Italy Fishing Guide

Find out everything from transportation to the fish species found domestically.

Getting to and Around Italy

With daily flights from cities around the world, getting here is easier than you would imagine.

By Air
It is very easy to reach Italy by plane because of the always growing number of flights that serve the main cities and airports. Taking flights within Italy, from North to South, to the well-served island of Sicily or Sardinia is a fast and convenient way to go.


By Land
If you have more time on your hands and want to explore a bit, you have the option to take a train or a rental car to Italy. There are many rental companies that offer “car drop-off at a different location”. You can rent a car at Rome Airport and drop it at Catania airport for example.


By Sea
Boarding a ferry is an alternative to driving the whole boot of Italy. You can take your car with you on board and go from Genoa to Palermo or from Napoli to Catania. Ferry from Italy to the big islands of Sicily and Sardinia are available, but not suggested.

Getting to Sicily

The island is a transportation hub with six airports connecting it to the whole country and Europe.

By Air
Sicily has six airports which easily connects with the whole of Europe through its direct flights. One of them is the Vincenzo Bellini Airport in Catania which is situated right outside the city center and 20 minutes away from Mount Etna. Catania Airport has regular direct connections to UAE, particularly the Dubai-Catania flights and a direct flight to Istanbul. Catania Airport serves all the east coast of Sicily, including Siracusa, Noto, Taormina, Messina. It also connects within less than one hour and thirty minutes to Milazzo, Ragusa, and Modica. Palermo, Agrigento, Cefalù are 2 hours away by road from Catania Airport.

The Falcone Borsellino Palermo Airport is located just less than one hour from Trapani and Marsala. The Birgi Airport in Birgi is strategic for many destinations on the west coast of Sicily while the Comiso Airport is served by low-cost flights.


By Land
If you have more time on your hands and want to explore a bit, you have the option to take a rental car to Italy. There are many companies that offer rental car drop-off services in different locations. You can easily reach areas like Palermo, Agrigento, and Cefalù from the airports within two hours travel time along the highway.


By Sea
Riding an overnight ferry from Genoa to Palermo, or From Napoli to Catania an alternative to driving in Sicily. The classic way to reach Sicily is to cross the stretch of Messina from Villa San Giovanni port to Messina port.

How to Acquire a Fishing License in Italy

You can apply for one online or you can let us do the work for you

Most saltwater fishing activities do not need a specific license for foreigners and visitors. However, some specific areas and marine reserves require some permissions and fishing licenses. You can apply for an Italian fishing permit by registering at the national Sportfishing Communication.

If you decide to go on a fishing trip with us, we will gladly assist you with all the necessary papers and process. You can also contact us if you’re having difficulty with forms that are in Italian so we can provide you with important information on how to get a license on a specific place that you want to fish. Please take note that freshwater fishing is completely different and often requires a license.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our extensive FAQs section before making a reservation

We want your fishing to be as wrinkle-free as possible so we compiled the most commonly asked questions for you to have a clear understanding of our services. Please go through the FAQs by simply clicking topics you're interested in. Should you have other questions not included here, please feel free to contact us and we'll respond as soon as possible.

WHERE DO WE FISH?

Normally there is more than one fishing place available. We will always try our best to suggest you the best option in terms of fishing (season, fish target, fish activity, fishing spots) and service based on your specific request (if you have one).

If you are already in Italy, you have the option to go to multiple locations that are easy to reach and fit your fishing adventure level. Thanks to excellent transport hubs in Italy, you can fly from the very north to the extreme south of the country and reverse in just an hour.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE?

The time really depends on the type of your trip but don't worry, we will contact you via email or phone about where and when to meet the crew.

IS FOOD PROVIDED?

Normally yes. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink aboard. Please advise if any allergies or intolerances regarding food.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

We suggest dressing in layers for your fishing trip since weather conditions and temperatures could change throughout the day. Closed-toe shoes, tennis shoes,  hiking shoes, or any water-resistant shoes are recommended as your shoes may get wet. Please also bring sunblock, hat, and sunglasses to protect from the sun.  There is a chance your clothes may get fishy, please don't wear anything that you don't mind getting dirty.

WILL I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?

It depends on the type of your trip but we will advise you if a license is necessary or not.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE?

Please contact us as early as possible to cancel your reservation or reschedule.  No shows will not receive a refund.

WHAT IF THE FISH DON'T BITE?

Our captains are highly experienced and very knowledgeable. They will really do “the extra mile” to hook the target catch as well as the fish likely to bite with the specific conditions. If the fish are out there and biting, the captains are experts at putting you right on top of them using all of the latest technologies. Sometimes though, fish just don't bite, but that is part of fishing. The Captains do their part to work with all of the natural elements to provide the best chances possible, but we can't of course, guarantee you success.

WILL I GET SEASICK?

Seasickness can occur even in calm weather conditions. Just to be safe, please consider taking seasickness medication or ginger pills. Seasick passengers would probably ruin fishing for the rest of the group, you don't want that do you?

WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL WEATHER CONDITIONS?

Weather can range from sunny, to hot & cold, to windy with rough seas depending on the season. The conditions of the Mediterranean Sea is a bit predictable but weather can change everywhere in the sea. The captain reserves the right to cancel trips due to rough weather for safety reasons. Often or when possible, we will give you a good alternative to not lose your fishing day. You can obviously accept or not.

CAN MY TRIP GET CANCELLED?

Yes, trips can be canceled but we do our best to give as much notice as possible but trips can be canceled due to weather or mechanical issues. However, depending on the destination and the trip you have chosen (especially in Sicily and the islands) you will always have an alternative. Sometimes, the islands have a sheltered side for boat fishing. Shore fishing is always possible even in rough seas as it can create a good condition for predators on sheltered areas.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PASSENGERS?

There is no minimum if you get the boat just for you. Costs normally are intended on a minimum of 2 passengers going. Max number of passengers goes from 3 to 6 people in general. Going on big groups is possible in certain places where more than one boat is available. A day out with 2 boats can result in a lot of fun with a competition between the 2 fleets.

WHAT IS DONE WITH THE CAUGHT FISH?

We support catch and release. However, you could keep one to eat when there is no limitation for keeping the fish or when is not possible to release correctly the fish.

Depending on the boat, sometimes the last word about what to do with the fish could be of the captain.

WILL THERE BE CREW ON BOARD TO HELP ME WITH THE FISHING?

Yes. The crew and the captain will be there to not only help you but to teach where possible the secrets of Mediterranean fishing techniques. Fishing experience is not necessary for some techniques. When it is necessary, we will make a briefing aboard or the day before if you're on a multiple-day trip. We welcome everyone from children and first-time anglers to the most experienced. We love the thrill of sportfishing and want to share that with others. We are available to assist passengers with setting up your tackle, baiting your hooks and will help you catch and land your fish.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ANY FISHING GEAR?

We have our equipment and it will be at disposal for you. Normally, it is Shimano or similar top quality rods and reels. We could be thankful if you would like to replace the cost of artificial lures that sometimes could get lost or broken during the trip.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRIVATE TRIP AND A SHARED TRIP?

On a private trip, the entire boat (including crew) is just for you and your group. A private trip can accommodate any number of passengers up to a maximum that each boat is licensed to carry. Customized trips are always available and we love to tailor something specifically for you.

A shared trip, when available, means that you should share the session with other anglers (from my experience they are usually good people!), sharing also the costs of the day.

WHERE DO WE PARK OUR CAR?

Normally there is an easy to reach and accessible parking in every port. You will be told about the specific location or linked to the GPS position so you can easily navigate to it.

CAN YOU PICK ME UP AT HOTEL OR SOMEWHERE ELSE IF I DON'T HAVE A CAR?

We could organize the transport for you anywhere you are and include the transport in the trip cost if possible.

WHAT ARE INCLUDED IN A MULTIPLE DAY TRIP?

Multiple-day trips are complete travel experiences, it's a mix of fishing and other activities like hiking, cooking, exploring, snorkeling, barehanded octopus fishing, and night fishing. You don’t have to worry about nothing as the trip can be easily and completely customized. The package usually includes accommodation, all the transports, rental vehicles (car, motorbikes, bikes), a certified fishing guide, and lots of fun. Fishing can include, boat fishing by the day and/or night if part of the trip. Shore fishing is an important advantage of these trips, as it is always possible to have an alternative fishing session even if bad weather. Fishing equipment for all the techniques is always provided and included.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A MULTIPLE DAY TRIP?

Multiple day trips have many advantages compared to a single day trip also in terms of fishing. The fact of being in a specific place for more than 10 hours allows you to do multiple fishing sessions and have extra chance to hook the target fish. It’s easy to insist employ various fishing techniques or change strategy as you have more time and sessions at disposal. You also have plenty of time to experience other activities such us barehanded octopus fishing, giant squid night fishing, calamari and cuttlefish fishing - which is very fun, especially if you like eating fish.

Many other activities are available while on multiple day trips: snorkeling in marine reserves, observing geothermal phenomena, discovering hidden paths, tasting and processing authentic local products (fruits, olives, legumes, cheese, fish, wines). Obviously, you will enjoy cooking some of the caught fish with local recipes taught by local and accompanied by a good wine. The majority of the destinations are off the beaten tracks, no tourists around, just real local people.

WHAT IS A 24-HOUR OR OVERNIGHT TRIP?

Is an expedition of 2 days that include one overnight aboard or inland depending on the trip. Is particularly useful when it comes to fish at sunset and sunrise. Good also for night fishing or when in necessary to go long distances.

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