monsoon season (November through March) brings less rain, which is why some consider this to be the local dry season. Anglers enjoy calmer skies and waves at this time of year, along with peaks in populations of Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Blue and Black Marlin. A variety of other fish stick around in high numbers all year, including Giant Trevally, Skipjack Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, and Grouper.

During the southwest monsoon, many of these fish feed closer to the water’s surface, which makes them easier to catch. However, strong winds and heavy rainfall prevent anglers from making it to the outer edges of the atolls to fish for them. If you plan on fishing between May and October, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast. 

Maldives Big Game Fishing Techniques

Anglers use a variety of techniques while big game fishing in the Maldives. It’s common to troll for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish, while many people come here specifically to target GT by popping. Jigging, popping, and even fly fishing are also effective for catching Sailfish, Tuna, Bonito, and Trevally species. A number of local fishing charters also include handline fishing for bottom fish like Snapper and Grouper. In some cases, you may also have the opportunity to try pole and line fishing for Tuna, a traditional method with a bamboo pole and fishing line.

Need to Know

Maldives big game fishing charters include licenses for their customers. They typically include gear, as well, but always confirm this with the captain ahead of time. In some cases, bait is available for an additional charge.

GT is strictly catch and release most of the time, however you may be able to keep some of the other species you catch. Catch and release policies vary widely depending on the charter operator, so be sure to ask about this before your trip.

With no shortage of impressive catches to be had, it’s easy to see why the Maldives have a reputation for some of the world’s finest big game fishing!

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Maldives: 86 fishing charters available
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Malé
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Ukulhas
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Maldives

Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Johann  V.
Johann V.
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
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4.7 / 5
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
Zakaria  E.
Zakaria E. Doha, DA
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
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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.
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5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
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5.0 / 5
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)
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5.0 / 5
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.
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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.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.

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