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There are many reasons why people across the world enjoy fishing. Some do it to relax after a stressful day; others prefer to challenge themselves to achieve personal goals or compete in fishing events. Some fish purely for fun, while for others it can be a valuable source of food. Spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to beat stress and reconnect with the environment. Fishing can also be a fantastic excuse to explore some of the world’s most unique regions and landscapes, travelling to spectacular locations in pursuit of some of the angling world’s most valuable or exciting trophies.

The Umba River on Russia’s Kola Peninsula

Experienced fisherman Victor Olerskiy has a love for all things maritime and has fished extensively in his home country of Russia. The Umba River on the Kola Peninsula offers anglers some of the best salmon fishing on the planet at the right time of year. In the springtime, this 123km stretch of river becomes a salmon-fishing paradise, with up to five salmon runs each year featuring some of the world’s plumpest, finest Atlantic salmon. However, anglers need to be aware that there are other, more predatory fish-hunters in the region too – the Umba is bear territory. Salmon fishing in the Umba is catch-and-release only, with the season running from May to October.

The embedded PDF looks at the salmon run migration phenomenon.

Brazil’s Amazon Basin

Manaus is the capital of the Amazonia State in Brazil and attracts many tourists each year wanting to try their hand at piranha fishing. The razor-sharp teeth of the piranha can bite through all sorts of things, including fingers and steel fishing hooks, making catching them a challenge. Join a tour to make the most of the experience with a knowledgeable guide. There are many tours to choose from and some will include eating the catch. The dry season, which runs from July to October, is a dangerous time to visit as the fish are hungry and therefore more aggressive.

More information about piranhas can be found in the embedded video.

Cairns, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most famous marine sights in the world, and visitors flock from all corners of the globe to see it. For anglers, the main appeal of the Cairns region of waters around the Reef is the opportunity to land one of the most coveted and impressive catches there is: the giant black marlin. These beasts can grow to as heavy as 750 kilos, with a top swimming speed of about 130 kilometres per hour, making landing one close to impossible for all but the most hardened and determined game fishers. Between Cairns and Lizard Island is a 250-kilometre stretch of water that has seen more catches of the giant black marlin than anywhere else they are found in the world combined.

The infographic looks at some of the other unique species found around the Great Barrier Reef.

Oostduinkerke, Belgium

Oostduinkerke in Belgium offers visitors a sight like no other, where locals fish for shrimp in a fashion that dates back more than half a millennium. Fishermen mounted on horseback gallop their steeds into the waters, pulling a wooden carriage that scares the shrimp into heading for the water’s surface and dragging nets to gather them up. This old tradition has recently been recognised as being of intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. While there may be fewer opportunities for a relaxing afternoon angling, some lucky visitors are permitted to experience this unusual method of fishing by taking a ride on the rig.