Rota, Cadiz (ES)
Located in the province of Cadiz in Southern Spain, Rota is home to the Naval Station Rota, also known as NAVSTA Rota. This is the largest American military community in Spain.
Located close to Puerto de Santa María, Chipiona, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera, this is also a great place for sport fishing. Offshore, Rota offers big game fishing for tuna, dorado and marlin. Inshore there's snapper, seabream, jack, scorpion fish, meagre and pelegic species such as bonito and skipjack tuna.
Rota lies at the north of the enormous bay of Cadiz. In the centre of the bay is Puerto de Santa Maria and the estuary of the river Guadalete. The bay has shallow silty seafloor with hardly any obstacles. There is bluefish, seabass and gilt-head bream in the bay. Further off-shore, rocky areas areas provice nice bottom fishing with banded seabream, scorpion fish, blackspot seabream, snapper, jack...
Outside the bay, the seafloor descends slowly, you have to sail 20 miles to find deeper waters for biggame fishing.
These waters are extremely rich with tremendous amounts of baitfish that attract pelagic fish such including tuna, marlin, wahoo and dorado.
Fishing in Rota from April and May is an ideal time to do trolling and jigging for bluefin tuna, albacore and little tunny. Spring is also a good time to fish with live bait to target dentex, grouper or meagre.
Summer is ideal for fishing bluefin tuna or white marlin trolling off Rota. Closer to shore, live bait fishing produces dentex, pink dentex, grouper or amberjack.
Fishing in Rota in autumn is great to catch bonito, skipjack tuna, dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), frigate tuna, little tunny, smaller bluefin tuna and sometimes even wahoo. Light tackle trolling with smallers lures & feathers is the best and easiest way to catch these species.
Bottom fishing for blackspot seabream, scorpion fish, snapper or redbanded seabream for example and live bait fishing for meagre, amberjack, sama, grouper.
Wether you fish from the shore, on your own boat, with a shared charter or a private charter, you need a fishing license to go sea fishing in Rota. The fishing charters in Rota 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 do wish to buy a fishing licence, you can purchase one on the website of the Junta de Andalucia.