Deep Sea fishing is a great adventure sport if you are keen on spending a few hours at sea. Since Sri Lanka is surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it offers travellers’ ample room for various water sports activities including deep sea fishing.

This activity is a form of angling that requires deep waters and is usually taken place further away from land. If you are going on a deep sea fishing expedition, the water depth should be at least 30 meters. Deep sea fishing is also called big game fishing, boat fishing and even sport fishing.

Deep sea fishing is also quite different from normal fishing expeditions. Taking your boat further away from land means that you will be in deep waters filled with big game fish such as tuna, sharks, swordfish and even marlin. You will certainly not come across these species closer to the coastline since they feed and reproduce in these deep ocean waters.

This adventure activity is relatively out of the lime light when compared with water sports such as surfing. However, there are a number of opportunities that are available for enthusiasts to explore these deep waters. The best season for sport fishing along the western and south eastern coast is usually from August to May when the deep seas are much calmer.

Names of fishes can catch

Commercial groupEnglish NameScientific NameSinhala Name
SeerSpanish MackerelScomberomorus CommersoniThora
ParawJack TrevalliesCarangodies FulvoguttatusThumba Parawa
ParawJack TrevalliesCaranx Ignobilis AtanagulParawa
ParawJack TrevalliesCaranx HebiriGuru Parawa
BalayaSkipjack TunaKatsuwonus PelamisBalaya
KelawallaYellow Fin TunaThunnus AlbacaresKelawalla
Other Blood FishSail FishIstiophorus PlatypterusThalapath
Other Blood FishMarlinsMakariya IndikaKalu Koppara
Other Blood FishMarlinsMakariya MazaraNil Koppara
Other Blood FishMarlinsTetrapturus AudaxIri Koppara
Other Blood FishFrigate TunaAuxis ThazardAlagoduwa
Rock Fish / GalmaluSpangled EmperorLethrinus NebulosusMeewetiya / Atissa
Rock Fish / GalmaluLong Face EmperorLethrinus OlivaceusUru Hota
Rock Fish / GalmaluSharptooth Job FishPristipomoides TypusKalamee
Rock Fish / GalmaluBlubberlip SnapperLutjanus RivulatusBadawa
Rock Fish / GalmaluMangrove Red SnapperLutjanus Argentimacu LatusThabalaya
Rock Fish / GalmaluBlackspot SnapperLutjanus FulviflammaRanna
Rock Fish / GalmaluMalabar GroyperEpinephelus MalabaricusGal Kossa
Rock Fish / GalmaluWavylined GrouperEpinephelus UndulosusLawaya
Rock Fish / GalmaluCoral HindCephalopholis MiniataThabuwa
Rock Fish / GalmaluSri Lanka SweetlipsPlectorhinchus CeylonensisBoraluwa
Rock Fish / GalmaluThreadfin BreamsNemipterus sp.Suddaha
Rock Fish / GalmaluParrot FishesScarus sp.Girawa
Rock Fish / GalmaluRabbitfshSiganus so.Orawa
Rock Fish / GalmaluBarracudasSphyraena sp.Jeelawa
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