Morocco - Lagsera
Leave Sidi Ifini by the coastal road heading north and after 11km you will
come across a sign on your left-hand side saying Plage Gzira.
Drop off the "International Road" and follow the
track until you come to the top of the cliff.
The fishing village of Lagsera is hidden at the base
of the cliff. Here you will find an Auberge, a cafe and one
shop where you can buy fresh fish and bread. If you are looking to camp for the night you will find a campsite on the top of the cliffs.
The beach of Gzira is a delight, with miles
of fine sand between the headlands. Fantastic views are the order of the day. On the fine sand you can find
a quiet spot for the day, you may be the only person on the beach.
Take your time and explore Gzira. Enjoy the sand between your toes and the warm Saharan breeze through
your hair or work on your tan. The walk under the 100m arch, designed by mother nature, is a must, but watch out for falling stones. Surf the
beach break or off the headland, beach combe or cast a line
for your supper.
Morocco's 3500km of coastline
is renowned as one of the largest fish rich areas of the Atlantic
Ocean. The fishing off the Sahara is one of the richest areas
of the world.
With the water between 17.c- 19.c and the day time sun rising
the air temperature well into the 30's you have an ideal world...
The small Berber villages which follow the coast, rely on this
natural resource as their main food store. From the delights
of crab and octopus which are found at low tide in the natural
supermarket (open 2 times a day; low tide only) to the sole
which is found on the break line shifting through the sand,
you have the beach.The setting sun will leave you with memories.
Add to this the lack of population and you will understand why
this is an area that any fisherman should visit for a few days.
At low tide it is
the bait collection moment.. .the sea potato is what you have
to look for, this salt water algae is found at low tide attached
to the rocks. If you stand on the potato it will eject a jet
of salt water to let you know that its under your foot!
The potato has to be cut off the rock using a sharp knife, then
the hard part. Holding the potato in one hand cut open the alge...the
smell that flows from the potato will make your stomach churn!!
But the pulp in a plastic sealed container and open up the next
one! You can understand why the fish are attracted to the soft
pulp.... Attach the potato to your hook ( thread the barb through
the eye of the potato then wrap the pulp around the hook, wash
A 4m beach caster, line and reel, lead weight and a bit of plastic
is all that is needed for a session of surf casting.
Run the 50g weight up the line (15kg). Attach the piece of plastic
bag to the end of the line. (This will stop you losing the weight.)
Add the hook 50cm from the weight on a 50 cm trace (10kg).