Captain
Andrea Giard

Member since November 2016 Siracusa, Italy
Background
Always been travelling for fishing in Sicily with my father and grandfather from my childhood, after my architect degree decided to change life and jump into tourism and adventure trips to work with my passion for fishing and wild places of Sicily and some other hotspots around the world like Canary islands and Africa. Today I guide also wild and adventurous trips in Sicily. I'm also a fishing videomaker and reporter, Shimano Italy ambassador.
Techniques
I love extreme shore fishing, waves, helmet and life jacket off the rocks on deep waters! Especially when is possible to face tunas and big predators, in Sicily there are many remote places where this match is not complicated. I drive crazy looking for Bluefin tuna feeding frenzy to fish with popping rods. Live bait trolling in the right season is another adrenalin technique!

Hey, I'm Captain Andrea Giard

Siracusa, Italy
Background
Always been travelling for fishing in Sicily with my father and grandfather from my childhood, after my architect degree decided to change life and jump into tourism and adventure trips to work with my passion for fishing and wild places of Sicily and some other hotspots around the world like Canary islands and Africa. Today I guide also wild and adventurous trips in Sicily. I'm also a fishing videomaker and reporter, Shimano Italy ambassador.
Techniques
I love extreme shore fishing, waves, helmet and life jacket off the rocks on deep waters! Especially when is possible to face tunas and big predators, in Sicily there are many remote places where this match is not complicated. I drive crazy looking for Bluefin tuna feeding frenzy to fish with popping rods. Live bait trolling in the right season is another adrenalin technique!

My Charter Listings

Sicily Fishing & Lodging

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Siracusa
trips from $216

CVS Fishing

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Santa Maria
trips from $467

Fishing Reports

An amazing standard trip!
An amazing standard trip!
Sep 26, 2019 Siracusa
This late September was a successful one. Last fishing sessions went very good. Fish are there in good numbers and this promises a great Autumn-Winter season for fishing in Sicily. One of the techniques we particularly like in these waters, productive when practised in the right period and with correct bait, is live bait trolling. This technique could also be considered a Deep sea fishing in Sicily, as is usually take place at -40m or deeper. Target fish are usually Dentex, Amberjack and many species of grouper. Bluefin tuna or other big species can occasionally bite fishing with live bait trolling but in that case, you need to be very good! ​Fishing in October October and November are great months to find the right live bait, which is also a fun activity to do early in the morning if you don't mind about waking up early during your holiday in Sicily. It is anyway possible to skip this part and jump on the boat when the live baits are already in the live tank, a couple of hours sleeping later! :-D On the last fishing sessions, James first, Mandy and Sebastian after went fishing in Syracuse area with us this week. Apart from the good fishing visible on the pictures, we had really great moments aboard. Good weather and some interesting activities, after fishing, filled those perfect days. ​Extra activities on a fishing trip In many places of Sicily, some activities are possible after the deep sea fishing session or during a 3-day fishing trip. One of them is jumping in the water to catch an octopus with barehand. Barehanded Octopus fishing. This is a family knowledge, a bunch of skills about spotting and catching octopus in their shelters, passed from my father, that I try to teach to my guests. Barehanded octopus fishing takes place from 1m to 4m of waters, in the daylight. Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are always available. It is always possible to catch and release them. ​Another thing we add to our trips, when possible and in specific places, is preparing abord a special lunch, maybe with the caught fish. This is to fill up a complete experience that will drive you directly into the Mediterranean fishing and marine lifestyle. In definitive, thanks to our experienced team, made of different skills, we can proudly say that for this specific season, and target fish, we can deliver, the best fishing in Sicily as an experience to remember.
Morning session report - A big Jack and
Morning session report - A big Jack and
Sep 6, 2017 Santa Maria
On our fishing expedition, sessions with fish chasing the baits and strikes are regular situations, especially during sunrise and sunset. This day didn't was an exception. Once on the spot, after a short offroad drive, the crew started to observe and evaluate the best strategy to approach the place. The scenario was a promise for a good fishing day. The spot, in this case, consists of a shallow rocky shore with a flat, going in front of us several meters. This less usual environment creates some small waves and a breaking point right where the fight takes place. Extra difficulty. The selection of baits is a consequence, and topwater or subsurface fishing is the best way in a case like this, and for a well-known spot to our team. In this case, we start fishing from different points and all anglers can comfortably cast simultaneously thanks to the big spaces available along the shore. After a couple of casts on a section of the spot, abundantly after the sunrise, is Carlo to wake up everybody, calling the "chasing fish" after that a big shape, followed him until the waves breaking point. This is the classic situation when the next cast may result decisive to let the fish strike. Under the guides close attention and with some useful real-time tips, after a few seconds and a dramatic explosion on the surface, Carlo is screaming "fiiish ooonnn"! Some energetic jerking to set the hook on the fish mouth and the rod is still bent to confirm the fish is hooked. No doubt about the opponent, it was a Horse Eye Trevally, unrivaled king of the inshore shallow waters. A thrilling and from the not obvious result fighting starts. The fish runs laterally, in both directions trying to take the line on the rocks coming out from the shallow. Here is the game essence, no mistakes allowed. No space for indecisions. The equipment also plays an important role. The reel's drag, for example, have to be set in accordance with the possible situations, before the session start. This is due to contrast correctly the fish during its "runs". ​ Carlo, well prepaid and again with the support of the guiding team, with the right equipment manage to control almost all the fish moves. About 15min are sufficient to land the fish into a small pool to finally slow down the heart rate and honour the amazing fish with some good pictures. A "Horse Eye trevally", worthy brother of the more famous Giant Trevally (or GT as he is called between the tropical anglers), is now in front of our happy faces, with all his majesty. A very good shot, a Caranx of over 100cm, that will later result the biggest fish of the day. After the congratulations with Carlo, despite the fatigue visible in his face, the satisfaction was palpable in his eyes. Satisfaction to have caught one of the best fish of these waters. ​Is was still early, then filled with adrenalin, the group follow fishing with not less interesting results. Many strikes and other species of jack of good size, arrived under our feet. Caranx are not the only species appreciating out baits; Groupers and big needlefish filled up the day. Being this enough for the morning session, at around 10 am was the moment of a big breakfast to charge the battery, enjoy and talk about the biggest reward of the day: a beautiful fish caught on shallow water over a technique spot. After breakfast, we were already looking forward to the afternoon session.
Bluefin Tuna emotions
Bluefin Tuna emotions
Jul 21, 2017 Siracusa
Bluefin Tuna passes every year along the coasts of Italy. Twice. Big fish coming from the Atlantic Ocean to complete their reproduction cycle, starts to run all along the Mediterranean to spawn from Spring to fall. Some schools instead are resident in the Mediterranean sea, living here year-round. This large presence of the species, set with no doubts Italy as the location with the best Mediterranean fishing for tuna. The Bluefin Tuna is considered a superb animal, superbly adapted for extreme swimming, extreme lasting, extreme diving, travelling, eating, growing compared to other fish. The video (here is just the short 30 sec. version) is a tribute to this great fighter, taking the battle to the ultimate level! Unbelievable spooling, exhausting oppositions, long lasting fightings, a technical approach and preparation as shown in this short movie are always part of the bluefin tuna game fishing. The footage highlights the emotions coming out from the epic fight, for the angler and the other people aboard. When the tuna arrives finally under the boat, showing his majesty, is always a general “WOOOWW”. Is also possible to see how the Crew guidance, concurrently helps the fisherman to correctly behave in order to take the fish under the boat, which is not an easy job! Apart from being a fishing trip or a fishing charter in Italy, we love to transmit knowledge about how to catch a bluefin tuna. Technique and equipment The technique is Drifting for Tuna, with both live and dead bait. The preparation is an important part of the fishing session, looking for live bait and preparing the dead ones to correctly drop on the current. Correct distances, bait presentation, equipment dimension, right spots and timing are just some of the local knowledge that plays a big role to reach the strikes. In this specific case, fighting was done on a fishing chair and using Shimano Tiagra 80lb reel and rod. A setting that can be considered “heavy”. We frequently use instead, a setting that can be considered “light”, employing the Shimano Talica 50lb and 25lb with the deep spool, together with lightweight harness gimbal (belt) that allows stand-up fishing for Tuna and completely different action. We hope to transmit an important message evaluating Tuna game fishing as a sustainable and sportive activity, against not sustainable professional fishing techniques. Thanks to some government actions and strict lows the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is back in big quantity in the Mediterranean Sea, after a past period of illegal and uncontrolled fishing. It worth also to mention that Bluefin tuna is also a historical fishery in the Mediterranean sea as described in a past article about Tuna fishing in Sicily.

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Mediterranean Dentex
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Bluefin Tuna Fishing!!!

Full Day Bluefin Tuna Fishing on August 30, 2020
Awesome Charter!!! We went out to fish for Bluefin Tuna and had a great time. It was a beautiful day, the boat was more than...
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Amsterdam, North Holland
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Incredible Half Day fishing for the Mighty Dentex

September 24, 2020
First off Andrea is a phenomenal host and guide. We started fishing for Calamari bait at 3.30am to get ready for a morning...
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Italy
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Bluefin with Andrea

Full Day Bluefin Tuna Fishing on June 21, 2020
Awesome day on the water with Andrea. We were scheduled the weekend prior but advised by Andrea to wait an extra week for a...
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Noto, Sicily
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Spontanous individual daytrip

Full Day Live Bait Trolling on September 24, 2020
We had a nice spountanous trip with our 13 month old daughter for mixed fishing. Guide Andrea and captain beniamino were perfect...
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Nanterre, Île-de-France
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Exceptional experience fishing, visiting and eating

3-Day Island Fishing Trip on June 12, 2018
This is much more than a fishing trip, its a private and intimate tour of one of the most special, and unknown islands in the...
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