Javea, Costa Blanca (ES)
You’ve heard of the beaches, the gorgeous water, the luxurious resorts, but did you know that there is amazing sport fishing in Altea and the Costa Blanca? Located north of Alicante, Altea has good access to the 1000m deep channel of Ibiza which has perfect conditions for off-shore big game fishing. And, there's also year round inshore fishing too in Altea.
South of the bay of Altea is Punta Bombarda, which is cape of the Serra Gelada Natural Park. Towards the north of the bay is Illeta de l'Olla or Isla de la Olla, a small island surrounded by extensive fields of poseidonia (Neptune grass).
The bottom of the bay is relatively flat with loose rocks and a few wrecks. These coastal waters are great for fishing for dentex, amberjack, bonito, barracuda, leerfish, bluefish etc ...
Sailing eastward, offshore, is the Ibiza channel, where the seabed plummets from 100 meters to 500 meters and even 900 meters deep. This is the prime deep-sea fishing area of the Costa Blanca: giant bluefin tuna, albacore, little tunny, swordfish and spearfish.
The best fishing season in Altea for coastal trolling is from April to early November. At the surface you can catch - especially in September and October - horse mackerel, tuna, bonito, mahi-mahi trolling feathers and lures.
For deep-sea fishing in Altea, summer is the best time to catch a giant tuna. Offshore trolling can be done in April, May and June. Afterwards it is also possible, but the fishing guides prefer to do brumeo or chumming from July to September.
Bottom fishing as well as dentex and amberjack fishing can be practiced throughout the year.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Altea. The fishing charters in Altea and nearby villages, normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.
You can buy a fishing license on the website of the Generalitat Valenciana.