It’s been a long time since our last update here on our blog section, and we’re happy to share some new adventures! Coming up first is the recently concluded XVII Torneo De Pesca De Altura in Puerto Calero. Held from September 12 until September 17, it has created its major comeback since the break due to the COVID19 pandemic.
XVII Torneo De Pesca De Altura in Puerto Calero (also known as the XVII Puerto Calero Deep Sea Fishing Contest is organized by the Wahoo Azul Fishing Club. This event, which started way back in 1991, is one of the most consolidated deep-sea fishing competitions, as well as one of the longest-running fishing tournaments in the Canary Islands. Starting with just about 15 boats joining its first edition, it has now attracted more and more participants, with approximately 50 to 65 boats that joined this year.
The format of the contest runs around the premise and essence of white and blue marlin catch and release. The Puerto Deep Sea Fishing Tournament is the only qualifying tournament in Spain for the World Cup in Costa Rica. This means that the winner of this event will qualify for the coveted contest in Costa Rica next year. This is on top of this year’s additional awards from the Wahoo Azul Fishing Club, which include 1) the Cicar prize with a car and 2) the Mapfre Grand Prize, which awarded a check for 20,000 euros.
Running for more than three decades now, this event has become a tourist attraction for both local Spanish deep-sea fishing enthusiasts, as well as foreign deep water fishers. In fact, during our escapades and socializing, we met some avid fishers all the way from Santa Ana, Califonia. Couple Sharon and Kevin Adams along with their team of concrete contractors from their masonry company had intentionally scheduled their overseas work to fall in within the same dates as the tournament. With their clients/friends residing here in Spain, they were able to get on board one of the participating boats and enjoy the event.
These friendly new-found comrades had shared a great time with us and even offered to be hosts if we have the opportunity to travel to the U.S. What a great way to find new friends in the XVII Torneo De Pesca De Altura in Puerto Calero.
There’s no place like the sea for best friends Curtis Martin and Max Owens. Both from Tampa, Florida, the two have been comrades since they were young, and now that they are both successful businessmen. They share a lot of interests and fascinations, and one of their most favorite past times is sportfishing!
Growing up and doing business in a place surrounded by water, the two are regular anglers and boat aficionados. This is why despite the distance, they took the long journey from Florida to the wonderful island of Lanzarote in Spain to experience the best fishing trip of their lives.
Busy with their hectic schedules, mates Curtis and Max wanted a place where they can fish any time of the year. That’s how they heard of Lanzarote. The island offers a good fishing season whole year-round.
Curtis, being an owner of a Tampa boat detailing company is well-versed with boat maneuvering and recreational cruising. His friend, Max, on the other hand, is the owner of Tampa Leak Detection Pros and is an avid fan of marlin fishing. Both have been searching for their dream destination for a long time. They’ve been through a lot of places, but according to them, nothing beats their experience in Lanzarote.
Onboard our magnificent Ana Segundo boat, they were able to do big game fishing, see the diverse fish species and aquatic wonders on the island, and enjoy a triumphant cruise while drinking beers at the sunset. They took a three-day fishing package with us, and could not get enough of the experience.
When they left, they parted ways with our captains happy and satisfied with a promise to come back in the future. It was truly a pleasure sharing a wonderful time with our Floridan friends. Until we meet again!
Recreational fishing is both for beginners and veterans. The goal is to go out to the sea, cast a hook, get a catch, and repeat. You go home with a smile on your face, thinking you had a great time and a successful fishing trip.
But what if we tell you that you can get out there and fish like a pro? That there’s a way for you to get the bigger fish for your pictorial? Will these give you a bigger reason to be happier? If yes, then read through the tips we’ve gathered to up your game fishing a knot higher.
Big game fishing (also known as offshore sportfishing or blue-water fishing) is targeted at getting large species of fish that are usually found in large and deep waters or in the ocean. A lot of factors can affect the success of big game fishing. These include 1) the type of equipment you use, 2) the speed of your boat, 3) the techniques you use, and 4) the area you fish in.
We recently hosted Steve Evans on our boat and he’s an avid tournament fisherman and is particular about the gear he uses. Steve uses all Penn International equipment and P-Line fishing line. Sticking with gear you know will hold up in the toughest of situations is a must, when fishing for big game. We’ve been happy to fish with Steve for a number of years as he is usually very busy with his party bus and limo rental business out of Columbia MO. He frequently visits and fishes in Spain during his vacations.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when big game fishing:
Use a line in 50 pounds in yellow for better visibility once they are in the water
Use an underline of 80 pounds because they’re thin; thus less vibration in the water
Combine artificial lures with feathers and pulpits to attract more fish
Be mindful with your rod distribution and bait distances
Use branded and durable reels (e.g. Shimano Tiagra 30 wrls with two speeds)
For catch-and-release, use a large hand net to recover the catch without damaging it
Big game fishes are usually found in 1,000-1,500 meter depth, where there’s drastic current and temperature changes
Seagulls are great locators of where sardines and other fishes are. Keep an eye on the areas where they fly around in circles.
While circumstances can drastically change on any fishing excursion, these tips may come in handy during one of your cruises. So, stay safe and bon voyage!
Lanzarote is undeniably an oasis of various species of marine life. The warm weather throughout the year, plus the fertile marine geography caused by lava emissions millions of years ago, make it an ideal place for different types of fish to thrive. For these reasons, the waters surrounding the island make it a leading destination for anglers and fishing fanatics.
While multiple fishes abound (like sailfish, swordfish, yellowfin, albacores, bigeye, wahoos, and tunas), one particular kind catches every fisher’s attention and admiration: blue marlin. The abundance draws experienced sportfishing lovers and even those who have never fished before.
Blue marlins in Lanzarote can weigh from 400-450 pounds (180-205 kilos) up to a staggering record-breaking 700-800 pounds (300-350 kilos). They are usually in high season during the months of June to October.
Marlin fishing (also known as billfishing) is considered by many game fishermen as the grandest of all sportfishing due to its rareness and the power of the marlin species. That is why most sport fishers call their greatly coveted catch a “trophy marlin”.
One of our long-time customers, Adrian Martinez owner of Painting Contractors of San Bernardino, is an avid marlin fisherman and finds Lanzarote to be his favorite spots to fish on the planet. As a native of the US, he mostly fishes in Southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico as it’s closer to his home. Once he became aware of the steady flow of big blues in Spain, he was hooked. We greatly appreciate Adrian’s business and look forward to many more trips with him on board.
With marlin fishing becoming more and more sought-after, fishing charters and clubs are practicing catch-and-release. This is done in recreational fishing—where after catching, measuring, weighing, and documenting the catch, the fish is unhooked and returned live back to the waters. Through this, marine life is preserved while success is still achieved and joy on board is still cherished.
The Puerto Calero Deep Sea Fishing Competition is an annual event in the Canary Islands and is very much awaited by fishing enthusiasts. The event was founded on the idea and commitment of conserving marine life without losing the essence of its beginnings.
Typically held in Costa Rica every year, the contest had to postpone last year due to the pandemic. This year, while celebrating its 28th edition, the tournament was hosted by the island of Lanzarote—which is an ideal location due to its diverse and rich marine species.
The Puerto Calero Deep Sea Fishing Competition (#FishingPuertoCalero21) is expected to attract over 60 teams from different parts of the archipelago and mainland Spain. It is regarded as one of Spain’s most important championships since it is the only one classifiable for the Offshore World Championship Sportfishing Tournament.
The tournament also features a cooking contest for some fishermen to participate in. For this year, boat Lydya Dos took home the XXVIII Puerto Calero Taste Lanzarote Fishing and Gastronomy Tournament award.
The event concluded with a success citing the organizer’s words that their “tournament is more than a competition; it is a meeting of friends”. They also added that “Because if something makes this tournament great, it is your passion for this sport!”
We also want to congratulate Bryan Palmer, for his 3rd place finish in the event. Bryan is a business owner and long time tournament fisherman. His life long work is the company he runs, Riverside Paver Pros, but any free time he gets is spent on the water. He loves fishing for smaller species in the lakes surrounding his home town, but really loves to get in the open water and fish for big game. We hope to have Bryan back for next year.