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Fishing in Goa

It is impossible to imagine the landscape of the Goan beaches without fishermen and fishing boats. The fishing remains the main coastal business of the local population. At the same time there are opportunities for sport and recreational fishing like sea, river, boat or yacht fishing.

Many believe that the most successful way to experience a real fishing adventure is to join the local fishermen, who do their trade in the same way as their ancestors did centuries ago. Goan fishermen are usually happy to accept help from outside. So, if you want to learn how to really throw and pull the net, you just need to go to the beach early in the morning before the boats will have gone to the sea, and to ask to help.

For the fans of fishing rods there are offered the simple wooden boats for rent. The organizers will provide all the necessary equipment, beginning with rods to spinners and appropriate bait. Boats can seat three or four people, and boat rental is around 1,500 rupees for 3-4 hours. You can take a boat to the docks of Candolim, Bugs, Calangute, near the forts of Aguada and Teracol, at the delta of the rivers Mandovi, Chapora, and Nerul.

There are boat rentals almost on every Goan beach. If you have your own tackle, then you are free to try your own chance wherever you like — at sea, on lakes or on rivers. Local fishermen use mostly small sardines and shrimps as the bait. It is recommended to buy the fishing tools in MAPS — there are some shops where you can find both branded and inexpensive tackles. The best ones are located at the local stadium.

Travel agencies also offer boat trips for fishing with rod, on the weighted line, on spinning, as well as on trolling on boats. These voyages are sometimes combined with diving, snorkeling and dolphin watching. Tourists have all the equipment, tackle, and bait. Tours begin early in the morning, lunch is served on board. As you wish it could consist of your own catch. The prices for tourist fishing trips vary in the range from $30- $300 depending on the class of the leased vessel and the duration of the voyage.

In the waters of Goa there are White Sea bass — barramundi, barracuda, salmon (licorice), groper, red snapper, trevally, tuna, croaker, catfish and a variety of other fish. The Arabian Sea is home to over 100 species of aquatic inhabitants; its fauna is one of the richest in the world. In the coastal waters one can also catch oysters, crabs, clams and lobsters.

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