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I understand you are trying to be helpful, but please don't send people to other sites when they ask a question here :-)

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I hate to start by being really negative, but I would not raise your hopes at all high, especially from the shore in those areas. 

I am not sure where you are from but, if the US (especially the East Coast), you have a SWFF fishery that is about 1000 times better than the Med. 

I have fished around the South of France for 30 years, generally from July to September, and my catches have been low, even by the standards of the UK: the Med is not terribly fertile to start with (vs. the Atlantic), and has been massively over-fished commercially.

 

From the shore the principal fish are Grey Mullet, (European) Bass, and Leerfish; the latter two are scarce.

For Mullet, your best bet on the fly are to chum with bread around marinas, and fish with a small white marabou fly, and a trout rod. Terrific sport once you find them. Also small nymphs for mullet in open water, but this is harder.

For Bass and Leers, fish at night off jetties and beaches, or around dawn. Usual stuff: poppers, deceivers etc. If you have to fish during the day (and by June it is seldom worth it, given the heat and disturbance), then you would really benefit from bad weather: a mistral wind. This cools the water, adds some suspended silt etc, and brings bass in closer.

 

But take a look at any local market: not many fly-catchable fish turn up on the stalls any more.

 

 

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On 15/01/2019 at 10:57 AM, Sash said:

I hate to start by being really negative, but I would not raise your hopes at all high, especially from the shore in those areas. 

I am not sure where you are from but, if the US (especially the East Coast), you have a SWFF fishery that is about 1000 times better than the Med. 

I have fished around the South of France for 30 years, generally from July to September, and my catches have been low, even by the standards of the UK: the Med is not terribly fertile to start with (vs. the Atlantic), and has been massively over-fished commercially.

 

From the shore the principal fish are Grey Mullet, (European) Bass, and Leerfish; the latter two are scarce.

For Mullet, your best bet on the fly are to chum with bread around marinas, and fish with a small white marabou fly, and a trout rod. Terrific sport once you find them. Also small nymphs for mullet in open water, but this is harder.

For Bass and Leers, fish at night off jetties and beaches, or around dawn. Usual stuff: poppers, deceivers etc. If you have to fish during the day (and by June it is seldom worth it, given the heat and disturbance), then you would really benefit from bad weather: a mistral wind. This cools the water, adds some suspended silt etc, and brings bass in closer.

 

But take a look at any local market: not many fly-catchable fish turn up on the stalls any more.

 

 

cheers,thanks

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I have vacationed many Mediterranean places and done perhaps 20 to 30 hours of salt water fly fishing and have had only one fish on for few seconds which felt like a few pounder. Few occations I have fished mullets using white marabou "bread flyes" but have fooled only few which have also unhooked after one run but that has been very fun! Sometimes I have been able to cast various species of fish I have spotted but they have been smart and only have followed the fly.

 

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Hi Martin,

May and June are good months to Fly Fish for Sea Bass, Cudas and Bluefish from the shore, the presence of a nearby river mouth is always an advantage here (Italy) too in the Med saltwater. For the Sea Bass and Cuda I recommend you the night, the changes of light or cloudy days. The best spots can be the sandy shore fishing in wading and casting into the surf (stripping basket highly recommended) or the rocks and the dams of the ports. Sardinia is quite rich of predators depending on the various areas, as well as being very beautiful and wild, these below are some pictures of my catches in the recent years. I know Sardinia quite well because the island is close to Tuscany (where I live) and I often go there on vacation with the family, now I have little time to write but if you want ask me and I'll give you all the info you need.

Cheers

david

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On 18/01/2019 at 2:31 PM, davidswff said:

Hi Martin,

May and June are good months to Fly Fish for Sea Bass, Cudas and Bluefish from the shore, the presence of a nearby river mouth is always an advantage here (Italy) too in the Med saltwater. For the Sea Bass and Cuda I recommend you the night, the changes of light or cloudy days. The best spots can be the sandy shore fishing in wading and casting into the surf (stripping basket highly recommended) or the rocks and the dams of the ports. Sardinia is quite rich of predators depending on the various areas, as well as being very beautiful and wild, these below are some pictures of my catches in the recent years. I know Sardinia quite well because the island is close to Tuscany (where I live) and I often go there on vacation with the family, now I have little time to write but if you want ask me and I'll give you all the info you need.

Cheers

david

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cheers,thank you

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