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 c...Read more..
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.
Es war ein sehr schöner Tag für unsere Familie. Joan hat uns viel erklärt und alle haben Fische gefangen. Das Boot ist sehr gut ausgerüstet und wir hatten viel Spaß.
It was a very nice Day for our family. Joan explained us everything and we had many catched. We enjoyed the day.
Super pêche, Robert un super capitaine
Worth every penny! Captain Alberto really know what he’s doing. Definitely experienced and have the fishing locations mapped out. The fish seemed to never stop coming!
If you’re looking for an amazing fishing experience, look no further! This was by far the most fun I have had on a fishing trip!
Captain Joan was just terrific: easy to communicate with during the planning of our trip, super knowledgable, has a great boat with the latest sonar gear, had great fun with us boys and a super guy to hangout with for 4 hours of great fishing! Highly recommend Joan and Tom's Catch.
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.
Atlantic Bonito (Sarda sarda) is a rapid fish species known for being great hunters. They have striping on their backs with silver-coloured undersides and they grow up to 30 inches long. They have a hydrodynamic body shape, even more so than larger tuna.
The Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a pelagic fish that can grow up to 500kg (1000lb). The biggest Bluefin Tuna ever caught was 780kg (1496lb). These great fighters can be caught trolling, jigging, casting or drifting; mainly off-shore.
Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) are also commonly referred to as dorado, dolphin or dolphinfish. They are recognizable by their bluntly shaped heads, long dorsal fin and their bright colouring, dark blue and green on their dorsal side and yellow on their sides and underside.
The Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) is easily identified by the dark spots under its pectoral fins. They like warm temperate and tropical waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The larger Little Tunny weigh up to 35lb and can reach 1,2m.
The common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus) is a type of snapper, common in the Meditarranea Sea, but is also present in the eastern Atlantic coastal areas from Cape Verde to Scandinavia. The biggest pandora can grow up to 50cm (20 inch).
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.