In all of angling, there’s nothing quite like sightfishing. Whether targeting a big, single permit on the flats, groups of surface-swimming cobia nearshore or tunas ravenously pounding bait on top in blue water, nothing stirs an angler’s soul more than spotting his quarry before delivering the cast. Sight-fishing is addictive, supremely challenging and uniquely rewarding. To many anglers, it represents the pinnacle, the ultimate form of sport fishing.
There are literally hundreds of outstanding sight-casting fisheries the world over. Many exist in coastal and inshore environments, created when clean, clear water pours in with the tide and floods flats, allowing anglers to stalk fish as a hunter stalks game.
Other sight-fisheries can be found in deeper-water arenas, where anglers cast to fish swimming and feeding just beneath — or, occasionally, just above — the water’s surface.
From New England to California to Florida, we hopscotch the U.S., chronicling a few of the country’s outstanding sight-fisheries.
No, these certainly are not the only great sight-casting fisheries in the country — not by a long shot. That's why we've asked for a few of your favorites too, via our Facebook page. You'll see them marked below in green.
First Up (next page): New England