Fishing

Fishing provides one of Sri Lanka’s most enduring images – even if it is difficult to tell these days whether the famous stilt fishermen of Weligama are more interested in catching fish or tourists. However, Sri Lanka’s fishing heritage runs much deeper than the traditional craft of the stilt fishermen and is the lifeblood of coastal communities all around the island.

Sport fishing in Sri Lanka is relatively undeveloped, but 1,140 miles of shoreline and warm Indian Ocean currents ensure there is a plethora of fish in the sea, estuaries, mangrove lagoons and rivers. Deep-sea fishermen may encounter Marlin, Sail Fish, Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevallie, Benito, Queen Fish, Barracuda, Grouper, Cobia and Tuna making this beautiful island second to none when it comes to sea angling.

As with all other water, related sports fishing in Sri Lanka is regulated by the two annual monsoons that feed this tropical isle. The west and south coasts are favored during northeast monsoon period from November to April when the sea is blue and calm, while the east coast is at its best during the south-west monsoon period from May to September.