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!
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.
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.
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.
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! :-D
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.
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.
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.
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!
One of the most particular techniques to practice for fishing in the mediterranean sea. Trolling a live bait for Dentex require an high knowledge of the places where fishing take place and the elements to consider are many. The seabed shape and bathimetrics, you are going to troll on; the live bait to use and how to get (fish) it alive on the specific season; necessary equipment and obviously the target predators are just some of them.
Sicily is one of the best spot about where to go fishing in the Mediterranean sea, and live bait trolling is great for both the costs around the main island and the little islands around.
So, getting a good quantity of live baits, is the best way to start a day fishing in Sicily. Calamari or Squid, for example, are between the best live baits to rig for almost all the predators in Sicily. Obviously catching them sometime can be very challenging and fun as fishing itself. A big squid, can give a enjoyable fight on a light geat!
When wondering about where to go deep sea fishing in Sicily, even if sometimes is not necessary to go very "deep" for this technique, consider to go live bait trolling and the result could be a real surprise!
The most common predators are: Common Dentex, Pink Dentex, Amberjack and many kind of Grouper. However, it is not rare that a bluefin tuna (and other species of Tuna like false albacore) or a swordfish strikes on a live bait rig. The result would be a great (and probably long) fight.
With some specific differences is also possible to go Swordfish fishing in Sicily (billfish) and Bluefin tuna fishing, using a live bait.
Depending on the destination to go, Live bait trolling for Dentex is possible all year round in Sicily.
Travel, fishing and action. If you mix those ingredients, my life comes out! Fishing Guide of Sicily, but always looking for remote shore fishing destinations all around the world.