Let’s enjoy the magical light the Golden Hours offer
After sea kayaking at sunset, we decided to try out sea fishing at sunrise. It must be said that the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset are the times of the day that offer sublime natural light. These times are also referred to as the golden hours as the light often takes on this tint.
As the cock crows, the fish are feeding
Did you know, fish are more active when daylight is moderate to low? That’s why it’s better to head out early in the morning for the best fishing. For sea fishing in summer, we meet at 5.45 a.m. on the quay (In the spring and autumn we set off half an hour later). It’s still dark when we reach the boat that’s going to take us out to our fishing spot. We’re welcomed by the crew and we climb aboard and gently head out from Port Argeles. The sea is calm and the boat glides through the water at the first light of dawn. We’ll sail for half an hour until we’re about 5 miles (9 km) from the coast. That’s enough time to enjoy a coffee on board and gradually watch the sun rise. We also learn some handy fishing tips. In particular, we’re shown the signals local fisherman, like Georges Jaume, use.
We’ve never been fishing before… But that doesn’t matter, we’ll soon pick it up!
The captain drops anchor at the best fishing spots. Fishing rods, bait and all the equipment we need, is on hand. A member of the crew explains how to prepare the bait. We use sardines that we first need to decapitate, gut and cut into small pieces. All you have to do is hang a small piece of sardine on the hook and then cast your line.