Thursday, January 23, 2014

Travel Fishing - Combine Business and Leisure

Multi-tasking is no easy assignment for most of us mere male's. Just ask our better halves! To adopt the skill, particularly when travelling, will result in substantial reward. Consider business travel, so many of us have or do travel for work yet how many times have you found yourself missing out on an opportunity because 'you're there to work'!

Certain leisure activities are considered serious business and go hand in hand with business travel, like playing a round of golf for example. Game or Sport Fishing is no different and can be easily factored into your business travel plans. In fact, a shared experience on the water could go a long way in assisting to seal a deal!

By planning ahead the canny business traveler could include an additional day or two in their itinerary. The "Do Not Disturb!" sign on the hotel room door wondrously transforms into "Gone Fishing!" All that's required from this point is one or two reasonable excuses. "I am unlikely to have time to check messages", or "The mobile phone range is poor in the area".

Do your homework prior to departure. Insurance is a pre-requisite for charter boats in most destinations. Ask the operators if they have insurance and review your own policy to ensure it provides cover for maritime accidents or loss. It will pay to ask around when you arrive, identify the operators who have the best reputations.

Your hotels concierge is likely to possess a wealth of useful knowledge, it's their job to be informed. Charter operators often work directly with hotels and travel agents. As a valued guest there is a very high probability of success when using the hotels information networks and you will almost certainly be directed to a known and reliable operator.

Deep-sea fishing has a devoted following in most destinations around the globe but it is certainly more prominent in some locations than others. Specialized travel fishing websites offer target specific information designed to inform travelers of the range of options available to them in a particular area.

If your interest is in the Asia-Pacific region sites like www. will tell you where to fish in say Thailand of Cambodia and whether you're likely to catch pelagic species such as Wahoo or Tuna or something else entirely.

Operators of fishing charters welcome novices and experienced anglers alike. A business travel group may consist of several fishing enthusiasts but there is always a beginner in nearly every group. The novice will likely be taken under the wing of a crew member or an experienced companion so you don't have to be an expert to enjoy an opportunity to fish.

Unlike golf of tennis, deep-sea fishing is usually learned "on-the-go". Equipment will be provided so all the angler has to do is turn up and fish. Costs vary considerably. From around US$450/day a small group can hire a boat with the skipper and a crewman. Simply joining a charter boat for a day's fishing is much cheaper. This option will start from around $75/day including lunch. Medium size charter boats generally operate with around 8 - 10 passengers.

A typical days catch in the Asia-Pacific region may include billfish such as marlin or sailfish, Wahoo, dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), mackerel, trevally and tuna. A well-organized charter operator will target the strongest fighting fish with the right tackle. A 2kg tuna will offer a good fight for a novice angler with the appropriate tackle and gear.

Business travelers looking to arrange a day or two's fishing in Australia can find a wealth of information at Likely catches include southern bluefin tuna, a variety of snapper (Victoria and West Australia), billfish (Queensland and New South Wales), and the renowned barramundi (Queensland, West Australia and The Northern Territory).

Barramundi are found in the tropical north in mangrove lined estuaries and rivers. Travelers come from all over the world to fish for barramundi, especially from Asia. Growing to over a meter in length, barramundi are a prized table fish and a whole lot of fun to catch.

For further fishing specific information relating to your next business destination I recommend further investigation of the following websites:

  1. Wahoo Big Game Fishing (Thailand)
  2. Sportfishing Bali (Bali):
  3. Borcay Sun (Philippines)
  4. Fishnet (Australia)

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