Javea, Alicante (ES)
For us fishing enthusiasts, fishing in Jávea or Xàbia is the most fun thing to do in this lovely wonderful place. Situated on the Mediterranean...Read more..
For us fishing enthusiasts, fishing in Jávea or Xàbia is the most fun thing to do in this lovely wonderful place. Situated on the Mediterranean coast between Valencia and Alicante, Javea lies between the Cape San Antonio and Cape de la Nau. The island of Ibiza lies some 90 kilometres (55 mi) to the east, and it can be seen on clear days.
Its proximity to the off shore waters of the Ibiza Channel, with areas up to 900 m depth, provides easy access to many pelagic species of game fish — spearfish, albacore, little tunny and of course bluefin tuna. Inshore waters are home to predators such as bluefish, amberjack, leerfish, barracuda and dentex.
Passing through the Ibiza Channel is mandatory for the large predators like the bluefin tuna and the albacore that go to spawn around the Balearic Islands and the Leon Gulf. The port of Jávea is strategically well-located for big game fishing, since only 20 miles from the coast, you can find depths of 900 meters.
Around the Cape of San Antonio, the sea floor is rocky with some sandy patches: very atractive for jigging or for trolling with downrigger for dentex and amberjack. Here, bluefish and leerfish are also possible catches.
Reef fishing in Javea will produce species such as conger eel, red scorpion fish, blackspot seabream, snapper and red porgy.
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 months for big game fishing in Javea are june, july and august. Albacore and bluefin tuna can be caught trolling from april to early july trolling off shore. During the summer months (july, august and september), chumming and drifting is the best technique to target bluefin tuna.
All year round you can do reef fishing and deep sea fishing in Javea. The rocky areas, wrecks and the drof offs are great places to catch snapper, red porgy, grouper, conger eel, scorpion fish just to name a few.
Inshore fishing is good from April to November. Horse mackerel, frigate tuna, little tunny, dolphinfish (mahi-mahi) and bonito are tipical catches in September & October.
With squid or cuttle fish anglers target dentex and amberjack practically all year round in the rocky areas close to Cabo de San Antonio. You can target these fish species drifting or trolling with a downrigger.
Apart from fishing in Javea you can also go cycling, kite surfing & windsurfing, mountain biking, wine tasting experience, snorkeling & diving, sailing, paragliding, hiking and much much more.
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants in Javea, Denia, Moraira and Benidorm.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Javea. The fishing charters in Javea normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.
If you want to go fishing on your own, you can buy your license on the website from the Generalitat Valenciana.