Planning to go Fishing in Sicily, then this article should help you with that. Captain Andrea is one of our favorite fishing guides in Italy. He is a passionate fisherman, great photographer, awesome video maker and a funny guy. He is the go to person if you are planning to go fishing in Sicily, Italy (read Sicily Fishing Guide). We first met through our chat box in fishfishme.com, and we ended up talking about fishing in general and specifically about fishing in Sicily. He loves shore fishing, but he does both shore and off-shore when he has the chance.
Interview with Captain Andrea About Fishing in Sicily:
Tell us a bit about yourself and about your passion?
I’m a fishing guide, with crazy passion for fishing, travel and exploration. I chose to make my passion my life. When I have time, I like to travel with friends and try to find extreme fishing shores around the world, making documentaries and testing new equipments for some famous fishing tackle brands.
Why should people come fish in Sicily?
Sicily is located in the middle of Mediterranean sea and surrounded by lots of small and wild islands. If you go fishing in Sicily you’ll have lot’s of varieties for fishing spots and fishing techniques. Visitors can experience a full fishing adventures and some extreme fishing. Moreover, Sicily is a full of wild nature, history, food, volcanic attractions and much more…
Where are the best fishing spots in Sicily?
There are many hot spots to go fishing in Sicily, especially on some small islands surrounding the main island. In these places, it is possible to fish all year round and in every weather condition. We take advantage of the shore structural that help attract all Mediterranean Game fish.
What is the best way to arrive to Sicily?
By airplane, landing on one of the six island’s Airports. The biggest and most famous is the Catania (Bellini) international airport. Trapani-Birgi and Palermo-Punta Raisi are also served by low cost airline companies.
What type of fish a person can expect to catch in Sicily? And what is the best fishing season?
Fishing in Sicily is amazing! Here we have many kind of fish such as tuna, Amberjack, Sea bass, Barracuda, Bluefish, Mediterranean Snapper, Swordfish, Grouper and many others. From shore the best is Bluefin Tuna, here called ”Tonno Rosso”, but also a Sea Bass or a big Barracuda fight can give a great shot of adrenalin!
What other activities you can do in Sicily?
In addition to fishing, we organize many other activities. Relaxing on a volcanic natural heated Jacuzzi in winter or in a white beach in summer always make our guests happy. There are many things to do in this amazing island such as:
- Exploring lost limestone quarry to find big fossils
- Find a natural sauna cave by walking through the woods
- Visit the top of Etna volcano in trekking
- Taste typical sweet wines and al Sicilian specialties
- Enjoy some of the old towns and the crystal clear salt lakes
- Visit the old ”Tonnara’‘ building guided by old fisherman telling Tunas and ”Mattanza” stories;
- Staying at in ”Dammuso” building
- Eat local fresh seafood and watch how old woman work it
- Visit pre-historic caves and tombs;
- Guided trekking and snorkeling on hides natural paradises.
There are so many things to do if you joined one of my trips.
What type of fishing technique you use? What type of rods and bait/lures/jigs you use? Should a customer bring with him his own equipment or it’s provided?
Mostly shore fishing techniques; saltwater spinning, casting with hard baits and soft baits. For Bluefin tuna jigging from shore with small, long and buck tails jigs. The customer can bring his/her own tackle or if they want a Shimano good quality equipment and lures are always provided.
If someone books a trip with you, how much it will cost? And what’s included?
An adventurous, 4 days fishing in Sicily, full guided trip cost around 480€ per person. It includes transfer from all Sicilian Airports, internal airplane/ferries, lodge, off-road car on site, fishing licenses, fishing guide and extreme sessions equipment, refreshments, guide to exploration and activities, reflex and actions cameras.
Where the customer will be staying? What about the meals and food?
Visitors will stay in a nice local lodge with all comforts, like wi-fi, barbecue, full kitchen. The location of the lodges are close to fishing spots. Meals can be added to the package on request. Sicilian food and wines of Mediterranean cuisine are always provided.
Any last thoughts to tell our readers?
Yes, I’d like to tell them that we can build and customize each trip, we can focus the package on other activities more or focus on fishing only. We just want you to enjoy your trip and have fun!