Mogán, Gran Canaria (ES)
Fishing in Gran Canaria is synonymous with relaxation and great action at the same time. The island offers spectacular fishing conditions that are only a three hour flight away. Like all the islands in the Canary archipelago, fishing in Gran Canaria is characterised by the existence of sedentary species and migrating fish.
Gran Canaria is known for the year-round sunshine, the beaches like those from Güigüi, the famous dunes of Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés and its mild temperatures. It's a hotspot for windsurfing, surfing and scuba diving. In the interior you'll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring or rock climbing.
Blue Marlin: These powerful fish are sought after by fishermen for their size, power and their great fight. The excitement and action that is involved attracts anglers from around the world who want to meet the challenge of catching a blue marlin. The best time to fish them is from July to October.
White Marlin: The white marlin feeds on all kinds of fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. You’re most likely to use the trolling technique with artificial lures or with bait such as octopus, with the best time to try between July and November.
Amberjack: From November to January, the big amberjacks (30-50 kg) or medregal 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: You're most likely to hook big eye tuna by trolling with artificial lures and sometimes with natural bait. Big eye tuna and other tuna such as Albacore and Bluefin Tuna 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. Adults are usually more voracious predators, deceiving jigging from boats. To catch this snapper, it is recommended to put a whole or piece of a prawn, cuttlefish or octopus on the hook.
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 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.
Whether you practice spinning, jigging, coastal trolling or bottom fishing, Gran Canaria fishing is exciting & diverse.
Big Game in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is ideal for big game fishing as, at a short distance from the coastline, there are significant depths of water and you can catch almost anything from just outside of the port. The island, next to La Gomera and Lanzarote, is known worldwide for its blue marlin fishing. Several international big game fishing tournaments are held every year in July and August in ports like Pasito Blanco, Puerto Rico, Puerto Base and Mogan. This is when the biggest, fastest and most expensive yachts come to the island to troll off its coasts to target the granders: blue marlin up to 1000lbs!
These massive pelagic fish visit Gran Canaria from June to late October, along with white marlin, dolphinfish and different types of tuna (yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, big eye tuna). Bluefin tuna comes to the waters in from February until May. Whilst fishing with natural bait, you can also catch the hammerhead shark.
Light tackle trolling in Gran Canaria
Light tackle trolling with equipment of 20-30lb and small lures can provide a good fishing trip in Gran Canaria. Depending on the season, it is possible to catch different species such as Pacific sierra, pargo (red snapper), wahoo, Atlantic bonito, barracuda, pink dentex, amberjack, bluefish, tuna (red and yellowfin) and dorado.
Jigging in Gran Canaria
The rocky bottom of the sea with its sandy areas make Gran Canaria a really great place for fans of jigging. Throughout the seasons, it is possible to practice this vertical fishing, allowing you to capture Atlantic bonito, Pacific sierra, grouper, amberjack and barracudas. For a successful trip, it is advised to have a good guide who knows the area of Gran Canaria, since it’s important to know many things including the tides and currents, when and where to drop the jig, the best time of day and what kind of jig to use. Otherwise, the fishing opportunities in Gran Canaria can be significantly reduced.
Sport Fishing Seasons in Gran Canaria
Autumn and winter: Anchored or drifting are the best techniques for deep sea fishing during autumn and winter, and this can be done with natural bait to catch all kinds of rockfish, stingray and Atlantic sierra. With live bait (mackerel, cuttlefish or squid for example) you can catch amberjack and pink dentex during your fishing trip. Winter is the best time to catch bluefin tuna, big eye tuna and albacore. This type of fish can be caught with lures and natural bait, and for catching tuna, the best technique is to drift with natural bait.
Spring and Summer: springtime is when warmer water currents reach the Canaries, with this stream able to attract an abundance of nutrients for small fish like mackerel and sardine (the preferred food of wahoo), albacore and especially the blue marlin. Billfish visit Gran Canaria from June to October, although the best time for fishing marlin in Gran Canaria is during the months of July and August.
Gran Canaria is also a great place to go cycling, kite surfing, windsurfing in Pozo Izquierdo, Mountain biking, wine tasting experience, whale watching, snorkeling & diving, sailing, horse riding, hiking and much much more.
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the area; try dishes like Mojo Picón, Papas Arrugadas,
Almogrote or Sancocho canario.
Gran Canaria host several famous festivals such as the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Branch Festival - also known as La Rama, Corpus Christi or the Canary Islands International Jazz Festival.
The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is certainly worth a visit with its old city centre, the boulevard, the beaches and its nightlife.
You need a fishing license to go sea fishing in Gran Canaria. The fishing charters normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat. For a days fishing from the shore, you can buy a fishing license in the local tackle store like Quintana Pesca in Vecindario or Fishobby in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.