Summer vacation on Island of Pasman Croatia

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Long waited summer and summer family vacation is something that we wait the whole year and mine came quite early this year. Location where I spend my summer vacations for the last 5 years is Island of Pasman in Croatia, and this year was no different. My family and I spent last two weeks of June there.

I’m still under impression, and a bit depressed because of leaving paradise, but I always have problem leaving a seaside. Everything that is nice comes to an end too fast, but at least it was something worth waiting the whole year.

Island Pasman is located in Zadar County in Croatia, and the Island has a bridge connection with another island, Island of Ugljen. Island is positioned directly south of Biograd, just a 15-20 minute drive by a ferry. You can use port in Zadar or port in Biograd to get to an Island.

The reason why I keep choosing Pasman for my summer destination is hard to explain, it has to be seen and felt and once you come to an island it’s hard not to return back.

Island Pasman comparing to some other places on the Croatian coast kept its tradition, you can sure feel and experience the spirit of the past times and life on the island. Except that island is known for unspoiled nature, cleanest sea due to the currents constantly changing and it has the biggest green surface considering its total area. Small fishing villages, not many tourists and crowd as the Pasman has no nightlife and a lot of green areas guarantee peace, good rest and excellent fishing spots.  It’s a perfect place for spending active rest days. Kayak fishing,shore fishing, biking on many hidden gravel roads leading to a south side of the Island and challenging biking tracks, Nordic walking are just some of the many activities island is perfect for.

Mediterranean climate is responsible for abundance of wildlife and many different wild grown medicinal and aromatic plants. When I go on a vacation I always look forward preparing and eating fresh, local, healthy food. It awakes an outdoorsman in me, a hunter-gatherer. When I say a hunter-gatherer I know it sounds like too much of a World of Warcraft disorder, but it’s not, it’s really who I transform into. Taking care of a fresh fish and shells, finding abandoned fruit trees (usually figs) and gathering medicinal and culinary aromatic herbs and of course finding a great locally homemade red wine is something I enjoy doing. It’s hard to beat the feeling of bringing a great food to a table and enjoy it with a family and friends long into the night.

Grilled fish
Noah’s Ark clams

Check video of gathering aromatic herbs on the island.

 

Due to constantly changing strong sea currents and a clean sea, island is a paradise for nautical tourism and fishing. South side of the island is uninhabited and has only few hidden hard accessible houses which makes it perfect for Robinson’s tourism and adventurers. This South side of the island looks towards Dugi otok (Long island) and national park Kornati, pearl of Adriatic. Fishing and kayaking on that side of the island is something not to be missed. Depths of up to 60 meters (200 feet) hide trophy catches and make it perfect for many different kayak fishing techniques. Except that on the south side of the island there are two big fish farms, which is always a place that attracts other fish. Trophy Sea Breams and other predatory can be caught there. On the North side of the island, where the villages are the sea is shallow, but still rich with Noah’s Ark clams, Sea Bass and Sea Bream.

When I talk about fishing, as this was family vacation I was trying to be conservative with my fishing gear and take only essential, but somehow it always turns out that 2/3 of the car’s cargo space is taken by my fishing and diving gear.

I am grateful that kids don’t mind being compressed between bunch of fishing rods, backpacks and everything.

car loaded with gear
loaded car

I did make one mistake though, mistake by not taking a fish finder which cost me not being able to do vertical jigging (blindly jigging I was always on the sand bottom, wasting time), which I thought was the most promising fishing technique to land a big fish from the blue depths on the south side (except maybe live bait which I didn’t use).During the summer many boats, swimmers, sea traffic and fishing pressure makes it harder to land a big fish than in the Autumn so trying to find a fish deep down was worth trying.

I will leave vertical jigging for the next saltwater outing,  this was family vacation anyway, so hypnotically staring at the sonar trying to find a perfect rock or place to jig would turn me into psychotic maniac focused on fish only, missing the whole days, just me and my kayak instead of being with my family.

Anyhow, I still enjoyed exploring south side of the Island, trolling along the way, hoping to get a Bonito, Amberjack, Leer fish or any other predatory fish,  did some blind jigging, casting some topwater lures and visiting rock shores searching for some plants and herbs.

South side of the island movie:

 

Despite I haven’t been using kayak for my fishing trips as nearly as planned I can’t be happier with my accomplishments and fishing. The biggest accomplishment was that my children, son especially finally got interested in fishing, following me like a shadow all the time and was able to keep his concentration and interest when fishing for hours. Before, his fishing would be 10 minutes to half an hour tops and that was it for the whole summer. This year he was casting, learning and helping day after a day. Still so much to learn, both for me and for him and my next task is to keep working on it and make fishing enjoyable and even more interesting for him. If I succeed in that I am getting the best fishing partner and more time to go fishing. Buying another kayak will wait, he is still not big enough to paddle alone.

Since 3 of us can’t fit in my kayak we went fishing from the shore, targeting a Sea Bass. Sea Bass is a great fish to catch, the best option if you fish from the shore, casting plugs. Guarantees a lot of fun, especially on topwater lures and it’s always a challenge to get a big one or find and catch them when they are lethargic or extra careful. I was teaching my son to use topwater lures, but we tried and used many different plugs, depending on the situation on the water and the weather.

The end result was just great, we were crushing it; it couldn’t be better to keep him interested and motivated. Even my daughter got interested when she saw us coming home full of impressions. This will be summer to remember for all of us, can’t wait for the next one.

Sea Bass caught on Storm Arashi Top Walker

 

Sea Bass

 

If one video is a must, this is the one! Video compilation of some of the catches caught with the camera just at the right time.

 

As I said before, this summer was the one to remember, can’t wait for the next year to make it even better. Hope yours will be great, enjoy it.

If you want to see more about the Island Pasman beauties check this video. Thanks to Tourist Board of Island Pasman for the promotional video and the picture. You can get more info or see more pictures of the Island on their webpage.

 

Tight Lines!!

 

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After falling in love in fishing as a young boy I never looked back. I am grateful to my grandfather for embedding the love and passion for fishing and nature into my life and for all the hours and patience spent fishing with me. The older I get the more I realize how valuable gift that was. Thank You!! My passion for fishing, sports, movement, nature and people led me to become a fitness trainer and to dive deeper into science of human movement, nutrition and health. After getting a long lusted fishing kayak which I was dreaming about for years a whole new world and horizons opened. With a kayak my fishing got a new meaning and is getting to a new higher level. Kayak fishing perfectly conjoined my passion for fishing, movement and exploring, making my bonds with nature and appreciating life beauty to become even more intense. I am looking forward to this journey, and as a father of two I hope I will transfer at least a piece of my love for fishing and nature preservation to them.

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