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Puerto Colón, Tenerife (ES)
One thing you must do is going out fishing in Tenerife. You can either buy a ticket for a half day fishing tour or book a private charter. During the shared trips, normally you do bottom fishing combined with some trolling (if the pelagic fish are around). The private charters target tuna in April & May; marlin fishing in Tenerife can be done between May and September, whereas the peak season is June, July & August.
Tenerife is known for the year-round sunshine, the beaches like those from Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje 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. And don't miss the Mount Teide National Park with the third highest volcano of the world!
The waters around Tenerife feature a wide variety of game fish: 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.
With light tackle and artificial lures you can enjoy Tenerife fishing catching bonitos or sierra as they use to call them here, barracuda, bluefish 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 using heavy tackle (50lb and 80lb gear).
Jigging is another interesting technique to go Fishing in Tenerife. On rocky seabeds you can use long blade jigs or inchiku in depths of 70m to 150m to target 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: blue marlin fishing in Tenerife is best by trolling, for which you can use lures such as octopus. These fish are usually found in deeper waters of 500m or more and the best time for fishing blue marlin in Tenerife is from June to October. If you want to go big game fishing, you better book a full day to catch these big fish.
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.
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)
Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)
The Pink Dentex (Dentex gibbosus) - distribution from Portugal to Angola, Mediterranean Sea and Canary Islands. Best Techniques to catch are live bait or jigging.
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.
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.
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.
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: snapper, sea bream, jack, scorion fish, skate etc. We recommend to use live bait (mackerel, cuttle fish or squid, for example) to target species like amberjack and sama during your fishing trips.
In winter, blue fin 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: Tenerife fishing 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.
There’s more than sea fishing in Tenerife; you can also go Cycling, kite surfing, windsurfing, Mountain biking, wine tasting experience, whale watching, snorkeling & diving, sailing, horse riding, hiking and much much more.
Don't miss the volcano Teide, 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.
You need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. The fishing charters in Tenerife normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.