The World's Best Fishing Destinations for August

We track the best marlin and sailfish hot spots in the world

The offshore fishing action goes into overdrive in August off the East Coast of the United States: Blue and white marlin will be chewing hard from the Carolinas north to Maryland and beyond. For the competitive-minded angler, a series of high-profile tournaments take place this month, so place your bets and enjoy the competition. Meanwhile, Costa Rica's distant offshore seamounts provide consistent blue marlin action for those willing to put in the time on multi-day trips, and the Virgin Islands remain a solid bet for blues as well.

North Carolina
Grand Slam
The blues, whites and sails will be thick off the Outer Banks.

Virginia Beach, Virginia
White Marlin
The bite heats up in the Norfolk Canyon.

White Marlin
World-record-sized whites are found off Mohammedia in the late summer.

Costa Rica
Blue Marlin
Target blues in big numbers on the seamounts from Golfito to Los Sueños.

Virgin Islands
Blue Marlin
The North Drop remains a hot spot leading into fall.

Swordfish and Tuna
The options: deep-drop for a sword or live-bait for big yellowfins.