Mogán, Gran Canaria (ES)
The Canary Islands are known for the year-round sunshine, it's beaches & sand dunes, the volcanos and its mild temperatures. The islands are a hotspot for windsurfing, surfing and scuba diving to observe its great marine life. In the interior you'll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring, rock climbing and even caving. We just lovee Canary Islands fishing!
There are eight major islands in the archipelago of the Canary Islands, each with a breath-taking countryside and great fishing possibilities: La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa.
Whether you go trolling, big game fishing, bottom fishing, spinning or vertical jigging, Canary Islands fishing is about catching strong and big fish. Here are our 5 favourite species you can catch during your next fishing trip.
The Blue Marlin is the Canary Islands fishing favourite when you talk about big game. This powerful fish can provide quite some excitement and action during your next fishing trip. Make sure you have the right fishing tackle (such as Shimano Tiagra 80lb or even 120lb). The best time to fish them is from late may to November. They can grow up to 1000lb!
White Marlin: White marlin feeds on all kinds of fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. You’re most likely to catch them trolling artificial lures or natural dead bait. White marlin fishing in Canary Islands is best between June and November.
Amberjack: From November to January, the big amberjacks (30-50 kg) or medregales as they are called in the Canaries, go back up to the top of the trophy food pyramid. During these months, you can fish with live bait in optimum conditions: calmer sea and with temperatures between 23 and 25°C. For live-bait fishing, you should use a technique pattern that you have mastered to get the best results.
Bigeye Tuna: In the Canary Islands, you are most likely to fish big eye tuna by trolling with artificial lures and sometimes with natural bait. Big eye tuna and other bluefin tuna such as Albacore can be fished especially during the months of February, March and April.
Bocinegro: This dweller prefers subtropical Atlantic Ocean waters at low and medium depths. To catch this nice fish, it is recommended to use whole or piece of a prawn, cuttlefish or octopus on the fishhook. Other species you can catch while bottom fishing in Canary Islands are Moray eels, snapper, jack, red scorpion fish, barracuda, bonito, ray... just to name a few.
The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is probably the most wanted fish in the sport fishing world. The magnificent fighter usualy feeds during day time on fish, octopuses and squids. Blue Marlin is mainly caught trolling with artificial lures or with dead bait (bonito, mackerel...).
Also known as Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
The Dentex (Dentex dentex) grows up to1m (3 ft) and 16 kg (35 lb). Common in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. He likes sandy & rocky areas up to 200m (700ft). Trolling or drifting with life bait are best, jigging is also a great technique.
The Pink Dentex (Dentex gibbosus) - distribution from Portugal to Angola, Mediterranean Sea and Canary Islands. Best Techniques to catch are live bait or jigging.
Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)
Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) are one of the finest sport fishing species. One of the best techniques used to fish them is trolling, especially using artificial lures and natural bait such as small barracuda or garfish. Another technique to try is to fish using a boat in well-known areas, trying to provoke the fish to take a bite with stick baits, lures or poppers.
This fish is of the Balistidae family. There are about 40 species of Triggerfish.
The Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a pelagic fish that can grow up to 500kg (1000lb). The biggest Bluefin Tuna every caught was 780kg (1496lb). These great fighters can be caught trolling, jigging, casting or drifting mainly in off-shore.
There’s more than fishing in the Canaries; you can also go cycling, kite surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking, wine tasting, whale watching, snorkeling & diving, sailing, horse riding, hiking and much, much more.
Don't miss the volcano Teide in Tenerife, Spain's highest point and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. The Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world, is surrounded by an unearthly landscape of solid lava.
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the area: Mojo Picón, Papas arrugadas, Almogrote, Sancocho canario etc.
The Canary Islands host several famous festivals such as the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Branch Festival - also known as La Rama, Corpus Christi or the Canary Islands International Jazz Festival.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Canary Islands. The fishing charters in the Canaries normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.