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<ul><li><p>7 Wonders of the Fishing World - By: Tony Capecchi </p><p>- Posted: November 1, 2016 - </p><p>The author with a Manitoba Master Angler northern pike from Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge. </p><p>Pretend, for a moment, that money is no object. Cost is no constraint in this exercise. Instead, your </p><p>only objective is to make your next fishing trip the best of your life. Where do you go? </p><p>Ill be dead and gone in 60 or 70 quick years, so I actively pursue the most spectacular fishing </p><p>destinations on the planet places that provide an incredible all-around experience. </p><p>My ultimate bucket list destinations are guaranteed to blow you away, with this added caveat: Your </p><p>travel partner will be equally amazed, regardless of whether he or she ever wets a line. </p><p>Consider these the 7 Wonders of the Fishing World. </p></li><li><p>The sun beginning to rise on Aikens Lake. </p><p>Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, Manitoba, Canada </p><p>The Scoop: A deluxe fly-in lodge with first-rate service, gourmet dining and beautiful handcrafted </p><p>cabins in the midst of a pristine boreal forest. Manitobas second-deepest lake is known for </p><p>abundant, plus-size walleyes (20-25 inchers are common), though when I took my dad we also </p><p>caught the biggest pike and lake trout of our lives. </p><p>What You Should Know: Theres a full bar onsite (with free happy hour), but if you crave a </p><p>particular wine or whiskey after a day on the water, Aikens will have it flown in for you. No </p><p>wonder guests are fanatically loyal. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: Guests call it a five-star lodge in the wilderness; In-Fishermans Doug </p><p>Stange calls it still the finest all-around experience Ive ever had on a fly-in trip. </p><p>http://www.aikenslake.com/</p></li><li><p>Aerial view of the 800-year-old Ashford Castle. </p><p>Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland </p><p>The Scoop: One of Irelands most scenic castles sits on one of its best trout fisheries, Lough Corrib. </p><p>The famous Cong River spills into the lake here and offers a legendary spring salmon run. </p><p>https://www.ashfordcastle.com/</p></li><li><p>The author (right) getting a few fishing tips for the Cong River. </p><p>What You Should Know: Ashford was built in 1228 and was once home to the Guinness family. </p><p>They dont have Miller Lite on tap. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: To participate in the castles living history Ashford exudes an incredible </p><p>atmosphere with iconic activities such as falconry, archery and golf. </p></li><li><p>The author and his wife, Jodie, taking a selfie from the Letterfinlay Lodge deck. </p><p>Letterfinlay Lodge, Fort William, Scotland </p><p>The Scoop: A quaint resort on the banks of Loch Lochy in the stunningly beautiful Scottish </p><p>highlands. In addition to fishing, Letterfinlay also offers spot-and-stalk deer hunts. </p><p>What You Should Know: Letterfinlay is the least luxurious destination on my bucket list, but with </p><p>tasty meals at the hotels Osprey Seafood Restaurant, youre hardly roughing it. </p><p>http://www.letterfinlaylodgehotel.co.uk/</p></li><li><p>Letterfinlay is surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: This is the remote Scottish highlands people dream about. My wife and I </p><p>hiked the nearby, mystical Isle of Skye its among the most gorgeous vistas weve ever seen. </p></li><li><p>A suite at Little Palm Resort &amp; Spa. </p><p>Little Palm Island Resort &amp; Spa, The Florida Keys </p><p>The Scoop: An indulgent tropical island resort several miles offshore from the Keys with thatched-</p><p>roof bungalows. A world-class fishing experience I caught tarpon, grouper and barracuda from </p><p>shore Little Palm also offers outstanding snorkeling, sailing and dinners on the beach. </p><p>http://www.littlepalmisland.com/</p></li><li><p>The author with a snapper caught from shore. </p><p>What You Should Know: Little Palm provides all the fishing gear and shrimp you need, plus </p><p>complementary usage of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and 20-foot catamarans. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: Hands-down the best saltwater fishing destination Ive visited its a </p><p>luxurious paradise island . . . surrounded by fish. </p></li><li><p>Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort </p><p>Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada </p><p>The Scoop: This intimate resort clings to the side of a mountain with chalets built on stilts on a </p><p>fjord-like bay in the Great Bear Rainforest, just south of Alaskas Inside Passage. A 5,000-foot </p><p>waterfall pours into a hot tub in the middle of the eco-friendly lodge, which offers outstanding </p><p>fishing and gourmet dining. </p><p>What You Should Know: Nimmo Bay put heli-fishing on the map. Ill never forget my day soaring </p><p>into the mountains, hovering above waterfalls and hopping via helicopter from stream to stream </p><p>in pursuit of wild salmon. </p><p>http://nimmobay.com/</p></li><li><p>Helicopter + fishing = heli-fishing! </p><p>Why You Have To Go: Nimmo Bay is one of only two dozen resorts on the planet named part of </p><p>National Geographics Unique Lodges of the World. </p></li><li><p>The author battling a trout on the Elk River during his stay at The Home Ranch. </p><p>The Home Ranch, Clark, Colorado </p><p>The Scoop: Luxury, working dude ranch in the mountains of Colorado with fly-fishing, horseback </p><p>riding and phenomenal food. Visits include barn dances, wine pairings, and live entertainment </p><p>under the stars. </p><p>What You Should Know: The Home Ranch offers a great youth program during summer months </p><p>with outstanding activities for kids while Mom and Dad spend the day on the river. </p><p>http://www.homeranch.com/</p></li><li><p>In addition to river fishing, guests at The Home Ranch can enjoy private ponds. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: Every fly-fisherman must come here once in his life; so, too, should those </p><p>wanting to experience the quintessential Old West at its finest. </p></li><li><p>Life is good at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach! </p><p>The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami, Florida </p><p>The Scoop: OK, so the Ritz-Carlton lies in the heart of glamorous South Beach and is hardly a </p><p>fishing lodge, but hear me out. You walk out the door and youre on the ocean. The Ritz arranges </p><p>deep sea fishing for guests (and cooks your catch for you at its beach-side restaurant), theres ample </p><p>surf fishing opportunities, and youre 30 minutes from the Everglades. </p><p>http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/south-beach</p></li><li><p>Redfish in the Everglades by day, Ritz-Carlton South Beach by night. </p><p>What You Should Know: Bring a rod and walk the beach down to South Pointe Pier, which </p><p>combines shore fishing with South Beach people watching. </p><p>Why You Have To Go: Dude, its the Ritz-Carlton. You wont find better accommodations, service </p><p>or scenery at any hotel in the world. </p><p>Images by Jodie and Tony Capecchi </p></li></ul>