If you are dreaming of a warm, sunny climate where the fish are plentiful and easy to catch, then a place called Cyprus may be just for you. There is nothing better than family vacations here where you can enjoy the sun, sea, food, and most importantly the fishing. This small island offers plenty of both offshore and onshore fishing, both of which will leave you amazed. Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterrean Sea. It has a subtropical climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Because of this, it is a great vacation destination for people looking to escape the cold and enjoy some sunshine.
With over 250 species calling the waters of Cyprus home, there’s something to catch in the Mediterranean Sea every day of the year. You have the best chance to target Swordfish in northern Cyprus out of Girne. Swordfish are one of the most popular game fish on the island. Fishing out of Larnaca or Ayia Napa in eastern Cyprus could have you hooking into Common Pandora, Dusky Grouper, and Sharks. Head to Limassol in the south for Common Pandora, European Seabass, Dentex, King Mackerel, and Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna. Paphos in the west is a hot spot for Grouper, Amberjack, and Common Pandora. All are great fun depending on what you want to target and catch. If Tuna is at the top of your list, come fishing from June until August. It won’t take long during this time to get a hook-up, as the Tuna come within 12 kilometers of the shore. If you’re after a tasty Mahi Mahi or a Bonito, head to Cyprus from October to December. You don’t need a fishing license when trolling offshore. However, you’ll need a license for spearfishing, trap fishing, and nighttime fishing with spear guns.
Freshwater fishing is a well-kept secret in Cyprus. There are plenty of stocked dams and reservoirs where you can fish. There are 15 freshwater species stocked in Cyprus. These include Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Trout, Pikeperch, Carp, Bream, and Roach. The largest reservoir is the Asprogremmos Reservoir. This is great for Catfish and Trout. The Yermasogeia Reservoir holds Carp, Silver Bream, and more. The Achna Dam has some of the biggest Catfish, as well as populations of Largemouth Bass, Carp, Roach, Tilapia, and more. For some of the biggest Carp, head to the Kouris Dam. All anglers over 12 need to have a fishing license when fishing dams and reservoirs. Regulations are more strict for freshwater fishing than offshore. This includes limits of the catch and size, when the open season is, and regulations on what time of day you can fish. These are subject to change, so have a local guide with you and check the current regulations before heading out. In Cyprus you can fish in ports, piers, lakes or from the beach. If you want to fish from the beach it is best to use live worms as bait and you can buy these from the shops for fishing tackle. If you want to fish from the rocks it is better to use fish food pellets or pasta.You can go fishing in Cyprus 365 days a year. Best times for fishing are early in the morning when the fish are hungry and late in the afternoon before they go to sleep.
If you are bringing your own tackle, come prepared for the species of fish that you plan to target. With so many different species in and around Cyprus this can be a little difficult, but a couple rods of different sizes as well as different sized line can really come in handy when you want to target a different species of fish. Bait can either be caught beforehand or bought from a local shop. You may even find other anglers that are willing to help you out as well as offer some advice. Most freshwater fishing can be done with a light to medium setup, while offshore fishing can produce bigger fish that require more horsepower. Also bring plenty of hooks and line, as you never know when or where you might be able to buy them. If going with a guide, they should be able to provide you with all the equipment necessary in order to be the most successful.
Cyprus can be a wonderful place to visit and with an extremely long summer it can get you out of some nasty weather into the sunshine catching fish. If you have ever thought about visiting, it is a destination that you will not soon forget. Who knows, you may even catch that fish of a lifetime.