You don't have to sleep with the fishes to catch the big one. But you might have to put yourself in the right locale under the tutelage of a seasoned guide. Head to these fishing holes and you won't have to tell any fish stories - your catch will do the talking.By Becca Hensley
Catch of the Day: Atlantic salmon
Seek salmon from the shores of the Lough Corrib and the River Cong with Ashford Castle's professional gillie at your side. Touted as the best fishing in Ireland, the waters lining this thirteenth-century-castle hotel, once the sporting estate of the Guinness family, swell with salmon, a situation that peaks around early July. Ashford Castle is located about 30 minutes from Galway city and 90 minutes from Shannon Airport. Fly-fishing packages (including room) from $1,033.
(800) 346-7007, www.ashford.ie
Catch of the Day: lobster
Hop aboard the Wauwinet Lady, and under the supervision of captain Rob McMullen, learn to bait and pull up lobster traps, to distinguish males from females, and to properly band claws. Afterward, meet executive chef David Daniels (of the Wauwinet's Topper's Restaurant) on deck to hand over your catch of the day for him to prepare. Open May to October; rooms from $260; boat trips are free for guests of the inn and those dining at Topper's Restaurant.
(800) 426-8718, www.wauwinet.com
Bimini Island, Bahamas
Catch of the Day: bonefish
Follow the fiercest fish on the flats with renowned guide Fred "Eagle Eyes" Rolle. Crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches will inspire you to lounge a little, but the rod-bending action of bonefishing will keep you on your toes. Located just 48 miles off the shore of South Florida, Bimini Bay Resort and Casino also offers plenty of postfishing fun. Suites from $250; fishing, $300 for a half day.
(242) 347-2900, www.biminibayresort.com