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Moving Abroad: Best Places to Live Overseas if You Love to Fish

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Summary: People all over the world love to fish, and many expats move abroad to have great access to the best fishing spots in the world. Here is some great advice from expats and a great start to researching the international angling life!

Moving Abroad - Best Places to Live Overseas if You Love to Fish

Some expats who love to fish move abroad and then find the best spots near them. Others zero in on the best fishing spots in the world and then build a life around them. Regardless of the category you fall into, this article will help you on your way to living the angling life abroad.

Fishing in Panama

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An expat who surf fishes in Las Lajas, Panama shared that "Yesterday we managed a bigger stingray (around 10 pounds) half a dozen Pompano, a Jack, Mackerel and a puffer fish. All off the beach in a couple of hours :-)

In an article about Panama's Forgotten Coast, Sportsfishingmag.com notes that "seeing aerial photographs of the Caribbean Sea's southernmost pocket, around Bocas del Toro, changed everything."

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You can find more information here about Fishing in Panama, and then visit our Expat Network for Panama on ExpatExchange.com with any questions about how to make a move to Panama.

Fishing in Canada

Surfing in Costa Rica

An expat in Canada wrote: "Personally, for the cost of living, price of homes and access to beautiful nature, great fishing and hunting, I like Nanaimo at 85,000 people. I like the ocean. I am a scuba diver and own a great fishing boat. I have lived there for 24 years."

Another wrote that "I live on the waterfront. Duh, Lake Erie has a waterfront and yes it is in Southwestern Ontario. I have my own little private beach and as it happens there is a marina about 10 minutes down the road from me where my neighbour keeps his boat and yup we go fishing"

Find information here about Fishing in Canada - the options are almost endless - and then explore living there on our Canada Expat Network.

Also check out Canada's 30 Best Fishing Spots

Fishing in Mexico

Surfing in Costa Rica

People from all over the world visit Mexico to fish, and those trips leave a lasting impression.

Those that enjoy their vacations so much that they want to move there can find information about Fishing in Mexico, and then visit our Expat network for Mexico on ExpatExchange.com.

Here is an article about fishing remote flats in Mexico on SaltwaterSportsman.com.

And here is a another article about fishing Lake Chapala, and 10 Tips for Living in Lake Chapala for those considering moving there.

For those that aren't sure exactly where to live along the coast, here is an article about the 9 Best Places to Live on Mexico's Pacific Coast.

Remember to check for current travel information for Mexico on the State Department's website.

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Fishing in the United States

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Fishing in the United States is an immensely popular activity and tradition. All up and down the East and West Coasts there is world class salt-water fishing. In the interior, there is amazing fly fishing and lake fishing.

Some of the more popular options include: San Diego, Seattle, Colorado, South Carolina (especially Charleston, Montauk, NY, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard (Check out Martha's Vineyard Surf Casters Association).

That's just for starters! Again, the United States has more spectacular fishing spots than any person can hope to explore in a lifetime.

Visit our United States Expat Network on ExpatExchange.com with questions about making the move.

Fishing in Ecuador

Surfing in Costa Rica

Here are quotes from expats about fishing in Ecuador.

"I understand there are 5 principle fish they bring from the surf -- the most popular is corvina (pacific sea bass). I don't know the names for the others but all are mild white fish."

"We live in the Andes in the Imbabura province a few hours north of Quito and a few hours south of Colombia. We have an inflatable boat and fishing rods and we have fished on the Mojanda lake which is a remote and natural volcanic lake and has natural trout there."

"Tilapia! I forgot to mention that in the Colchones mountains just west of the ocean flatlands, there are a lot of fresh water streams and lakes with non-farm tilapia. One of my friends here in Anconcito... has family that live up in the mountains and have described the lakes and streams as very full of this fish."

"Yes, there is Red Snapper here. There may be Peacock Bass in the Amazon, but I do not know the answer to that."

"I [met] a fisherman from Sua, who claims to have a large fishing boat, with an outboard motor, who also claims to go out into the deeper water, for several species. I have not seen his boat, nor his fish, but I intend to soon, as Sua is only about 15 miles from Tonsupa, where I live."

"A panga can take you out far enough for snapper, albacore and dorado and it shouldn't be more than $35 for the day. And gringos bringing beer are especially welcome LOL."

Read this thread about Inland Fishing in Ecuador.

Here are 10 Tips For Moving to Ecuador. Visit our Ecuador Expat Network with additional questions about fishing or moving to Ecuador.

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Fishing in Belize

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An expat in Belize advised about fishing there The entire coastal area of Belize btw, has an amazing amount of backwaters and hidden lakes offering very exciting fishing, especially for Black Snook. They are quite similar in behavior and fishing approach as a Black Bass, and fished from a myriad of easy-to- carry and easy-to-launch floating devices: i.e. kayaks, etc.

Another added that "Closest area for freshwater fishing is the New River and the New river lagoon."

Visit our Belize Expat Network with any questions about fishing or moving to Belize.

Please post information about your experiences fishing abroad in the comments section below and we will add them to this article!

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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