While a bite of fresh-caught seafood is always full of life-affirming pleasure, have you ever tasted that first bite of a fish you caught yourself?
If you've answered yes to this, I bow to your angling acumen. If you haven't had this thrill, then join me in heading straight to these five fabulous resorts that allow you literally to fish for your dinner with cool guided adventures (scouted and reported for us by ace travel writers Daine Bair and Pamela Wright)... then prepare it beautifully for your dining pleasure.
St. Barts: Le Guanahani's Cook Your Catch Program (shown above) combines an Atlantic fishing excursion with a three-course tasting menu lunch or five-course tasting menu dinner. Excursion rates start at $830 per person, including preparation and serving (à la carte prices added if served as part of tasting menus); leguanahani.com.
Dominican Republic: AlSol Luxury Village in Punta Cana will set you up on an all-day fishing trip with a Fishing Butler to show you how to bait your hook, land big fish, and decide what's worth keeping. Excursion rates start at $129 per person (charter the whole boat for $850); alsolluxuryvillage.com.
Bahamas: At Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, rental boats are piloted by guides who will teach you how to catch lobster and dive for conch. After a day on the water, dine on your catch. Expedition rates start at $250 ($25 per person for dinner); abacobeachresort.com.
Georgia: It takes a lot of crustaceans to supply a traditional Lowcountry crab boil at Sea Island resort in Georgia, but catching crabs with traps off the resort docks is half the fun. Crab boils cost $85 per person (minimum of four people, plus $15 for trap rental); seaisland.com.
Los Cabos, Mexico: Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn't join the Catch of the Day program at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, going after marlin, tuna, and mahi mahi on guided boat expeditions and later dining on traditional Cabos-style fish tacos. Expedition rates start at $20 (cost for dining varies); hiltonloscabos.com.
Thanks to Diane Bair and Pamela Wright for the original story in Coastal Living's October Food Issue!