Huelva, Andalucia (ES)
The sleepy port city known as Huelva is located in the southwestern area of Spain. Both the mouth of the Odiel and Tinto rivers are located here and run into the Gulf of Cadiz, which is home to a relatively unknown paradise of excellent fishing in Europe. The fishing here is great all year round and a variety of sought after species can be caught.
Dentex, pink dentex, grouper, large snapper and the famous meagre can be caught all year round jigging, spinning or bait fishing. Between April and October pelagic species such as tuna, mahi-mahi & marlin can be caught trolling.
The fishing on offer can vary to each different person's wants and desires. The Gulf of Cadiz is quite a shallow region of water thanks largely to the huge amount of sediment that is pushed out from the rivers of Guadiana, Rio Tinto and Guadalquivir. Its from these rivers and this sediment combined with the currents of the Atlantic Ocean that the enormous amount of nutrients in the water are formed. This brings in species of bait fish including sardines, anchovies, horse mackerel and mackerel.
These nutrient filled waters produce an extremely rich fishing resource that attracts a large number of professional fisherman. The waterways continue to remain at a very healthy level though as the area continues to be unknown paradise in Europe for sport fishing.
The various techniques available here include bottom fishing inshore with natural baits like sardines, squid, worms or crab in search of species such as sea bass, big bluefish, gilt-head seabream (dorada) and massive “corvina” or meagre. The latter is an impressive fish that can grow up to 2m long and reach a weight of 55kg.
Then there is the offshore fishing that is just as impressive and not overly deep, 50m is the average depth at 12 miles out. Here you can target pelagic species such as skipjack tuna, albacore, bluefin tuna, dorado, white marlin and blue marlin. This is done by trolling artificial lures. Some of the locals also love to target the marlin with pitch bait fishing. In these parts you can also opt to try drifting and chumming in search of sharks or land one trolling also, they love to attack the marlin lures as well.
Spring: The water begins to warm up during this time of year and offers some exciting opportunities inshore. You can target fish like sea bass and meagre in the shallow, warm waters with live baits. There is also the possibility to land amberjack and Pink Dentex as well. Offshore, the tuna begin to migrate for spawning season from the Gibraltar Strait to the Mediterranean Sea.
Summer: Summer has mainly trolling, both inshore and offshore, on offer. Inshore you can troll for smaller pelagic fish such as bonito, frigate tuna, bluefish, while offshore skipjack tuna, albacore, bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, dorado, white marlin and blue marlin will be the most sought after species available.
Autumn: Fishing is much the same to the summer methods mentioned above. It is again a great time to troll both inshore and offshore for variations species. Inshore trolling will target smaller pelagic fish like bonito, frigate tuna, bluefish, little tunny and offshore will again be about landing bigger fish such as skipjack tuna, albacore, bluefin tuna, dorado, white marlin and blue marlin.
Winter - Use methods such as jigging or spinning to chase sea bass and meagre. Opt to bait fish (on the bottom) for dorada, snapper, black spot sea bream, pink dentex. The option to fish with live bait is also rewarding and you can target huge meagre (up to 50kg), amberjack (up to 50kg+), pink dentex (15kg+) etc using live cuttlefish or squid. This is done while you fish near or over a rocky bottom.
Apart from fishing in Huelva you can also go cycling, kite surfing, wind surfing, mountain biking, wine tasting experience, snorkelling & diving, sailing, hiking, horse riding and much much more.
Visit the Natural park "Parque Doñana" or the Parque Natural Marismas de Odiel. The Parque Doñana is the the largest nature reserve in Europe. It's an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The park has a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of European and African migratory birds, fallow deer, Spanish red deer, wild boars, European badgers, Egyptian mongooses, and endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx.
Enjoy the local food (Huelva has the world's best ham!) in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the area.
You need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. The fishing charters in Huelva normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.