A small island located in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta has a great reputation for providing some incredible seafood with it’s waters teeming with fish. This means that Malta is also a fantastic place for fishing fans!
The variety of fish runs from sardines, bream and mullet to swordfish, sailfish, snappers, grouper, amberjack and dorado. Tuna can also be caught around the shores of Malta and Gozo but for this you will need to apply for a permit before setting off on your trip, and ensure you only fish on a catch and release basis.
So where to fish? The crystalline waters of the Malta’s coastline provide an abundance of ideal fishing spots. Pretty much any area of coastline around Malta and Gozo can be fished, however, for shore fishing the most popular spots are located along the rocky coastline stretching from St Pauls Bay to St Julians, there are a number of sheltered bays and area’s ideal for settling in for an afternoons fishing.
Tacking your fishing gear can be tricky, having to pay for additional luggage, getting it to and from the airport. It’s all possible to take your own fishing gear with you, however, there are a number of local shops and fishing centres where you can hire and purchase all your fishing needs from reels, rods & poles to live bait, a large number can be found particularly in the St Pauls Bay area (Qawra, Bugibba & St Pauls Bay).
From beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone. Novices can book expert-led local fishing trips which come with a little tuition to get you started. There are also a number of fishing charters including family friendly charters, trips out on traditional fishing boats known as Luzzu or charters for those who want to try their hand with a bit of sport fishing.
Great weather, scenic fishing spots and a variety of fish all mean Malta and Gozo provides an all-round great fishing experience!
Marsaxlokk is Malta’s primary fishing port, very photogenic and well worth a visit – check out our photoblog here.