Fishing is one of the primary occupations of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, an area with around 40% of the fishing villages in the country. Catches here often include big game fish: Giant Trevally, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, and Mahi Mahi. For deep-sea fishing, fishermen use trolling rods and reels. Trincomalee Harbour and Kuchchaveli are the best locations for all types of fishing on the East Coast.
Be careful when choosing the dates and locations for your fishing trip as the monsoon season can easily influence and change your plans. It is recommended to fish during the summer months to ensure a great catch and the best experience. You could also book a guided fishing tour with all the necessary equipment included for you. Tours in Trincomalee Harbour are usually offered from the end of April to the end of September.