The beautiful shores of Sicily enchant everyone who visits them. Surrounded by the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, Sicily has thrived throughout the centuries. It has seen the ancient civilizations of Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elymians, Romans, and Greeks. The island is dotted with ruins of ancient empires; to medieval era Byzantine and Baroque architecture; to Arab and Norman castles. This cultural confluence has led to a unique and rich culture, arts, music, literature, architecture, and culinary scene in Sicily – all of which you must experience!
But, what most of us don’t know is that one of Sicily’s most rewarding experiences is deep sea fishing on a boat or catamaran. Deep sea fishing is a kind of fishing where one needs to go a minimum of 12 nautical miles (approximately 22 kilometers) offshore, into the waters. This kind of fishing is generally undertaken in areas where the water depth is at least 30 meters. Deep sea fishing goes by other names as well; you might know it by ‘big game fishing’ or ‘offshore fishing’. And if you want to try it, what better place than the picture postcard perfect Sicily?!
Not only is Sicily a dream destination for seafood lovers, it’s also a paradise for those who love fishing. So if any hardcore angler is reading this, plan a deep-sea fishing holiday to Sicily, Italy! We’ll tell you why it’s worth it!
Sea food and Sicily
Sicily’s culinary heritage includes several culinary influences, ranging from French, Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and North African culinary elements. Fresh ingredients and local produces are the bedrock for the carefully curated historic recipes that have passed through generations. The gambero rosso (Red prawns), Sicilian stuffed sardines, the delicious swordfish rolls- all of these finger licking good Sicilian sea food dishes require the freshest of the catch and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean are the perfect place to get it.
Fresh catch-of-the-day like shellfish, tuna, swordfish, red prawns, mackerel, sea bass etc., lands up daily on the ports of Sicily, thanks to the fishermen who undertake deep sea fishing every day, from late morning to noon. And if you want to experience the thrill they experience, you should definitely go on a deep sea fishing escapade!
A guide to Deep Sea Fishing in Sicily
Sicily’s favourable position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea makes it ideal for fishing. In fact, being surrounded from all sides by the Mediterranean Sea, makes Sicily one of the best fishing grounds in the world! The many small islands around Sicily and the surrounding tropical waters are home to several fish species like Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, Amberjack, Red Snapper, Dentex & many more. Sicily has a lot of remote places and reefs that are filled with every species of fish in the Mediterranean Sea and deep sea fishing takes place from several harbours like Taormina, Favignana, Syracuse, Lampedusa and Noto.
Best time to go Deep-Sea Fishing in Sicily
April to December is the fishing season in the Mediterranean. Sicily has a nice moderate Mediterranean climate which makes it an all-weather destination.
Guided fishing tours are most popular in Sicily. There are different fishing spots available for travellers to select from. The Big Game of the Mediterranean Sea is world-famous and is known for their big sizes. Embark on a deep-sea fishing trip and you will be able to fish big sized Bluefin Tuna, Amberjack, Swordfish, etc.
However, if you are not keen on venturing out in the deep sea, you can also enjoy shore fishing. Take a shore fishing tour and explore the rugged coastline of Sicily with an expert guide along with fishing experience.
Best places for Deep Sea Fishing in Sicily
There are four zones for deep sea fishing in Sicily:
- Siracusa deep sea fishing takes you to the wildest part of South of Sicily. Fishing boats start from the port of Noto and one can fish for species like Dentex, Amberjack, Grouper and BlEgadi Islauefin Tuna.
- Taormina on the eastern coast of Italy (in the Ionian Sea near the coast of Messina) offers a chance to fish for Mediterranean Spearfish, Long Fin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, and Dorado . Deep sea fishing in Catania has Mount Etna as the backdrop and a lava rock seabed.
- The three Egadi Islands (or Aegadian Islands) off the western coast of Sicily are also one of the most favoured options for deep sea fishing in Sicily. Along with fishing, travellers can enjoy the charm and beauty of these 3 islands that make up the Egadi archipelago: Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo. One can find several species like Amberjack, Dentex, Groupers, Bluefin Tuna. In fact, the historic tradition of tuna-fishing in this region, led to the creation of the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve in 1991.
- Lampedusa is another amazing option if you want to see crystal clear waters and experience the small island lifestyle. Lampedusa is perfect for a family trip or group trip.
Most deep sea fishing tours include pick and drop from hotel or airport, fishing equipment and lure baits, fishing techniques sessions, on-board food and drinks, photos and videos, marine reserve fishing license, and a certified guide.
Other fun activities in Sicily
While visiting the Mediterranean gem of Sicily, don’t restrict yourself to just deep sea fishing though! You can also undertake several other activities, based on your preferences. If you love adventure, you should definitely hike up the active volcanic mountain of Etna. You should also explore the mysterious limestone cave in the city of Sycaruse called the ‘Ear of Dionysius’. However, if you want to relax and rejuvenate, you should opt for a soothing spa at your resort and follow it up with some heavenly Sicilian wine. And if you feel like exploring your artistic side, you should definitely undertake a Taormina painting or a ceramic making class.
So, on your next trip to Italy, make it a point to visit the beautiful island of Sicily, climb the Mount Etna, soak in the charming beaches and crystal clear waters, taste the delicious Sicilian cuisine and don’t forget to take a deep sea fishing tour to complete the Sicily experience.