Fishing In Malta

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With its swathes of stunning coastline, isolated rocky paradises, and prime location in the hear of the Mediterranean Sea, it is no surprise that one activity which is perfect in this location is the art of fishing.

There is a reason that Malta has an internationally renowned reputation for the excellent quality of its seafood: some of the best fishing in the world can be found along this coastline.

Here are some of the top tips and advice for planning any time of fishing on this wonderful island.

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What is there?

If you are new to the sport, either in Malta or elsewhere in the world, then the range of fish available may be disorientating, with the details and particulars going right over your head.

Your experience can be hugely enhanced however if you know what you are looking for, or are simply able to recognise what you have caught.

The azure waters around Malta are simply teeming with all types of fish, including sardines, bream, mullet, swordfish, dorado and amberjack.

The Maltese sea also boasts tuna, but you need to be careful here; in order to catch tuna, a permit is required prior to setting out on your trip, and you must only fish on a catch and release basis.

This is to help preserve the tuna population, a type of fish which could sadly be lost form our waters for good.

It is well worth brushing up on your knowledge before you head out, to allow you to make the most of your time on the water and truly appreciate the incredible creatures you encounter.

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What do I need?

If you are not a seasoned fisherman, then never fear: Malta is a haven for newbies, and suppliers such as Aquatica in St Paula Bay can help to equip you with everything you could need.

Whether you are after replenishing your supplies as an experienced practitioner, or totally overwhelmed by the huge amount of choice and option, Malta is full of friendly and knowledgeable locals who can point you in the right direction and give excellent advice.

Are there types of fishing?

So you have all of the gear and know how to visually identify your swordfish from your sardine.

The next question is where to fish.

There are two most popular types of fishing in Malta, shore fishing and charter fishing, and each experience has its own advantages and perks. 

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Shore fishing

As the name suggests, shore fishing involves casting off and fishing from the shoreline, beach or coast of the land.

Shore fishing in Malta is one of the most popular activities on the island, and the best experience can be found at the ports.

Here you will be surrounded by seasoned anglers, and there is sure to be someone with whom to pass the time, or to give advice if you are unsure!

Similarly, there are a number of sheltered bays, as well as long, sandy beaches, all of which offer their own unique experience of shore fishing.

The rocky coastline which stretches from St Julian’s to St Paul’s is a very popular spot with local fishermen and something of a hidden gem on the island.

For something a little different, the more secluded cliffs of Migra l-Ferha can offer a peaceful and interesting experience, quite different from the bustling environment of the ports or beaches.

It is well worth taking the time to try out a number of different locations and settings, and seeing whether you catch different fish, or simply develop a personal preference for a certain area or type.

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Charter fishing

If you are a seasoned pro at shore fishing, or simply want to experience something different, then charter fishing is something which should be explored.

This involves sailing, on your own or a hired vessel, far from the shore and dropping a line into the ocean.

Fish such as snappers, amberjack, sailfish, grouper, swordfish or dorado are more commonly found away from shore, so if you are specifically after one of these, it may be worth the extra effort.

Charter fishing can provide an experience like no other; gazing around at the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, the sun warm on your skin, waiting for a bite.

Don’t be put off if you are not a natural sailor either:  there are a huge range of guided fishing charters available, catering for families, pros, newbies, or the merely curious; there is sure to be something which ticks your box.

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However you decide to fish, fishing in Malta is an incredible experience which will make seafood that much tastier!

After your hard day, tuck into some delicious aljotta – traditional fish soup – and truly relish every flavour after your adventure at sea, before heading out again for even more fun!

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