Dugi Otok, 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 and deep sea fishing in Croatia 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 in open sea (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 like 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, seabass, grouper, dentex and other species of fish.
Tuna fishing and big game 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 start the fishing adventure 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.
All year round fishing in Croatia is great: carp fishing, river fishing, shore fishing, tuna fishing, predator fishing, big game fishing in Croatia, 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, national park 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, salt water and deep sea fishing in Croatia . The fishing charters in Croatia normally have the fishing license included in the price for the day fishing trip, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.