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.
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.