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Last Updated on April 19, 2023

A Guide to the Best Fishing Spots and Techniques

New English speaking immigrants (Heb: olim) are always looking for sporting activities that they might have enjoyed back home. If you’re looking for a unique and rewarding experience, you might want to try fishing, and Israel has it all. From the Mediterranean Sea on the west, the Red Sea A(a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia), to the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), as small a country as it is, Israel is home to a diverse range of fish species and stunning fishing locations.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best spots and techniques for fishing in Israel. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, there’s something for everyone here.

Best Fishing Spots in Israel

  • The Mediterranean Sea: The Mediterranean is home to a variety of fish species, including sea bass, red mullet, bream, and more. Some of the best spots for fishing in the Mediterranean include Netanya, Ashkelon, and Herzliya.
  • The Sea of Galilee: The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, is a freshwater lake in northern Israel (close to Tiberias). It’s home to a variety of fish species, including tilapia (a.k.a St. Peter’s Fish), and carp. The best spots for fishing in the Sea of Galilee include the southern shore and the Jordan River inlet.
  • The Red Sea: The Red Sea is a popular destination for deep-sea fishing. It’s home to a variety of game fish, including sailfish, marlin, and tuna. Some of the best spots for fishing in the Red Sea include Eilat and Taba (just across the border with Egypt).

Fish varieties: English and Hebrew names

Fishing Techniques in Israel

  1. Shore Fishing: Shore fishing is a popular technique in Israel, especially along the Mediterranean coast. This involves casting from the shore and using bait or lures to attract fish. Some popular shore fishing techniques include surf fishing and rock fishing.
  2. Fly Fishing: Fly fishing is a technique that involves using a special type of lure called a fly to attract fish. This technique is especially popular in the Sea of Galilee, where anglers target carp and tilapia.
  3. Deep-Sea Fishing: Deep-sea fishing involves heading out into the open sea in search of game fish. This technique is popular in the Red Sea, where anglers target sailfish, marlin, and tuna. It’s important to book a charter with an experienced guide for this type of fishing.
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