Costa Adeje, Tenerife (ES)
Many types of fishing methods can be enjoyed in Tenerife, although one of the most popular techniques is the chambel. This is especially popular in short trips with shared charters that usually go to rocky zones in order to fish with natural bait on the seabed.
Fishing in Tenerife is usually done from an anchored boat, but sometimes whilst drifting. Fishing in Tenerife is characterized as having a variety of very different species: the most common species are the sargo, serranos and sama. and in deeper water you can capture larger predators such as grouper or Atlantic wreckfish.
Coastal trolling is also popular, where you can use artificial lures to fish bonitos (sierra), barracuda, bluefish (smelt) and wahoo. In greater depths and with natural bait you can also capture good examples of sama, dentex and amberjack.
Deep sea fishing in Tenerife is most beneficial during the summer months, when you can catch blue marlin, white marlin and various types of tuna, as well as dolphinfish and wahoo.
Fishing in Tenerife is also very effective when using the art of jigging. On rocky seabeds you can use fall jigs at depths of 70m to 150m to find the great amberjacks, samas, dentex and grouper. With smaller lures, you can also catch snapper, barracuda and sierra, amongst others. There are also very interesting areas in Los Gigantes on the west of the island.
Blue marlin: Fishing in Tenerife for blue marlin is best by trolling, for which you can use lures such as octopus. These fish are usually found in deeper waters of around 500m and the best time for fishing blue marlin in Tenerife is from June to October.
White marlin: This fish usually moves in small groups of several fish in waters of around 100 meters deep. White marlin eats a wide variety of fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. The best time for fishing white marlin in Tenerife is from June to October.
Amberjack: From November to January the big amberjacks (30-50 kg) (or medregal, as they call amberjacks in the Canary Islands) become the top fish in the food pyramid. During these months you can fish in optimal conditions with live bait in calm seas, with pleasant temperatures that range between 23 and 25 °C. However, fishing with live bait requires considerable skill and knowledge.
Big eye tuna: Fishing in Tenerife for big eye tuna and other tunas such as bluefin tuna and albacore is easiest during the months of February, March and April.
Grouper: The best way to fish for grouper fish in Tenerife is by using natural bait (squid, mackerel, choco), via drifting or trolling. You can also fish by jigging. Once group bite, it’s important to try to "lift" it from the seabed because if it is given the slightest chance it will swim into a hole, where it can be impossible to remove it from.
Also known as Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)
A fish Red Sea Bream
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.
Autumn and winter: At this time of year the best technique for fishing in Tenerife is bottom fishing. With natural bait you can fish all kinds of rockfish: Sierra (the Canarian name for Atlantic bonito). We recommend you to fish using live bait (mackerel, choco or squid, for example) which will help find species like amberjack and sama.
In winter, bluefin tuna, big eye tuna and albacore can usually be fished. Tenerife fishing of these species is best done by trolling with large lures or natural bait. Tuna can also be fished with natural bait.
Spring and summer: Fishing in Tenerife from spring onwards is abundant. During this time a stream of warm water comes from the south to the Canary Islands. This stream arrives first at La Gomera, before eventually reaching the other islands. This current attracts abundant nutrients for small fish such as mackerel, sardine, menhaden, etc. In turn, this small fish is the favorite food of wahoo, albacore, bonitos, white marlin and, most notable, the blue marlin. Billfishes visit Tenerife from June to October, but the best months for fishing in Tenerife for marlin are the months of July and August.
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.