The Provençal coastline, mythical birthplace of Bouillabaisse, is a dream come true for sea fishing enthusiasts. The Mediterranean waters are very rich hunting grounds. The main catches are, of course, rock fish, which you will find in the fish soup in the evening.
The kind of fish that you can expect to catch depends on where you cast your fishing line. It is difficult to fish the bay of Cassis (with the 1,300 ft cliffs of Cap Canaille on the one side and Cap Croisette on the other), but the techniques of hand-line fishing and bottom fishing mean you should be able to catch bass, sea bream, sea bass, and pagellus from the rocky seabed covered in seaweed.
At the Calanques of Sormiou and Morgiou, sea bass, which breeds here in the winter, is easier to catch. As for the area surrounding the islands of Jarre and Riou, it is full of squid.
Ciotat Bay is home to several different fish habitats. Mackerel populates the waters between Ile Verte and Pointe du Deffend, and the south-east coast of the island is the home of sparidaes, moray eels and rock fish (which can also be found in the north of the island).
Around the lighthouse of Cassidagne, gilthead breams, bass and sea bass haunt the shallows, whereas near to the sea valleys more than 656 ft deep, fisherman can catch pink sea bream, hake or perhaps even a conger eel, with a little patience. Le Martin Pécheur. 6 av. Ganteaume Cassis.
Tel.: (+33) (0)4 42 01 15 65 (fishing tackle shop).
La belle blonde. Tel.: (+33) (0)6 24 56 59 47 (recreational fishing).
There is no shortage of lakes, ponds, and rivers to go fishing with friends.© © Ekspansio / iStock
You never know what kind of miraculous catch might reveal itself in the net...© GRAPHICOBSESSION
All you need to get started is a rod and some bait.© Robert Ingelhart / iStock
What makes this sporty pastime unique is the 'cracking the whip' technique used to cast the fly.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
For the truly dedicated, the choice of fishing gear depends on the type of fish you are trying to hook.© Monika Lewandowska / iStock