Originally Posted by Whippet
Did you have any success in the Med? What did you catch? There is a real lack of literature about cruising-fishing in the Med, would love to hear your experiences!
So far (we came in 2010):
- 1 small mahi-mahi on a small sedar plug trawling near drop-offs,
- 14 palamut (tuna-like fish, but smaller) on the calamari setup trawling when exiting larger, more fertile bays,
- 2 groupers speared when anchored in a non-designated anchorage with no settlements around,
- 1 octopus speared in the same anchorage,
- 1 snapper jigling near a reef,
- 2 calamari caught with a netted scoop - we have an underwater light, so they were attracted to the krill and things swimming around,
- 1 small crab caught same method as calamari above and let go.
Not a big list, so we usually end up buying
fish from fishermen or fish shops. Med is tricky as you have to know when to fish where (unlike Atlantic where you trawl and you catch something). Wind
, sun, rain, temperature will suggest wildly differing locations. Spear-fishing is even harder as [we think] the fish, over generations, learnt what a spear-fishing person looks like. When you snorkel, fish is not too far. The moment you're with a spear or a gun (even if you hold it against your body so that it or its tip doesn't vibrate) the fish is at least 60 feet away from you and not closer.
It's frustrating for us because we know what fishing
can be like (Gulf Stream and nearby), but one of the most favorite past times for the locals here is to take a small boat out and fish the whole day. Not sure if there's more fish caught or more raki [anis drink] is drank on these days.
We are also choosier than locals - we won't fish on town peers or in the marinas
. There's a lot of fish in these areas and people catch them frequently, but we're doubtful of the quality of the meat. We prefer pelagic.
I do have to say that fish shops and markets are excellent here - you can get pretty much anything here and very-very fresh (but for the freshness you have to look). Prices vary, but not bad.