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Shopping for fish and fishing gear in Calais, France and Belgium. Day-tripper.net, the web magazine which saves you money when crossing the channel to Calais, to buy wine, beer, spirits and food, travelling by ferry or Eurotunnel.
It's not just price, but the range which impresses shoppers coming to France when looking for fish. Just compare the fish section of a British supermarket with those in any French Supermarket. Boulogne is France's main fishing port and there is therefore a wide range of fresh fish in all local shops.
We hear from shoppers that fishing gear is cheaper as well.
It's always best to know the price of what you are looking for in the United Kingdom Before buying fishing gear in France. Some things are definitely cheaper, and often available in France, when there are problems in the United Kingdom.
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Fish is much cheaper in France. We paid £8/kg for fresh tuna at the hypermarket. In my local Sainsbury's it is £14/kg. Deliciously flavoursome Costa Rican prawns are £11.00 a kilo (unpeeled, locally (peeled) they are £24.00. Anchovies are about £5.00 a kilo, locally, in a fancy jar they are £24.00.
Aux Petits Bateaux, 108, Bd. Gambetta. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 96 23 08.
Les Delices de la Mer (direct from local fishermen), 160 Bd. la Fayette. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 34 64 57.
Huitriere Calaisienne (Brittany oysters, shellfish), 12, Bd. La fayette. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 36 50 97.
La Sole Berckoise, 55, Bd. Jacquard. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 34 54 58.
– Emile Fournier and Fils (smoked fish), 53 rue Mouron 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 96 49 36. www.emilefournierfils.fr
– Nausicaa Aquarium in Boulogne is actively involved in initiatives to preserve and study marine life. When there, pick up the leaflets about "Mr Goodfish", a scheme to encourage shops and restaurants to supply and use fish that is not in danger. The scheme encourages responsible consumers choose those products which are readily available and according to their seasonality. It is also important to introduce a wider range of fish types into your diet. We found the information provided helpful and clear in its objectives. www.mrgoodfish.com
After a visit to Nausicaa your knowledge of the sea and the issues marine life face will no longer be in any doubt. We felt they lived up to their mission of "making people change their habits and help preserve the oceans".
Cheaper in France and Belgium. We reprint this advice from a visitor.
I can thoroughly recommend the shop in Adinkerke (Belgium). The owner is a great bloke and speaks English to boot. If he hasn't got it he can get it and his prices are bloody low compared to tackle shops here. A shakespere ugly stik there last year for example was less than £40, same model over here was well over £150! You can pick his brains about most aspects of the sport. He can also arrange sea fishing trips on his or others boats. Well worth the drive up even if your not buying any baccy.
As for Calais, you can try Carrefour for tackle. The range does vary depending on the time of year and some of the quality can be a bit iffy (have some obscure brands in stock). They do sell most things you could think of including bait. Obviously in Calais they are geared up for Sea fishing or the Pole for coarse fishing.