The different Fish Species you can catch while fishing in Monaco (BY YFS)

January 5th 2021

Are you considering taking a trip to the heart of Monaco for some big game fishing? You are at the right place where all your fishing fantasies will be fulfilled! Monaco is a country in Western Europe, located on the French Riviera. The sovereign city-state is bordered by France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the other side.

Featuring an area of 2.020 kilometers per square, Monaco is situated 15 kilometers from the border state of Italy. Its size makes it the second smallest country after the Vatican. With a population of about 39,242, Monaco has great Mediterranean weather, which is significantly influenced by the humid subtropical and oceanic climates of the area. Thanks to its weather and location, the country has become a top destination for big game fishing.

Credit: Guillaume BENOIT (YFS Team)

Considering its closeness to the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco offers a wealth of marine life. It remains one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations for sport fishing in the world. It has also become a top destination for vacation in the world. So, are you a great fan of sport fishing? Are you an experienced fisherman looking to explore new territory? Or are you just developing a passion for sport fishing? Whatever is your level of fishing and whatever is your fishing goal, Monaco is a great destination to accomplish it all! At YFS, we offer everything you need to achieve all your big game fishing dreams.

Who are the Yachting Fishing Specialists? Image

YFS is the acronym for Yachting Fishing Specialist, a company that is founded on the love and passion for sport fishing and yachting. We are a team of passionate and dedicated fishermen with decades of collective big game fishing experience. Our unique advantage is that we pay attention to the little details to give our clients an exceptional fishing experience. We offer innovative and exclusive service that is rivaled by no other. We work with our clients to create a unique itinerary that will make their fishing expedition seamless and memorable.

We help you to choose from a wide range of luxury fishing cruises and we only recommend experts fishermen that are passionate and share the same love for fishing and yachting. For us, it is all about creating a fun-filled and memorable fishing adventure for our esteemed clients. We listen to our clients to understand their expectations. Using our professional prowess, we turn the expectations and dreams into reality.

At YFS, we offer the best fishing guides and fishing experience premise on innovative solutions. We welcome you into our world as we guide you through unforgettable fishing adventures in the heart of Monaco.

Fishing Boat Charters in Monaco - YFS Packages

Now that you know that YFS is your plug for big game fishing in Monaco, let’s share with you our best packages. When you are ready to go on an exciting fishing expedition, we have the perfect fishing packages that will make your experience as memorable as you can ever imagine.

In-shore Fishing Monaco


Whether you are an experienced fisherman or amateur fisherman, our in-shore fishing package is an ideal choice for you. The in-shore fishing expedition covers different categories, including fishing on the hunt, trolling, live fishing, and bottom fishing. Depending on the weather or season, you can target a variety of fish species. These include amberjack, dentex, barracudas, and bonito. If this is your package of choice, we will provide the best selection of fishing gear at your disposal to ensure you achieve the fishing result that you desire. When it comes to fishing techniques, you can trust our team to guide you every step of the way. We have a team of experts with seasoned experience with trolling, jigging, casting, bottom fishing, and live bait fishing for in-shore fishing.

Offshore Fishing Monaco


At YFS, we offer a unique experience in offshore fishing. Offshore fishing is a family affair in Monaco and for us, it’s our specialty. We have a team of experts that understands the individual fishing technique for each of the fish species that you may want to catch. Offshore fishing uses techniques such as trolling, jigging, and casting. Some fish species that you can explore in offshore fishing include Bluefin tuna, mahi-mahi, albacore tuna, spearfish, and swordfish. When you take a trip off the coast of Monaco, you will also find some exquisite species in the Pelagos sanctuary. You can also look forward to meeting some marine mammals, moonfish, and many other unique creatures in the Mediterranean fauna.

Night Fishing Monaco


Sportfishing at night in Monaco can be interesting. If you want to experience this, YFS will be there to provide everything you need. Explore the world of squids, mackerels, and barracudas as you fish in-shore at night. If you are an experienced fisherman and your goal is to explore offshore fishing at night, you can look forward to catching Xiphias swordfish on your trip. Our Night fishing packages run from April to September and this is the time to discover all that the shore has to offer by night.

Flexible Fishing Trips from Monaco

We understand that each client is unique in their way and so are their fishing needs. For this reason, we offer flexible packages to meet the individual needs of each client. Our flexible packages include half-day offshore fishing and a full-day offshore fishing program.

Half-Day - Offshore Fishing Monaco

This is a six-hour fishing expedition with a maximum of ten passengers. The trip starts at 7:00 am/2:00 pm and ends at 1:00pm/8:00pm. This program covers high-end fishing equipment, including high gear tackles Shimano; professional fishing guide; professional skipper; gasoline; snacks, and soft drinks. The package does not cover the video coverage of the trip, alcohol, and meals.

Full-Day - Offshore Fishing Monaco

This package covers a fishing expedition of 10 hours for a maximum of ten passengers. It starts at 7:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. The program includes a professional fishing guide, high-end fishing equipment, snacks, and soft drinks, gasoline, and a professional skipper. It does not cover alcohol and video of the trip.

Fish Species to catch when fishing in Monaco

Monaco has some great species of fish that you can explore. The best part is that you can explore some of them all year round. This means there is no break on when you can go on a fishing expedition to catch some of these fish species. Some of the fish species that are available in the Mediterranean Sea include the following:

Fishing Spearfish from Monaco


The Spearfish is a very aggressive fish. It is known for its long-blade fin and ability to jump. If your target is the spearfish, we recommend that you plan your fishing expedition between April and November because that’s its season.

Fishing Swordfish from Monaco


Swordfish is another aggressive but enduring fish species that rarely jumps. It’s popular for its elusive nature. Swordfish is very popular among big-game fishermen and if this is what you’re targeting, get ready to go on a fish expedition between April and November.

Fishing Amberjack from Monaco


Mostly found around open water surfaces around certain depths, Amberjack is a popular choice among big-game fishermen. If this is your target, you will find amazing results from June to November.

Fishing Bluefin Tuna from Monaco


This fish species is known for its remarkable endurance. Bluefin Tuna, also known as Thunnusthynnus by its botanical name, is highly combative but it is interesting to know that it is one of the species that cannot jump. It can be caught all the year-round, from January to December.

Fishing Mahi-Mahi from Monaco


Unique for its striking colors, Mahi-Mahi are acrobatic and swift. If you are targeting Mahi- mahi, you should know that it is seasonal and is mainly available from June to November.

Fishing Bonito from Monaco


Bonito is a strong, extremely feisty fish species. It’s not easy to catch a bonito but with an expert guide from YFS, you can be sure of achieving a resounding result during your fishing expedition. Bonitos are always available between April and November.

Fishing Snappers from Monaco


Bonito is a strong, extremely feisty fish species. It’s not easy to catch a bonito but with an expert guide from YFS, you can be sure of achieving a resounding result during your fishing expedition. Bonitos are always available between April and November.

Fishing Charters in Monaco with YFS!

There is no doubting the fact that the French Riviera is a top destination for big game fishing. At YFS, we provide turnkey solutions for fishing around this location. From Monaco to Antibes, Nice, St Tropez, and Cannes, our team will be there with you for a memorable fishing experience. We offer a wide range of recreational fishing services across the French Riviera. Therefore, whatever fishing techniques you are passionate about; we’ll offer you the best service. You can take advantage of our flexible fishing expedition programs, which include offshore fishing, in-shore fishing, and night fishing. We also offer both half-day and full-day fishing services.

When planning your itinerary for an ideal fishing day in the French Riviera area, we will need that you provide us some important details to enable us to provide you the best service. The first thing you need to let us know in the area you are looking at and the duration of your fishing expedition. We also need to know how many fishermen will be in your team, the type of boat you want, and your approximate budget. With this information, we will create a customized itinerary that will make your fishing experience seamless and highly rewarding. We also offer advisory services to let you know the best fishing package (inshore or offshore) for your fishing goals.

Our team of experts is committed to offering you professional advice on the equipment that you need for the big game fishing trip in the South of France and what sea fishing entails. With our professional fishing guides, you will learn all about the different sport fishing techniques used in Monaco and try your hands on them. It’s time to experience unlimited possibilities with your fishing expedition. YFS is at your service to offer you the experience of a lifetime.

Different Fishing Techniques for targeting different Species of Fish when fishing in Monaco

Understanding the fishing techniques is very critical to your success during a fishing expedition. You don’t have to worry though. We have the best team that will teach you all that you need to know. The fishing techniques that you can explore for an exciting big game fishing expedition in Monaco are highlighted below:

Big Game Fishing and Trolling from Monaco


Whether you are looking at inshore or offshore fishing, trolling with lures or baits is a common technique. Using this method, the fishing lures or baits will be positioned about 10-50 meters distance behind the boat. The exact distance will be determined by the type of bait, trolling speed, and the weather at sea. For inshore trolling, the speed is around three to six knots while it is six to eight knots for offshore trolling. When a fish comes to the boat’s vicinity and sees the lures, it assumes that lures are a group of fish and attempt to attack. The fish is dragged to the water surface with a harness or rod.

Offshore trolling fish species include Mahi-mahi, swordfish, spearfish, and tunas while the species for inshore trolling are tunas, spearfish, bonito, swordfish, and Mahi-mahi.

Spinning and Casting for Bluefin Tuna from Monaco


This technique is perfect for luring tunas and some other pelagic. Using this technique involves throwing the lure into the water to attract the fish. Sometimes, the tuna may not want to attack specific bait. Therefore, we use different fishing lures until it gets attracted. Once the tuna is hooked, we use a big landing net to remove it from the water, then tag and release it. The target fish species are tunas, bonito, and mackerels.

Jigging and Vertical Fishing from Monaco

This is a relatively new fishing method in the Mediterranean Sea. However, it is highly effective for big game fishing. To use this method, we guide you to drop metal jigs into the water and this acts as an artificial lure to attract the fish to bite. We use a combination of fast and slow speed to achieve the target. Jigging is mostly used for offshore fishing and the target is tunas.

Live Bait Fishing from Monaco

This is mainly for inshore fishing and it requires the use of live mackerels, cuttlefish, or squids as baits to attract the big game fishes. This technique requires patience and attention but you have nothing to worry about. Our team of experts will guide you through the step-by-step process. The target fish species for live bait fishing are tunas, amberjacks, and dentex.

These are the popular fishing techniques in Monaco. Others include drifting or chumming and bottom fishing. Our team of professional fishermen understands these techniques in detail and if you require any of them to achieve your fishing goals, they will be there to guide you.

The Concept of Tag and Release - By YFS


To increase the survival rates of Bluefin tuna, it is prohibited to keep a Bluefin tuna on board in Monegasque waters. Although it allows in specific circumstances in Italian and French waters, there is usually no reason or way to keep a Bluefin tuna onboard during a fishing expedition. Therefore, when a Bluefin tuna is capture, the angler tags and releases the fish back into the sea. The tag and release approach allows the angler to attach a tag to the fish and record data, such as type of fish, place, date, and time, on a standardized postcard. This card is submitted to a conservation organization or scientific agency. When an angler catches a tagged fish, they report it to the established points of contact. The tag and release approach to big game fishing increases the possibility of catching bigger trophy-sized fish in the future. When you let a juvenile go, they get bigger and reproduce, thereby populating the species.

Boats Fishing Charters Available for Fishing in Monaco

At YFS, we offer several fishing boats to our esteemed clients for their fishing expedition in Monaco. In this post, we’ll focus on just two of them – the Riviera 63 and Rodman 41.

Boat Fishing Charter Monaco --> Riviera 63


The Riviera 63 is a premium option for those looking for a memorable big game fishing or whale watching experience. The boat is available from Monaco to Saint Tropez and it combines utmost comfort with sportiness and absolute efficiency. Are you ready to discover the ‘Pelagos Sanctuary’? Then, you should sign up for a fishing expedition on the Riviera 63 to experience the incredible wildlife available at less than an hour from Monaco. You can be sure to find some stunning marine creatures, including dolphins and whales on your trip. Depending on your need, you can choose our full-day fishing package or half-day fishing package onboard the Riviera 63 and we assure you of an unforgettable experience.

Boat Fishing Charter Monaco --> Rodman 41


When it comes to big game fishing, Rodman 41 is one of our favorite and best sellers. This is also available from Monaco to Saint Tropez and it’s the perfect choice for those looking for a good fight that will bring about an excellent result in the sea. Are you interested in some adrenaline-pumping big game fishing fun? Sign up for a package of our Rodman 41 fishing expedition. Some fish species that you can look forward to catching include albacore tuna, Bluefin tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi, and many other rare species. The main activities onboard the Rodman 41 are spinning and trolling.

These are two of our favorite boats. We are excited to let you know that new boats will be joining the fleet in 2021. At YFS, we are always going the extra mile to ensure you have the best of big game fishing experiences. Are you ready to embark on a big game fishing expedition of a lifetime? Talk to us now at YFS and let our team of professional fishermen give you an unforgettable fishing experience.

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