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Fishing in Sardinia

With its long sandy beaches, stunning rocky coastline, and luscious green mountains, Sardinia has been a favorite haunt for holiday-makers across Europe for decades. But the second-largest island in the Mediterranean is only now taking advantage of its fishing potential. Come fishing in Sardinia and explore the rich nearshore and offshore waters, and get your hands on some of the Med’s most sought-after fish!
 
Almost all of Europe’s favorite seafood call the Mediterranean waters home, and you’ll get to hit a range of waters in search of all of them. Hit the shallower waters nearshore and get your hands on tasty creatures like Dentex, Grouper, Seabream, Diplodus, and Seabass. Meanwhile, an offshore adventure will see you target beasts such as Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Swordfish.
 
Spend anywhere from four to eight hours fishing nearshore, with a full day needed to get to the deeper waters. You can even take advantage of even shorter trips to target such beauties as Squid, or spend up to three days on the water. Some captains even offer you the chance to go fishing at night, so fishing in Sardinia really has it all!
 
Most anglers coming to the island will look for a charter near their hotel. The northeastern region around Olbia is a favorite with tourists and anglers alike, so get ready for a thrilling Sardinia fishing adventure here. 

Rules & Regulations

While some charter operators may arrange your license for you, you should check before coming. Fishing licenses in Sardinia are free of charge, but they do require you to report your catch online. Fill out the form online and away you go! 
 
If you’re thinking of going spearfishing, you may need an additional permit too. Check with your captain if they offer it, and they’ll advise you of the necessary steps.
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Sardinia Fishing Seasons

January
You may need to work hard to find the biting fish in January, but they are there. Just make sure to bring a raincoat as you may be dodging showers while going after those bottom fish for a warming treat.
February
The fishing has still not quite picked up, but the island comes alive for Shrove Tuesday and the annual pre-lenten carnival. Hit up Oristano for the pick of the festivities that include an ancient equestrian show.
March
Things picking up as spring gets underway, with a whole host of delicious bottom fish finally emerging from hibernation. Head to sea and battle it out with Amberjack, Groupers, and Bream to take back to shore. 
April
Easter brings with it plenty of celebrations in Sardinia, while the Day of Sardinia is also marked to much fanfare. Don’t let that distract you from the incredible fishing on offer in the shallow and deepwater. 
May
You won’t know where to go when May hits, with plenty enticing you offshore, as well as the usual suspects calling you nearshore. Mix it up and go after everything from Seabream to Tuna to fill the boat.
June
Peak season is upon Sardinia with the warm weather attracting the tourists and a range of incredible fish. Go up against Dentex, Groupers, Bream, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and many more on a fun-filled trip. 
July
Swordfish join the offshore party, with these delicious creatures offering a thrill for any serious angler. Get ready to work up a sweat in the summer sun, as you battle it out with these monsters and more.  
August
Seafood is the flavor of the month come August, and you shouldn’t miss out on Alghero’s Festival of Fireworks and Fried Fish. Unwind here after a thrilling day at sea and get the most out of your holiday. 
September
While the number of tourists starts to dwindle, there’s no sign of the red-hot fishing letting up. In fact, autumn can be just as good as summer, with a range of bottom-dwelling creatures returning to join the fun.
October
Make the most of your last chance to land some of the bigger offshore monsters, as Tuna and Mahi Mahi start leaving the waters around Sardinia. Don’t worry, though, there’s plenty of nearshore action too. 
November
Bottom fishing is the name of the game come November, with Dusky Grouper, Amberjack, and Seabream all offering up a delight to anglers. Get your fish on and head back to shore with something for dinner.
December
It’s not too late to get out on the water! The usual bottom-dwelling suspects are still biting, giving you that one last hurrah on the water, as you see out the year in style with a delicious treat to take ashore. 

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