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Fishing in Dubrovnik should be on your radar this season! Dubrovnik is so much more than one of the main film sites for Game of Thrones. Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, this beautiful town offers some incredible fishing opportunities. A tourist hot spot, you’ll come for the tours and stay for the fishing.

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Croatia has great spots for freshwater fishing, but in Dubrovnik, it’s all about offshore fishing on the Adriatic Sea. As one of the clearest and shallowest seas in Europe, the species that call these waters home are varied and perfect for recreational fishing. The Adriatic Sea is usually calm, without strong tides, making it perfect for beginners as well as more experienced anglers.

Croatia is called the country of 1,000 islands for a very good reason. A short half-hour boat ride will take you to the Elaphiti Islands. The hot spots you should visit for awesome fishing include Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan.

Big Game Fishing

You can start fishing reefs and shipwrecks just one mile from the coast of Dubrovnik. You’re likely to begin your fishing charter by going past the old city walls, so have your camera ready to take in this ancient structure. Once past these ancient walls, you’ll be able to try a range of techniques, such as trolling, live baiting, and bottom wreck fishing. This of course depends on the conditions on the day, as well as which species you’re targeting.

The most impressive fish you can catch here is the elusive Swordfish – night trips are your best chance of catching this pelagic fish. The Adriatic Sea is also a hotspot for catching Bluefin Tuna, as well as Amberjack, Dentex, John Dory, and Grouper. The prized Bluefin Tuna can be caught from August to January.


You can spearfish during the day, which has a very long tradition in Dubrovnik. The Adriatic Sea lends itself perfectly to this technique, due to its high visibility and shallow waters. No scuba diving equipment can be used here, so this is best for freediving spearos with experience.

When spearfishing, you’ll be able to target Grouper, Dentex, and Yellowtail Amberjack, as well as Mullet and Brown Meager (also called Corb). It’s recommended that when spearfishing you head out with a guide. This is so they can inform you of the regulations for each species on your trip.

The best spearfishing can be found around the islands of Molunat and Glavat, 40 miles and 70 miles away from Dubrovnik respectively. These beautiful islands offer the perfect depths for larger game that is usually out of reach when spearfishing. Head over during late summer and stay till fall for excellent spearfishing options. If you wish to compete in a spearfishing competition, you’ll need to head to the island of Mali Lošinj for the New Year Spearfishing Cup tournament. This is a nine-hour drive away, but well worth the trek.

Fishing Tips

  • When going after the king of the Adriatic, Bluefin Tuna, try trolling with live or dead bait. Mackerel, herring, mullet, and squid all work well. If artificial lures are more your speed, use spoons, plugs, or feathers for great results.  

  • You can catch Swordfish during the full moon. They love squid baits. Artificial lures that look like squid but light up are also a fantastic way to attract these deep water Billfish.

Need to Know

Fishing from the harbor and public beaches is restricted in high tourist season (between May and October), so head out on a boat for the best experience during the summer.

The mollusk Date Shell (locally called Prstaci) is protected by law, and you will be fined if caught taking one. Similarly, if you catch a female Spiny Lobster, you must release it regardless of its size.

Rules and Regulations

Your fishing license is likely to be included in the price of the trip if you book with a charter captain.  Your captain will also inform you what you can catch during the season and the legal limits of each species.

Everyone who fishes in Croatia needs to purchase a fishing license and a membership to the Croatian Sea Sport Fishing Association. You will need proof of identification in order to get you license, which costs roughly $20 per day with the membership card included


Croatia has a tourist tax for all visitors, which is less than $1.25 per day. This is usually paid at your hotel during check-in. Disabled people and children under 12 are exempt from paying.

The average price for six anglers on a full day trip is around $1,250. On a half day trip, expect to pay from around $850 for groups of six.

Getting There

Fly directly into Dubrovnik, at the Čilipi Airport. This is a 35-minute drive along the D8 to the city center.

The summer season is incredibly busy with tourists in Dubrovnik, so book your fishing trip well in advance. Make your own history in this ancient city!

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Go after Bluefin Tuna now for great results! On land, enjoy the Museum Night and visit many museums free of charge.


The 3rd of February is St. Blaise Day, the city’s saint. There is a procession and plenty of activities to join in. Amberjack is hot this month.


March is all about the Amberjack, Little Tunny, and Bonito. Out of the water you can visit the Mediterranean Health Festival.


April is a good month for catching Sharks, and it’s also a great month for Bonito. The weather reaches highs of 18° C, so dress appropriately.


May is fantastic for catching Blue and Thresher Sharks. Warm up your vocal cords and visit the free a cappella concerts around Old Town with the Aklapela Festival.


The Shark action continues this month! Celebrate Midsummer with the annual cello concert welcoming in the sunrise.


This is the month for music and performances with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, that continues into August. Bluefin Tuna will start warming up, so be ready!


This is the month for Bluefin Tuna to shine! When not fishing, join in the Maraton Ladja, a traditional boat race.


Both Bluefin and Albacore Tuna continue to bite fast and hard. You might even catch a Mahi Mahi or two!


Now is the perfect time to fish for Swordfish. Dubrovnik Good Food Festival is in October – join in with tastings and workshops.


This is the last month for excellent Albacore fishing. Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, and Little Tunny are also biting well. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Amberjack, too.


Go to a Christmas fair, try lots of food and drink, and follow it all up with a New Year’s Eve concert and fireworks. This is another great month for Swordfish and Bluefin Tuna fishing.

Dubrovnik Fishing Calendar

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Afternoon fishing trip
Anthony G. fished with Maritimo Fishing Dubrovnik on June 29, 2019
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Just go for it, there's plenty of fish there, so give it a try.
2 Days Fishing
Tomislav K. fished with Dubrovnik Big Game Fishing - Servantes II on September 18, 2018
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Pick your days well, and give it time, dont get dissapointed early. Waiting does pay off!
2 Full Days Fishing
Tomislav K. fished with Dubrovnik Big Game Fishing - Servantes II on September 17, 2018
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Paitience and most time in the water pay off.
Fabulous day trip with Captain Maro!
Tan S. fished with Dubrovnik Coastal Beauty - 22' on August 23, 2018
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Take it easy! Lots to do besides fishing! Go snorkeling, swimming, island hopping etc!
Best day in Dubrovnik!
FishingBooker Member fished with Dubrovnik Coastal Beauty - 22' on April 3, 2018
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beautiful weather and calm sea .. just the most beautiful day in Dubrovnik thanks to Maro!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Dubrovnik

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Dubrovnik costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $331, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $489. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Dubrovnik is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Classic.

According to customer reviews, Dubrovnik Fishing – 23', Maritimo Fishing Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik Big Game Fishing - Servantes II are some of the most popular fishing charters in Dubrovnik. Full list of top fishing charters in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Fishing – 23', Maritimo Fishing Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik Big Game Fishing - Servantes II all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Dubrovnik.

The best way to experience fishing in Dubrovnik is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Dubrovnik.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dentex, Amberjack, and Gilt-head (Seabream). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, jigging, and deep sea fishing. Reef fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Now is the perfect time to fish for Swordfish. Dubrovnik Good Food Festival is in October – join in with tastings and workshops. Check availability for local fishing charters in Dubrovnik.

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