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Fishing in Crete
Fishing in Crete isn’t just about catching fish – it’s a way of keeping the local tradition alive. Home to the Minoan civilization and renowned for its architecture, this historic Greek island never ceases to attract people from around the world. But visiting ruins and museums isn’t the only way to learn about Crete. Take a trip with a local fishing guide and learn some of the local knowledge about these waters that’s been passed down for generations.
For those of you who want to take it slow, there are lots of short, inshore trips. These can bring you Mullet, Common Pandora, Saddled Bream, Striped Seabream, and European Seabass. They may not be big – but they’re tasty! If you have more time on your hands and want to spend a whole day fishing, you can go offshore for Tuna, Amberjack, Dentex, and Swordfish.
You can come fishing any time of year, but the best catches usually happen at the beginning of summer. For those of you specifically targeting Amberjack, come from May–June. If you want to see Tuna at the end of your line, you’ll have the best chances from June–August. You’ll usually go trolling, spinning, and bottom fishing on these trips but it doesn’t end there. Fishing from the rocks is popular among locals and they often go spearfishing.
There are great fishing spots around the whole island, but the northern side tends to be popular. You can choose from a variety of guides available year round in Chania, Iraklio, Agios Nicolaos, and Agia Pelagia.
Prepare your bouzouki playlist and get ready for fishing in Crete! This is your chance to experience what being Cretan truly feels like.
Crete Fishing Seasons
January isn’t the prime time for fishing, but you can still catch some Common Pandora nearshore.
You can go after Common Pandora nearshore or head offshore for Dentex.
Another player joins the game. Besides Dentex and Common Pandora, you can also target Amberjack this month.
There are even more Common Pandora and Dentex around the island. Try catching them with a speargun!
Amberjack are present in huge numbers, so if you like deep sea fishing, this is your time to shine!
While Amberjack season peaks, another fish goes to the most-wanted list – Tuna! Get ready for a good fight and hold your rod tight!
Tuna action still rocks the offshore waters but you can have a great time inshore as well. Target Seabream or European Seabass.
Bluefin and Skipjack Tuna are still waiting for you in the depths around Crete. Take a full day trip to maximize your chances of a catch.
Grouper are often overlooked, but these are some of the tastiest fish. Go bottom fishing and take your shot with these heavy weights.
Start your fishing adventure early in the morning and target Seabream, Common Pandora, or Mullet.
Common Pandora and Dentex are still good targets. Remember that windy days on Crete indicate you’ll have a successful day out.
Take it slow and stay close to shore. Target tasty fish, such as Mullet, European Seabass, and Striped Seabream.
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Reviews of Fishing in Crete
Very nice fish, fun & relax trip !
Philippe W. fished with Bertram 35' Fishing Crete Island on August 29, 2019
Better check weather conditions in order to be able to go when the are optimal for catching the intended fish !
Crete to Santorni!! The best Island hopping Experience ever!
FishingBooker Member fished with Bertram 35' Fishing Crete Island on July 31, 2019
I cannot believe how much knowledge I received and learned from this fishing cruise. This is a serious professional level of fishing, anyone who knows fishing will understand the quality and potential this has to offer from Mr Zacks equipment alone, along with the local knowledge to know exactly where to go, this was by far one of the most successful endeavours I have experienced and I really did not expect such sophistication. Hands down, trust this experience!