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Fishing in Greece

Have you always dreamed of fishing like a native, with locals who are world-renowned for their hospitality and traditional fishing methods? Then you need to go fishing in Greece today! On your list of reasons to go to Greece should be the delicious food, rich history, and beautiful weather, right along with Greece fishing.

With 3 different seas on 3 sides and with thousands of islands spread out in the Ionian and Aegean Sea, it’s no wonder that Greece is acknowledged as one of the oldest fishing locations in Europe, as well as the cradle of western civilization.

Fishing in Greece is so much more than just filling the cooler. It’s a way of sharing the local fishing culture with a captain who has been fishing his whole life, who usually comes from a long line of fishermen. This is a total immersive experience, which includes great hospitality, swimming, drinks, food, and fun. Even the members of your group who aren’t fishing enthusiasts will enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and visiting the numerous islands here.

Where to Go

With so many islands and a never-ending coastline to choose from, knowing where to fish in Greece can be a daunting task. Luckily enough, the offshore fishing is pretty similar around the country.

On the southern coast, out of harbors such as Legrena, you can target the likes of Bluefin Tuna, Dusky Grouper, and Amberjack. You can still target these in the northwest in Parga, along with European Seabass and Seabream. Over in the northeast out of Paliouri you’ll be able to target Common Pandora, Dentex, Little Tunny, and both Albacore and Bluefin Tuna.

Freshwater fishing can only be done on the mainland and is popular in Ioannina, targeting Whitefish, Catfish, and Trout. Restrictions apply for some species but you won’t need a license out there.

Over on the islands, the fishing can be more varied. Head to Zante for Striped and White Marlin, along with Skipjack, Albacore, and Bluefin Tuna. Fish from Santorini just 5 miles from shore to target big Tuna. Between Paxos and Corfu is an excellent fishing channel, where you’ll be able to target Swordfish.

How to Fish in Greece

The main fishing techniques include trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing. Bottom fishing is most productive in the mornings. Experienced anglers can test their skills up against Swordfish and Marlin in deeper waters. Local fishermen will also use traditional methods to help you catch your fish, such as casting with nets and traps. These can be a lot of fun for family groups with young kids.

When to Go

Each fish has their own season. There’s something to target throughout the year. In the winter, you can target Squid and Snapper. The spring is good for Grouper, and is the start of the season to target Marlin. You’ll need to head further from shore in the summer to catch big fish like Tuna, but there are plenty of smaller fish closer to shore, too. July and August are the hottest months in Greece, and this is when tourists flock to the country for their holiday. Book your trip well in advance to avoid disappointment.

What to Expect

Charters in Greece can take you anywhere from one mile out to 50 miles offshore. Quick trips by the coast are great for families, while longer trips allow you to target bigger fish.  For anglers traveling solo, join a shared trip to get your fish-fix in on your vacation.

When you’re targeting Tuna, you’ll want a trip of 6 hours or more, and you should fish with a smaller group.

Your license for the day is provided with the boat, and the captain will have drinks on board for you, usually including a local wine. The catch is typically shared between you and the crew, with enough for your dinner. A lot of captains will cook this for you during the trip.

Fishing trips to Greece can be personalized for every customer. Your trip can include snorkeling, spearfishing, swimming, a BBQ, and sunbathing. Let the captain know if you wish to spearfish, which can be done from June to April. There’s something for the whole family and anglers of all skill levels.

What to Bring

In rare cases when your fishing gear isn’t included in the price, rods and reels can be rented for a small sum on the day.

Bring a high-factor sunscreen and apply it regularly from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be aware of the poisonous fish in these waters. This includes Greater Weever, Sea Urchin, Scorpionfish, and Thornback Ray. It’s a good idea to have rubber shoes to wear when entering the water.

Book a trip with a local captain today for an unforgettable adventure fishing in Greece.


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Greece Fishing Seasons

January is the off-season in Greece. Expect colder weather and a lot of closed facilities. Head to Chios to see ship models being carried by singing fishermen on New Years Eve.


Average temperatures in February are around 10°C, yet that doesn’t stop Apokries! This is a collection of extravagant carnivals happening around Greece. Head to Corfu, Zante, and Athens for a great time.

Easter is a big deal for the Greek Orthodox, who follow the Julian calendar. Keep this holiday in mind if you’re traveling in March (the date changes yearly) and plan your time around it.

There are plenty of events to enjoy in April, from Athens International Film Festival to their Jazz Festival. Easter might also fall in April, which will affect you travel plans.  

Take advantage of the free admission at most museums on International Museums Days. May 1 is International Workers’ Day, expect stores to be closed and possible strikes.

The Athens Festival begins in June and lasts for 3 months. The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is a huge cultural event that draws crowds from across the globe. Navy Week is also celebrated, especially in Corfu.

Get into the Greek sunshine, it will do you a world of good! Take in a show at the Hydra Puppet Festival or at the Philippi Festival in Kavala. Temperatures average at 27°C.


More festivals this month, including Olympus Festival in Pieria, or the Aegina International Music Festival in Aegina.

Athens has an International Film Festival in September. Children go back to school, leaving tourist attractions quieter this month. Check the ferry schedules as they begin to change now.

Ochi Day is celebrated on the 28 so expect parades and celebrations throughout Greece. There are plenty of Halloween parties to join in across the country.

November is the beginning of the off-season. The weather is cool, the tourists are gone, but life goes on in Greece. There are patron saints to celebrate still, such as the Archangels and St. Andreas.

There are plenty of beautiful religious traditions in Greece around the lead up to Christmas – the cold won’t slow these guys down! If that’s not your speed, head to the mountains for some skiing.

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Top Fishing Techniques in Greece

  1. Spearfishing

Top Targeted Species in Greece

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)



Marlin (White)

Marlin (White)