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Fishing in the Vendée
Fishing is the number one sport in the Vendée; it is not only a passion for the individual but is also supported by the authorities.
There are many forms of fishing most of which are catered for in the Vendée.

Coastal  With 146 kilometres of coastline there is a wealth of fishing opportunities which includes:

Sea angling is available from most harbours and there are organised sea angling trips available at most.

Beach casting is a very popular form of the sport especially after a storm. This is also known as surf casting and the beaches of the Vendée are ideal for this passtime.

Rock casting is often practiced around breakwaters and jetties in the numerous harbours.

Sea Harvesting is the practice of collecting shellfish, either by raking cockles at low tide, or by picking mussels, oysters, winkles etc. from the rock pools. It is a great pastime for children but the locals in certain areas take it very seriously indeed. On the vast sand flats either side of the “Passage du Gois” a causeway that runs between the mainland and the Isle de Noirmoutier, there are often hundreds of people raking shellfish. At very low (spring) tides these figures are swollen to literally hundreds of cars and thousands of people, stretching as far as the eye can see gathering this free and plentiful harvest.

Tidal river fishing describes the practice of fishing below the sluice gates and tidal barrages.

For all of the above practices no permit is required.

River and Canal fishing. The Vendée has more kilometres of rivers and canals for fishing than any other Department in France, for all river and canal fishing a permit required. For visitors to the Vendée a "Carte Peche-Vacance" is available which is valid from the 1st April untill 30th September and cost about 30 euros. This permit is available from tackle shops and tourist offices, and allows 15 consecutive days of fishing on all non private waters, including lakes and reservoirs formed from the rivers. Different lakes offer different opportunities  for example the 127 hectare lake complex at Rochereau near Chantonay has a 2km stretch for carp fishing at night, whereas the small well
Fishing tackle and bait are readily available, virtually every town has a sports shop that will have the tackle and many will have bait and the same goes for the larger super markets and hyper-markets.
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