Tuna, drums, flounder, Pacific croaker, grunt, sea
bass and even black marlin are some of the attractions
for deep sea fishermen. Peru still features the world
record for the largest black marlin, weighing 702 kg
(1,560 lb) caught by US fisherman Alfred Glossell Jr.
Writer Ernest Hemingway was a frequent visitor to Peruvian
waters, and it was here that he was inspired to write
The Old Man and the Sea.
Like the author, Peruvians know that Peru is synonymous
of adventure and above all good fishing. Fishing is
one of the most important industries in Peru due to
the variety of species in Peru's rich fishing grounds.
Here fishermen will always find an ideal beach for the
kind of fishing they are looking for: rocky bluffs and
cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches, cold waters teeming
with plankton and warm, clear currents.
- Every time you head out onto the water, whether in
your own boat or a hired one, notify the local harbor
captain. This can prove to be of great help in case
- Also check tide tables and wave conditions.
- Although no particular permits are needed for sports
fishing, the Fisheries Ministry prohibits fishing for
trout and silversides in the highlands during the Andean
summer, from April to October.
- Heed fishing bans and throw back into the sea small
specimens or those with roe.
- Fishermen on bluffs or on open beaches need to take
care with crumbling cliffs and quicksand.
- Never go fishing alone.
- On the coast: Visitors should bring plenty of water
- In the highlands: Sunscreen is recommended, plus warm
clothing. High altitude sickness known locally as soroche
can set in at over 2,500 masl. Take precautions by resting
the first day, drink plenty of liquids and avoid heavy
food and alcohol.
- In the jungle: Never travel without insect repellent,
a raincoat and sunscreen. Long-sleeved shirts and long
pants are recommended to ward off insect bites. A yellow
fever vaccination is obligatory. There are also vaccinations
for malaria, tetanus and Hepatitis A and B, as well
as local treatment for leishmaniasis (uta) and malaria.