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Fishing in the Vendée
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.
With 146 kilometres of coastline there is a wealth of fishing opportunities
Sea angling is available from most harbours
and there are organised sea angling trips available at most.
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
Rock casting is often practiced around
breakwaters and jetties in the numerous harbours.
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
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
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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