Palamos, Costa Brava (ES)
Even before the Greeks had their first settlements in the Palamós area, this place had a close relationship to the Mediterranean Sea. Palamós is a city with great love of sailing and fishing. This is where the unique Palamós Prawns are caught.
If the tramuntana allows it, it is always a good idea to go fishing in Palamós. In the coastal waters you can jig or fish with live bait for dentex and amberjack. Inshore trolling will produce bonito, horse mackerel and mahi-mahi. The months of April to September are ideal for deep-sea fishing in Palamós for bluefin tuna.
It is not surprising that the fishing in Palamós is extraordinary. To the north of the port is the Fonera canyon, to the south the Blanes canyon and in front there's the Palamós canyon. Tremendous underwater slopes go down from 100 meters to more than 1000 meters deep. Further off shore, the depths even drop to 2,300 meters.
These spectacular slopes cause tremendous marine currents - very rich in nutrients - that come from as far as the Gulf of Lion. The huge underwater valleys are the fishing grounds for the Palamós shrimp, swordfish, bluefin tuna and shark. This area is also home to whales and dolphins.
Inshore trolling for smaller pelagic fish such as horse mackerel, bluefish and bonito. It's also the season of deep sea trolling, spinning and jigging for bluefin tuna, albacore or little tuna.
Chumming & drifting for bluefin tuna. Inshore, species like horse mackerel, mackerel, bonito, frigate tuna and bluefish can be caught with light tackle.
Autumn is ideal for fishing for bonito, mackerel, tuna, little tuna, mahi-mahi trolling or light spinning.
Winter is good for reef fishing in Palamos: sea bream, scorpionfish, conger eel, snapper, pagel and other bottom feeders. With live bait you can catch dentex, grouper and amberjack for example.
You need a fishing license if you want to go fishing in Palamós. You can be by the fishing license on the website from the Generalitat de Catalunya:
Remember that the fishing charters in Palamós normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.