Rovinj, Croatia (HR)
Fishing in Croatia means fresh water fishing and deep sea fishing. Inland, anglers can catch trout fly fishing on the crystal clear rivers, carp fishing anglers target their favourite fish in the many lakes around the country. On the Adriatic Sea fishing charters catch dentex, grouper & amberjack trolling or jigging over the irregular sea floor. And Croatia is a major fishing destination for tuna fishing: from April to November you can catch these magnificent predators with natural bait such as sardines, mackerel or anchovies.
Smaller fish can be caught bottom fishing with pieces of natural bait such as sardines, worms, squid of shrimp. You'd reel in smaller reef fish such as scorpion fish, black spot sea bream, snapper, jack, conger, etc.
Trolling lures (Black Bart, Blue Water Candy, Rapala, Yo-zuri, Halco, etc) - designed to imitate real-live bait fish - one can target almost any type of pelagic fish. Bonito, Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin fish), bluefish, leerfish, little tunny & tuna. Some guides prefer catching first some cuttle fish or squid to troll them with the down rigger close to the bottom to target amberjack, grouper or dentex.
Tuna fishing in Croatia takes place between April and November. Large tuna is caught chumming sardines, mackerel and anshovies to attract the giant bluefin tuna, which can weigh up to 100kg to 300kg. During summer time, the captains leave early in the morning (the fishing trip may start at 4 or 5 AM) because this is the time when the professional fishing boats lift their sardine-nets. Obviously, this concentrates a lot of tuna in the area. For bluefin tuna fishing in Croatia the charters use big game fishing tackle from 80lb to 120lb (Shimano Tiagra, Penn, Avet, Alutecnos, Daiwa...). This heavy tackle is necessary to be able to land these big fish.
The Dentex (Dentex dentex) grows up to1m (3 ft) and 16 kg (35 lb). Common in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. He likes sandy & rocky areas up to 200m (700ft). Trolling or drifting with life bait are best, jigging is also a great technique.
Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)
Also known as Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) are one of the finest sport fishing species. One of the best techniques used to fish them is trolling, especially using artificial lures and natural bait such as small barracuda or garfish. Another technique to try is to fish using a boat in well-known areas, trying to provoke the fish to take a bite with stick baits, lures or poppers.
The Pink Dentex (Dentex gibbosus) - distribution from Portugal to Angola, Mediterranean Sea and Canary Islands. Best Techniques to catch are live bait or jigging.
The Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a pelagic fish that can grow up to 500kg (1000lb). The biggest Bluefin Tuna every caught was 780kg (1496lb). These great fighters can be caught trolling, jigging, casting or drifting mainly in off-shore.
All year round fishing in Croatia is great: carp fishing, river fishing, shore fishing, tuna fishing, predator fishing, you name it. We'll stick to seafishing in Croatia for now and bottom fishing is possible all year round. You can target smaller reef fish like snapper, jack, scorpion fish, sea bream or conger. Larger predators such as dentex, amberjack and grouper are also around all year round. You can catch them with squid, mackerel or jigging (long blade of in-chiku).
Spring is when the sea starts to warm up slowly and the first tuna arrive. In top water they feed on Sardines, mackerel and anshovy in spectacular frenzys. With heavy duty spinning gear you can fish for these tuna casting all kind of jigs, poppers, bucktails, stick-bait.
As they love warm water, summer and autumn is the best time to fish chumming for the large bluefin tuna (April - November)
In late summer and Autumn there's abundant pelagic fish: false albacore, dolphin fish, bonito, horsemackerel, tuna. This is a great time for light tackle trolling.
Apart from recreational fishing in Croatia you can also go Cycling, kite surfing, Mountain biking, wine tasting experience, snorkeling & diving, sailing, hiking and much much more.
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the area.
You need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. The fishing charters in Croatia normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.