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We work closely in conjunction with the local fishermen and boat owners and can arrange for you deep-sea sports-fishing trips with the choice of either underwater spear-fishing or rod fishing from the boat, or sports fishing on Koycegiz lake fishing for carp and cat-fish, on a catch and release basis. The freshwater lake fishing on Koycegiz lake is unique due to the brackish water mixture of fresh and salt water and hosts some very impressive sized mirror carp as you'll see from the photograph below. The trips include all equipment and bait for a relaxing days fishing in the sun and food is provided as well. You just pay for whatever you drink while you are out on the boat.

Below is an example of the impressive carp found here in Koycegiz lake that any fisherman would be very proud to catch so, if you are an avid fisherman yourself, it's well worth sending the wife and kids off on the Koycegiz market and mud-baths trip while you spend a day relaxing in a boat on the lake, enjoying a cool refreshing Efes beer or three, waiting for the next monster bite. What an incredible holiday photo it will make to take back home with you if you do manage to land yourself a whopper like this one and one which will make your holiday in Dalyan an even more pleasurable and memorable one.

Massive Mirror Carp Caught in Koycegiz Lake Dalyan
Massive Mirror Carp Caught in Koycegiz Lake Dalyan

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There are two different types of boats available; the first is a small sized boat which we recommend a maximum of 2 to 4 people for comfort. It has toilet facilities on-board and the price for the days fishing trip is 350 Turkish lira. The second choice is one of the much larger boats which costs 600 Turkish lira for the days fishing trip. The prices listed are for the boat trip for the whole day and include fishing equipment and a BBQ lunch on the boat which consists of an assortment of mixed meats with fresh local salad, mezes and bread. The only thing which isn't included is drinks and you just pay for whatever you drink while you are on the boat.

Remember that every day is a fishing day but not every day is a catching day; but whether you manage to land a whopper like the ones in the photos above or not, we are certain that you will have a very enjoyable and relaxing day out surrounded by the most amazing and breathtaking scenary. We hope that very soon you'll be sending us your own photos like the ones pictured above so that we can also add it to our website.

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Fishermen in Turkey must posses a license, for locals they cost 5 ytl and for foreigners they cost 150 ytl and are valid for 2 years. Fines for fishing without a license have been given out between 500 ytl and 1500 ytl. Fishing can be done without a license in non-prohibited and non-military areas as long as you're an amateur, using amateur and non-commercial equipment, multi-hooked lines, and fishing nets not weighing more than 5 kilograms. Commercial fishing by foreigners might result in heavy penalties. Latest details concerning fishing zones, the minimum sizes of fish that can be caught, and the numbers of fish that can be caught per person, can be obtained from the Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Turkish waters are very rich in fish species and fish population. One reason is that they don't have fishing fleets as big as the Spanish or Japanese and the other reason is that Turkey has the cleanest coast line throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. If you plan to try your chance from the shore, try to find a place with rocks and grass. Very early in the morning and after 5 pm, you have very good chance of getting decent size and amount of fish. By casting lures, spoons, casting jigs and feathers, you can catch sea bass, blue fish, sometimes amberjacks and on a lucky day a good sized dentex and more. If you have some squid lures with you and can catch them along the shoreline (many can be caught close to shore), you won't need to think what bait you'll use, since squid is one of the best you can get. Just 3 hooks with small pieces from the squid or octopus and a lead weight is all you need. A depth of 5 to 15 meters is perfect for seabream and many more.

By trolling lures, spoons and/or white or red feathers, you can catch bluefish, bonito, mackerel, sea bass, smaller tuna species and more. Sea Bream or Karagoz in Turkish, is one of the most delicious fish in Turkish Seas. Red Mullet or Barbunya in Turkish is another delicious fish. Sea Bass or Levrek in Turkish is also known as delicious and fun to catch. Amberjack, Dentex and Tuna species can be fished between March and October. Sword fish mostly during July, August and September. In deep waters, the Amberjack and Dentex can be found all year long, and some Tuna species. Bass, seabream, mullet, red seabream, grouper, squid and more can be fished during the whole year. Click Here to see a Fish Species Chart for Turkey.

Catch and release fishing is becoming more popular as more and more fishermen are becoming concerned about the condition of fishing resources. We offer sport fishing excursions at Koycegiz lake; either from the bank of the lake or on a boat out on the lake.

The following guidelines will work not only with Carp, but with most other fish and will give all species of fish a better chance of survival. Simply letting the fish go after catching it is not all there is to catch and release fishing. Naturally, if the fish is released in such poor condition that it's more than likely going to die anyway, the whole point of catch and release is defeated.

1. Use barbless hooks or circle hooks, or pinch the barb flat with pliers. If you use a net, use one made of cotton mesh or rubber. It is far less harmful to the fish scales, gills and eyes.

2. Do not toss or throw your fish in the water. It can hit some hard object in the water stunning or injuring the fish.

3. Always wet your hands before handling the fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around on the deck of your boat. Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must do so, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.

4. If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own. Take the fish to slow water when in a Drift boat. Caution: Maximum time out of the water should be less than 15 seconds. Use heavy tackle to bring fish in quickly. Be more careful when the water temperature is above 70 F. June July Aug can be the worst times to fish because of the extreme temperatures! The colder months of the year are the best times of the year for catch and release fishing.

5. Try to always use the heaviest line possible for each species of fish. Again, the longer you fight a fish, the more lactic acid is built up, the more exhausted it becomes, the greater the chance the fish will not survive. This is particularly true when fishing large saltwater species. When fishing with small lures or live bait, the chance for hooking a fish deep in the gullet or in the gills is very high. Try to back the hook out the way it went in. Don't pull on the line when the hook is lodged deep in the gullet, this will only cause the fish greater injuries.

6. Pay attention to what you are doing when bait fishing. Staying alert and being ready offers several advantages. Paying close attention ensures that you do not miss too many bites and that when you strike, you are much more likely to lip hook the fish, which simplifies release considerably.

7. When you are fishing at depths of 30 feet or more, you should bring a fish up to the surface slowly. This sometimes allows the fish to decompress or adjust to the change in water pressure. This is another precaution that is very important and will provide a better chance for the survival of the fish.

8. Playing a fish for an extended period of time in warm water will increase the chance of dying for that fish. When the water temperature is 70F+ the fish tire much more quickly due to the increase of lactic acid building up in their system. When fishing warm water get the fish to the boat as soon as possible, using a heavier line test than you normally would.

9. If you are fishing in a boat, tow it slowly along side the boat to force the water through the fishes gills. when you think the fish is ok then let it go and watch it closely. If the fish does not recover, then try again.

Pound for pound Carp are hard fighters and to catch them there are all kinds of baits that can work well. Try using a dough ball or even canned corn. Doughballs are easy to make and use and with the corn you just cover the hook well with the kernals. Be sure to set your rod up with a treble hook, this will help keep the dough or any soft baits, from coming off the hook. This type of hook will also give you a better chance in hooking the carps lip.

Carp often just come up and nibble on the bait before finally going for it. If they feel any resistance at all on the bait, they will spit it out before you will ever get a chance to hook them, and if you miss the first 1 or 2 hits it might already be to late. Make sure you use very sharp hooks, as used hooks can dull and rust after time, and carp have a very tough lip membrain that the hook has to puncture. Be sure to have a pair of pliers handy to assist in removing the hook if needed. A good medium to heavy rod with a flexible rod tip should just work fine.

Many misinformed fishermen think of the carp as a rather worthless fish that is not fit for human consumption. But, in numerous countries around the world, the carp is held in high regard as a very edible fish. If the catch is properly caught and prepared, it can make for a delicious meal. Like all fish, carp can spoil easily, so it is best to gut, gill and ice these fish down within a short time after catching them. Be sure to remove all the blood along the backbone and from the body cavity as this blood causes faster spoilage. Some anglers claim the flavor is improved by cutting the tail off and allowing the fish to bleed before cleaning it, and by removing the dark meat along its side before cooking.

Since most people will agree that the skin has a tendency to add a strong, fishy flavor, you will more than likely want to skin your carp. The fish can then can be fileted, halved or left whole for stuffing and baking. Regardless of whether it is to be fried or baked, the carp should be scored. This is done by slicing two-thirds of the way through the meat every 1/8 to 1/4 inch with a good sharp knife. Scoring allows the heat and the cooking oils to penetrate and soften the many small bones of the fish.

Keith Bell from K & C Fisheries in Australia on How to Catch, Prepare and Cook Carp

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