My Dear Department Herault.

In a tourist hotspot in the south of France, the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region, includes the department of Hérault.

The department of Herault, has the feet in the Mediterranean Sea, the head in the Cevennes, it is entwined by the departments of Gard, Aveyron, Tarn, Aude and its embers heart, which is built on an old volcano, is Montpellier.

Montpellier is also Prefecture of region, turn essentially towards the studies, the medicine, the research in the new technologies.

Montpellier is well known for: the historic center, the arceau aqueduct, anatomy museum and Fabre, zoo, exhibition center, the aquarium Mare Nostrum, its Grisette confectionery dating back to the Middle Ages (this would be one of oldest of France), and also for its nocturnal festivities, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, Zenith, Arena, etc.

In the surroundings we will find, the olive oil awarded with gold and stones of the old quarry of the city of Pignan, the olive oil of Clermont-l'Hérault, oysters Bouzigues and oysters hollow of Marseillan, some good wines of Saint-Georges d'Orques, Valfaunès, Assas, Ceyras, Saint-André-de-Sangonis, Saint-Christol, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière, Pic Saint-Loup, Cabrieres, Saint-Bauzille - Sylve, Pinet, Saint-Chinian, Murviel-Les-Montpellier and other Faugères, without forgetting the muscats of Frontignan, Mireval and Lunel, the honeys and meads of Viols-le-Fort.

On the tourist side, the department is rich in attractions and various activities; Sète with its Royal Jousts, its cornice, its canals, the Mont Saint-Clair, Agde with its nautical center, its museum of the Ephèbe, its naturist club, the pond of Thau and its oyster beds, Frontignan " Authentic, the pond of Ingril and its flamingos, its nature trails, Saint-Guilhem-the-Desert its bridge of the devil and its Abbey of Gellone, the rivers Hérault and the Orb with their gorges, the Lez, the lakes of Avene, Vesoles, Airette, Bourdelet, Salagou, Raviege, Olivettes, the Bouloc (it is not mine !!!) the caves of Clamouse, Demoiselles, Devéze.

Castries castle, the Paul Riquet alleys, the Fonséranes locks, Béziers and its famous Feria, the Canal du Midi, the Notre-Dame aux Matelles convent, the Fleury museum in Lodève and its cathedral, dolmens on the communes Le Rouet, the Prunaréde, Octon, the former priory of Saint-Michel de Grandmont at Usclas du Bosc, the Mont Saint-Baudile, the circuses of Mourèze, Infernet, Navacelle and the gorges of Héric, Saint- Martin-de-Londres and its Romanesque clover-shaped church.
From the 360 ° rotating restaurant of Palavas, you will see the old cathedral of Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, the
 Grande-Motte and its futuristic architecture, the massive Gardiole green lung of Montpellier, Pic Saint-Loup, and in beautiful weather the Pyrenees and the Alpilles.

The old Roman road, domitian road that crosses the department from east to west, Pézenas and its old gates, the oppidums of Ensérune and Magalas, the oak more than a century old and the Roman ruins of Murviel-les-Montpellier which would be dated - 3000 BC, former Valmagne abbey at Villeveyrac and its bauxite mine, the Roman bridge at Saint-Thibéry, the forests of Espinouse and Caroux, the Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc, the archaeological sites " Lattara "in Lattes and Ambrussum in Villetelle.

You will be able to study in depth, the technique of "idleness", on the beaches between Valras-Plage and La Grande-Motte, about 130 kilometers, without forgetting the sea fishing and your guide Robert in Frontignan.

Many sports activities, you are proposed, climbing, tree climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kite-surfing, petanque, canoeing, horse riding, diving, tambourine, sailing, wake-boarding, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, etc. . Theme parks, Aqua land, the Big Blue, others

You will find in the Baths of Balaruc-Les-Bains and Avéne, the benefits of the thermal waters and its cures.

Some key figures of the department (there are many more!):
Georges Brassens and Boby Lapointe singer, Pierre-Paul Riquet builder of the Canal du Midi, Molière writer, Auguste Comte philosopher, Frédéric Bazille painter, Louise Guiraud fervent Catholic and good fairy during the war, Jean Guisonnier Chief of the Fire Brigade Montpellier and Jean Moulin both resistant.

You really have the choice between several activities, sports, cultural, family, outings, and body care.

Without forgetting the Langue d'Oc and our accent that reminds the sun and makes sense in our speech ...

Olfactory side, here everything resumes its meaning (...), between the marine species, those of our Garrigues, Forests and those of the banks of the streams, you will find something to wake up your nose, with sea spray and smells so particular Ports, in the scents of rosemary, tamarisk, pines, firs, broom, kermes oaks, green and white, flax, sage, wild hyacinth, savory, sarsapilla, fennel, wild lavender, cade, vineyard, willow, aune, iris, poplar, loosestrife and others.

This modest presentation does not really reflect the territory of the Hérault, the spirit of hospitality of the department, especially in the diversity of activities offered by local professional actors.

For the activity and fishing side, a wide choice is available to you, just by the configuration and location of the department of Herault in the south of France and on the Mediterranean Sea.

This proximity offers the department a Mediterranean climate, that is to say that the rains are irregular and few, and the drought settles in the summer. The vegetation has an arid appearance.

In the autumn we suffer the phenomena Cévennols, which are violent thunderstorms brought by the wind of the south, which transport masses cloud, charged while passing over the Mediterranean, which accumulated in its waves of the high temperatures expressed in degree Celsius during the summer season.

But the rest of the year the good weather is fixed about 290 days of sunshine, allowing us to practice our hobbies and spend most of the time outside the homes.

With the possibility of fishing often by the clemency of the local weather, and following the official openings, we will be able to prospect rivers of 1st category populated mainly of salmonids and more precisely of Brown trout. Streams of 2nd category are populated by pikeperch, pike, French perch, catfish, roach, rudd, bleak, bream, darter, chub, perch sun, others. Without forgetting the lakes, dam reservoirs, the Canal du Rhône at Sète, the Canal du Midi.

Along the coast, ponds, lagoons and the Mediterranean Sea, you will have the opportunity, depending on the season, to search for sea bream, sea bream, sea bream, sar, pageot, marbled, sardines, mackerel and Spanish mackerel, common porbeagle, common mullet and mullet dorin. mullet, wolf or bar, garfish, conger, denti, lich, amberjack, and other tuna, horse mackerel, sole, hake, ray, goby, saupe, wrasse, scorpion fish, others. Side cephalopods and crustaceans squid, cuttlefish, octopus, lobster, lobster, cicada, crab, mussel, oyster, etc.

In the department all cane fishing techniques can be practiced, from fishing to blow, through the street-fishing and until the fishing with broumé.A wide choice of natural settings, environments, techniques, fish are available to you.

It's up to you to go to their discoveries under the sun, whether you are a novice or an expert, with the help of yours, because in the Hérault department, everything is on the side of the practice of fishing in France. marine environment and freshwater.

On request, I can (in terms of fishing) prepare a program over several days, several environments of evolution, several techniques, adapting to your preferences.

Between sea and foothills, the Hérault will seduce you.
See you soon on the water or at the water's edge, in your company.

Yours, Boby.

Tourist Offices, networks, labels, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Herault.
Site offering: leisure, accommodation, gastronomy, terroir and heritage, labeled:
Regional Council OCCITANIE: Here sites labeled "Qualité Sud de France":
The Qualité Sud de France scheme has been recognized by the Tourism Quality Plan.
Tourism Quality Plan:
Contact: SUD DE FRANCE DEVELOPMENT 954 avenue Jean Mermoz 34000 MONTPELLIER - FRANCE Tel: 33 (0) 4 67 200 220
Do not forget to download the mobile application "My South of France", Tourist Guide for your holidays and activities in Languedoc-Roussillon:

The press blog of Hérault Tourisme:
Application "Hérault Mobility" dedicated to people with motor or visual disabilities to download on the site below:
Practical information on Tourism in Herault:

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beziers-Saint-Pons Consular Chambers
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier

Tourist Office of the Pays des Monts and Sources 10, quai des Tanneries - 34260 AVENE

Network Welcome to the Farm Other Labels

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sète-Frontignan-Mèze

Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Herault Consular Chambers

Tourist Office of the Pays d'Orb 19 avenue Abbé Darroux - 34600 BÉDARIEUX
Tourist Office of Béziers Convention Center - 29 avenue Saint Saëns - 34500 BÉZIERS
Tourist Office Intercommunal Canal du Midi House Cantonnière - 34310 CAPESTANG
Tourist Office of Carnon-Mauguio Residence La Civadière (Port) - 34280 CARNON-MAUGUIO
Tourist Office of Castries 19, rue Sainte Catherine - 34160 CASTRIES
Tourist Office of Cazouls les Béziers16, avenue Jean Jaurès - 34370 CAZOULS LES BÉZIERS
Tourist Office Cessenon sur Orb Avenue Station - 34460 CESSENON SUR ORB
Tourist Office of the Chemin des Verriers in Hortus area Place de l'Hermet - 34270 CLARET
Tourist Office of Monts de l'Espinouse Road of La Salvetat sur Agoût - 34330 FRESH ON AGOUR
Tourist Office of Frontignan Avenue des Etangs - 34110 FRONTIGNAN Mobile application:
Tourist Office of Ganges Cévennes Méditerranée Plan de l'Ormeau - 34190 GANGES
Tourist Office of La Grande Motte Convention Center - Allée des Parcs 34280 LA GRANDE MOTTE
Tourist Office of Salvetat sur Agout Place des Archers - 34330 LA SALVETAT SUR AGOÛT
Tourist Office of Lamalou les Bains 1 avenue Capus - 34240 LAMALOU-LES-BAINS
Tourist Office of Lattes 679 avenue de Montpellier - 34970 LATTES
Tourist Office of Cap d'Agde Welcome bubble - B.P. 544 - 34305 CAP D'AGDE cedex
Tourist Office of Larzac Méridional 4, place de l'Horloge - 34520 LE CAYLAR
Tourist Office of Lodève 7 place de la République - 34700 LODÈVE
Tourist Office of the Pays de Lunel 16, cours Gabriel Péri - B.P. 68 - 34402 LUNEL Cedex
Tourist Office of Marseillan Avenue de la Méditerranée - 34340 MARSEILLAN
Tourism Department of Mèze 8, rue Pierre Auguste Massaloup - 34140 MEZE
Tourist Office of Mons La Trivalle Avenue Station - 34390 MONS LA TRIVALLE
Montpellier Tourist Office 30 alley of Lattre de Tassigny Esplanade Comedy - 34000 MONTPELLIER
Tourist Office of Olargues Avenue de la Gare - 34390 OLARGUES
Tourist Office of Palavas Place de la Mediterranee - 34250 PALAVAS
Tourist Office Center Herault 65 bis, National Course - 34230 PAULHAN
Tourist Office of Pézenas Place Gambetta - B.P. 10 - 34120 PÉZENAS
Tourist Office of Portiragnes Place du Bicentenaire - 34420 PORTIRAGNES BEACH
Tourist Office of Puisserguier 7, boulevard Victor Hugo - 34620 PUISSERGUIER
Tourist Office of Roquebrun Avenue des Orangers - 34460 ROQUEBRUN
Tourist Office of the Pays de Roujan 35, avenue de Pézenas - 34320 ROUJAN
Tourist Office of Saint-Chinian 1, Grand'Rue - 34360 SAINT-CHINIAN
Point Information Tourism Saint-Gervais sur Mare Cévennes House - 12, rue du Pont - 34610 SAINT-GERVAIS SUR MARE
Tourist Office of Sète 60, Grand rue Mario Roustan - 34200 SETE
Tourist Office Vallon de Londres Country House - 34380 SAINT MARTIN DE LONDRES
Tourist Office of Saint-Pons de Thomières Place du Foirail - B.P. 16 - 34220 SAINT-PONS DE THOMIERES
Tourist Office of Valras Place René Cassin - BP 6 - 34350 VALRAS
Tourist Office of Vendres 1, place du 14 Juillet - 34350 VENDRES
Tourist Office of Vias Avenue of the Mediterranean - 34450 VIAS BEACH
Tourist Office of Vic la Gardiole 30 bd des Aresquiers - 34110 VIC LA GARDIOLE

Know the breeding dates of freshwater fish to better protect them. These dates are not official, they are given as an indication, the weather disruption affect the reproduction. I can not be held responsible for their misinterpretation.
- Heckel Able: May to June;
- Common bleak: April to June;
- Ablette spirlin: spring;
- Sham shake: May to July;
- Silvery love: summer or water at 25 ° C;
- White love: April to August;
- Marbled love: summer or water at 25 ° C;
- Royal love: hybrid, cross between silver and marbled; ?
- European eel: hatching in spring Sargasso Sea;
- Aphanius of Corsica: water at 22 ° C;
- Spanish Aphanius: water at 30 ° C;
- Apron: March to April;
- Aspe: May;
- Common Barbeau: April to June;
- Southern barber: May to July;
- Black bass: May to June;
- Black-bass with small mouth: May to June;
- Blageon: April to June;
- Fluvial blenny: April to June;
- Bouvière: April to June;
- Border bream: May to June;
- Common bream: spring;
- Pike: February to April;
- Common carp: May to August;
- leather carp; May to August;
- Mirror carp: May to August;
- Common crucian: spring-summer;
- Silver crucian: water at 16-18 ° C;
- Golden crucian: May to June;
- Chabot: March to April;
- Chabot du Lez: March to April water at 14 ° C;
- Chevesne: April to June;
- Whitefish merenes: autumn or winter;
- Rock bass: May to June;
- Cristivomer: November;
- Cyprinodonte of Valencia: May to June;
- Epinoche: spring-summer;
- Epinochette: spring summer;
- Epirine lippue: not enough info on this fish introduced into our waters.
- Common sturgeon: May to July;
- Flet: January to April;
- Gambusia: April to October;
- Gardon: April to June;
- Stud: April to June;
- Great Shad: May to July;
- Ruffe: late winter early spring;
- Hotu: February to April;
- Southern Hotu: March to May;
- Huchon: April;
- melanote lily: April to June;
- Golden melanote lily: April to June;
- peeled lavarets; autumn or winter;
- Fluvial lamprey: May to June;
- Sea lamprey: April to June;
- Lamprey of Planer: April to May;
- Pond loach: April to June;
- Common loach: April to June;
- River lode: April to June;
- Lote: December to March;
- Arctic char: November to January;
- Brook trout: October to November;
- Shadow: March to May;
- Perche: March to May;
- Sun Pole: May to June;
- Catfish: May to June;
- Pseudorasbora: spring;
- Rotengle: April to June;
- Sander: April to June;
- Glaucous catfish: May to July;
- Sterlet: April to June;
- Tanche: May to July;
- Fathead minnow or Canadian minnow: water at 15 ° C;
- Toxostome: March to May;
- Rainbow Trout: May to June;
- Trout of Corsica: November to January;
- brown trout: October to January;
- Lake trout: winter;
- Sea trout: December to February;
- Minnow: May to June;
- Vandoise: February to March;
- Vandoise with long snout; water at 10 ° C;
- Vandoise rostrée: March to April;
- Vimbe: March to July;

For information, I can not be held responsible for the misinterpretation of the Decree of 28/10/2012 NOR: 1226985A and its appendices, published in J.O.R.F of 06 November 2012 Text 38.

For the Mediterranean: fish and crustaceans: 
- Anchovies: 9 cm 
- Bar / Sea bass: 30 cm 
- Atlantic Cernier: 45 cm 
- Chapon: 30 cm 
- Horse mackerel: 15 cm 
- Congre: 60 cm 
- Corb: 35 cm 
- Dorado gray: 23 cm 
- Common sea bream: 33 cm 
- Royal sea bream: 23 cm 
- Skinny: 45 cm 
- Mackerel: 18 cm 
- Marbled: 20 cm 
- Hake: 20 cm 
- Groupers: 45 cm 
- Mostelle: 30 cm 
- Pageot acarné: 17 cm 
- Pageot big eye: 33 cm 
- Red Pageot: 15 cm 
- Common pawpaw: 18 cm 
- Rouget barbet or rock: 15 cm                                          
- C
ommon sar: 23 cm
- Sar with pointed muzzle: 18 cm
- Black-headed Sar: 18 cm
- Sardine: 11 cm
- Soles: 24 cm
- Sparaillon: 12 cm
- Bluefin tuna: 30 kg or 115 cm.
- Pink shrimps off the coast: 2 cm (cephalothoracic length)
- Lobster: 30 cm (total length)
- Lobster: 9 cm (cephalothoracic length)
- Norway lobster: 7 cm (total length)

Some information on the so-called "sport fishing" fish.
Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans Lacpede 1802) record 752 kg taken with the cane and Black (Makaira indica Cuvier 1831) record 636 kg taken with the cane, and which can reach a weight of 1 ton / 1000 kg. 

Speed around 100 km / h. As for Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax Philippi 1887) and White (Tetrapturus albidus Poey 1861) they can reach 250 kg for Striped (224 kg taken with cane) and 90 kg for White (82.5 kg taken with cane Brazil 1979). 

Speed around 100 km / h. : There remains a dilemma for the giant Thuna (Thunnus Thynus Lynné 1758) that can reach more than 700 kg, but as everyone has understood, this record fish is endangered in the world and in the Mediterranean (despite this that some say), unfortunately! 

Speed 80 km / h but doubts remain about its ability to reach 100 km / h. The world record is 407 kg taken on a 50 lb resistance line  (22,679 kg !!!). 

The Bluefin Tuna: In the larval stage for 14 days, it feeds exclusively on copepods. To make a kilo of tuna, the latter must consume 20 kg of food. At 14 he weighs 300 kg, he eats 10 to 25% of his weight a day, he is able to swim more than 50 nautical miles a day continuously. 

He is obliged to swim to breathe at the speed which is at least 1 times its length per second example: It measures 1 meter X 1.0 = 1.0 meters per second in order to oxygenate properly.

It is provided with red muscle rich in Myoglobin = Protein which has a role of O2 fixation and which releases the latter in case of anoxia due to a violent and prolonged effort. Its red muscles are also rich in Mitochondria = subcellular structures involved in breathing. 

* Effort he provided when taken at the end of the line, he wants to join his group, because he is gregarious (life in a bench of several individuals). A word of warning... 

Regarding the Sailfish (Istiophorus Platypterus Shaw & Noddler 1971) speed of 110 km / h is the fastest fish here is the history of its fishing: 
- The first caught in sport fishing in 1913 weigh 161 kg; 
- The first cane caught in Europe in 1954 weighing 153 kg; 
- The biggest caught cane display 536 kg; 
- Women's world record stands at 350 kg; 
- Men's world record on 37 kg / 80 lb line is 298 kg;
 - 1998, the year when the first was caught on the fly with a weight of 24.8 kg; 
- 1998 the largest which was caught fly 40.8 kg; 
- The absolute champion of catch of Swordfish Mr. Ted NAFTZGER with more than 100 fish. 

For bigeye tuna or Bigeye (Thunnus obesus Lowe 1836) can reach 200 kg. 

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares Bonnaterre 1788) can display 180 kg on the scale.

Albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga Bonnaterre 1788) 40 kg.

Bonito with striped belly (Katsuwonus pelamis Linnaeus 1758) from 20 to 30 kg.

The Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri Cuvier 1832) 90 kg and speed 80 km / h.

I still have to introduce the Lancier Shortbill (Tetrapturus belone) present in the Mediterranean small swordfish very short rostrum, with a weight oscillating between 20 to 40 kg.

The Longbill Spearman (Tetrapturus pfluegeri Robin & Sylva 1963) maximum 60 kg record taken in cane 58 kg (Gran Canaria 1999 on line 30 lb).

Shortbill Lancers (Tetrapturus angustirostris) maximum 30 to 40 kg.

Now that we know the weight of some sport fish and on which line they were taken, that we know the rules written by the IGFA, we can easily choose its equipment and powers to employees ... With advice of a Monitor-Guide, perhaps?

There are two possible choices for fishing in the Mediterranean sea:
1 °) First choice: 
Or you can fish with powerful and overpowered fishing rods and rods (between 80 and 130 lbs. Or 36,287 and 58,967 kg IGFA standards) to quickly bring the fish back to the boat, before it takes its second breath or probes in line with the boat. It is true that for the release of certain species including bluefin tuna, it is better to bring the fish back to the boat very quickly in order to release it in the best conditions, with sustained oxygenation. 

2 °) Second choice: Either we fish lighter between 30, 50 or even 80 lbs (13,607; 22,679 to 36,287kg) of resistance which is already not bad for the Mediterranean. But it is important to know the history of the record fish caught in the world to get an idea about the power of rods and resistance lines to make his own choices... 

But beware of the possible release of the fish if the fight is over, you will have trouble re oxygenate to let him leave in good conditions for his survival. 

Some info : In freshwater carp is harvested with 3.5 lbs rods. 

The record is 30 kg with this type of material. So a very important ratio 30: 1,587 = 18,90 impressive no? 
The world record validated by the I.G.F.A Bluefin tuna caught on 50lb / 22.679 kg line, is 407 kg. The ratio is therefore 407: 22.679 = 17.94 still impressive! 
A record validated by the IGFA for a 50.3 kg sailfish sailfish caught with a 1kg line body (ie 2.204lb of resistance) The ratio is 50.3: 1 = 50.3 is in the dream because this line is used at the base to fish trout in river, huge. 
Another record validated by the I.G.F.A but bearing on a Marlin of 250 kg taken with a body of line of 4 kg (is 8,818lb). An incredible ratio of 250: 4 = 62.5 !! GIGANTIC.

Fine or strong fisherie for record fish? That's what I can tell you
There is an organization called IGFA (International Game Fish Association), which participates in the development of the regulation by deciding on the fish capture mesh, which records and validates the catch of record fish but with the power constraints of the rods, the resistance of the wires used, the length of the double line and the maximum line of the line according to the resistance and maximum length of the hook over the skirt of a soft lure. 

Here are their recommendations: (This applies if you want to break a record or competitions!) 
- Power rods between 80 and 130 lbs: 
- Lines on the reel the resistances must be between 37 kg and 60 kg: 
- Minimum reel brake 10 kg (15 kg is a good compromise): 
- For a line of less than 10 kg of resistance the length of the double line may not exceed 4.57 meters; 
- For line of less than 10 kg of resistance the length of the leader can not exceed 4.57 meters; 
- For a line of less than 10 kg of resistance the total length of the double line and the bottom of line included, may not exceed 6,14 meters; 
- For line of more than 10 kg of resistance the length of the double line can not exceed 9.14 meters (without resistance restriction); 
- For line of more than 10 kg of resistance the length of the leader can not exceed 9.14 meters (without resistance restriction); 
- For a line of more than 10 kg of resistance the total length of the double line and the bottom of line included, may not exceed 12.10 meters (without resistance restriction); 

Reminder Match and resistance kilogram / pound, abbreviation = kg / lb or lbs 1 kg = 2.2046 lbs; 1 lb = 0.453597 kg.

Good to you, Robert Bouloc.