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Fishing in Malta – A Sport Worth Trying Whilst Visiting Malta!

  • Aug 4, 2018

Malta offers some of the best fishing spots in the world...

Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese waters offer some of the best fishing spots in the world. Malta is famous for its reputation of serving delicious dishes of seafood so it’s not a surprise that the Maltese sea is home to several species of fish. Shore fishing and boat fishing are practiced all year round so if you want to take an exciting fishing trip where you’re likely to make a catch, Malta is the perfect place.

Shore Fishing In Malta

If you enjoy relaxing along a seaside bay with a fishing rod in hand, then shore fishing is probably the activity for you. It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular actions on the island and many locals spend hours at a time taking in the sea breeze and reeling in some fish. It’s a very relaxing hobby and great for spending quality time with friends too.

The most popular species of fish to catch when shore fishing are Bream, Wrasse, Comber and Parrotfish, however if you go in the late summer months when the water temperature rises, you’re more than likely to catch Garfish, Dorado, Amberjack and Little Tuna as they swim closer to the shore. Top tip: It’s best to use a soft to medium action telescopic casting rod, fitted with a medium reel for light tackle fishing, along with live rag worms, as the ideal choice of bait.

Shore Fishing Spots Around The Islands Of Both Malta And Gozo

There are plenty of good shore fishing spots in Malta and Gozo. St Paul’s Bay is a popular spot among the Maltese locals, as well as Bugibba, Qawra, Marsaxlokk and Valletta Harbour. Whereas if you’re in Gozo then try your luck at Marsalforn and Qbajjar Bay.

Boat Fishing Around Malta

Shore fishing is a great and relaxing day out, but if you fancy a real adventure, then head out on a boat trip and reel in some bigger fish in the middle of the sea. Boat fishing will increase your chances of catching larger species of fish, such as Swordfish, Albacore Tuna, Skipjack and Dentex, and you can roam around the waters until you find the perfect spot.

Boat fishing offers many different types of fishing, such as bottom fishing, sport fishing, trolling, jigging and more.

You can expect to catch Cleaver Wrasse, Pandoa and Rainbow Wrasse if you decide to go bottom fishing but be sure to use shrimps and rag worms as your choice of bait. The months from May to December are said to be the most successful months for boat fishing.

Boat Fishing Spots Around The Maltese Islands

The area close to L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa is a favourite spot among the locals for boat fishing, however if you’d rather have a guided fishing charter whilst on your travels, Aquatica, offers fantastic day trips on a traditional Maltese fishing boat know as a ‘Luzzu’.

Fishing Gear & Fishing Boat Trips Around Malta

Whether you decide to sit along the shore or sway on a boat, Malta is sure to offer you the best fishing experience. And if you’ve come on holiday with no fishing gear whatsoever, just head over to Aquatica in St Paul’s Bay to pick some up. They stock everything you need, from rods, reels, poles to live bait. Don’t forget to check out Fishing Mania Malta for great offers on day and night boat fishing trips! We can put you in touch with the right people to make your fishing trip a success.

Where To Stay In Malta?

Valletta is European Capital Of Culture 2018, with events all year round rest assured your stay in Valletta will be one to remember! Based in the heart of Valletta, Casa Ellul Boutique Hotel is a great launch pad for fishing and boat trips, with the Grand Harbour just down the road.

In fact, Casa Ellul  is just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute car journey to Valletta Harbour, making it an ideal accommodation for your fishing holiday. The locals have said that there’s a better chance of catching fish at the Valletta Harbour in the morning, so set your alarm and head out first thing for a great shore fishing adventure. Also worth noting is that the view from the Harbour is just breathtaking!

After a day at sea you’ll be ready to relax and unwind at Casa Ellul in one of our luxury suites; soak away the salt in one of our rooftop hot tubs or enjoy some delicious seafood in our restaurant.