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Croatia Fishing

In the last few years Europe has got a new destination for big game anglers in the Adriatic sea. It's eastern part, Croatian coast has been known for centuries as a habitat of one of most desired big game fish - blue fin tuna.

Adriatic sea has a unique characteristic which puts it in front of other fishing destinations. Namely, the blue fin tuna, otherwise a highly migratory species has chosen Adriatic sea for it's home and this is the only known place on earth, where blue fin can be caught any time of the year.

Blue fin tuna is not the only important big game species in Adriatic. Tunas here range from baby size to giants in the range over 300kg. They are present along the outer coast of the hundreds of islands and often they come well inshore entering estuaries and channels.

The ultimate fishing challenge for many sport fisherman is a - broadbill swordfish which is present in fair numbers (decreasing from south to north), but the fact is that even in central Dalmatia they are often spotted breaking the surface during daytime, although seldom caught. The recently introduced technique of night trolling will perhaps make the difference.

Sharks, even not as frequent as in tropical destinations are respectable opponents.
The blue shark and thresher shark are targeted by big game fisherman in Adriatic.
March and April offer great fishing for little tunnies, which come in huge numbers in the inshore waters. Little tunnies in Adriatic grow to sizes up to 13 kg, during some seasons the average fish is around 10 kilos

During the fall, fisherman have a choice among albacore farther offshore and amberjack on the outer sides of many islands. Dolphin fish or mahi-mahi are present in great numbers.

Allowed fishing tackle and equipment

1. Fishing tackle

  • fishing-line, in all up to two (2) pieces, with three (3) hooks on each rod at the most,
  • fishing line with lead weight, in all up to two (2) pieces, with three (3) hooks on each line at the most,
  • fishing-line for trailing or hand-trolling, in all up to two (2) pieces, with three (3) hooks on each hand-roll at the most,
  • fishing-line with a hook for catching cephalopods, in all up to two (2) pieces,


    2. Spear-fishing gun

  • spear-fishing gun, in all up to two (2) pieces.

    Licenses for performing of recreation-sports fishing at sea for Croatian or foreign citizens are issued:

    1. - for one (1) day,
    2. - for three (3) days,
    3. - for seven (7) days,
    4. - for thirty (30) days,
    5. - for the current calendar year (annual licenses).

    Licenses for one (1), three (3), seven (7) and thirty (30) days are issued to Croatian and foreign citizens.

    Daily licenses are issued specially for fishing with the use of angling fishing tackle, and particularly for fishing with the use of the spear-fishing gun.

    The amount of the compensation for daily licenses in case of which it is allowed to fish only with the use of angling fishing tackle:

    1. - 60.00 kunas for a license for one (1) day,
    2. - 150.00 kunas for a license for three (3) days,
    3. - 250.00 kunas for a license for seven (7) days,
    4. - 500.00 kunas for a license for thirty (30) days.

    The amount of the compensation for daily licenses in case of which it is allowed to fish only with the use of a spear-fishing gun:

    1. - 60.00 kunas for a license for one (1) day,
    2. - 150.00 kunas for a license for three (3) days,
    3. - 250.00 kunas for a license for seven (7) days,
    4. - 500.00 kunas for a license for thirty (30) days.

    Minimum allowed dimensions

    Fish (Pisces):

  • Two-banded bream (Diplodus vulgaris) 15 cm
  • Needlefish (Tetrapturus belone) 120 cm
  • Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) 120 cm
  • Eel (Anguilla anguilla) 30 cm
  • Black umber (Sciaena umbra) 30 cm
  • Grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) 60 cm
  • Gilthead (Sparus aurata) 20 cm
  • Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) 25 cm
  • Striped bream (Lithognathus mormyrus) 20 cm
  • Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) 65 cm
  • Sheepshead bream (Diplodus puntazzo) 22 cm
  • White bream (Diplodus sargus) 21 cm
  • Grouper (Scorpaena scrofa) 25 cm
  • Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) 70 cm
  • Conger eel (Conger conger) 70 cm
  • Dentex (Dentex dentex) 30 cm


    Mollusks (Bivalia):

  • Common mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) 5 cm
  • Scallop (Pecten jacobaeus) 9 cm
  • Oyster (Ostrea edulils) 6 cm
  • Striped Venus (Venus gallina) 2, 5 cm
  • Grooved Carpet Shell (Ruditapes decussatus) 2, 5 cm
  • Ark shell (Arca noae) 5 cm
  • Wart Venus (Venus verrucosa) 3 cm

    Crabs (Crustacea):

  • Spider crab (Maja squinado) 10 cm

    Fishing licences

    In local units of the administration of fishing and agriculture of the Mediterranean of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management


  • Pula:
    Sv. Teodora 2, tel. 052/591-323,

  • Rijeka:
    Demetrova 3, tel. 051/214-877,

  • Senj:
    Trg Cilnica 1, tel. O53/882-697,

  • Zadar:
    Zrinsko-Frankopanska 38, tel. 023/316-091,

  • Sibenik:
    Trg P. Subica 2, tel. 022/244-018,

  • Split:
    Prilaz Brace Kaliterna 10, tel. 021/591-366,

  • Ploce:
    Trg K. Tomislava 16, tel:0207679-273

  • Dubrovnik:
    M. Majorice 4, tel. 020/332-393

    From authorized persons, in tourist offices and harbour master's branch offices:


  • Savudrija:
    Sirene, Trg Marije Iline bb. Tel. 052/759-541,
    Himera, Bastanija 13,

  • Umag:
    SRD Pozoji 9, Tiemme, Trg slobode 2, tel. O52/741-766, Bori Libra, Savudrijska bb., Varia, Kolodvorska 1, tel. 052/741-264, Plavo more, Trgovacka 3a, tel. 052/752-740,

  • Novigrad:
    Piko, Vergal 9, tel. 052/757-070, Rakam trade, Mlinska 5, tel. 052/757-663

  • Porec:
    Apartmani Adriatic, Trg slobode 2a, tel. 052/452-655, Riviera Holding, V. Nazora 9, tel. 052/431-087, Sunny Way, Aldo Negri 1

  • Vrsar:
    Ribolov i sport, Brostolade 78

  • Funtana:
    Linet, Ribarska 2

  • Rovinj:
    Natale, Carducci 4,

  • Fazana:
    Ezea, Vlaciceva 47, tel. 052/521-288

  • Vodnjan:
    Contours , Peroj 138, 052/521-294

  • Pula:
    A turizam, Kandlerova 34, tel. 052/211-454, Istra way, Riva 14, tel. 052/214-868

  • Medulin:
    Karavela Travel, Brajdine 95, tel. 052/576-712

  • Moscenicka Draga:
    Analinea, Stari grad 1, tel. 051/737-400

  • Icici:
    Turisticka zajednica, Liburnijska 30, tel. 051/704-187, Marea, Poljanska 21, tel. 051/704-125,

  • Opatija:
    Larus, M. Tita 85-1, tel: 051/271-898, Dariva, M. Tita 162, tel. 051/272-482

  • Matulji:
    Matulji tours, M. Tita 3, tel/051-275-055

  • Kastav:
    Mikol, Spincici 150c,

  • Rijeka:
    Crancich Olga, Zametska 35, Autotrans, Zabica 1, tel. 051/338-811, Hsrsm, M. Gupca 2a, tel. 051/212-196

  • Cres island:
    Cresanka, Cons 11, Cres, tel. 051/571-428 ZECA, Martinscica, Slatina bb, tel. 051/574-257

  • Losinj island:
    SRD Skarpina, Nerezine, Dolac b.b., Losinjska plovidba, Mali Losinj, tel. 051/231-077, ASL Agency, Veli Losinj, Kastel 2, tel. 051/236-256

  • Ilovik island:
    Stojsic Elza, Ilovik 29

  • Krk island:
    Soltours, Jaz bb., Malinska, tel. 051/858-295, Olivari, Dubasljanska 111, Malinska, tel. 051/858-999, Aurea, J. Pupacica 1, Krk, tel. 051/222-277, Kosic, Vrbnicka 35, Krk, Kirincic Vlado, Brace Juras 9, Krk, tel. 051/222-390, More, I.G. Kovacica 49, Punat, tel. 051/855-033, Magasic Miro, Creska 4, Baska, Estee, Stara cesta 3, Silo, tel. 051/852-241

  • Crikvenica:
    Tourist, Trg S. Radica 1, tel. 051/241-249

  • Novi Vinodolski:
    Zanjic Miljenko, Obala K. Branimira 3,

  • Senj:
    TZ grada Senja, Stara cesta 2, tel. 053/881-068

  • Rab island:
    Udica, Palit 232, Rab, tel. 051/724-328

  • Pag island:
    Donadic, V. Nazora 12, Pag, 023/611-238, Sime, M. Marulica bb., Novalja Sara Tours, Kolan

  • Silba island:
    MIK-SL, tel. 023/370-030

  • Ist island:
    Dalmatia fishing

  • Zadar:
    SRD Zubatac, Narodnog lista 2, 023/212-708, Vujanic Mihajlo, Kralja D. Zvonimira 12, tel. 023/213-251, Bacic Ana, I. Vojnovica 5,

  • Ugljan island:
    Rusev, Preko

  • Dugi otok:
    Svorinic Ivo, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije, Sali Sali Maslina, Sali Jeric Tomislav, Isp. Lucke kapetanije, Bozava, tel. 023/377-601

  • Biograd na moru:
    Marinera, Kresimir. Obala 11, tel. 023/384-882

  • Murter island:
    Sportexpert, Luke 5, Murter Ramesa Branko, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije Murter, tel 022/435-190 Sokota Zivko, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije Tisno

  • Vodice:
    Palada Ante, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije, tel. 022/37-837

  • Primosten:
    Huljev Ante, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije, 022/217-217

  • Trogir:
    Radic Ante, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije, tel. 021/881-508

  • Hvar island:
    Vucetic Josko, Podstrine bb, Hvar, Huljic Veselka, Jelsa, tel. 021/761-055 Cubretovic Milivoj, Set. don S. Ljubica 1, Stari grad tel. 021/765-060

  • Vis island:
    Darlic i Darlic, Riva Sv. Mikule 13, Komiza, tel. 021/713-670 Ionios, Vis

  • Korcula island:
    Atlas, Obala 3, Vela Luka, tel. 020/812-078 MM SUB, Lumbarda, tel. 098/285-011

  • Lastovo island:
    Rakic Goran, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije, Ubli Jancic Marin, Pasadur, tel. 020/805-009

  • Cavtat:
    Kralj Djuro, Ispostava Lucke kapetanije

  • Zagreb:
    Apne Arbanas, Kaptol 14, tel. 01/481-46-02 NAVCOM, Moscenicka 19, tel. 01/369-52-06

    Source ( Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.)