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Destination Italy, Sicily
Sicily, the rugged yet extremely alluring southwestern Italian island, is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Bound by the Mediterranean Sea in the south and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the north, this beautiful island is home to the largest volcano in Europe, the Mt. Etna. Sicily is located in the middle of the Mediterranean in such a way that it forms the point of convergence of Italy, Africa, and Greece.
The positioning of Sicily in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea has bestowed the island a typical Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and humid and the winters are mild and wet. Hence, the best time to visit the island is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Another most attractive aspect of Sicily’s location is that it is one of the best fishing grounds in the world. Being an island state and having access to the Mediterranean Sea from all the sides makes Sicily one of the top ten fishing destinations in the world.
Top 4 fish
Need I say anything about the mighty Bluefin Tuna? This is the largest of all the tuna species and the strongest. Their torpedo shaped body and retractable fins all make up for their great speed in the water. These characteristics of speed and strength are the ones that set them apart from other big game fish and make them one of the most favourite deep sea sport fish among adventurous anglers. An average adult Bluefin tuna can scale up to 2.5 m and can weigh close to 250 kg. However, the largest Blue Fin recorded by the IGFA is a giant weighing 679 kg and 3.7 m long.When to fish for Bluefin Tuna in Sicily:The months from June to November is considered a good time to fish for the Bluefins in the Sicilian waters among which May, August, September and October are viewed as the peak months. Medium sized Bluefin Tuna have a peak season during the winter and spring season and the small tuna are found in plenty between July and September.
Where to find Bluefin Tuna in Sicily?
The big Bluefin prefer to roam the Sicilian waters, giants are usually spotted off the Palermo and Egadi and Eolie Islands in Italy during the late spring season. During the late summers, the best spots are Siracusa and the west coast of Sicily.
How to fish for Bluefin Tuna in Sicily?
Trolling with small feather jigs and drifting with dead sardines are some of the most common methods adopted by anglers in Sicily to land a Bluefin Tuna.
Not only in Sicily but in every part of the world the swordfish is considered a trophy fish by sport fishing anglers. Also known as the broadbill, this fish has attained its name from its elongated bill. These predatory fish are highly elusive and they put up a great fight when hooked. The Swords, as they are lovingly called are known for their spectacular jumps and stubborn fights. Landing a swordfish is very difficult and by the time you land one you will be exhausted with aching muscles.The swordfish have elongated bodies and are known to grow to 4.5 m in length and can weigh a whopping 650 kg. Their best known characteristic is their speed which has been recorded up to 97 kph. Swordfish tend to stay in deep waters during the day and hence night fishing is considered the best to catch a swordfish.When to fish for Swordfish in Sicily:The best time to go looking for Swordfish in the Sicilian waters is during the months of April and December during which the peak season is considered to be during the months of May to July.
Where to find Swordfish in Sicily?
Swordfish are said to roam near canyons and submerged sea mountains. Local fishermen locate them in these areas frequently and even get four strikes per night.
How to fish for Swordfish in Sicily?
As mentioned before, night fishing is more productive when it comes to swordfishing. Drifting dead or live squids through the water is the most common technique used in and around Sicily. Daylight fishing for swordfish can be productive during the months from March to May as this is the spawning season and at this time period the Swordfish are found drifting through the surface waters.
The Greater Amberjack is an inhabitant of the Mediterranean Sea and is the largest among the Amberjack species. The lightning speed with which the Greater Amberjack strikes and the deep plummets that these beautiful fish take when hooked all make the Greater Amberjack a fisherman’s favourite sport fish. In addition to this, an Amberjack is also known to put up a great fight before you get to land one.The Greater Amberjacks can grow to weigh 70 kg with lengths ranging from 1.5 to 2 m. Since these fish tend to swim in schools, when you reel in one Amberjack will follow it to the surface.
Where to find Amberjack in Sicily?
The Greater Amberjacks are found usually found during the spring and summer months lurking around reefs, shipwrecks and similar submerged structures.
How to fish for Amberjack in Sicily?
The most common fishing method used to land a Greater Amberjack is by trolling with surface lures. Live baits and strip baits are also used. Another popular method of Amberjack fishing is by jigging where a jig is dropped to a certain depth and reeled in very quickly using a jigging motion.
The Grouper is considered the king of all the bottom fishes. The Grouper is also a predatory fish and they feed on crustaceans, octopus and other fish. The Grouper is not built for long distance or fast swimming. Instead of chasing and catching its prey the Grouper likes to ambush its prey. The Grouper can grow to large sizes ranging from 1 to 2.5 m and has been recorded to weigh close to 310 kg.
Where to find Grouper in Sicily?
The Grouper tends to stay in the bottom of the seabed and tries to spend its time near underwater structures like reefs, wrecks and the like. This is because they like to seek shelter and hide when feel threatened.
How to fish for Grouper in Sicily?
The best technique that has been adopted worldwide to land a Grouper is bottom fishing.