How to fish in Croatia

Wednesday December 12, 2018

How to fish in Croatia

Croatia is the clean sea champion, its crystal clear Adriatic is a home to over 400 species of fish and other marine animals. This is something we're very proud of and we appeal to everyone that visits our coast to enjoy it responsibly, because that is the only way to keep it as pristine as it is.

Fishing is an important part of local culture. And everyone knows how to do it best, with others often labeled as incompetent or worse. It's also a livelihood for some, especially in smaller coastal villages. This is why the best fishing locations are often kept a secret. But do not let that discourage you. There is plenty of fish in the sea.

Licence for fishing

First things first, get a licence. You'll need it, no matter how casually you've planned to fish. It's not expensive (60 kn or about 8€ per day) and easy and definitely not worth paying 2000 kn fine (about 270€). Get it online at the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, we recommend getting the C4 area as it covers most ground. Maximum daily catch is 5 kg for recreational and sport licences.

What can I expect to catch?

Depends on where you're fishing. You'll most likely encounter sea bass (orada), sea bream (brancin), common pandora (arbun), mackerel (skusa), chub mackerel (lokarda), monkfish (grdobina), dentex (zubatac) or John Dory (kovac).

Where do I go fishing?

The answer is actually quite simple – ask the locals. Even though there is a good chance that you'll catch something by randomly casting off the boat, the locals know their waters the best and will usually be happy to assist you. With that being said, here are couple of options to keep in mind.

  • Peljesac peninsula – pair their world famous Dingac wine with the finest fish found in numerous bays and coves all around the peninsula
  • Mljet island – do not miss out on this untouched paradise, who knows what you'll find underwater, especially off coast
  • Korcula island – definite must-visit, not only for unique fishing experience but as an impressive destination overall
  • Solta island – close to your marina, a place where roman emperor Diocletian went out to fish  
  • Vis and Bisevo island – all time favorites, far off the mainland with the greatest fish specimens found in entire Adriatic

What kind of equipment should I use?

You can have fun and catch some fish with a simple fishing line with a small hook wrapped around a Styrofoam and it's even sold in supermarkets along the coast. For more ambitious catch you'll be needing rods, reels and lures of all kinds of additional equipment so if you do not own your own or cannot bring it along contact our booking department and let us help you add some joys and thrills of fishing to your sailing vacation or try some

Big game fishing

If you think everything so far was a bit casual, you might be right. Fishing in Croatia is so easy and accessible, everyone can do it. But if you want something a bit more, we've got you covered. Chasing after monster blue-fin tuna or fighting  gigantic swordfish is also very possible. For this, you'll need some guidance and help as it's a bit more challenging in comparison to some of the more casual stuff. Adrenaline seekers should get in touch and join our Big game fishing program at Nava, to get their blood pumping. We'll suggest where to go, you'll choose. Join a crew of professionals, qualified and passionate about fishing for an unforgettable sea adventure. Nava will take care of the equipment and licences, all you need to bring is your ID, jacket, sunglasses and some sunscreen.



By Josip at 12 Dec 2018, 14:15 PM