Greece Fishing: The Complete Guide for 2024

Mar 1, 2024 | 10 minute read Comments
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Greece is surrounded by three different seas, so it’s no surprise that a love of water is deeply embedded in this country’s culture. From the delicious seafood that’s cooked up and served in local tavernas to the many fishing villages dotted along the shorelines, a love for angling shines through every part of Greek life. It may come as a surprise, then, that fishing in Greece has only recently become popular with visiting anglers and tourists!

A view of a Greek shoreline with water, boats, and a cityscape

Until 2015, there was no legal framework for local captains wanting to run angling adventures for fishing enthusiasts. Fear not, however – this has all changed. Hop aboard a Greek fishing charter to gain a unique insight into a way of life that was previously inaccessible to outsiders. What could be more irresistible than hooking world-famous fish and discovering some hidden history at the same time?

Best Fish to Catch in Greece

Saltwater fishing is the name of the game in Greece. The magic of casting a line here is that the species you’ll be targeting tend to remain the same. And when the list of potential catches includes gigantic Bluefin Tuna, Billfish varieties, and tasty table fare, that’s only a good thing! Below, we’ve outlined our favorite fish across the country…

Bluefin Tuna

Anglers all around the world love hooking into Tuna, thanks to their delicious taste and hard-fighting qualities. It’s no different in Greece. Reports of catches weighing around 280 kilos (around 617 pounds) in the Aegean Sea have only added to their popularity. If you want to catch this beaut, Greece is one of the best spots in Europe for this thrill!

You can reel in Tuna all around Greece, in all three seas. These fish come as close as 5 miles from shore in some areas during the summer. Although this is the best time to target them, anglers wanting to beat the heat (and crowds!) can find them during the winter months, too. You’ll just have to head slightly further out to battle them.

Two men hold a large Bluefin Tuna aboard a charter fishing vessel, Greece

When it comes to hooking Tuna, local anglers implement a variety of techniques. Trolling the sea from a boat is popular, as is deep sea jigging. But if you’re looking for a truly traditional Tuna adventure, give handlining a go. Just make sure you invest in a strong pair of fishing gloves. You don’t want to reel in a 200+ kg beast with bare hands!

Bluefin Tuna aren’t the only Tuna variety you can come face-to-gills with in Greece, though. Due to their popularity, they’re at risk of overfishing, which means that many local captains suggest not keeping your Bluefin catch. If you want to target varieties that you can keep and eat, however, the area of Alonissos is famous for its Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna fishing opportunities.

Dentex

Remember we mentioned spearfishing above? Along with the usual Grouper and Snapper suspects, there’s one particular species that has a reputation as a worthy spearfishing opponent, and for good reason. Dentex are unique fish that combine speed, power, and sharp fangs with a severely skeptical attitude. This means that going after them involves not just a battle of strength, but a battle of the wits, too.

Spearfishing in Greece is exciting all on its own. You aren’t allowed to use air-pressured spearguns. You need to be able to hold your breath and have great aim – and a steady hand! Fortune favors the brave, though. If you feel comfortable in your diving abilities, you’ll experience an underwater chase that’s quite unlike any other type of fishing.

A male angler holds a large Dentex aboard a charter fishing vessel in Greece

Dentex like to lurk around underwater structure. Areas like Porto Koufo with plenty of reefs and “underwater mountains” are your best bet. In some areas, such as Porto Koufo’s bay, spearfishing is strictly prohibited, whereas the waters beyond the bay are fair game – and seriously plentiful. Keep an eye out for signs, and if you want to ensure you’re fishing legally, head out with a local guide.

You don’t have to worry about lugging your own spearfishing gear on a plane, either, as local charters and fishing shops sell and rent them. Want to hook into this tasty and hard-fighting fish but not sure about your spearfishing skills? You can also deep sea jig and bottom fish for them. But there’s nothing quite like coming face-to-gills with a gigantic Dentex under the water, where they rule the roost!

Swordfish

Tuna aren’t the only big game species lurking around Greece’s many coastlines. You’ll be thrilled to know that the waters of the Ionian Sea are brimming with another famous family of hard-fighting fish. Yep, we’re talking about Billfish.

Although you’ll be able to find Marlin varieties and Sailfish inhabiting these waters, the most popular Billfish catch by far here has to be Swordfish. Often overlooked in other fisheries, they truly get the reverence and respect they deserve from Greek anglers! Broadbill Swordfish are the most common variety here, and hooking ’em will earn you serious bragging rights.

A man's hand holds a small Swordfish in front of the water with a fishing rod to the left, Greece

Greece’s Swordfish grow to impressive sizes, and reeling one in involves a certain level of skill and finesse. During the daytime, they’re often picky and won’t bite, which means that nighttime drift fishing and trolling with live bait are popular techniques. The real fight only begins when your fish has bitten. Swordfish are vicious fighters, so you’ll want to bring along tough braided tackle, as well as plenty of fighting spirit.

Although Swordfish are popular table food throughout Greece, and a staple of local cuisine, they’re also at risk. Thanks to their delicious taste, they’re regularly fished for and numbers are declining. Visiting anglers should release any beasts they hook, in order to keep this fishery alive.

Squid

They might seem like a slight departure from the rest of our list, which is fully focused on sea creatures that possess fins and a tail, but there’s no way we could leave out the humble Squid. Known locally as kalamári, chances are you’ve encountered them on many-a-menu throughout Greece and beyond! They might not seem an exciting catch at first glance, but we’re here to change your mind.

Firstly, Squid fishing in Greece normally takes place during the fall and early winter, so you’re already upping the ante when it comes to the weather. Secondly, local captains prefer to fish for them during the evening or night, when they’re a lot more plentiful. Yep, you’ll likely be keeping an eye out for these multi-limbed creatures under the cover of darkness. Not quite so boring now, eh?

Squids drying on a line in Greece with the sea and houses in the background
A common way to dry out freshly-caught Squid in Greece!

Squid can be found all along Greece’s many coastal areas. They’re especially drawn to weed beds and reef edges. Groups of islands, such as the Cyclades, are particularly plentiful. Because of this, pier fishing and fishing from the shore are popular ways to hook ‘em, with handlining being a common local technique. Many locals suggest using light spinning gear and getting your hands on specific Squid jigs if you want to use your rod.

As you don’t need a boat to haul in these cephalopods, they’ve become an increasingly common catch for new anglers and families looking to fish together. This doesn’t mean that they’re off-limits for hardened fishing fanatics, though – a Squid fishing trip in Greece often yields plenty of tasty table fare to fill your cooler. Even better, you can take your catch to a local taverna and request a delicious fry up!

…And the Rest!

Although the above species are, in our opinion, some of the most prestigious fish you can hook in Greece, they’re by no means the only creatures you’ll find in these waters. There’s also Little Tunny, Barracuda, Common Pandora, Grouper species, Mahi Mahi, and more.

A man holds a Little Tunny to the camera aboard a charter boat with the ocean in the background, Greece

Saltwater fishing is Greece’s bread and butter. Really invested in freshwater fishing? Stick to the mainland, especially around Ioannina in northwestern Greece, and you’ll find Catfish, Whitefish, and Trout varieties.

How to Go Fishing in Greece

Charter Fishing

Charter fishing in Greece is still relatively new on the country’s angling scene. You wouldn’t know it from the number of vessels on offer! Captains here run a whole variety of trips, and can take you anywhere from 1–50 miles from the shore. Head to any port town or coastal city, and you’ll find boats docked all along the seafront.

Hopping aboard a local charter isn’t just the best way to explore Greece’s fishing scene. You’ll also get to share in the local culture with captains that have been fishing their entire lives. In fact, a common way of arranging a fishing trip on a vessel is to simply wander down to the nearest dock or harbor and chat with the captains to see if they have any extra room!

Fishing boats docked around a small harbor in Greece on a clear sunny day

This means that as well as providing you with excellent local tips and tricks, Greece fishing guides are also very flexible. Want a big beast battle? You can customize a private trip into a Tuna-chasing excursion. Want to cast a line and make some friends? A shared charter is a way to go. Trips here really run the gamut from super-professional and organized fishing charter businesses to local captains simply wanting to fill a spare seat.

Fishing On Foot

As we’ve already mentioned, Greece is pretty much surrounded by plentiful fisheries. Where there’s a shoreline, there’s a chance of a good catch. You don’t even have to step foot on a charter, either. Fishing from the country’s many beaches, piers, harbors, and walkways is a popular pastime, and all you need to do is grab some rods and reels and pick your location.

It’s common to see local anglers fishing around rocky structure, near harbors, and from the beaches themselves. Fishing from the harbors is a good option if you’re newer to angling, as you’ll generally find bait and tackle shops and a local willing to lend a hand. If you’re on the beach, just watch out for swimmers. Local anglers tend to fish more populated locations in the evening or during nighttime, out of respect for swimmers.

A stripy pier in Greece leads out onto the sea on a clear sunny day

So if fishing on foot is so easy, why opt for a charter? Well, something to remember is what Greece’s fishery currently looks like. It is somewhat overfished, which means that the quicker access you have to a variety of hotspots, the better. Simply, you’ll likely catch more fish on a charter. If you’re looking to get a taste of local life, however, with plenty of laid-back vibes, then fishing on foot is a perfect way to relax and enjoy a day in the sun.

Greece Fishing Spots

The answer to this question is incredibly varied. Basically, wherever there’s a shoreline, you’ll be able to cast your line for a whole host of species! You can fish from the mainland as well as the many Greek islands. Below, we’ve outlined some of our favorite spots, as well as what you can catch there.

A view of Santorini's blue-roofed buildings and the sea at sunset, Greece
Santorini
  • Kefalonia: Located in the Ionian Sea, this popular tourist island is home to plenty of charter vessels. Thanks to its rocky terrain, Dentex and Common Pandora are regular catches here.
  • Santorini: Famous for its stunning scenery, and those blue-topped traditional Greek houses, Santorini is also an excellent place to fish for Bluefin Tuna. Visit in the summer, and they can be found just 5 miles from shore.
  • Kos: Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, this island has plenty of white sandy beaches. With a coastline measuring 112 kilometers (70 miles), shore fishing is popular here, but the port of Kos is also home to excellent charter fishing opportunities.
  • Chalkidiki: This northern region is a somewhat hidden and undiscovered fishing gem. Dentex, Common Pandora, Amberjack, and Squid all inhabit these waters.
  • Zante: You might know Zante better as a popular holiday resort and party town. It’s also one of the best places in Greece to fish for Billfish (Marlin and Swordfish), as well as Tuna (Albacore, Bluefin, and Skipjack).
  • Corfu: Looking to get your hands on a Swordfish battle? The channel between Corfu and Paxos is a true playground for these beasts. You’ll find plenty of charter vessels departing from Corfu, too.
  • Rhodes: The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Island’s, Rhodes is the perfect place to experience some traditional Squid fishing. Head here during fall, and get ready to try out some nighttime fishing for these creatures.

When to Go Fishing in Greece

No matter when you visit Greece, there’s something to fish for! However, some of the species that inhabit these waters are flighty fellas and only appear during certain months. You can find out in-depth information from our handy calendar.

Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bluefin Tuna Weak Weak Weak Good Good Good Great Great Great Good Weak Weak
Swordfish Weak Weak Weak Weak Weak Weak Good Great Great Good Weak Weak
Squid Great Great Weak Weak Weak Weak Weak Good Good Good Great Great
Dentex Weak Weak Good Great Great Great Great Great Good Weak Weak Weak

Greece Fishing Regulations

The legalities of fishing in Greece seem very simple at first. If you’re fishing from the shore, which includes harbors and beaches, you don’t need a license. Hopping aboard a charter? You don’t need to purchase a license for this, either. However, what you do have to be aware of are regulations regarding how you can fish in Greece, such as:

  • It’s illegal to fish with a net.
  • It’s illegal to fish with spears that use any kind of compressed gas, including air and CO2, or any kind of explosive charge.
  • You are not allowed to Spearfish in Greece during the month of May.
  • There are size limits regarding certain species, which you can read more about here.

Fishing in Greece: Legendary Angling Action

One thing Greece is obviously well known for is its many ancient mythologies. This means it’s easy to get swept up in tales of grandeur – it’s only natural to want to please the country’s many gods and heroes, after all. When we talk about how excellent fishing in Greece is, though, we promise we’re not exaggerating.

The temple of Poseidon with water in the background during sunset, Greece
The Temple of Poseidon

Prime angling opportunities are scattered all over the country, from north to south, east to west, and everywhere in between. Each shoreline holds the key to waters that are fish-filled and – dare we say it – truly legendary. Come discover it for yourself!

Have you ever been fishing in Greece? Any tips, tricks, or hotspots you want to share? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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Katie is a Philosophy graduate from the UK, and now she spends her time asking (and answering!) the important questions, such as: What, exactly, are the best ways to bait a hook for Redfish? She first cast a line in Florida as a teenager, and it took her a while to circle back to angling as a hobby, but now she's hooked. Her personal fishing highlight? Reeling in a rare Golden Trevally while cruising the deep waters off the United Arab Emirates!

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Jager

Mar 16, 2024

Hello! I will be traveling from Michigan, USA to the Island of Ios for about a week and then will be visiting the village my Papa grew up in, and then will be returning to Athens for a few days before returning home.

I spend most of my free time fishing here at home and catch a variety of different species. My thought is that my best chance at catching a fish while I am on my vacation will be on the island of Ios. I am planning on fishing from shore and I am thinking I may want to bring my own rod, reel, and possibly tackle. I am having a hard time finding information on what to use and what I have a chance of catching while fishing from shore. Any information on fishing from that specific island would be great but any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you for a good read as well.

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    Rhys

    Mar 18, 2024

    Hi Jager,

    Rhys here from FishingBooker. While I haven’t personally fished the island of Ios, I know that the most common catches from most Aegean islands tend to be Seabream, along with some Lizzardfish, and Barracuda. As Ios isn’t particularly populous, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a secluded spot to cast your line and find some fish – Magganari in the south or Agia Theodoti in the east are accessible by road but shouldn’t have much fishing pressure.

    As for bait, you’ll most likely be looking to catch your own or use some artificials that you bring with you, as the only fishing store on the island has now closed. I suggest imitation worms or small shrimp. Of course, natural will work better.

    If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, however, there are a number of fishing charters that will be happy to take you out from Ios. These guides will not only give you a fishing trip to remember, but they’ll also be able to provide you with some better local insight. Check them out here.

    Tight lines,

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Maria

Feb 29, 2024

Hi!

I came across your blog, you are great!

My husband and I are planning a holiday in Kefalonia this July. Can you recommend a group / boat that organizes fishing for big fish in the sea – tuna, marlin, dentex.

Thank you in advance, I await your reply!

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    Rhys

    Mar 1, 2024

    Hi Maria,

    Rhys here from FishingBooker. While we don’t currently have any charters listed on our site in Kefalonia, there are plenty of suitable options in marinas and docks across the island. Check out Lixouri, Argostolion, and the Agia Pelagia Marina for the widest array of options. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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will janssens

Nov 10, 2023

good morning,

im traveling a couple of times to thessaloniki in noveber, december and next summer. due to the plain i am limited on what i can bring with me.

do you have any information on fishing in thessaloniki?
ill be fishing from shore,
i can either bring my jigging rod, or a surfcasting rod to fish with life bait or worms..

is it worth going to the harbor?

any recomedations or infos are appriciated.

kind regards and tight lines,

will

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    Tanya

    Nov 10, 2023

    Dear Will,
    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.
    We’re glad to see you’ll be exploring Thessaloniki soon.
    You can give it a try with Perea Beach for surfcasting and reeling in species such as Sea Bream or Thessaloniki Waterfront for jigging and catching predatory fish, but Greece is more famous for its deep sea opportunities and November and December aren’t the peak season months. So, don’t get your hopes high. Harbor might give you more options in terms of fish species and the odds of catching something can be higher there, but the boat traffic can affect fishing. We also suggest consulting locals once you get there, as they might have a hidden and unspoilt spot to share with you 😉
    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.
    Tight lines!

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    Will

    Nov 10, 2023

    Hi Tanya,

    Thank you for the information!

    Im on my way to the airport now and took both rods. Let’s see what happens. Yes I know its not the best time of year, but I’ll be in Greece in the summer for 3 weeks. So than I can target some bigger species since I’ll have a boat.

    I’ll give pèrea a go for sure since we wanted to go for tzipuro there 😅😂

    Great blog and thanks for the help!

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    Tanya

    Nov 10, 2023

    Nice, that sounds like a plan! And I’d say you did your homework, so hopefully there will be at least a catch or two you can brag about (just don’t rely too much on tsipouro to help you fish 😉 ). Also, since you’ll have a boat in summer as well, definitively don’t skip out on the deep sea fishing opportunity. Drop us a line when you come back, we’d love to hear how it went. Safe travels.

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Marc

Oct 23, 2023

Hi there,,.

I’m off to Atthens for a few days and have packed my travel fly rod and salt water flies.
Can you recommend any areas that would be good to try please?

Thanks in advance,

Marc

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    Marko

    Oct 23, 2023

    Hi Marc,

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out. To be honest, Athens is very crowded, and I don’t think you’ll find many opportunities for shore fishing, maybe at the harbor. You could try venturing south along the coast, to Glyfada for example, and see if you’ll have more luck there.

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Joe

Sep 26, 2023

Hello,

Going to be in Corfu, Crete & Paros in early October.

Where is the best place to go by charter for Tuna and/or Swordfish? Do you have any charter recommendations?

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    Tanya

    Sep 27, 2023

    Dear Joe,
    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.
    We’re glad to see you’ll be exploring Greece soon.

    Early October is generally a good time to go after Tuna and Swordfish there and you can set off from any of those places and the angling should be promising. What’s more, you’ve probably chosen the best places in Greece to try Tuna and Swordfish fishing. As for the recommendations, you can check our charter offer for Crete and Paros, but unfortunately we don’t have any first-hand recommendations for Corfu. But once there you can ask around and locals will know whom to recommend. Alternatively, you can go to Corfu Town and find a fishing charter departing from there that offers deep sea fishing trips.

    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.
    Tight lines!

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Mathew

Sep 1, 2023

Hello, so I see all of those comments about spearfishing but It is always for spearfishing guns, can you tell me if there are any restrictions when you buy a trident stick from the local ordinary shops, it isn’t a gun, it is just long and sharp at the end, should I bring a byui or are there any restrictions?

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    Tanya

    Sep 4, 2023

    Hi Mathew,

    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.
    Also, super glad to see you’re thinking about fishing in Greece.

    As for regulations regarding the spearfishing equipment, you should always have buoy with a flag that indicates your whereabouts under the water. This ensures safety for both you and swimmers in the area. Apart from that, make sure you aren’t fishing with spears that use any kind of compressed gas, including air and CO2. The same goes for any kind of explosive charge. But when it comes to a trident stick, you should be good. We have to, however, highlight that there aren’t any specific rules online related to the trident sticks in particular, so you might want to double-check this with the locals once you get there and before you engage in spearfishing.

    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.

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Vanya

Aug 28, 2023

Hi, very, very useful site
With my husband we are planning a trip to greece and intend to take our kayak. Is there any license needed for kayak fishing? Thanks a lot

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    Rhys

    Aug 29, 2023

    Hi Vanya,

    Thanks for your comment and your good question. As kayak fishing is considered recreational fishing, there is no need for a license. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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    Svetlxo

    Sep 20, 2023

    Would you please quote the greek law or document that confirms your statement? I have many friend with an registred kayaks for recreational fishing.

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    Rhys

    Sep 21, 2023

    Hi Svetlxo,

    Rhys here from FishingBooker. Unfortunately, I do not speak Greek, so I can’t point you to the exact law. However, the requirement for a license for recreational and amateur fishing from all kinds of vessels, including kayaks, was removed in 2014. While a nationwide survey in 2019 brought up the idea of bringing back licenses, this has not yet happened. For more information, please consult this academic study from 2022:
    Papadopoulos A, Touloumis K, Tziolas E, Boulamatsis D, Koutrakis E. Evaluation of Marine Recreational Fisheries and Their Relation to Sustainability of Fisheries Resources in Greece. Sustainability. 2022; 14(7):3824. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14073824

    I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Alex

Jul 31, 2023

Heading to Athens and looking to do some lure fishing, I have light gear mix of lures what can I expect to find and is lure fishing the right option?
I am open to buying other kit if need be.
Also on a boat so we do anchor in the evenings when out with guests and would love to catch them fresh dinner for the day!

Thanks
Alex

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    Marko

    Jul 31, 2023

    Hi Alex,

    I have no specific info for Athens, but there’s generally Bream and Seabass near the Greek shores. If you head out to some underwater reefs or similar structure, you can expect Dentex, Pandora, and other bottom fish to take the bait. Squid fishing is popular among locals, too.

    I’ll leave you comment up so hopefully a local pitches in with more specific info on what to use!

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Simon Drew

Jul 27, 2023

Hi,

I’m visiting Meganissi in September. I intend to do some shore fishing, predominantly lure but also some float fishing with bait.

Any tips on marks, lures, bait and what species I may encounter?

Thanks
Simon

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    Rhys

    Jul 28, 2023

    Hi Simon,

    Rhys here from FishingBooker. I’ve not personally fished the island of Meganisi but I’d imagine the fishing is pretty similar to that on the east coast of Lefkada – being just a few kilometres away! That means targeting Gilt-head Bream, Wrasse, and Bluefish from shore. For these, I’d use light tackle but with sharp hooks to protect against some of the species’ sharp teeth. Live or cut bait, such as crabs and prawns work best for all species, with worms also working for smaller creatures, and bigger bait fish for bigger species like Bluefish. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Johan

Jul 17, 2023

I will be going to Paros Greece beginning of September. I am hoping to do some spearfishing. What are the laws around this? Is it necessary/possible to get a license? If so how/where do you get this license. Thanks you!

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    Tanya

    Jul 18, 2023

    Hi Johan,

    Thank you for reading out blog and reaching out.
    Glad to hear you’ll be exploring Greece soon, Paros is lovely in September.

    As for fishing license you won’t need one, Greece abolished spearfishing licenses back in 2017. But you’re obliged to use proper equipment (e.g. buoy with a flag that indicates your whereabouts under the water or make sure you aren’t using spears that use any kind of compressed gas, including air and CO2, or any kind of explosive charge, etc.) and don’t spearfish near swimmers and divers. For more info visit this page. You can always ask a local or consult with your captain. We currently don’t have any spearfishing guides on Paros, but here’s a charter captain in case you decide to go charter fishing.

    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.

    Tight lines!

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Liam

Jul 13, 2023

Hi,

I am going to visit Greece in September, and will be traveling between a lot of places but will stay a few days on the island of Sifnos. Do you have any recommendations on what bait/lures or rigs I should use and what fish I should expect to find? I am planning on bringing a travel rod and a 4000 size spinning reel, will that be good for fishing from shore or should I take something else instead?

As of right now, I am planning on taking some jigs and topwater lures for artificial and buying bait there for everything else, but if you have any better ideas they would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Liam

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    Rhys

    Jul 13, 2023

    Hi Liam,

    Thanks for your good questions. Sifnos boasts numerous great fishing spots all around it, so the fish you’ll catch really depends on where you plan on fishing. For example, the north and south shores see many Bream, Blackfish, and Leerfish. Meanwhile, the east is rich in Dentex, Pandora, and Groupers, along with the species already mentioned. While fishing is also possible on the west coast, the fish aren’t as numerous due to the lack of deep holes and caves compared to elsewhere around the island.

    I think your plan for buying bait out there is great. You’ll also be able to get a real insight from the locals about what works best. Combine that with your artificials and rigs, and you’re onto a winner. However, I can’t comment on your travel rod without knowing the exact model! Generally, there are few disadvantages when using a travel rod – technology has caught up so that they can be ust as effective as your standard, keep-at-home gear. But for shore fishing, you’ll need a pretty long stick. A 4000 reel will just about do the job, as you’ll want at least 250 yards of line. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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BOB

Jun 22, 2023

Hi i will be travelling to Peloponnese in July. I will basicly go around it and wanted to spent some time with the rod. I will definetly fish from shore and i would like to target some predatory fish like sea bass if its possible down there. So ill be spining and i will be happy with any catch on spinning rod. So can you please recomend me beaches or harbors on Peloponnese and of course lures to use for succsesfull fishery. But if there is not a good population of predators please recommend me what should i target then to have succes and be able to eat and enjoy my catches…

thank you

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    Tanya

    Jun 22, 2023

    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for reading our blog and reaching out.
    Glad to see you’ll be exploring Greece soon.
    There are plenty of corners for fishing, but you can kick off your angling journey with Voidokilia Beach or Kalamata Harbor, though Nafplio Harbor and Gytheio Harbor are also good options. To target Seabass use lures that mimic small fish, such as soft plastic swimbaits, crankbaits, or jerkbaits in natural colors like silver, white, or green. Topwater lures like poppers or surface walkers can also be effective, especially during low-light periods.
    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.
    Take care,

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Razvan

Jun 20, 2023

Hi there!

Can you recommend me a mount for fishing in Porto Koufo, I will fish form harbour or on a beach.
And will be geat if you can recomand me a bai for bigger fish. Last year I used sea worms and I caught a lot of small fishes.

Thanks!

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    Tanya

    Jun 21, 2023

    Hi Razvan,

    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out. Glad to see that you’ll be exploring Greece soon. Porto Koufo is an excellent and lovely beach with a lot of fish species coming closer to the shore. You can fish from the beach as it’s usually not crowded, but fishing from the harbor might be better due to deeper waters. And while it’s possible to catch a big fish, don’t get your hopes high as they aren’t that common. Sardines and squids are your best bet.

    Tight lines!

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Mateja Bojić

Jun 19, 2023

We are soon traveling to Greece by car, are you allowed to bring your own fishing rods with you if you travel by car?

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    Tanya

    Jun 19, 2023

    Hi Mateja,

    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.

    We’re glad to hear that you’ll be exploring Greece soon.
    Feel free to bring your fishing equipment with you.

    Let us know how it went.

    Tight lines!

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Adel

Jun 18, 2023

We are two people who want do a private big game fishing tour (thuna, swordfish or something else ). Has anyone a recommendation where to find/book it on Kos?. We are from 30.06.-06.07. at kos. Thanks Adel

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    Tanya

    Jun 19, 2023

    Hey Adel,

    Thanks for reading our blog and reaching out.
    Also, very glad you’ll be visiting Kos soon, it’s lovely.
    Unfortunately, we don’t have any charters on Kos that we could recommend.
    We have first-class big game fishing charters on Crete, Corfu, Ios, Santorini, etc. but not Kos.
    So, let’s see if our fellow-anglers have any top-notch suggestions 🙂

    Tight lines!

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Tommy

Jun 15, 2023

Hi! I am leaving Athens for Corfu next Monday. What fishes will likely be caught? I’m a beginner with a spinning rod only, thinking of buying some more lures. Any recommendations for that? And is there any retraction movement worth learning?
Kind Regards
Tommy

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    Marko

    Jun 16, 2023

    Hi Tommy,

    Close to shores, you can expect some Bream, Mullet, maybe Sea Bass if you get lucky. Many locals fish simply using bread or pieces of squid as bait, but if you’re set up for LRF fishing, you can try lures such as IMA Shirasu Snake and similar land-based options.

    I hope the information helps, enjoy your stay in Corfu!

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Will

Jun 15, 2023

Hello! Thanks for the information, it’s a great site. I do have a question, im flying to alonissos end of july and since I can hardly find any information about shore fishing on the island I was hoping someone here could help me.

What is likely to be caught? Im very limited in the gear I can bring with me, so wanted to take a spinning rod and sone jigs, and a surf rod for some bottom fishing. Is there a tackle shop on the island for bait? Or would fish pieces do? Ultra light gear or 10000 Stella?

Thanks in advance and tight lines 🤙

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    Marko

    Jun 15, 2023

    Hi Will,

    Thanks for reaching out! I don’t have info specifically on Alonissos, but you can usually expect to catch the likes of Bream, Mullet, and Garfish when shore fishing in Greece. This means you don’t need to bring heavy tackle, most of the fish you see will be fairly small.

    I hope the info helps, enjoy your stay in Greece!

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Mikael Lindqvist

Jun 13, 2023

Hello.
Great post about the fishing in Greece. I am going to visit Thassos this June and will bring my 7wt T&T rod to try to catch whatever bites, I will only be fishing from shore or docks so do you have any tips about flies to use and also what might bite along the docks and shoreline.

Kind Regards
Mikael

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    Marko

    Jun 13, 2023

    Hi Mikael,

    Thanks for reaching out! Sorry to say this but I don’t have any info on fly fishing in Thassos, the only thing I know is that Garfish are abundant near its shores.

    I’ll leave your comment up so hopefully other anglers spot it and pitch in with more info!

    Enjoy your stay in Greece.

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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    Mikael Lindqvist

    Jun 13, 2023

    Hi Marko.
    Thank you for the quick reply, sounds good with Garfish since I am used to it from home.
    I will leave another commet and let you and all others know what kind of fish I have caught when I have been there if it is ok?

    Kind Regards and tight lines.
    Mikael

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    Marko

    Jun 14, 2023

    Hi Mikael,

    That’d be great! I hope the trip goes well.

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Ray

Jun 13, 2023

Thanks for the great info on the site. Sailing a charter out of Anthens Zea in the fall. Plan to troll tuna feathers while island hopping. Is any sort of fishing or species license required?

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    Marko

    Jun 13, 2023

    Hi Ray,

    As far as I can tell, you don’t need a license for recreational fishing. However, you do have to abide by fish size regulations, which are a bit hard to come by because the Ministry of Maritime Affairs website is in Greek. To make sure you have all the up-to-date info, I’d recommend contacting the marina you plan launching out of.

    I hope the info helps.

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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Rida

Apr 9, 2023

Hey there.

i always go for some spearfishing in barcelona and they recuired a licence over there.
the question is : do i need a permision or licence for spearfishing in greece?

some people say yes and some of them say no, so im really lost.

Many thanks.

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    Andriana

    Apr 10, 2023

    Hey Rida,

    This is a very good question, there’s a lot of contrasting info online that makes it difficult to understand what’s going on. From what I found through research, from 2017, you don’t need a spearfishing license in Greece. Articles that claim you do need a license are outdated (from 2012 or 2015). There are rules that you should keep in mind – you can’t spearfish during the night and you need to be at least 660′ away from harbors and beaches to spearfish safely.

    I hope this helps Rida, you can also ask local charter guides about the details, they usually have the latest info.

    All the best!

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Alex Cunningham

Mar 26, 2023

Hi,

I am sailing on a flotilla holiday in June 2023, I am looking to trawl from the boat, we are sailing around the south Ionia islands. What tips could you give me for trawling from the boat?

Many thanks,
Alex

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    Tanya

    Mar 28, 2023

    Hi Alex,
    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.
    If you had trolling in mind, one of the most crucial aspects is deciding which fish you want to target. Different species dictate the different speeds and baits. You can find more information on trolling in this blog. In case you want to trawl, you would first have to check whether it’s legal. Some countries don’t allow it due to the damage it can cause. So, double-check this with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs before venturing out.
    Hope this helped.
    Tight lines and enjoy your flotilla holiday!

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Christopher

Dec 4, 2022

Hi, I must that I really enjoy reading your posts and comments…they are very informative.

I’m planning a trip to Chania in late December and I’m interested in doing some shore jig fishing. Do you any recommendations within 45 mins to 1hr drive?

Thanks in advance.

Christopher

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    Lisa

    Dec 5, 2022

    Hi Christopher,

    Thank you for reaching out. Have you considered the area of Kissamos bay, Balos, and Gramvousa, as well as Chania Bay itself?

    Lisa

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    Chris Rubin

    Jan 1, 2023

    I’m curious as to how your trip went. I’m planning a trip to Chania in September and plan on getting in some time on the water. Any luck with the jigs?

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Derek Hopcroft

Nov 10, 2022

Hi,

I’m travelling to Kalamaki in May next year. I am a keen sea angler and hope to do some shore fishing. Can you give me some guidance as to what rods/line strength and lures to bring in addition, what species I could catch from the shoreline please?

Kind regards

Derek

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    Tanya

    Nov 10, 2022

    Hi Derek,

    Great to hear that, Zakynthos is lovely.

    There should be fewer tourists in May than during the high season. Mind however that Kalamaki and Laganas can be crowded even then, so finding a peaceful spot for surf casting might not be easy. Also, Greece is famous for its offshore fisheries and May is ideal for Barracuda, Dentex, and Tuna. Unfortunately, nothing similar will grace the end of your line when beach casting. This means that you don’t have to invest too much in the equipment and even the telescopic beach-starter rod will do the trick. If fish are spooked by people try using Drennan Loafer floats and even bread crumbs to lure them your way. A great way to learn tips and tricks of shore fishing in Kalamaki is also to ask locals for suggestions. They’ll give you the best insight into what might work at the given moment.

    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.
    Tight lines!

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Marius

Oct 13, 2022

Hi! Im heading to Plakias on the southern side of Crete. I’m planning on taking my rod with me. Any good places to try from shore in that area? Should i use bait or is different types of lures just as good? Any tips will be greatfully taken!

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    Lisa

    Oct 14, 2022

    Hi Marius,

    Lisa here. Thank you for reaching out. Plakias is actually a fishing village, so finding a spot to wet your line shouldn’t be a problem. Check out the fishermen’s trail by the Calypso Hotel or a couple of windless beaches in Fotinari towards Souda beach.

    Also, if you go a bit farther from the village, you can find a quiet spot not far from the old harbor.

    Hope this helps,

    Lisa

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brenda dale

Sep 16, 2022

We are sailing out of Lefkada and hoping to find rental fishing gear. Any ideas would be very helpful.

Thank you,
Brenda Dale
Alaska

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    Tanya

    Sep 19, 2022

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for reading our blog and reaching out 🙂

    There are a couple of marine supply stores near the center and harbor that might help you with finding fishing gear rentals. However, mind that most of the marine-related services on the island are directed towards boat rentals and booking fishing charters. So, the best options would be to either bring your own equipment (if possible, of course) or consult with the local captains and guides.

    Let us know if you managed to rent fishing gear.

    Tight lines!
    Tanya

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Molly Newbury

Sep 8, 2022

Going to Corfu first week of October – Dassias. I would like to shore fish with my fly rod (I’m a beginner) – can I? And, any fly fishing day excursions?
Thank you so much.

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    Vuk

    Sep 8, 2022

    Hi Molly,

    Thanks for getting in touch. While you shouldn’t have any problems fly fishing from the shore, we unfortunately don’t know of any dedicated fly fishing day excursions to recommend. Definitely make sure to ask around, there just may be a local business that’s got exactly what you’re looking for.

    We hope you have a great time in Corfu come October. Tight lines!

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Andre Labuschagne

Sep 2, 2022

Hi
I am going to Kos in begin of April. We are booked in a hotel by the harbor. Where is the best place to fish and is there fishing tackle shops close by.

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    Lisa

    Sep 5, 2022

    Hi Andre,

    Thank you for reaching out. The Aegean Sea offers great fishing opportunities, and its 112-km wide coastline is no exception. Shore fishing is pretty popular, and you can join some of the locals and visitors. However, I recommend booking a fishing charter if you’re looking for more action.

    As for the tackle shops, you can check out Saltylife Fishing Equipment Kos at Makrigianni 64 or Captain Hook at Ασκληπιού 46, to name a few.

    I hope this helps!

    Lisa

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    Andre Labuschagne

    Sep 5, 2022

    Thank you for the info

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Gary

Aug 31, 2022

I’m off to Kefalonia (North East) in a couple of weeks and will be taking my LRF gear (rod 0.8g – 8g + high gear fixed spool reel) with me for a spot of shore fishing.

I’ve a mixture of hard Savage Gear lures (less than 8g) along with soft plastics with jig heads as well as drop shot tackle with Japanese imitation worms

I’m hoping to target some bream (saddled or gilthead) but will take anything I can catch (probably Combers, greedy little gits!). On that front what size would be considered a good table size for these two breeds of bream?

Catching the fish using LRF gear isn’t the be all and end all for me, but is a way to enjoy a walk along the water’s edge in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

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    Lisa

    Aug 31, 2022

    Hi Gary,

    Thank you for reaching out. What an excellent question!

    Melanouria (Saddled Seabream) aren’t among the cheapest fish you could find in Greece. I’d say, keep a few that can fill the plate. 25 cm (around 10 inches) is a good minimum for both Saddled and Gilthead Seabream.

    I hope this helps!

    Lisa

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daniel

Aug 19, 2022

Hi,
Great article, thank you.
I’m off to Skiathos and staying in the town but will travel and look to get a charter. Any tips for shore fishing please ? I hear there aren’t many fish there ….?

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    Vuk

    Aug 22, 2022

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for getting in touch. While should be able to find fish while surf casting, don’t expect any huge catches. Your best shot is to head down to the rocks at the edge of the beach on the southern part of town. Hope this helps.

    Tight lines!

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Corey

Aug 15, 2022

Hi everyone,

I am going to be on a boat charter (not a fishing charter) starting in Zakinthos and stopping at destinations like Navagio, Ithaca, fiskardo, lefkada, antipaxos, gaios, lakka. This will be my first time in Greece, forgive my poor geography!

I am a proficient freshwater fly fishing angler in the US. I have minimal saltwater experience but plan to bring an 8wt rod with sinking tip lines and plenty of 7-20cm baitfish imitations to strip either from our vessel or shore.

This isn’t a fishing trip for me or my family but I can’t stand to be on the water without a rod!

Does anyone have any advice or knowledge for saltwater fly fishing in these areas?

Thanks.

Corey

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    Andriana

    Aug 15, 2022

    Hello Corey,

    Exploring the beauty of the Ionian Islands by boat is a great decision, there’s a lot to see and enjoy. Fly fishing in the Ionian Sea might not be very productive, because what you’ll mostly get are smaller fish.

    Locals often throw small pieces of white bread into the water to get the fish closer to the boat or the beach. You can go with even lighter gear and bring a 5 wt rod, along with some spider flies and nymphs. Just bear in mind that you might not get a lot of catch, but the experience will still be a lot of fun.

    I hope you have the best time exploring the Zakynthos, Corey.

    All the best!

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Alison

Aug 7, 2022

Hello!

My father in law is looking for fishing in Nafpaktos. Do you have any recommendations?

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    Rhys

    Aug 8, 2022

    Hi Alison,

    Thanks for reading and for your question. It seems that fishing is set to pick up the end of this week in Nafpaktos, so your father-in-law is in luck! Keep an eye out for tidal patterns and the weather which can affect this, but the prognosis looks good.

    As for spots, I’d suggest pairing up with a local guide and heading out on the water. The best times of day include dawn and dusk – and this is also true of casting for shore, ideally near some structure such as the harbor walls.

    I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Leon Boudourakis

Jul 24, 2022

We are interested in doing a charter and fishing experience late November either from Athens, Kalamata, or Thessaloniki area (we are traveling). What are some options

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    Vuk

    Jul 25, 2022

    Hi Leon!

    Thanks for getting in touch. As far as winter fishing goes, you’re probably best served looking for a charter boat somewhere in the Athens area. The weather being such as it is, the most prominent catch around will likely be Squid, but you can also catch fish with enough time and effort. If you have specific dates in mind, you can check out our charter offer here and hopefully find something that suits your needs. Hope you have a great time in Greece!

    Tight lines,
    Vuk

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Jose

Jul 4, 2022

Hi. I’m going to Greece the last week of July. I’m going to be on a boat and I want to know what thing do I need to fish on a boat. Type of rod, reel # , line#Lb, what type of lures, jigg etc.

I have a shimano 4000 with a PE 1.5 – 30 lb, some soft bait (black minnow)and some lures and tide minnow. Also I have some trolling hard bait.

I don’t now if I need something bigger or that’s ok, and what type of fish can I catch in your sea.

Hope you to help me to have a good experience and be prepare. Thank you very much.

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    Andriana

    Jul 5, 2022

    Hi Jose,

    It’s great you’re going to Greece, there’s a lot to fish for and even more to see. From what you’ve said about your fishing gear, you’re pretty much set. Your setup can be very simple, just a spinning rod and reel, a 30 lb line is a good choice, because you can handle most fish species with it.

    As for bait, mullet and seabream (strips and whole) are good choices, and you can even use sandworms and pieces of bread if you’d like. Lures like Rapala MaxRap and similar hard-bodied lures can attract big fish. Fish species you can catch depend on your location, but anything from Mackerel, Dentex, and Mahi Mahi to Bluefish and Barracuda is on the menu.

    I hope this helps Jose, and that you’ll have the best time in Greece.

    All the best!

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Pat

Apr 5, 2022

Great article for the angler travelling to Greece.
I am a spey fly angler – planning on fishing from the shore – are there guides that will show you locations from Athens to the major islands (entire day fishing tour) ?

thanks!

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    Marko

    Apr 5, 2022

    Hi Pat,

    Thanks for getting in touch! Unfortunately, we don’t know of any guides in Athens that would offer the kind of adventure you’re looking for. There are some for sure, but it’s likely that they don’t maintain much of an online presence. Sorry we couldn’t help you with this, we do hope we’ll start working with more Greek guides in the future.

    Regardless, we’re glad you enjoyed the article, and I hope you end up finding a guide to take you fishing.

    Tight lines,

    Marko

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MARKOS

Feb 27, 2022

How can I be a captain of a ship or large marine vessel

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    Rhys

    Feb 28, 2022

    Hi Markos,

    Thanks for reading and for your good question. In order to become a captain in Greece, you’ll need to have an ICC (International Certificate of Competence), IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), or their American or Canadian equivalents. In order to her the ICC, you’ll need to complete the RYA Day Skipper Course or complete an ICC Assessment to prove that you are competent to captain a ship. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Nathan

Feb 14, 2022

Hi

I’m heading to MILOS in June and want to do some fishing. How is the fishing around the shore here? Lighter gear and small jigs I’m thinking and what am I likely to catch? Do you get bigger predators catchable from the shore here? Also, if i bring suitable gear with me could i just go to the harbour and see if someone will take me out on a small boat to troll? Any ideas what would be a reasonable price to pay for a morning? What can I target….? Do the tuna come close to here?

Thanks in advance!

Nathan

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    Vuk

    Feb 15, 2022

    Hi Nathan,

    Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, we don’t know enough about the fishing scene in Milos to be able to answer your questions with a high degree of certainty. There’s not much of an established online presence for local anglers, so the only way to know the specifics is to talk to someone from the island. Sorry we couldn’t be of much help in this instance.

    Regardless, we hope you have a great stay in Milos and catch some fish while you’re there. If you let us know how you fared afterwards, we’re sure it would help other anglers looking to cast a few lines there in the future.

    Tight lines,
    Vuk

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Ahmed Khattab

Oct 2, 2021

Amazing article, we are going for 1 week sailing trip from laurium to kea, mykonos etc… and we will troll , what is the type of fish we should be aiming? amd any advice what lures to use?? also to catch squid what are the best spots?

trip date is 2 to 9 october

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    Andriana

    Oct 4, 2021

    Hello Ahmed,

    Thanks for reading, I’m glad you liked the article.

    Fall fishing in Greece is usually much slower than the action you get in the summer, both because there are fewer fish closer to shore and because the weather can get unpredictable. It’s always recommended to go fishing with a local guide if that’s at all possible.

    As for the type of fish you can catch, it all depends on how far you plan to go. Common Pandora, Dentex, Barracuda, and Amberjack are still around in October, as well as Little Tunny, Seabream, and Grouper. If the weather is nice, you can even venture further out to target Bluefin Tuna. As for your lures, casting jigs usually work very well, especially glittery squid.

    When it comes to Squid, you can find them in pretty much any coastal area, especially if you go fishing for them at night. You can also try your luck at dusk and dawn when they come closer to the water’s surface to feed.

    It’s always a good idea to talk to the locals and get a feel of what’s biting these days and what you can expect to find on your line.

    I hope you have a great time fishing in Greece, Ahmed.

    Tight lines!

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Dimitar

Aug 4, 2021

Hi
I have one question:
Can i fish with a rod near the ferryboats(Thassos), ’cause i have seen many good size fishes from the ferry.

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    Lisa

    Aug 4, 2021

    Hi Dimitar,

    Thank you for reaching out. As far as I know, you can fish from shore with your rod in Thassos. It might also be a good idea to chat with the locals and learn about a few more places where you can cast your line.

    Hope this helps! Lisa

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Kim

Jul 18, 2021

We plan to be in Greece the first week of August. Do you know of any fishing charters in or near Soligia, Corinth Peloponnese?

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    Katie

    Jul 19, 2021

    Hi Kim,

    Good question. As we mentioned quickly in the blog, charter fishing is still on the rise in Greece, which means there are less online options than we’re used to in charter-friendly places like the US. If you’re willing to travel for around an hour to Athens, you can find charters around the city: check out our offer here.

    If you’d rather stay in the Soligia/Corinth area, we’d recommend heading to the local marinas and docks to see if any local anglers are running charters. This might sound strange, but turning up at the docks and seeing what’s on offer is actually pretty common here!

    We hope this information helps, and that you have a great trip to Greece. Come back and let us know how it goes.

    Tight lines,

    Katie

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Nóra

Jun 30, 2021

Hello,

It’s a great article, thank you.

If I understand well, in Greece, we don’t need fishing license, and daily ticket?
We just grab our rods, and go to the closest possibility to fishing, and lets go?
How, and what kind of fishes may I take to my accommodation for example to prepare our dinner?

In our country we have very strict rules for fishing, and a little bit hard to imagine that, it is so easy in Greece 🙂

Thanks for the answers,

Nóra

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    Karin

    Jun 30, 2021

    Hi Nóra,

    Thank you for reading and for your questions!
    You’re correct! There is no need for a fishing license in Greece. Depending on when and where you want to fish, individual bodies of water might still be closed for fishing, so it’s best to keep an eye out for any signs and to check with the local authorities.
    The most commonly eaten fishes here are usually various types of seabream. Since bag limits and seasons are always subject to change, it’s best to ask the port authorities for the current limits. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can always go fishing with a local guide.

    Hope this helps!

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Amy

Jun 5, 2021

If you charter fish in Greece can you send it back to the USA?
Can you trade fresh fish for canned fish and bring it back to the USA? Love all the pictures and information

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    Lisa

    Jun 8, 2021

    Hi Ami,

    Thanks for reading and your comment.

    The answer to your question will depend on two factors: Charter and your Airline policies. If your captain allows you to keep the catch, you can take it with you. Take a look at our How To Prepare Fish For Your Flight Home post. I will leave a link for you here.

    Make sure to check the long-haul flight policies of your airline company in advance.

    Hope this helps!

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vadim

May 11, 2021

Hello! Great article. wondering what kind gear including hooks and bait is needed to fish in the ionian sea? I will be there on a sailing trip from May 20 – 27

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    Katie

    May 13, 2021

    Hi Vadim,

    Thanks for reading! Great question. Live bait is a popular choice here no matter what species you’ll be targeting, with squid being an especially popular choice. You can also opt for glittery squid lures. When it comes to hooks, the most common ones in this area fall between sizes 10–16. Make sure you have a couple of different sizes on hand, and you’re all set!

    Tight lines,

    Katie

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Todd

Apr 25, 2021

Question? Will the country of Greece allow an issue a fishing permit to an American passport holder? I will be on holiday in Crete for 2 months and want to fish off the shore.

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Todd

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    Katie

    Apr 26, 2021

    Hi Todd,

    Thanks for reading the article! To answer your question, a fishing license is no longer needed to recreationally fish from shore or a boat in Greece. There’s still some information online from older resources stating that non-EU citizens cannot purchase a license, but this is outdated. Even when this information was in date, licenses generally weren’t required to fish from shore, so you’re good to go.

    We hope this helps and that you have a great time in Crete!

    Tight lines,

    Katie

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