In the morning you will meet with your captain in the harbor, where he will explain the details of the trip and help you get acquainted with the fishing tackle he is using, so that when the big fish bites, there will be no slip-ups.
Then it’s off to the boat and the high seas. With various fishing techniques ranging from drifting, trolling, bottom fishing, and more, you’ll compete to see who can catch the largest tuna, dentex, or other inhabitants of the Adriatic Sea.
Meanwhile, your captain will supply you with fresh seafood, prepared right there on the boat, so that you will have plenty of energy to fight the predators who live in the Adriatic Sea.
The Big game fishing trip will end in the evening, when you will hopefully help your captain unload a few tunas from the boat and grab dinner in the local restaurant, to celebrate your catch.
In case you opt for a 2 or 3 days fishing, there’s an option of sleeping on the boat or returning to the shore to sleep at your accommodation. For more information please fill out the inquiry form and we’ll get in touch with you on the topic.
Atlantic Bluefin tuna is the main species of tuna found in the Mediterranean sea, and with that, in the Adriatic. With the oldest specimens being more than 50 years old and weighing more than 300 kg, this fish is one of the greatest predators who dwell in this part of the ocean.
Their body is one of an elite killer; it’s aerodynamic, muscular, and slick, which enables the tuna to move quickly through the water while making an attack on its prey. Short retractable pectoral fins distinguish the Bluefin tuna from other tuna families. Adding to the speed is the perfect eyesight, which is thought to be the sharpest of all bony fish. One of the highest concentrations of blood hemoglobin amongst fish also helps the bluefin tuna to catch their prey, by enabling them to store more oxygen.
Smaller tuna mostly eat crustaceans, squid, and small fish, while the larger species mostly attack the shoals of fish such as mackerel and other bluefish. There are no reports of tuna ever attacking a larger species and there have been no attacks on a human.
Atlantic bluefin tuna inhabits the whole mediterranean sea with the exception of the Black sea, where it went extinct. The warm water pockets formed by Italy and the Balkan countries that border the Adriatic sea are a perfect spot for tuna to live and reproduce. No strong currents, mild climate, and a sea rich with fish are the reasons the population of tuna is flourishing. Their population is especially large around Croatian islands.
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This predator is a competitor of tuna, but it’s not as widely spread in the Adriatic sea, leaving more living space for its contestant.
With its muscular, aerodynamic body it can reach a speed of over 100 km/h. Its distinct colors are dark blue and silver, with a distinctive black fin on the back. It has a very special ability of being able to see very well in the dark, so its prey isn’t safe even at night.
Swordfish travel in pairs or in small groups and they hunt together, targeting smaller fish in the open water.
Most swordfish in Croatia inhabit the central Adriatic, they live in the open sea in greater depths and are not easy to catch.
The Mahi-mahi or dolphinfish is a less known inhabitant of the Adriatic sea, as it is usually associated with tropical places due to its diverse colors. On its body, you can find a mixture of gold, green and yellow, with some silver added on the belly.
The average lifespan of a dolphinfish is 5 years and in that time it can grow up to 1.5 meters in length and weigh more than 40kg.
Although the fish in the Adriatic sea are a bit smaller, they can still exceed the length of 1 meter and the weight of 30kg.
Their main prey is smaller fish gathered in shoals in the upper layers of water on the open sea.
The best time for catching the mahi-mahi is in the autumn months, from September to November, when they migrate closer to the shore.
Robert has been an enthusiastic fisherman for more than 35 years now, spending as much time as possible sailing Croatia’s seas. His passion has always been fishing for big sea predators, and the past ten years, he has devoted all his time and energy to chasing big tunas, becoming one of the most successful anglers. He has another passion besides that. Robert is a professional chef. He is in business with many restaurants across Europe, providing them with fish and sea products, meaning you will definitely not be hungry on a trip with him. In 2021 he caught his PB tuna, which weighed more than 280kg!
Our boats can accommodate 4-6 people. We also provide the option of booking an individual tour for you or your group.
If the forecast is not suitable for fishing (lots of rain, big waves) and the captain decides it’s not safe to go fishing, the trip is postponed or canceled and you get a refund.
You’ll need proper clothing, sunscreen and lots of enthusiasm. The complete list can be found here.
Your captain is going to be the captain of the ship. Captains have immense knowledge of the terrain they’re fishing, they know the secret spots and location of the fish so you’ll have the best chance of catching a good fish.
You can choose the trip that is closest to you or if you specifically like one of our captains, you can also take a drive to the harbor where his boat is docked and join him. List of tuna fishing captains
Your fishing permit is already included in the price.
This differs from trip to trip. On most trips, you get drinks and snacks, on some even a proper meal, but that does not apply for all charters. To be sure, check the details of your trip.
If you want to book accommodation before or after the fishing trip, let us know and we will organize your stay.