Welcome to Saltwater Mecca!

My name is Adam, and I started this website because I want to share my passion and love for the oceans, rivers, and coastal landscapes around the world.

About Saltwater Mecca

Growing up in Florida, I’ve been surrounded by saltwater my entire life and caught my first fish at age 3.

Fast forward a few decades later, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world, from the Bahamas to Alaska, and many places in between.

What Can You Find Here?

When I created Saltwater Mecca, I wanted to create a resource that would help, inform, educate and encourage responsible recreation on treasured waterways around the world.

That means I post Fishing tips, how-to’s, guides, and gear reviews.

I talk about Boating and Paddling resources and share my opinion on makes models, and types.

I may share information on exotic Locations (after all, who doesn’t dream of white sandy beaches and crystal clear water?)

Not to mention some of my favorite hobbies, like snorkeling, scalloping, spearfishing, beachcombing, and much more!


As Saltwater Mecca grows, so does our need for additional expertise. All of our contributors have a background in recreational fishing, fisheries science, or a combination of both.

Ryan Meshanko

Ryan Meshanko, Contributing writer for Saltwater Mecca

Ryan Meshanko is an undergraduate student majoring in marine biology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He has been an avid angler for over fifteen years and has caught over 90 different species of fresh and saltwater fish from coast to coast.

Ryan is passionate about marine ecology and conservation and wants future generations to be able to enjoy fishing as much as he does.

Ryan catalogs the unique aquatic species he encounters on his Instagram account, @the_fish_dex.

Why Saltwater Mecca?

In the United States alone, more than 127 million people (or 40% of the population) live in coastal counties.

Source: What percentage of the American population lives near the coast?

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These coastal communities have rich traditions of utilizing the oceans and rivers for work, industry, and recreation.

Whether you’re a regular ‘salty dog‘, or on vacation in a new area, we each have a duty to recreate responsibly.

Saltwater Mecca is filled with personal stories, well-researched articles, and helpful resources so you can have fun, succeed, and make memories on or near the water.

Did I mention everyone at Saltwater Mecca loves fishing?

I encourage you to use the search feature, browse around, and have some fun!