Squid Fishing in the Slovenian Sea

Published: 21.2.2011

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Squid Fishing in the Slovenian Sea

It`s hard to believe that the cold beginning of the year is the right time to catch squid. But fishermen from the Slovenian coast know very well that in colder months, because of food and spawning, these aquatic animals are often closer to the beach, and known for their excellent taste in winter, they are probably also the most sought-after catch.

Squid Fishing in the Slovenian Sea

Slovene fishermen hosted winter catch enthusiasts

It`s hard to believe that the cold beginning of the year is the right time to catch squid. But fishermen from the Slovenian coast know very well that in colder months, because of food and spawning, these aquatic animals are often closer to the beach, and known for their excellent taste in winter, they are probably also the most sought-after catch. As a culinary speciality they have always been popular, but the winter tourist experience of squid fishing with Slovene fishermen is a novelty.

"Squid fishing is very popular among sports fishermen, because it is very attractive, active and simple. It is because of its simplicity that squid fishing is suitable not only for fishermen, but also for all nature lovers," is what fisherman Peter Kodre has shared on the Web about the experience. Adriatic squids are caught with the help of artificial bait, which reminds you of squid food. The food has to be tied onto a fishing rod and slowly pulled behind you. When a squid grabs it, the fisherman must be skilful enough. On the Slovenian coast, it is possible to catch squids mostly between 300 grams and one kilogram in weight. Many times, however, "monsters" can be caught, weighing up to two kilograms and are definitely a speciality of the Northern Adriatic.

Not only squid, another speciality of the Slovenian coast is also sea bass. Piran`s Fonda sea bass, which is distinguished for its white colour and compact structure, is a real culinary treat, both for locals as well as for tourists. Sea bass is considered one of the most elegant and renowned sea fish, and among experts it is also known by the nickname the Green and Grey Sea Knight. It has been grown in the Fonda fish farm, in the sea of the Gulf of Piran, for many years now. Immediately after withdrawing it from the sea, a badge with the marked date of the catch is fixed on the operculum, this way each Piranean bass is equipped with a designation of origin and a guarantee of quality. Since these sea bass live in controlled conditions, their meat often contains significantly fewer contaminants. Currently four or five generations of fish are swimming in this fish farm, which means almost a million sea bass altogether. The fish farm offers visitors green and active tours with their photovoltaic solar-powered vehicle. On the trip visitors learn about the secrets of breeding and feeding. Sea bass in the wild and also in the fish farms grow slowly. The sea bass needs up to five years to reach an average size of 300 to 400 grams, but also costs up to 60 euro on menus in restaurants.

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