Spearfishing in Indonesia: 10 Best spearfishing destinations & trip charters

Spearfishing in Indonesia has widely known as one of the best place for silence hunter of fish and seemingly unlimited waterways to find every delicious species from Octopus to dogtooth tuna. You will find a magnificent underwater with huge fish resources. Many free-divers and sportsmen from all over the world travel to Indonesia to try spearfishing underwater.

Spearfishing in Indonesia is a game hunting and fishing combination with varied species of fish such as Grouper, Sea Bass, Giant Trevally, Snapper, Tuna & others trevallies species. Spearfishing has virtually no damage to the environment and marine specific species.

Indonesia with about 17,504 islands is the largest archipelago country in the world located in the stretches over 5.000 kilometers along the equator and provide a huge opportunity for spearfishing adventure in Indonesia. Indonesia has 80% maritime area with total coastline over 54,716 kilometers. You will find very healthy underwater and rich with marine life, pristine beaches, beautiful scenery, magnificent rainforest, mountain, rivers, lakes, valley, rice-fields, volcano, and canyon.

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There are plenty of spearfishing spots in Indonesia with various spots condition ranging from steep drop off, vertical sea walls to shallow reef. Here are top 10 best spearfishing spots in Indonesia:

  • 1. Aceh Islands

The waters around Pulo Aceh are teeming with big fish where giant trevally and dog tooth tuna are common fish in great number. Pulo Aceh or Aceh Islands is one of the top spearfishing spots with various spot condition and fish species around the islands. Beside of the fantastic blue open sea and spectacular island paradise, Aceh Islands is one of the spearfishing and big game fishing destination with a lots of spot. All the spots has their specific condition with many kinds of fish species such as grouper, snapper, amberjack, Bluefin trevally, bigeye trevally, diamond trevally, golden trevally, big spotted grouper, and dog tooth tuna. The spot are great with huge drop off just off the shore from the island to deep sea spearfishing spot exactly on GT spot but it has strong and rushing current.

Aceh islands is one of the best spearfishing destination offer you many species to catch. Beside of the common fish like grouper, snapper, giant grouper, giant trevally, Bluefin trevally, bigeye trevally, diamond trevally, golden trevally, big spotted grouper, and dog tooth tuna, you will also meet a lots of octopus, big squid and stingray. If you are want to do spearfishing in Aceh Island make sure you hunt the selective hunting places and fish target to ensure and sustainable the marine ecosystems in Aceh waters.

See Also: Pulau Weh Fishing Trip

  • 2. Maluku Islands

Maluku islands has great marine resources and perfect spearfishing ground with great visibility. You can hunt swimming upright on the sea floor or you may free-diving to drop off and sea wall spot condition with rushing current to hunt powerful dog tooth tuna. Maluku Islands or Moluccan Islands will guarantee spectacular marine biodiversity in abundance.

Maluku Islands offer fantastic spearfishing spot such as Banda Islands which is a group of volcanic islands with beautiful beaches, rich coral reef and excellent spearfishing spot just off the shore. The best spearfishing spots in Banda Islands is Ai Island with the spot condition drop off from 5 meters to 25 meters deep where you can hunt the Barracuda, rainbow runner, GT, trevallies, grouper, red snapper to dog tooth tuna. Besides of Banda Islands, Halmahera Island also offer great spearfishing adventure. But you should choose best time to spearfish and freediving here because if you come during the wind change there are big and swelling waves. Halmahera is fantastic from shore spearfishing to deep sea. There are large shallow reef stretches and great place for spear-fisher to hunt. There are a lots of fish species to hunt from medium sized to big size, from snapper to large GT.

See Also: Indonesia Fishing Trip & Chartes: 25 Top Fishing Spots

  • 3. Bali Island

Bali Island is one of the best spearfishing spots in Indonesia with completely spearfishing charters offer ranging from learning how to become spear-fisher to professional spearo that want to explore majestic spearfishing spots around Bali. Currently in Bali the spearfishing isn’t only a sport and hobby, but also to be one of the tourist attraction.

Bali as one of the main world tourist destination and top Indonesia’s tourist destination that well known for its beautiful beaches, rich of culture, tons of fun, excellent surfing destination and fantastic diving spots, it’s also offer fantastic spearfishing adventure. Whether from seashore spot or deep inside of the ocean where you can find many spearfishing charters in Sanur, Nusa Dua, Candidasa, Amed, Benoa, Nusa Penida, Padang Bai and Tulamben. You can hunt many kinds of fish ranging from tons of snapper to mahi-mahi.

  • 4. Sumba Island

Sumba Island is an island in eastern Indonesia part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and administratively part of East Nusa Tenggara. Sumba Island has stunning natural beauty and untouched paradise waiting to be explored by adventurous travelers. Most of the coastline is topped by the cliffs whereas in the water, the steep falls and great spearfishing ground.

Underwater marine life of the Sumba Island are great and dynamic. It offers opportunity for silent underwater hunter for some impressive catches. With the deep sea off the coast for big fish enthusiasts you will find a lots of active fish to hunt. Sumba Island offer selective hunting and sustainable spearfishing to ensure the marine ecosystems. The spearfishing can be done by free-diving or also using of scuba tank. The visibility might be limited during rainy seasons and you have to make sure the best time for spearfishing in Sumba Island.

  • 5. West Timor

Kupang is the capital of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in Indonesia’s east region and the biggest city and port on the Island of Timor. Kupang has multi-ethnic group of West Timor and the central of fisheries port in Tenau, Kupang which is export the fish from East Nusa Tenggara to Japan, East Timor (Timor Leste), United States and Thailand.

Kupang & East Timor is part of coral triangle which is the greatest biodiversity on the planet. Timor Indonesia, Rote Island, Savu Sea and Sumba are ideal playground for some good spearfishing trip. With rich of the water you will meet a lots of snapper, barracuda, jacks, mahi-mahi and tuna.

  • 6. Papua

In Papua Indonesia, you can heading off to the southern coast of west Papua. The remote area will offer you a great opportunity and big fish target in the sea. The waters are beautiful and turquoise. With average depth of 15 meters you will see full coral reefs on the sea floor. When you descend to hunt you will meet a group of red snapper, the kingdom of barracuda and other jack fish family.

  • 7. Sumbawa

Sumbawa has a plenty of very beautiful islands along the north coast such as Moyo Island, Sangean and Satonda. The islands surrounding the Sumbawa offer crystal clear waters deep and vibrant wall and underwater volcanic mount which is fertile ground of marine life. Sumbawa is one of the best spearfishing destination in Indonesia where you can meet numerous of fish ranging from grouper to tuna. Sumbawa is close to Komodo Island where many sailing boat are sailing out. With a depth of 5 to 30 meters are fantastic hunting spot.

  • 8. Alor Island

Alor Island has abundant fish resources where you can meet a lots of monsters. Spearfishing in Alor is an old tradition of the activity of hunting fish with spear-gun. Not just a hobby, spearfishing activity is often used as a side to meet their daily needs of fish. This activity is a traditional activity back to years ago. Spearfishing game sport recently have grown along with the use of supporting equipment such as mask, snorkel, fin, and modern spear gun.

  • 9. North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi has incredible landscapes and bring you to discover new underwater. You will dive to impressive sea bottom where the fish are abundant. It can be done inshore by catching lobster and squid. It always a pleasant to experience spearfishing in North Sulawesi. North Sulawesi has a national marine park namely Bunaken National Marine Park, the reserve is protected. For the spearfishing you can choose a trip from Manado and other islands and you may also take a trip from Bitung city, Tumbak or Belang.

  • 10. Lombok

Lombok has a good spots for spearfishing adventure. Lombok is one of the most attractive spearfishing in Indonesia. Lombok has beautiful coral reefs underwater where in the land you will see magnificent sceneries. The coral reefs in Lombok are home to incredible variety of marine life and attracting spearo to hunt the trevallies, wahoo and mackerel. You can hunt between deep blue-ocean or near the shore and meet both pelagic and other reef game fish.

Indonesia is the heaven for spearfishing adventure. Spearfishing in Indonesia offer a very wide opportunity for those silent underwater hunter to experience hunting big fish ranging from Jurassic size of tunas, big GT, wahoo, billfish to the legendary of giant dog tooth tuna in various sea condition and rich with marine life.

Top 10 Reasons why you’re not catching fish – Why the fish won’t bite while fishing

Reasons why you’re not catching fish. Fishing is one of the hobby and entertaining things to do. But if you’re not catching fish or the fish won’t bite while you are fishing, it makes the anglers frustrated and sometimes hopeless. For many anglers, they want the fish hook up quickly or the fish biting quickly. There are several types of anglers, some of them just enjoy the thrill of catching fish and release it again and there are also the anglers who fish and take it the fish to cook and enjoy the meat or they sell it.

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If we watch on YouTube or the fishing program on TV, how come the fish grab the bait in a short time with fairly large fish or known as monster fish. But in reality sometimes fishing often not catching fish or the fish aren’t biting. You has changed the lure sometimes it still not catching fish, you has moved the fishing spots but it still don’t want to grab the bait. This sometimes makes the anglers desperate, sometimes frustrated because they have bought an expensive fishing tackle but when they fish they aren’t get any fish hook up. Sometimes it also becomes broken heart and make the anglers sell the fishing equipment and stop being an angler.

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SWI Fishing Charters tries to find out why many anglers they said the fish aren’t bite of not catching any fish, here are the Top Reasons why you’re not catching fish – Why the fish won’t bite while fishing according to our experience:

  • 1. Probably you fish during the fish inactive, there are fish but don’t want to grab the bait.

You should understand a little about fishing time, do not spend your time playing with the fish. There are many things that cause the fish to be inactive or not yet active even if you put the bait in the mouth. The effect of temperature is one of the causes of fish activity increasing or decreasing and sometimes fish move to other areas to avoid. Fish cannot regulate body temperature so they are influenced by ambient temperature. If the water is warm, fish metabolism increases, food and respiration increase and there is an increase in movement in general. If the water is colder the fish become lethargic and tend to be inactive. Not all fish are like that, fortunately for bass anglers they tend to be more active in cold water than warm water because it is easier to prey on slow predators in cold water. But currents also carry water with varying temperatures. In the ocean front, for example, sudden changes in temperature encourage the growth of plankton that attracts fish to consume the plankton and invites large predators. This happened in several places in the waters of Aceh.

Weather, moon, currents, tides have a lot to do with fishing. This factor determines temperature and is often used by people in determining the best time for fishing. For this information we will discuss it in the new title. You can read the update in our post:

  • The Best Time to fish at Sea

We will explain the basic factors for determining the best time to fish at sea. For anglers on the river, maybe there is not much influence with this. Only depends on the weather. When it rains heavily, the river runs fast and the water is murky. And for this condition, you should just stay at home or look for other activities.

  • 2. Spot fishing is not right, it might not be where the fish are gathering. Understand the fishing spots and the following spot conditions.

Spot is the one that affects you are not catching any fish. Each angler sometimes marks their best fishing spot at sea by GPS as well as SWI Fishing Charters. Underwater conditions are different, there are places where these spots have abundant fish.

To find some of the best fishing spots in the open sea, you can bring a nautical measure map tool to the condition of coral reefs with rocks in the structure as a shelter for certain fish species with a certain depth, this will be the best opportunity spot to catch fish at sea. There is also the condition of the oceanic trench which gives fish better water conditions because of the temperature of the water which is the place where certain species of fish inhabit this place. The deep drop off also influences where a good place to look for big tuna fish because the fish likes to play with spot conditions like this.

  • 3. Inappropriate Lure

Lure also sometimes becomes one of you didn’t catch the fish. Because you don’t understand the spot conditions, you should be using a jig in such a spot but you try to throw a popper. You will be laughed at by the fish. You must also determine the best lure color in several spots. For example in the Ujung Paneu spot in Aceh usually lure of white-black is quickly grabbed by the fish for popping. The spot conditions if there lots of pelagic fish, you may try throwing poppers.

  • 4. The water is too cold or too hot.

The sea water that is too cold or too hot also affects whether or not active fish in the sea. This was explained above in number one.

  • 5. The spot is interrupted because the boat or other anglers have first fished at that spot.

Spot fishing is interrupted because many anglers first fish at that spot. Because disturbed some pelagic fish and it must be move to another spot. If that happens then you also have to move the spot.

  • 6. Incorrect fishing techniques.

Sometimes, it could be due to lack of knowledge about fishing techniques. Then wrong to apply it. For example in a deep spot that is only inhabited by reef fish, you try fishing casting with Minnow. Surely you are not catching a fish.

  • 7. Fish targets and techniques are not appropriate

It seems that many have explained above, just add it. You have to know the type of fish to be caught and where it plays, so you can apply the appropriate fishing techniques.

  • 8. You lack of patience in fishing.

This fishing requires patience, we have heard our fishing guests from Italy tell us that he and several other people had been fishing in a place in Africa for 27 days on a boat. During that time they only caught 2 fish only. If the admin in such circumstances, maybe not too patient and want to go home quickly.

  • 9. Still aren’t catching any fish, maybe you do not only spend fishing but only having a lunch and enjoy soft drinks in the boat as well as relaxing.

“No fish, having a lunch and enjoy soft drinks in the boat as well as relaxing” This is the language of our jokes when just depart by boat to fish. This means that if you can’t catch a fish, you should finished all the lunch and soft drink. The simple question “has the SWI Fishing team ever happened of catching no fish?” so far during fishing at sea there has never been catching no fish, at least grouper, baby tuna and Bluefin trevally always hooked up. If you don’t catch the fish today, there must be another lucky day.

  • 10. You’re still not catching fish until it’s time to go home, pack your things and go home, there’s still has the day of tomorrow.

You are fishing for pleasure right? Not for profit! When it’s time to go home, you still not catching fish too, pack your things and go home. Tomorrow spend more time to go fishing, the important thing is happy right!

Fishing in Lombok, Indonesia – Best Lombok Fishing Trip Charters & Fishing Spots

Fishing in Lombok West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia is a fantastic deep sea & inshore Lombok fishing trip & charters in the best angling spots and you will find a memorable day on the water. Lombok has — kilometers of saltwater coastline with diverse fish habitats that offer you a nice catch. Angler can catch delicious species both inshore, off shore gorgeous beaches and in deep blue Ocean. Beside of saltwater fishing, Lombok also has freshwater fishing in several rivers and magnificent lakes.

In a short time, after you find yourself offshore Lombok Island, you will fight with acrobatic mahi-mahi or casting a popper to catch a big GT. Lombok fishing ecosystems are unique where there are much more satisfying than eating fish you caught. Lombok is also magnificent place to fish for young angler that bring them close to nature.

Lombok Island at a Glance

Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara rich with natural beauty and cultural authenticity. The extensive development of tourism in Lombok bring it to a best alternative for escaping yourself from the crowded of Bali Island. There are many things you can do in Lombok, there are many magnificent beaches, virgin forest, underwater beauty, beautiful landscape and amazing natural places.

For the anglers, you can exploring best fishing spots in Lombok that offer you amazing the trill of catching fish and excitement of fishing trip in beautiful fishing locations. There so many fishing spots scattered around the island from western to southern part of Lombok.

Our Fishing Trip & Charter

SWI Fishing Charters is not offering Lombok fishing trip at this time since we didn’t open the fishing charter yet in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara. At this time we just only offered the fishing trip in Andaman Sea, Pulau Weh and other Aceh fishing trips. You may check our Aceh fishing trips below:

Lombok Fishing Zones

Western Lombok Fishing: Gilis

Eastern Lombok: Pink Beach, Tanjung Rengit

Southern Lombok: Sekotong, Tanjung Berarus, Bangko-Bangko, Tanjung Gendang, Awang Bay

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In surrounding Lombok waters, you will catch many kinds of fish species such as Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Jack Trevally, Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, skipjack tuna, wahoo, Red Snapper and rainbow runner.

12 Best Fish to Catch in Indonesia & Aceh – Top Fishing Target in Saltwater & Freshwater

What is the top best fish to catch in Indonesia & Aceh as special fishing destination and one of the best fishing spot in Indonesia! The anglers both in Aceh & Indonesia generally are certainly very enthusiastic about the target of fish to be catching. When we discuss about fishing, whether it’s in the deep open sea or off shore saltwater fishing, near the beach or in the river of other freshwater fishing, of course this becomes a big stage. Choosing the fishing tackles, determine fishing spots and the fishing targets. In the off shore and rivers in Aceh has many species of fish that are often as target fish to catch by many anglers. Fish with a great fight will make the fishing experience memorable and addictive. Besides, it is not only the sensation of catching best fish or when the fish get hook up that makes them so crave fishing experience. Some anglers or fisherman also looking for fish to eat their delicious meat. Here are some of the best fish to catch in Indonesia and Aceh as special fishing destination, find out below the most targeted fish in Aceh & Indonesia:

  • 1. Marlin (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

Marlin or Swordfish has long been the target of fish during saltwater fishing by anglers off shore. Marlin fish is one of the very strong fish, fastest and large. Marlin is also sometimes considered a species of fish that is difficult to catch. This marlin species has several types such as Stripe Marlin, Black Marlin and Blue Marlin. This tough fish to catch is one of the biggest challenge for the professional anglers. This fish can be found in several fishing spot in Aceh.

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  • 2. Sailfish (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

Sailfish is another best fish to catch that targeted by heavy fishing anglers in Aceh & Indonesia. The fish with different characteristics become one of the favorite fish targets among anglers. This saltwater fish plays like an acrobat and jump up over the surface of the water during a fight with their perfect and spectacular fighting abilities. This fish has a high speed of around 110 kilometers per hour. For fishing, you can use artificial bait such as spoon baits or feather. You can also catch it by live bait. These fish really like to jump up the surface and make them of the best fish to catch. Your reel will scream out loudly if your strip bait hook up by this fish. Although this fish is smaller than a marlin, it is very satisfying when fighting. Besides, this Sailfish has been recognized as a strong top predator (Apex Predator) and one of the fastest fish in the sea.

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  • 3. Tuna (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch with Italian Anglers (Aceh)

One of the world’s top fish to catch is tuna. There are several kinds of tuna. In Aceh Indonesia itself there are Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna & Bigeye Tuna which are fish with fierce resistance. When your bait is hook up, this tuna quickly runs into the depths and your reel will scream out. Sometimes you need more time up to half an hour to fight with this fish. This fish will have strong resistance and often dubbed the hard fighter fish. You will be made by them a bit sweat to land it in the boat. This fish is one of the favorite fish target of almost big game fish anglers. In the Indian Ocean off the coast of Aceh, you can catch these predatory fish.

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  • 4. Giant Trevally (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

Giant Trevally or also often called GT is the biggest fish of the jack species family. To catch the GT, you must ensure that your fishing equipment is in good condition if you don’t want it broken. You can catch the GT by Popping and also jigging technic. There are at least 25 types of trevally, but GT is the strongest among them. Not because of its large size but this fish is able to survive and fight. In Aceh itself there are some special spots for catching this fish with certain time.

See Also: Top 25 Fishing Spots in Indonesia

  • 5. Mahi-Mahi (Saltwater)

SWI Fishing Team Catch with Malaysian Anglers (Aceh)

Mahi-mahi or also known Dorado and Dolphinfish are widely known among anglers who make this fish one of the most sought after fish by anglers in the world and also in Indonesia. This pelagic fish has a beautiful color and one of the fish with an incredible speed of 80 kilometers per hour. This fish also jump up to the surface of water to escape the hook from its mouth. With a quick pull of the line will make you a little overwhelmed in fighting.

  • 6. King Mackerel (Saltwater)
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This King Mackerel is considered one of the fastest fish in the sea. With a slim body like a torpedo makes this fish can swim quickly. This fish has a speed of 80 kilometers per hour. If your bait is hook up by this fish, within seconds the line will quickly pull out of the reel. These fish live in the spots near shipwrecks and coral reefs where there are abundant small fish for their food. This fish is sometimes also found jumping up to escape from the hook as well as marlin and sailfish does.

  • 7. Amberjack (Saltwater)
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Amberjack is a large sized of jack family fish. This fish is the target of game fishing and the most south after fish by anglers. When this fish hooked up it will at lightning speed run away and often run a depth into the bottom. This fish is different from marlin and sailfish that jump up over the surface to escape from the hook, this fish actually run to the sea bottom till to the reefs or rock layers. If you catch Amberjack, make sure your shock leader is good quality and you should be able to stop it at the time. If not, often the PE braid line breaks. Amberjack has great durability of fight and resistance. Sometimes it can take an hour of fighting.

  • 8. Giant Grouper (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch with Hongkong Anglers (Aceh)

Giant Grouper can be found in Aceh waters in particular and Indonesian waters in general. But not all fishing spots in Indonesia have this fish. In America itself, this fish is protected and for anglers only can catch and release and this only for the sensation of the fight with the fish. This Giant Grouper is large fish. In Aceh itself there are several grouper fishing spots. According to our team experience, the weight of this fish in Aceh is not like in America which reached 400kg, while in Aceh only 30-100kg. This fish is not too fast but it has a very strong resistance.

  • 9. Ruby Snapper (Saltwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch with Hongkong Anglers (Aceh)

Ruby Snapper is a type of red snapper that is a deep sea dweller. This fish lives around the reefs, rocks formation, wrecks and oil platform in deep waters. In Indonesia there are many spots for fishing this fish. In Aceh, the spots spread out in Sabang Pulau Weh Island, West of Aceh, Aceh Island, Aceh Singkil, Pulau Banyak, Simeulue, West Aceh, Indian Ocean, some of Andaman Sea part of Aceh and many more. Ruby Snapper is one of the best fish to catch in Aceh and Indonesia with the sensation of extraordinary fight against this monster in the off shore. To catch Ruby Snapper, you can use the jig lure with the vertical jigging technic or slow picth jigging. This fish has sharp teeth, so you have to use a good leader of fluorocarbon that is a bit thick 80-100lbs. the thrill of catching this fish is incredible. As it known, this fish is live in the deep sea and if you get long fight, the possibility of several large predators such as Sharks and Barracuda to Giant Grouper are hiding out nearby and grabbed your fish. If you don’t want this fish when landed to the boat only left a head.

  • 10. Barramundi (Saltwater & Freshwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

Barramundi are often become of one the fishing targeted fish. Barramundi can be recognized by the pointed head, concave forehead, large jaw and elongated body with white color and slightly brownish fins. Barramundi has a size up to a weight of 20kg and can be reached 1 meter long. Barramundi is a solitary fish species or can change a sex. Barramundi fishing is usually best in the morning or evening. Tidal estuaries are home to large Barramundi dwellers. If in freshwater there are many smaller Barramundi inhabited. This fish will make an extraordinary fishing experience.

  • 11. Mahseer (Freshwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

Mahseer fish is a freshwater fish which is the king of river in a fast flowing river. This fish has for types and all four types are found in Indonesia. In Aceh itself there are 3 types of the fish can be found. This is one of the best freshwater fish to catch for those who love to fish in river or freshwater. If you are fishing with modern fishing equipment, this fish reacts strongly to the minnow lure, spoon and crankbait.

  • 12. Snakehead Fish (Freshwater)
SWI Fishing Team Catch (Aceh)

If you want to feel the power of snake head which is a freshwater predatory fish you will definitely be addicted. This fish has many types. In Indonesia, this Channa fish has many local name or in Malaysia called Toman fish.

Thank you for reading our article about Best Fish to Catch in Indonesia & Aceh – Top Fishing Target in Saltwater & Freshwater. We will update the tips and tricks on how to catch Tuna, Ruby Snapper, Barramundi, Mahseer, Marlin and others. Have a great fishing.