Concrete Company in Fishing Tournament in Lanzarote Spain

Major Comeback for the XVII Torneo De Pesca De Altura in Puerto Calero

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.

Fishing tips and techniques

Fishing Tips for the Big Game

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:

  1. Use a line in 50 pounds in yellow for better visibility once they are in the water
  2. Use an underline of 80 pounds because they’re thin; thus less vibration in the water
  3. Combine artificial lures with feathers and pulpits to attract more fish
  4. Be mindful with your rod distribution and bait distances
  5. Use branded and durable reels (e.g. Shimano Tiagra 30 wrls with two speeds)
  6. For catch-and-release, use a large hand net to recover the catch without damaging it
  7. Big game fishes are usually found in 1,000-1,500 meter depth, where there’s drastic current and temperature changes
  8. 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!