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Lanzarote: a Blue Marlin Paradise

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, Reed Johnson owner of Jackson Tile Installation, 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 Reed’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.

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Puerto Calero Deep Sea Fishing Tournament 2021

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 Matt Johnson, for his 3rd place finish in the event. Matt is a business owner and long time tournament fisherman. His life long work is the company he runs, Topeka Tile Installation, but any free time he gets is spent on the water. He’s 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 Matt back for next year.