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Fishing in the Vendée
one sport in the Vendée is fishing; supported by the authorities both
departmental and local communes. Virtually all forms and aspects of
fishing are catered for in the Vendée.
River Lake and Canal fishing.
The Vendée has more kilometres of canals and rivers for fishing than
any other Department in France, for all canal and river fishing a permit
is required. For visitors to the Vendée a "Carte Peche-Vacance" is
available which is valid from the 1st April until 30th September and
cost about €30.
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 2 kilometre stretch for carp
fishing at night, whereas the small well stocked Plan d'eaus that most
villages have, offer a haven of peace and tranquillity. These local
lakes often come under a permit that can be obtained from the local
Mairie or Tabac and permits can often be purchased for a single day.
There are often local fishing competitions which attract large numbers
of competitors and of course have the obligatory refreshment stall.
Other Lakes or Plan d'eau may be private and require no permit, just the
consent of the owner. Catches are usually restricted, by law on public
rivers, canals and lakes and by permit contracts on village lakes.
For all of the fishing practices below, no permit is required, however
there are restrictions on the minimum size and the quantities of the
The fish you are liable to catch are simular to those you would find in
the UK, Carp, Bream, Trench and roach as well as less common species
such as catfish mullet and zander.
Coastal & Sea Angling With 146 kilometres of coastline there are a wealth of fishing opportunities which include:
This is available from most harbours and there are organised sea
angling trips available at most. The local tourist office will have
brochures from the various boats,times of trips and cost.
This is a very popular form of the sport especially after a storm. It
is also known as surf casting and the beaches of the Vendée are ideal
for this pastime.
Rock casting This is often practiced around breakwaters and jetties in the numerous harbours.
This 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 Ile 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. There are restrictions inside harbours
and you will need to enquire where the boundaries are if you want to
collect shellfish near a harbour.
Tidal river fishing This describes the practice of fishing below the sluice gates and tidal barrages.
For all of the above practices no permit is required.
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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