5 Catch and Cook Fishing Honeymoon Experiences That Will Make You a Better Chef at Home

Time to cast your nets. 🐟

Updated 09/23/18

Courtesy of Offshore Outpost Expeditions

If you happen to love big boats, being out on the water, and devouring flaky, pristine poisson, these custom catch and cook fishing programs tailored to honeymooners (and fishing aficionados) are for you. Try your luck reeling in alligator gar after dark in New Orleans, master the art of hand line trolling in the Maldives, play sous to top chefs in Miami and Cabo, and tour a hydroponic farm, before cooking your freshly caught dinner in Anguilla. Grab your boo and your bait and get ready to set sail.

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Pescado 101 Class in Los Cabos

Courtesy of Offshore Outpost Expeditions

Considering Los Cabos, Mexico is one of the world’s most popular fishing destinations, it’s only fitting you land your next meal the Baja way. Offshore Outpost Expeditions is an adventure yachting company based in the Sea of Cortez that hosts small fishing charters where you can “go beyond the destination” with a personalized itin. Choose between deep sea fishing, diving with whale sharks, and a hook and line experience where you’ll get to catch, de-bone, and cure your trophy in the galley with the chef, all while listening to insider knowledge about the Cabo fishing scene.

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After Hours Bowfishing in New Orleans

Courtesy of After Hours Bowfishing

Celebrating your nups in The Big Easy? Check into The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, where you’ll be immersed in the jazz loving, Sazerac sipping, crawfish eating culture immediately. Known for it’s nightlife, parades, and Cajun and Creole cuisine, there’s plenty for twosomes in love to do here, but one thing we bet you haven’t attempted together? After Hours Bowfishing. The Ritz has partnered with this local charter company to offer couples the chance to combine adventure and finned fare in the Crescent City, and being that late-night bow fishing is exclusive to the state of Louisiana, you won’t have another chance to try it. Prepare to draw your bow in total darkness (with the exception of a few high-powered lights on the boat) and wait for the red fish, black drum, sheep head, alligator gar, catfish, and flounder to take the bait. Once back at the hotel, you can choose to store your catch in the restaurants’s deep freezer until returning home, or complete the NOLA experience by learning a thing or two from the Ritz’s award-winning chefs as they help you ready your bounty for a delicious dinner in M Bistro.

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Deep Sea Fishing in Miami

Courtesy of The Confidante

Culinary-minded lovebirds choosing to ‘moon in the Magic City won’t have to look beyond The Confidante for their catch and cook program, as well as their experiential foodie romance package. Spend a day deep sea fishing onboard “The Spellbound,” in search of tuna and grouper, before you head back for a dockside filet lesson by the hotel’s executive chef Richard Hales and a private dinner at Bird & Bone. And for those gastronomes who crave even more food-centric fun for two, their three-night epicurean romance package includes a private cooking class, foodie couples spa treatment, aphrodisiac turndown, farmer’s market guided tour, and vino on demand in your suite. If you’re not familiar with the term, it refers to the hotels’ new in-room Plum Wine machines that dispense the perfect chilled glass at the touch of a button—no room service or corkscrew needed.

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Boat and Farm-to-Table Dining in Anguilla

Courtesy of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

The legendary five-star CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla will finally be reopening this November (after Hurricane Irma renovations), so if you’ve had your honeymoon hopes set on this island, now’s the time to book. While you’re at it you should also sign up for their new catch and cook program that allows guests to set out on the open seas and return back to the property with your bounty in time for a 1:1 demo with executive chef Alan Larch. After plucking ingredients from the resort’s impressive hydroponic farm, he’ll show you how to clean your fish and create a full seafood-themed menu, which you’ll obviously have to recreate back home.

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Traditional Hand Line Trolling in the Maldives

Courtesy of Baros Maldives

The Maldives is usually high on a bride's honeymoon destination wish list for its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, and tropical vibes, but one major reason to choose Baros Maldives? Aside from its intimate villas, tucked-away jungle surroundings, and world-class spa—their catch your own dinner activity is bar none. Embark on a private big game fishing excursion in the deep sea (at dawn), where you’ll witness firsthand the traditional Maldivian method of trolling for fish using a hand line and special hand-tied lures. These aren’t your average fish, either. The Indian Ocean is rich with monster sailfish, marlin, and wahoo, which means your aforementioned dinner will be one of the grandest (and most memorable) you’ll have your entire trip.

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