Looking to make a big catch? The first step towards a successful fishing trip in Catalunya is to obtain a recreational fishing licence. You can apply for one via the Generalitat de Catalunya’s website. A one-day fishing licence costs €3, but longer ones that last for up to four years are also available. Once your paperwork is in order, grab some bait and head to one of the region’s many diverse fishing spots.
Situated where the rivers Segre and Ebre meet, the small town of Mequinenza lies just across the border in Aragon, although many of the surrounding fishing spots are in Catalunya. Common species include carp, zander and black brass, and the area is a mecca for recreational fishers in search of catfish, which often weigh in at over 100 kilogrammes. Make the most of the rich fishing opportunities by planning a mini-escape here for a few days. Several tour operators offer accommodation and guided fishing tours. CatMaster Tours organise catfish tours for those dedicated to angling the prized species.
Head to the Costa Brava for excellent sea fishing opportunities. L’Estartit, a town that is also popular with scuba divers thanks to its rich sea life, is a great place for beach fishing. One of the best spots is the Platja de la Pletera, a tranquil beach where the river Ter meets the sea. Alternatively, hire a boat or go on an all-inclusive tour of the best fishing enclaves along the coast. At Pesca Estartit you can do both; hiring a boat for half a day costs €120-180. It’s their cephalopod fishing season until late October, so why not give catching squid, octopus and cuttlefish a go for something slightly different.
With four rivers running through and around the historic city of Girona, there are plenty of fish to be found. The closest spots are along the rivers Ter and Onyar, where you can find carp, brown trout and barbell, whilst just north of the city, the lake of Banyoles is a good place to catch pike and carp. The best fishing in the province, however, can be found slightly further afield at the Susqueda reservoir to the west, and the Bodoella reservoir to the north.
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There are lots of fishing spots along the river where you can set up your gear and fish for free, and there are a variety of both fresh and saltwater species, including dorada (gilt-head bream), amberjack and bluefin tuna. Alternatively, there are several game fishing charter boats that offer guided tours of the area with all specialist equipment included, as well as the option of renting your own boat. The multilingual staff at Delta Game Fishing organise all-inclusive trips from €250. Choose from different options including spin fishing, fly fishing and bottom fishing.
Before you set off, stock up on gear in one of Barcelona’s specialist fishing shops. Casa Calico (Plaça de les Olles 9) is one of the oldest fishing shops in Barcelona and they offer fantastic knowledge and equipment for anything from surf fishing to float fishing. Game Fisher (Doctor Aiguader 6) also has a good range of products for all techniques.