Javea, Alicante (ES)
Calpe or Calp is a beautiful place at the Costa Blanca and lies at the foot of the amazing Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac. This gigantic 600...Read more..
Calpe or Calp is a beautiful place at the Costa Blanca and lies at the foot of the amazing Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac. This gigantic 600 metres high granite rock overlooks the city of Calpe, the Meditterranean Sea, the beaches and the Salinas de Saladar salt lakes.
Located north of Alicante, Calpe is also a great place for sport fishing. It has good access to the 1000m deep channel of Ibiza which has perfect conditions for off-shore tuna fishing fishing. And, there's year round inshore fishing too in Calpe.
The bay of Calpe, between the Morro de Toix on the west side and the Peñon de Ifach on the east side, is relatively shallow with depths ranging from 20 to 40m deep. The bottom is fairly flat featuring some scattered rocks. Obviously these rocks attrackt all kind of undwater wildlife: smaller fish, but also larger predators such as dentex, amberjack, bonito, barracuda, leerfish, bluefish etc ...
Around the Peñon de Ifach - this area is very interesting for diving too - the bottom is steaper and less than a mile off shore there's over 50m depth.
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 Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a pelagic fish that can grow up to 500kg (1000lb). The biggest Bluefin Tuna ever caught was 780kg (1496lb). These great fighters can be caught trolling, jigging, casting or drifting; mainly off-shore.
The Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) is easily identified by the dark spots under its pectoral fins. They like warm temperate and tropical waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The larger Little Tunny weigh up to 35lb and can reach 1,2m.
The Amberjack species are a game fish that are found both in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Jigging and live bait fishing are the best techniques to target these magnificent fighters. Greater Amberjack can weigh up to 170 lb (80 kg).
The Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) has large eyes and long pectoral fins. This is why this species is also known as longfin tuna. The largest Albacore can reach up to 140 cm (4.6ft) and weigh up to 40 kg (90lb).
Atlantic Bonito (Sarda sarda) is a rapid fish species known for being great hunters. They have striping on their backs with silver-coloured undersides and they grow up to 30 inches long. They have a hydrodynamic body shape, even more so than larger tuna.
The best fishing season in Calpe 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 with feathers and lures.
For deep-sea fishing in Calpe, summer is when the best guarantees are to catch a giant tuna. Offshore trolling can be done in April, May and June. Afterwards it is also possible, but the skippers prefer to do chumming (fishing drifting with sardines) fishing from July to September.
Bottom fishing as well as dentex and amberjack fishing can be done throughout the year.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Calpe. The fishing charters in Calpe 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.