Fishing skills are vital if you live on an island, thus indigenous people have always been fishing for life rather than leisure. Not surprising, fishermen in the Maldives are real pros. Luckily, these friendly people don't conceal their skills from strangers - anyone can join a fisherman's crew and learn the most efficient techniques.
For an authentic experience, try fishing from a Dhoni boat with the locals. It can be easily arranged through your hotel. Dhoni are usually used for night-time fishing near reefs and atolls. Expect a catch of snappers, mackerel, emperors, jacks, and various small fish.
Big game fishing can be also arranged through a hotel. But the prices for these tours are rather high. A full day of big game fishing can cost over $1000. And unless you stay at a special fishing resort, the experience can be not that great. A more affordable option is to stay at one of the Maldive's inhabited islands and arrange a tour via a guesthouse. In the capital of the Maldives Malé, you will find a large number of fishing charters offering quite affordable and high-quality trophy fishing. The most common big game fishing techniques include trolling, jigging, and popping.
Fishing in the Maldives is a year-round activity, but if you want to experience the legendary big game fishing the Maldives are so famous for, go between November and March. The most abundant species include sailfish, marlin, dorado, tuna, and wahoo.