Celebrating New Year's Eve is the perfect excuse to dust off those rods and pack your fishing gear. For this occasion, however, you don't want to wet your line in any old pond. No, your New Year’s fishing adventure deserves to be a little more special than that.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our picks for the ideal New Year’s fishing destination. Whether you’re partying with friends or celebrating with your family, these places are just what you need to start the year in style.
To make our list, our destinations had to check a few boxes first. Each of these locales boasts a beautiful setting, plenty of holiday cheer, and reel action that’ll make your arms sore.
Arguably the most festive town in the country, Orlando is the ideal New Year’s destination. With theme park galore, and a fairy-tale atmosphere, this place is the go-to choice for young families. It also happens to be one of the best freshwater fisheries in the nation.
Fishing around Orlando will have you spoiled for choice. With an expansive network of lakes, this is one of the premier Bass fisheries in the country. Particularly around New Year’s, the Kissimmee Chain of lakes holds great numbers of Largemouth Bass and Crappie.
If you’re more into saltwater fishing, Port Canaveral is less than an hour away. Here, you’ll be casting in the legendary Sailfish Alley, a place that’s renowned for its winter angling.
Back in town, Orlando serves up a complete overdose of theme park fun. From Sea World to Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando’s family entertainment is in a league of its own. For New Year’s Eve, each park will have its own live music and dance party, culminating with a huge fireworks show.
Of course, the town has plenty of entertainment to offer to adults, too. Head downtown and dance the night away in one of the town’s many clubs and bars.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
With New Year’s temperatures hovering around 87°F, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to get that winter tan. A chance to fish in one of the best fisheries in the Pacific is just an added bonus.
Around New Year’s, the warm waters of Puerto Vallarta attract some truly spectacular big game. The Billfish trio of Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Black Marlin roam these waters in great numbers. Catch all three and you’ll achieve the coveted Billfish Grand Slam. No chance anyone’s beating that New Year’s story back home.
If you’re not out for bragging rights, there’s still a lot more your can catch in these parts. Our recommendation? Hit the reefs and catch some tasty Mahi Mahi and Wahoo!
Back in town, the atmosphere is buzzing. New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is a four-day affair, with many clubs and restaurants throwing parties and celebrations ahead of time. Make your way through the tiny streets of Old Town, with countless local joints battling for your attention.
The town has a number of clubs offering exclusive New Year’s bashes. If you’re up for a more laid-back experience, visit the local restaurants for all-inclusive packages including three-course meals, champagne – the whole nine yards.
If you’re more of a “people person” the Olas Altas street in Old Town has got your number. With cobbled streets and charming cafés, this place is known as “Little Paris.” At 9:00 pm, Olas Altas comes alive with locals and tourists, making for a quintessential Mexican street celebration.
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