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Fishing in Cyprus

There’s nothing better than a family vacation to Cyprus. You can all enjoy the sun, sea, and delicious food when here. Most importantly, you can enjoy fishing in Cyprus! It’s no surprise that fishing is a big part of island life, but the variety of both inshore and offshore fishing will leave you amazed.

Offshore Fishing

With over 250 species calling these waters home, there’s something to catch in the Mediterranean Sea every day of the year.

You have the best chance to target Swordfish in northern Cyprus out of Girne. Fishing out of Larnaca or Ayia Napa in eastern Cyprus could have you hooking into Common Pandora, Dusky Grouper, and Sharks. Head to Limassol in the south for Common Pandora, European Seabass, Dentex, King Mackerel, and Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna. Paphos in the west is a hot spot for Grouper, Amberjack, and Common Pandora.

If Tuna is at the top of your to-catch list, come fishing from June until August. It won’t take long during this time to get a hook-up, as the Tuna come within 12 kilometers of the shore. In Paphos, this equates to a 20-minute boat ride before you’re at the top fishing grounds. Due to the size of the Tuna and difficulty reeling them in, this type of trip is not recommended for children.

If you’re after a tasty Mahi Mahi or a Bonito, head to Cyprus from October to December. This is great for children as you can fish very close to the shore.

Most fishing trips start early in the morning and are around five hours long. The fishing is most productive in the mornings and a shorter trip helps you to avoid the midday heat. Fishing experience is not required and everyone will have fun reeling in a range of species. Fishing for Squid is popular in Cyprus, especially at night.

You don’t need a fishing license when trolling offshore. However, you’ll need a license for spearfishing, trap fishing, and nighttime fishing with spear guns.

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is a well-kept secret in Cyprus. There are plenty of stocked dams and reservoirs where you can fish. There are 15 freshwater species stocked in Cyprus. These include Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Trout, Pikeperch, Carp, Bream, and Roach.

The largest reservoir is the Asprogremmos Reservoir. This is great for Catfish and Trout. The Yermasogeia Reservoir holds Carp, Silver Bream, and more. The Achna Dam  has some of the biggest Catfish, as well as populations of Largemouth Bass, Carp, Roach, Tilapia, and more. For some of the biggest Carp, head to the Kouris Dam.

All anglers over 12 need to have a fishing license when fishing the dams and reservoirs. Regulations are more strict for freshwater fishing than offshore. This includes limits of the catch and size, when the open season is, and regulations on what time of day you can fish. These are subject to change, so have a local guide with you and check the current regulations before heading out.

How to Prepare

Most charters will have snacks and drinks on board. Fishing gear and tackle are usually provided so you rarely need to bring your own gear. Always check the captain’s policy regarding how much of the catch you can keep, or whether the fish belong to the boat.

You’ll need to bring sun protection, a swimsuit, and a towel with you.

There’s no better time to come fishing in Cyprus!

 

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Cyprus Fishing Seasons

Observe the religious celebration of Epiphany this month. There are religious celebrations at all coastal towns.

Show your support at the annual Nicos Severis Cyprus Youth Golf Open. Maybe you’ll see the next big golfing star!

There are plenty of festivities in the build up to Lent, including Green Monday, Meat week, and Carnival.

Easter is a major holiday in Cyprus and celebrated throughout the country. Be aware of which day it falls on this year before traveling so you can prepare for crowds and delays.

Looking to buy a new boat or other boat products? Head to the Limassol Boat Show this month. The Flower Festival (Anthestiria) is also happening.

 

Fifty days after Easter is the Flood Festival (Kataklysmos), a big water celebration at coastal cities. Visit the Lavender Festival in Avgorou, too.

This month is all about music. Head to the Vinylio Summer Jazz Project or the Afrobanana Festival for some varied and beautiful music.

Eat hazelnuts at the Hazel Festival or catch an ancient Greek drama at the theatre – there’s plenty to do in August in Cyprus.

Head to the opera at the Pafos Aphrodite Festival or try some wines at the Wine Festival. The Kypria festival is a great cultural event not to be missed!

There is a Grape Festival this month and the Ayia Napa Medieval Festival – there’s something for the whole family to join in during October.

As the weather cools down, why not partake in the Cyprus International 4-day Challenge – run across rugged terrain and push yourself to the limit.

December is all about the lead up to Christmas. Join in the festivities and try the local food.

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What People Are Saying About Cyprus

"Evening Tour With friends - Tuna WAR"

Skevos S. fished with Paphos Boat Tours LTD on July 4, 2019

Tyros and Fish and Chicks is amazing. Awesome crew, caught 2 tunas while drinking beers with friends.

"Private day trip with Captain Musa"

Martin K. fished with Aphrodite Boat & Fishing Trips on August 13, 2018

Check the weather forecast to ensure you can enjoy a full trip and target all the fish types you want.

"1pm fishing trip"

Gareth R. fished with Captain Kypros Fishing on July 2, 2018

Deeper the better......earlier in the day the better

"Fishing with Kypros"

Marina S. fished with Captain Kypros Fishing on May 11, 2018

Check the weather. We were inthe windy day

Top Targeted Species in Cyprus

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Common Pandora

Common Pandora

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Swordfish

Swordfish

Gilt-head (Seabream)

Gilt-head (Seabream)

Seabass (European)

Seabass (European)