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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.
|Commercial group||English Name||Scientific Name||Sinhala Name|
|Seer||Spanish Mackerel||Scomberomorus Commersoni||Thora|
|Paraw||Jack Trevallies||Carangodies Fulvoguttatus||Thumba Parawa|
|Paraw||Jack Trevallies||Caranx Ignobilis Atanagul||Parawa|
|Paraw||Jack Trevallies||Caranx Hebiri||Guru Parawa|
|Balaya||Skipjack Tuna||Katsuwonus Pelamis||Balaya|
|Kelawalla||Yellow Fin Tuna||Thunnus Albacares||Kelawalla|
|Other Blood Fish||Sail Fish||Istiophorus Platypterus||Thalapath|
|Other Blood Fish||Marlins||Makariya Indika||Kalu Koppara|
|Other Blood Fish||Marlins||Makariya Mazara||Nil Koppara|
|Other Blood Fish||Marlins||Tetrapturus Audax||Iri Koppara|
|Other Blood Fish||Frigate Tuna||Auxis Thazard||Alagoduwa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Spangled Emperor||Lethrinus Nebulosus||Meewetiya / Atissa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Long Face Emperor||Lethrinus Olivaceus||Uru Hota|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Sharptooth Job Fish||Pristipomoides Typus||Kalamee|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Blubberlip Snapper||Lutjanus Rivulatus||Badawa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Mangrove Red Snapper||Lutjanus Argentimacu Latus||Thabalaya|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Blackspot Snapper||Lutjanus Fulviflamma||Ranna|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Malabar Groyper||Epinephelus Malabaricus||Gal Kossa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Wavylined Grouper||Epinephelus Undulosus||Lawaya|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Coral Hind||Cephalopholis Miniata||Thabuwa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Sri Lanka Sweetlips||Plectorhinchus Ceylonensis||Boraluwa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Threadfin Breams||Nemipterus sp.||Suddaha|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Parrot Fishes||Scarus sp.||Girawa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Rabbitfsh||Siganus so.||Orawa|
|Rock Fish / Galmalu||Barracudas||Sphyraena sp.||Jeelawa|