Every season on “Big Water Adventures”, Mark goes to different countries and fishes several different oceans in an effort to showcase as many different species of fish as possible to viewers. So far, this season, he fished Panama, Alaska, Trinidad and Costa Rica. Mark says when it comes to bucket list fishing, Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica is an excellent destination and one that is family friendly, too. You can target several different bucket list species like sailfish, marlin, dolphin, tuna, wahoo, rooster fish, and more. The bonus of fishing a location like Crocodile Bay is that it’s also friendly for anglers of all different skill levels, there is something for everyone. While fishing Costa Rica, Mark talks about his surprise in hooking a bluefin trevally that wasn’t even supposed to be in the area that time of year. The first time that he ever caught one on film, he notes that it was a cool experience that ended with him finding a school of bluefin trevally and catching close to 20. “That’s the ocean for you,” Mark says. “It’s either your fish or it’s not that day.”
If you are an avid, hardcore angler that is looking for something entirely different, a new challenge and new experience, Mark says your sights should be set on Australia. It’s an amazing place where 8 out of every 10 fish you catch you’ve likely never even heard of before. “If you’ve never been to Australia, it’s like going to Mars,” Mark says. “Everything starts over and the only difference is, it’s in the ocean and you’re hooking it.” Heading to Australia for the third time, Mark says he is looking to hook giant trevally, queen fish, coral trout and some of the other species he read about in National Geographic as a kid. The barramundi is on that list as well, he says.
Alaska is a favorite destination for outdoorsmen and women and the fishing there is incredible. Going to Alaska is as close as you’ll get to going to another country without traveling outside the U.S., Mark says. However, everything is weather contingent. The weather dictates everything you do and your success as well. Mark says when traveling to Alaska it’s important to realize what you can’t control, like the weather, and focus on the things you can control. Wind and rain are the two biggest spoilers when fishing in Alaska so having good foul weather gear is important. When it comes to wind, Mark says that fishing with a guide that can plan for and adjust to the weather makes a big difference in your overall success, especially when wind tramples on your offshore plans. If your guide can put you in the right place based on the direction the wind is blowing, but also offer you alternatives to offshore fishing on the days that it’s too windy, you can maximize your time and success. Mark says having access to not only offshore opportunities but also the ability to take advantage of rivers and streams on the nasty days is ideal.
Listen in as Mark Davis, host of “Big Water Adventures” on Outdoor Channel Tuesday at 1:00 pm ET and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ET, joins The Revolution to talk bucket list fishing destinations. You can also catch previous seasons and episodes of the show, anytime and anywhere with MyOutdoorTV.