Travel Picks: Top 10 fishing destinations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Immerse yourself in Scotland by reeling in salmon, or bundle up in Newfoundland for an outing to catch yellowtail and mackerel.

Whether your preference is cod or bluefin, Cape Town or Cabo, online travel advisers Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 fishing destinations.

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1. Sutherland, Scotland

From a boat or from the shore, fishing is a brilliant way to enjoy Scotland. Even though the outdoor sport isn't allowed on Sundays at the Kyle of Sutherland, there are six other days of the week to take advantage of the bounty that this majestic landscape has to offer.

The area is famous for its supply of salmon, and brown and sea trout. Handy for novices, the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association has produced a booklet to help fishermen figure out where to go to reel in the best fish around. A permit for a day of sea trout fishing costs visitors only 8 ($13). The view of Scotland's rolling hills, though, is priceless.

2. Phuket, Thailand

Deep sea fishing is a must if you find yourself on Thailand's southern beach haven, Phuket. The clear, blue waters of the Andaman Sea set the scene for some of the best fishing in the world.

Cast your line and wait for tuna, swordfish, blue and black marlin, and other impressive sea creatures to bite. A strict catch-and-release policy means you won't be dining on your accomplishments, but a photo for Facebook on Thailand's west coast may do instead.

3. Florida Keys, United States

Set your iPod to Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," pour yourself an appropriately-mixed beverage, and spend a day relaxing on South Florida's turquoise seas.

There you'll find the Marquesas Keys, located off of Key West's west coast - an ideal spot for fishing. The marine sanctuary law ensures an abundance of wildlife, where you'll catch shark and barracuda. There's a very remote feel because a lot of charters aren't willing to make the trip because of high fuel prices.

Find a charter that's willing to go the extra mile, literally, for quite possibly the most unforgettable fishing trip of your life.

4. Cape Town, South Africa

Visitors flock to Africa's southernmost city for culture that's brimming with excitement. Fishermen flock for its coastline, brimming with tuna.

The area has some of the richest tuna grounds in the world and also some of the globe's toughest fighting fish. A diverse ecosystem guarantees you'll see albatross, killer whales and dolphins galore. Tuna season lasts from September to June, but there are opportunities to throw your net year round.

5. Sicily, Italy

Fishing is synonymous with Sicily and, unfortunately, its fish population has started dwindling as a result. But you can't go to the Italian isle and not try spearfishing. You physically dive into the water and spear the fish - with a spear.

Patience is of the essence, as the underwater creatures are both quick and cunning, so stick to shallow waters.

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