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.
Blue Marlin: These powerful fish are sought after by fishermen for their size, power and the struggle that they give during their catching. 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 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. Adults are usually more voracious predators, deceiving jigging from boats. To catch this incredible fish, it is recommended to put a whole or piece of a prawn, cuttlefish or octopus on the fishhook.
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, the fishing possibilities in Gran Canaria are immense.
Big Game fishing 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 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 trolling with equipment of 20-30 pounds and small lures can provide a good session of fishing 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. Winter is the best time to catch bluefin tuna, big eye tuna and albacore. They can be caught with lures and natural bait, and for catching tuna, the best technique is to drift with natural bait.
Spring and Summer: Fishing in Gran Canaria during the springtime is characterised by the arrival of warmer water currents, 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. The “picudos” 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.
In Gran Canaria, you need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. 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.