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.