The Gulf of Catania is still crossed every day by small fishing boats. In April, they begin catching Masculina anchovies, lowering “tratte”, a type of drift net. The right time is in the depths of the night, just before dawn. This technique has been practiced throughout the Mediterranean since the time of Homer. The heads of the anchovies become caught in the mesh of the net, known as the “maglie”, hence the name Magghia. This creates a natural bleeding, which produces a tastier and more prized fish.
Fishing takes place from April to July and the salted product is available year-round.