BLUEFIN TUNA AND DORADO – 2020 SEASON OPENING!


BLUEFIN TUNA AND DORADO – 2020 SEASON OPENING!

First fishing session in Sicily of 2020, was a a successful one. Not only for the fish caught, but for a whole mix of ingredients which make a session unforgettable. The original plan was to go fishing in Catania the week before, but decided to wait a week more to have better conditions.

Chronicles Of The Day
Great weather on the end of June, no wind, no currents, clear sky. Everything looks perfect and we already have good news from the past days, so positive expectation, but with fishing you never know what is going to happen!

Once the rigging is done, less the 30 min waiting and fist bite! Is instantly clear which is not a Tuna, or at least not the one we are looking for. Short time to take the fish close to the boat. Green colors and blue spots, is a beautiful Dorado. Jumps and short runs make is complicated to land the fish until he got free. Not bad as the show was served anyway and the fish was under the boat for a good time!

​Another 30min and the fish is on again! This time is no doubt, the reel is screaming like hell! Bluefin Tuna!
An intense battle with a particularly combative fish, made our guests, Kyle and Kody, switch 3 times, over 3 hours! Great satisfaction for the fish aboard!

The day looks at his end, everyone is satisfied aboard and, let’s say the truth, tired from the epic battle! But while setting the equipment, the team spot another Mahi Mahi, swimming around the boat. The bait is quickly dropped into the water, and is just a question of seconds, since the Dolphin fish, is on!
Those spectacular jumps, delighted everybody aboard, before heading back to the port!

This is a perfect trip to fish off the eastern coast of Sicily. Whether one would like to go Fishing in Catania or Siracuse.

“HOT SPOT ITALIA” EPISODE – SKY TV ITALY

It was the year 2011 when shore fishing in Sicily and Andrea Giardina as a guide were featured in one of the episodes of a famous Italian fishing series.

The program is aired on the channel “PESCA TV Sky 236” (www.cacciaepesca.tv) of Sky TV Italy. The series is called “Hot Spot Italia”, exactly after the content, the best fishing places in Italy. The episodes, conducted by Matteo de Falco (which is the editorial director of the channel) includes also a wide space about the sights, activities and other “non-fishing” attractions of the destinations conducted by the beautiful Anna Bassano. An interesting and useful guide to fishing in Italy.

 

The linked video is about some extracts from the original episode. In particular, it sums up the fishing action part, some comments about the fishing technique, the sea conditions, the fishing spots around the island, the typical fishing moments, the fishing strategy to approach the island, the fish species. The non-fishing part present in the video is about some historical information, the best beaches, coves and places to swim. There is also an interesting Sicilian recipe with Bluefin Tuna, explained spet by step by a chef.

The video, despite the date of its realization, is useful to get a rough idea about a shore fishing trip to Sicily, Italy, which is not only about fishing. During the film, the conditions of the sea, as said many times, were not good for this kind of technique. Despite the complicated condition (very calm sea), they manage to catch some fish. In particular, you see a jumping Bluefish, some Mediterranean Barracuda and an Amberjack. On the other hand, as the conductor says, calm sea and sunny day are perfect for a sunbath or swim!

The trip, a one-day in the video, is usually a something that is better to do in minimum 2 or 3 days. It is a complete adventure to discover parts of Sicily full of history, but while fishing!
Usually, accommodation, rental vehicle to move from a place to another one, particular restaurant sessions, and full-time guides are part of a shore fishing trip. Often, guiding for non-fishing activities part of the trip.

The place, in this case, is an island located off the west coast of Sicily. It’s famous for the history of Tuna fishing. This place is perfect for an easy fishing trip to have a taste of Sicily, as well as a beautiful destination for the angler’s family. There are some many beautiful and productive places in Sicily, depending on the Angler preference.

You’ll see also some fishing spots visited during the recording. Some, where is necessary to walk on the stones and not regular ground, and some, the majority, very easy to access. Using caution when fishing these places is anyway suggested. Wearing helmets, proper shoes with good grip and other useful equipment is suggested. Renting a Guide is another good idea, for both safety and fishing results.

Tuna Steack with local sauce recipe in the video

Another great tradition of the island is the culinary art, and here the Atlantic Bluefin tuna win undisputed. The chef will propose us a local recipe, Tuna steak with Mediterranean sauce.
I’m with Nino, our chef. Ciao Nino! What is this delicious dish, I see here?
– So, this is a Tuna recipe, with bluefin tuna in a sauce typical of the island.
– What are the ingredients?
– Ingredients are raisins, peanuts, green olives, black olives, capers, fresh tomato. All typical products from the area!
– How do you prepare it?
– I start toasting capers with pine nuts in a pan, with extra virgin olive oil, Sicilian one! After that, put garlic on, lightly browned, then take it away. Put fresh tomatoes, some salsa, and then the Tuna lightly breaded in the pan, some water, the olives a the end, make it stew in the pan for a few minutes and it is ready to be served!
– But the touch of the chef is the “crostino”…(bruschetta)
– Well, the toasted bread it to accompany, also because using stale bread is a local tradition here!
– What wine we can put together?
– We can accompany with a dry red, pasty, very good with this kind of dish.
– Why don’t we toast, then…

Some speech about beaches, sights and historical informations.

From the town is possible to reach a cove, with crystal clear water, hitting flat rocks, making it one of the most beautiful places where to swim in Sicily!
This place here is also important from the historical and archaeological point of view, in the 241 B.C. was the theatre of one of the battles of the 1st Punic War, between Romans and Carthaginians.
A so bloody clash that the water turned red, giving the name to the place.
Some of the major attractions of this place are the numerous coves and beaches, perfect to enjoy the very nice climate. Some beaches are reachable directly by walking from the town. Some big coves, similar to proper natural ports sheltered by the winds, hide tiny and private beaches, from where is possible to reach beautiful caves, swimming. Some are named after the amazing colour of the waters, with comfortable sand beaches, easy to access for everyone. Some other scenic places are located by old quarries, overlooking the rocky cliff, but always access to the sea.

Some other speech and subtitles in the video

There are many techniques which is possible to practise in this kind of environment;
but the technique that looks the best way to discover this marvellous, spectacular, incredible island is the Spinning with artificial baits (spin fishing);
But to know what is the program of the day
and more importantly, all the species we are going to target
let’s meet our guide.- Finally, we meet our guide, Andrea Giardina! Hi Andrea!
So, Andrea, you decided to take us here because is a place you frequently fish!
– Yes, this is a place I discovered so many years ago, and where I fish with friends and guests.
– Looks like there are really good fishing chances.

This is a hotspot, for a fishing technique that, in “Hotspot Italia” was not shown before! All the previous episodes were about boat fishing but today, as you probably understood we fish from Shore! Mother of all the techniques with artificial baits!
Let’s say that to fish from shore with artificial baits requires energy and constancy, as this technique can be stingy with catches sometimes…
– So, a key thing is to insist, insisting, changing bait, jumping from a place to the other one (big advantage of these trips). Last-minute, last second, the last cast, when you may think you are done, that is the moment when the Strike of a beautiful fish arrives, to solve the day, week or Season!

– So we will basically do a round of the island, fishing the spots you better know and gave you results. Bluefish, Barracuda, Seabass…this is the main target…
– This is the base, but between what we can expect there is basically everything, False Albacore (Skipjack), Atlantic Bonito, Amberjack.
– Ok, let’s also say that we are not in the best sea conditions to fish from shore, in consequence, everything will be more complicated. This is something we are not that scared about because we know what to do and how to move around thanks to Andrea and his mate Dario, which is behind the camera but you’ll see him in action and probably with some good fish, I’m sure! We will be tree anglers to move on these cliffs…

– I see the wind is increasing, better condition for fishing!
– We will have sunset and sunrise as the best moments, this is one, is early morning, so let’s start to cast our baits in the water and let’s make our adventure in Sicily begin!

I don’t know yet if, for this spot, you need to be a good fisherman or a good hiker!
But moving from a spot to the other one, into this environment that is almost unreal. Andrea told me is man-made to cut and extract bricks in the past, for building reason, otherwise, we would be on Mars!
You move through this maze, looks like ruins! ​

An Amberjack from shore is always a good catch!
Amberjack caught spinning from shore, Sicily, “Hot Spot Italia”!
Release, immediately! Because, there is something to say Andrea, an Amberjack of this size, fight as a 3kg Seabass! They are very powerful fishes! Using a lipless minnow, in a place that, doesn’t look exactly an Amberjack place, considering the relatively shallow water.
– The particularity was also that she attacked the baits, showing up from underneath a submerged rock, almost like a Seabass! In fact, I had some doubts at the beginning, but then I saw the pink reflexes…
– What a show! The “Cavagnola”, let’s call it with the proper Sicilian dialect name, for a small Amberjack!
If I catch someone keeping an Amberjack like this size, I swear I break a fishing rod in his back!Is a good spot also for my body, meaning that as I turned fat, and the idea to fish on this kind of coast, is an excellent physical exercise, then if you exercise on this postcard scenario, with the chance to hook some fishes, I think it is the maximum for an angler who wanna lose weight!

We are super excited as the change of light of the sunset is coming, one of the favourite moments in the anglers life, because the predators start to be active and frenzy starts in the water.
There is no activity at the moment, I would like to say it again, the conditions have been very difficult, because of no wave, no foam, and is not easy to let the mechanism start and  predators coming inshore waves start to lift microorganism and even macroorganism from the bottom, like small worms etc, this attracts the forage fish, and as I always say, when you sheep, soon or later wolf arrives too. But we are quite excited, as the change of light is coming and this is a very good moment.

And also Dario, while I talk, catch fish, he caught a beautiful Bluefish, probably a couple of kilograms, beautiful because the Bluefish is a very technical prey, and beautiful because of his spectacular attack, a proper classic “bluefish attack”, meaning a vehement attack, made with power at I think half a meter from shore!
As proof that is important to stay always concentrate and ready, and the attack can arrive in every moment.
Unfortunately, we can’t release the fish as it was badly injured, probably because of the ferocity of the attack, it wouldn’t make sense to release a fish that was going to die. Catch and release is something very important, I always say that, but let’s do that when is possible and have a sense in doing that, not just to tell that at the bar.

And this was a nice fish, proof that if you know where to go, even in a difficult situation like this, fish came out!
Interest in the Mediterranean Barracuda is growing because is present is good quantity and is a fish that often gets enticed by a well-moved artificial bait. So, honour to the Mediterranean Barracuda, which is always an interesting catch.
The sea conditions are better now for fishing because of the waves, probably because of some storm happened off-shore, hope it will last more as I think is probably the effect of something happened in the open sea and it may not last so much, but these are good conditions.

– So, I stopped fishing, because we should have met here to have dinner all together
– I did an aperitive! It took more than expected!
– Ok I understand, but you only to eat and go shopping! Is not correct to let the fishermen wait!
– Today I eat… because there were no shops open…!
– it’s not right to let the fishermen wait after an intense and very fun day, in a really marvellous place
– because I did, I’m extremely happy, because I did one of my favourite fishing techniques which is the spin fishing, in conditions, I have to be honest, really complicated, but we managed to hook some fish anyway because Andrea knows one joke more of the devil.
– I also know a person like this…
– Really?….
– In fact, he really took us on the best spots available on the island, until we manage to find some active predators, also because he took his mate Dario who caught some interesting fish too, a fantastic day, in a place I have never been before, truly wonderful.
– But tell me what you did instead?
– I didn’t know this place too, but I can tell you I’ll come back here for my holiday. I’ve been moving around with a bike, you have been to the best places where to fish, I’ve been to the best places to swim, to visit, etc..
– Are you able to cycle?
– Yes, I’m and I did it in heels!
– It is not allowed!
– Yes, it is and it brings good luck!
– Ah, ok, if you say that…
– And I met beautiful and interesting people, after that, here there is a unique cordiality..
– And did you know that we are in the “Cathedral of Bluefin Tuna”? Here there is a fantastic story about Tuna…
– Well, while you were casting baits, I was eating the local Bluefin tuna steak!
– So, the Tuna steak is something I wanna eat too because today I burned something like “87.000 calories” going up and down the fishing spots, and some of them need attention and an expert guide is highly suggested, so be careful if you decide to fish here by yourself.
All that said and said also that, now, all together we go to the restaurant..
– Me for the second time…
– You, for the second time, because you have no limits…
I would like to thanks all the people who accompanied us during this fantastic adventure
Obviously, Andrea Giardina,
and special thanks from the jury for Dario who gave us some very important strikes…
It was a really particular thing…
– I see you particularly happy
– I’m very very happy
Instead, we thanks to them for the love and passion they put in watching all our adventures around Italy and give you an appointment…
appointment for the next episode of “Hot Spot Italia”!

SHORE FISHING IN SICILY

Sicily is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, and this combined with its particular geography, makes shore fishing very good here.

The wide variety of fishing spots, open to a large quantity of target fish, fishing grounds, water depth and environments.

The footage, “Crazy shore fishing in Sicily video” shows some bluefish fishing, Barracuda fishing, and some lost big fish during an adrenaline-packed afternoon session, part of a shore fishing trip.

We consider a multi-day fishing trip to Sicily, the best way to enjoy saltwater shore fishing in Europe. Much better than a single session and a full-day shore fishing.
This is simply because fishing one of the selected spots, for more than a session give the chances to meet crazy conditions and feeding frenzy on the water, like in the following video, shoot exactly during a Sicily fishing trip. We usually manage to fish for 2 to 3 session a day during a shore fishing multi-day trip in Sicily.

Fishing Europe at this latitude, means having a wide range of possible places to fish, choosing between so many typologies of spots and with the possibility to jump from one to the other.
Talking a bit about the kind of trips and the level of preparation you would need, is possible to say that there are several options.
From the lifetime adventure involving kayaks, remote spots and uncomfortable rocky cliff, to the easier and accessible, light tackle casting fishing shore fishing, maybe with some boat fishing during the multiday trip to fish a bit from the boat. Obviously, if you are looking for something in between, don’t worry, there are plenty of options. We will suggest you the best solution in relation to the season and your preferences.

An ideal 3-day shore fishing trip includes full-time guiding, transportation on-site, pick up on the destination airport, Shimano equipment, local charming accommodation, local dinner with the caught fish and some excursions on the not fishing moments etc. Fishing sessions are usually 2 to 3 per day, being the main ones at sunrise and sunset. The fish research takes place along different spots. Usually, the best fishing spots are also beautiful sites with breathtaking panoramas.

Other shore fishing trips take place in the remotest parts of Sicily. Some require special organizations and support, resulting in something unique and unrepeatable nowhere else in the world.

These trips are not about fishing only, but the whole journey is a surprising adventure full of experiential activities in Sicily. Sights are literally everywhere in Sicily, so, if you are wondering about if the trip will be just about fishing, the answer is no! Nature, History, archaeological sites and food will be always an option after fishing.

FALL/WINTER FISHING IN SICILY

This late September was a successful one. Last fishing sessions went very good. Fish are there in good numbers and this promises a great Autumn-Winter season for fishing in Sicily.
One of the techniques we particularly like in these waters, productive when practised in the right period and with correct bait, is live bait trolling, already described in this past article. This technique could also be considered a Deep sea fishing in Sicily, as is usually take place at -40m or deeper.
Target fish are usually Dentex, Amberjack and many species of grouper. Bluefin tuna or other species can always bite fishing with live bait.

Fishing in October
October and November are great months to find the right live bait, which is also a fun activity to do early in the morning if you don’t mind about waking up early during your holiday in Sicily. It is anyway possible to skip this part and jump on the boat when the live baits are already in the live tank, a couple of hours sleeping later! 😀

another Dentex caught right after we drop the lines. The fish livery is with no stripes in this case, more typical.

On the last fishing sessions, James first, Mandy and Sebastian after went fishing in Syracuse area with us this week. Apart from the good fishing visible on the pictures, we had really great moments aboard. Good weather and some interesting activities, after fishing, filled those perfect days.

Extra activities on a fishing trip
In many places of Sicily, including fishing in Siracusa, some activities are possible after the deep sea fishing session or during a 3-day fishing trip.
One of them is jumping in the water to catch an octopus with barehand. Barehanded Octopus fishingThis is a family knowledge, a bunch of skills about spotting and catching octopus in their shelters, passed from my father, that I try to teach to my guests. Barehanded octopus fishing takes place from 1m to 4m of waters, in the daylight. Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are always available. It is always possible to catch and release them.

Another thing we add to our trips, when possible and in specific places, is preparing abord a special lunch, maybe with the caught fish. This is to fill up a complete experience that will drive you directly into the Mediterranean fishing and marine lifestyle.
In definitive, thanks to our experienced team, made of different skills, we can proudly say that for this specific season, and target fish, we can deliver, the best fishing in Sicily as an experience to remember.

a beautiful Dentex, caght by during the second part of the morning, out from the usual hours.

FISHING IN TAORMINA

Taormina is one of the most visited and touristy towns on the east coast of Sicily main island. In general, we do not encourage staying in Taormina to live an adventurous, authentic original and sea style trip to Sicily (check the best way to plan a fishing trip in Sicily).
However, if you already have booked accommodation and cannot move too far away from the Taormina area, it may be an interesting departure port for some specific techniques described here.

The fishing Ground
The bathymetric off Taormina coast are particular ones. The seabed jumps from 0 to -500 meters within 1 mile from the shore. Navigating 7miles distance, the bottom drops down to -1300 meters under the sea level. Going in the direction of Greece, this depth increasing of the sea bottom continues up to -4000m (4km) because of the position in between the African and the Euro-Asian rift.

The techniques
A fishing session in this area of Sicily, usually targets the beautiful Mediterranean Spearfish, the Albacore Tuna, the Dolphinfish (also called Dorado or Mahi Mahi) and less frequently Bluefin Tuna and Swordfish.
The specific fishing here consists of trolling some artificial baits on the surface, in different ways, similarly to the Big game for Marlin and the offshore trolling practised in the Oceans. This may be also called deep Sea fishing in Taormina.

A Mediterranean Spearfish caught off Taormina’s coast

The main species
The MEDITERRANEAN SPEARFISH is for sure the most beautiful and particular fish to fish and photograph. Its spectacular electric colors remind about the Sailfish and the Marlin. This is present mostly into the Mediterranean Sea and some areas of the eastern Atlantic. Can grow up to 50kg and over 200cm of length, with average size around 20kg.The ALBACORE TUNA, also called longfin Tuna, is a fast predator that loves to feed on cephalopods. It lives all around the world with a high migratory attitude. Its big eyes allow to deep dive when is necessary. Average size around is around 15 kilograms, but they can reach over 50kg weight.

Sicilian Albacore Tuna with the tipycal long fins

Fishing for cephalopods
Another possible technique for fishing in Taormina area is fishing for the giant squid. This may be practised at night if the target is many but smaller squids (usually between 1 to 3kg) or during the day, targeting real monsters of the depth, squid of up to 15kg.

​The spectacular Barehanded octopus fishing is possible in specific spots, around Taormina and Messina area. Check the barehanded octopus fishing video.

In general, when it is not possible to reach other areas of eastern Sicily or to join our adventurous multi-day trips, Taormina could offer something interesting in terms of fishing. Checking the right season for the target species it may be a good place to go fishing in Sicily and spend a good day on the water.

Giant Squid that inhabit the deep Sicilian waters

HOW TO PLAN A FISHING TRIP TO SICILY

Sicily is a place where is necessary to immerse yourself. Being a big island, full of wonders that absolutely worth a visit, is necessary to concentrate the trip to a certain area instead of just fast touching many places without the opportunity to live local experiences. The “immersive” way we experience a destination living like islanders, works perfectly when it comes to planning a fishing trip.

This is the reason why we highly suggest a tailored multiple-day trip to fish and adventure Sicily. Those journeys, completely customizable, usually include:
– full-time boat at disposal for boat fishing sessions, night fishing or just cruising the place with the family;
– some of the best and most particular local lodge or accommodation, often with historical connections or unique characteristics. Barbecue and complete kitchen always available to cook the caught fish;
– support from local hosts always at disposal to prepare a last minute lunch or a dinner with typical food of the season;
– full-time certified guide, that will ensure the best experience possible to the group;
– local vehicle to move and explore on the island, sometimes made of dirt roads;
– the destinations, even if may result a bit away from the beaten tracks, are carefully selected just to be sure of being on the really most productive fishing hotspots of Sicily.
– all the activities and touring that is possible to do during a multiple-day fishing trip, apart from fishing, will also give the group an unexpected discovery experience full of relaxed and adventurous moments for everyone.
This is our strength.

Food is usually one of the key elements of a fishing trip in Sicily. The typical and local cuisine offers an uncountable number of dishes, specific of every island, city and sometimes villages. Ranging from vegetable to the meat, from the pasta to the seafood and fish, in just a few kilometres of distance, the differences could be impressive.

The caught Fish. Obviously, even if we always support catch and release, if the guests have the pleasure of eating one of their own catch, this is part of the game. This opens a window on the many local recipes we follow to prepare fish, octopus, calamari (squid) etc. This is also a great sharing moment that we love to highlight using the best wines of the area, or if possible the support of a local “old school” cook. The accommodation we use are always furnished with big Barbecue, kitchen and stone hoven sometimes.

No-Fishing activities. When travelling with the family, sometimes is not easy to have more than a single day to go fishing. Multiple day trips always include lots of other things possible both after fishing or for the part of the family which prefer to not fish.  On the selected fishing destinations is where the best beaches of Sicily are located, many volcanic phenomena to enjoy and discover, many archaeological sites, hiking patch, wineries, horse riding, and just so much to explore around. It is eventually possible to have a detailed customized itinerary for the “no-fishing” activities, or a guide taking care of the group.
Even for the anglers, the trip includes a lot of good moments and things to do after fishing, or when inclement weather.

Barehanded octopus fishing. One of our specialities. To do with snorkelling equipment. Extremely fun and challenging research to one of the smartest animal of the sea, with specific tips and under the guidance of an expert “Octopus hunter”. Usually, skills and technique are handed down from father to son in Sicily, requiring a lot of practice and time into the water. Here is a past article with a video on how to catch an octopus.

Fishing Techniques. While on a single day trip you usually go for a single fishing technique to practice, a multiple-day trip allow you to try different fishing techniques thanks to the time at disposal. It became easy to try Bluefin Tuna fishing techniques, live bait trolling, jigging, deep bottom fishing, giant squid fishing, surface “big game trolling” and even daytime swordfish with the days at disposal when on a multi-day trip in Sicily.

When a multiple-day trip is not possible, a 24h experience is something that can give you 2 fishing session, some night fishing and maybe some local experiences.
If instead you already have plans, your availability is for one-day fishing only, but you still want to try our organization, you can ask us for a long full-day trip tailored with some extra activities during or at the end of the fishing session. Octopus fishing, for example, is something always possible as add-ons during spring, summer and fall.

Jigging in the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful snapper caught during a multiple day trip.

SQUID FISHING IN SICILY, ITALY

Italy and Sicily in particular, are located in a specific geographical position. The region of Sicily, considered between the best fishing in Italy is an island located exactly in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy peninsula and Africa’s northern coasts. The geological structure of the island has a big drop-off on the east coast, also home of the biggest Volcano of Europe The Mount Etna. The sea is the Ionian, that separates Sicily from Greece. The Ionian sea, as well as some points of the Sicilian Channel and Tyrrenian sea, are known also for its depts, very close bathymetric that jumps into 1000m under the sea level, just in a couple of miles, reaching 2500m as soon as you navigate a bit more. This give the chance to fish for unique animals.

A particular Ionian sea fishing technique is fishing for squid and often giant squids.
Giant squids of the Mediterranean Sea, (scientific name “Todarodes Sagittatus”) can reach 15kg of weight, being more common between 2 to 4kg. It is a very aggressive and powerful cephalopod and compared with animals of the same species, can give unexpected fights. Depending on the equipment or the fishing depth the technique varies and to hear a spooling reel is not difficult if using the light gear.

This species likes deep waters but at night is possible to fish them even on the surface in some conditions and season of the year. During the day, big specimens are caught in deeper waters, usually with electric reels.

Is a good action at the end of the fishing day or for a dedicated night fishing session. Big squid on manual reels will seriously test the ability of the most experienced fishermen. On the right spot, is usual to have multiple catches, resulting in a fun experience for everyone aboard.

Squid can be prepared as a good meal, with many local recipes. The best preparation for us remains the Squid fried rings recipe, similar to the Calamari fried rings, a very delicious dish for everyone.

FISHING IN SIRACUSA

Siracusa has always been one of the most famous cities in Sicily. This is because, this coastal territory was home of the biggest Greek city of all times probably, and theatre of important epic wars and historical events.
Today Siracusa, thanks to its everlasting beauty, is still a must in the classic tourist’s programs. However, the large presence of visitors and consequent high number of excursion sellers may cause confusion when looking for specific, high quality and expert-guided fishing activities.

When looking for Fishing in Ortigia for example, just walking on the deck, you will hardly find someone able to take you fishing for the proper Mediterranean gamefish. In this area lives fish as the Bluefin Tuna, Common Dentex, Pink Dentex, Amberjack, Grouper, Swordfish etc.

Fishing in Syracuse is a different story in reality. This area, located on the southern east coast of Sicily, quickly jumping into the Ionian Sea, is a productive one. Here the chances to target the fish you are looking for may be exellent. However, the season, the predators biting at the specific moment and the right guide will do the difference when fishing Siracusa.

When going for a fishing trip in Siracusa is possible to practice several techniques:

  • Bluefin Tuna fishing in Siracusa is one of the best opportunity to catch the giant bluefin passing on the old route of the “tonnaras” of Sicily.
  • Fishing for Amberjack is a special experience in late summer; using light equipment is possible to have epic fighting.
  • Live bait fishing for Common dentex with its preparation is something to try. This usually includes two kind of fishing – as you have to catch some calamari (squid fishing) or cuttlefish to troll alive for the common dentex (Mediterranean snapper).
  • Deep bottom fishing with electric reels for big eye snapper and giant groupers is another deep sea fishing in Syracuse. It is also possible to catch fish like sharks, big conger eels, scabbard silverfish, European hake and mackerel.
  • Shore fishing in Siracusa or shore fishing in Syracuse is another good adventure if you do not want to go on a boat. Unique and adventurous itineraries available, for 8 hours or 24h fishing. Good selections of fish target including Mediterranean Barracuda, Bluefish, seabass, bluerunner, needlefish, saddled seabream, small amberjacks. Usually works very good with some barehanded octopus fishing. Fly fishing in Siracusa is possible if you have the right equipment with you, as most of the times you’ll find rocky shores and some wind.

Another particular activity of this area is barehanded octopus fishing. This is possible on the way back from every boat trip, during a shore fishing trip or planning a specific day to target octopus and cuttlefish with snorkelling gear. Hunting octopus is always possible to practice catch and release, or just watching them in their shelter.

At the end of the fishing trip, there is always the chance to take a look at the most important fishing buildings of all times here. The “Tonnara” of the east coast of Sicily, buildings where the biggest tuna have been processed, after being caught with the homonymous epic fishing technique. Now visiting those places is still possible to feel those moments, trying to imagine the atmosphere, the sounds and the sing of fishermen, the smell of tuna cooking on the big boilers, just after the hard “Mattanza” moment. Here fishing is in the Myth.

FISHING IN ITALY PROJECT

Starting from 2019, our team design and plan new and adventurous trips to some other Italian regions, and their best fishing spots.  Thanks to our always growing network and expertise about fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, each fishing itinerary comes with a hand-picked local specialist and a certified guide from SicilyFishing team in order to provide unforgettable experiences as we love to do in Sicily.

Thanks to Fishing Italy it will be possible to book the most particular experiences available for fishing in Italy. Fishing in Sardinia, Fishing in Calabria, Fishing in Puglia, Fishing in Tuscany or fishing in Campania are just some of the options available.

The fishing techniques, will range as for Sicily, from Bluefin Tuna fishing, to live bait trolling, Big game, Jigging and all the most productive techniques available for the Mediterranean Sea.

Apart fishing, is known that Italy has many differences and every place has its particularities on the famous sights, on the crazy food and wines, on natural attractions, the history or just the people. This is something that our certified National guides would highlight in the best way during your trip in Italy.

Please ask us here if you are interested on a fishing trip in Italy.

OCTOPUS BAREHANDED HUNTING 2019

Here is just a quick video to taste new activities getting ready for 2019.  Much more info will be ready soon, about this particular reserch, that will connect you directly with the underwater world and one some of its most incredible creatures…

The activity will be available as an “add-on” to most of 2019 fishing trips in Sicily. Similar to a snorkeling trip, or a freediving session, it require a swimming suit, a snorkeling mask, maybe some glooves for the less brave and a good guide that give you the right istructions!