December 19, 2011
Fishing in Gran Canaria
Blue Marlin, Jigging, Wahoo and much more!
Many anglers believe that Gran Canaria is one the best places of the Canary Islands for sport fishing. This island is not only famous for sea fishing, but also for carp fishing. Several companies offer excellent carp fishing holidays on Gran Canaria in the inland lakes.
Gran Canaria emerged from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean due to several volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The majority of the countryside consists mainly of shades of reddish brown and black volcanic rock and sand. Under the surface of the ocean you’ll find an extremely rich rocky bottom with stones, holes, drop-offs and many interesting sport fishing species.
Not far away from the coast, you will quickly find huge depths. The shelf break is only a mile from Pasito Blanco and Puerto de Mogan. Here, the continental slope runs down to 1000 meters and more. There are plenty of off shore seamounts that rise thousands of meters form the ocean floor and stop short of the surface. The privileged geographic location of this Island, its subtropical climate and the oceanic currents provide Gran Canaria with an abundant marine wildlife. There is a huge number of both sedentary and migratory species. Whether you practice spinning, jigging, coastal trolling, bottom fishing, light tackle fishing, shark fishing or big-game fishing, the possibilities Gran Canaria offers the fishermen are immense... and the opportunity of capturing the fish of your life as well.
Big Game Fishing in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a great place for big game fishing. It’s one of the world’s best know places for Atlantic Blue Marlin fishing. You can reach high seas within minutes as the continental shelf ends only a few miles from the coast. The subtropical climate, the oceanic currents and the huge supply of pelagic baitfish such as mackerel, tuna and bonito make the blue marlin feel at home in these waters between June and mid-November. Apart from Blue Marlin, the catches also include white marlin, dolphin fish, yellow fin tuna, big eye tuna and skipjack. For those who like shark fishing, there’s an area off Fuerteventura with marine mounts where it’s only 27 m deep (around these mounts its 1000m deep). The only good period to fish here – due to the weather conditions – is end-September and October. Normally we fish for hammer shark with life bait, using a wahoo as a teaser. You’ll catch hammer shark up to 600lbs just behind the boat. These fishing trips use to be very spectacular.
Light Tackle Trolling in Gran Canaria
Fishing with light tackle (equipments of 20-30 lbs) and small lures can produce quite some fish. You can have unforgettable sessions fishing species such as bonito, red porgi, wahoo, Atlantic bonito, barracuda, Moroccan dentex, amberjack, bluefish, tuna (big eye tuna and yellow-fin tuna), guilthead etc.
Jigging on Gran Canaria
The rocky bottoms that feature sandy patches, slopes, boulders, wrecks are an oasis for jigging anglers. You can fish vertically during the whole season and catch Atlantic Bonito, grouper, wahoo, barracudas, pink dentex, dentex, etc.
We strongly recommend booking a good Fishing Charter in Gran Canaria and an experienced fishing guide who knows the area, the currents, the tides, etc. You have to know exactly where and when to drop your jig. If not, the possibilities of catching something decrease significantly.