About romance in Tenerife fishing or hazards and more burning questions answered.

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Tenerife fishing is not only famous around Puerto de la Cruz where whole families fish sometimes.

It's popular on its entire island.

Chopos at Restaurant Charcon Puerto CruzChopos fish dish
This activity isn't just a sport for fun.

It often feeds large communities
not only on the table but, also with cash by selling to the many restaurants and bars on the island.

Never too young for fly fishing

Very young fisher boy fishes at Muelle Puerto de la Cruz.Fisher boy
This young fisher boy is most likely using morsels of bread, rather. This child stood in the hot afternoon sun in August 2014 and fished, quite happily. Locals were swimming in the port eight meters below the wall on which I caught him on camera. I would bet that he is extremely proud of an occupation that is useful and perhaps even a passion.

I saw this chap who may be anything between 8 years and 12 years old approach this spot. He couldn't get there fast enough, eager as he was.

Any doubts about Tenerife fishing not being fun?

fisher boy, mother and brothers at Puerto Cruz harborFisher boy with family
I am not too sure about this other fisher boy depicted beside. He belongs to an article about shark fishing by the same location where more youngsters were helping with the ancient profession.

No need to go far to trace fish to catch

Tiny Chicharros or Gueldes are caught on hooks almost on town and village beach door steps. Then, they end up as Chopos on the menu of bars, Tascas, Bodegas and even in restaurants as starters. This oven baked or fried seafood is coastal fish which is loved by Spaniards and locals alike.

Catching crabs as seafood

Otherwise, little has changed with fishing traditions over the centuries since 1498.

Even crabs are caught. In fact, find them under big lava pebbles at Punta Gorda near Puerto Cruz Playa Jardin or at the tortoise bay of Puertito de Caleta by Adeje.

Fish off the beaten track

Fish where the locals go...

Indeed, some Punta Brava fishing is part of insider fishing. It is rather interesting to see by remote nooks behind the hamlet.

Of course, the whole Tenerife Island has abundant fishing resources. They are all around its often mysterious coasts and in the deep sea.

Amazing Los Gigantes fishing depths

The Atlantic by the giant cliffs of Los Gigantes is 40 m deep. Many Octopus are hiding there, as the grounds abound with fish. Pilot whales follow suite but, are forbidden to catch.

Tenerife fishing at dangerous spot.Tenerife fishing.

Fishing as a hazardous profession

In fact, the man in the scene depicted beside is very typical for what makes Tenerife fishing adventurous rather dangerous.
He was fly fishing from a very narrow wall behind Restaurant Tambo of Punta Brava.

Look at the wild sea and how it washes up turbulently against the spot where he sits.

He only threw a curious glance at us. He must have been wondering who was exploring his rather secret track.

I better not show the fisherman's face, as he may have forgotten to renew his fishing license.

Great places for catching fish come at a price

Indeed, right there near Tambo's, a fisherman had been washed out to sea in 2010. Luckily, a coastguard helicopter saved his life.

The Cuban doctor whom we met at Tambo's and who eats there very often gave us some insight on this place. She told us that this is one of the spots where the famous Punta Brava seafood restaurants retrieve some of their fresh fish.

Tenerife Fishing sport and tourism

Fishing vacations with Tourists
Many are also spending whole week-ends or more of fishing vacations in the middle of Puerto de la Cruz. Spot bareback newcomers of this sport! How? They are trying to catch a maximum tan at the same time. May be, they are no 'Greenhorns' who are risking sun burn or worse.

Coast lines which shelter fish

A rougher coast line offers more hideaways for fish as well as for fishing. Find them near the many black lava cliffs of the Northwest Coast from the Punta de Teno right up to Punta de Hidalgo near Playa El Arenal where humble boats fish further off shore. It doesn't stop there.

Most remote, lovely Tenerife village with fishing community

More promising fishing grounds are along the Eastern shores of the Anaga mountains. There, the coast near the charming fishing village Taganana and surf beach Benijo offer good fly fishing rocks. Also, slightly cooler temperatures promise bigger fish to be caught. However, ocean currents may be a challenge.

More locations for Tenerife fishing

Fishing boats at Las Tereitas San Andres.Fishing boats
There seem to be good chances to catch fish near San Andres of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


So many wooden fishing boats fill the bay nearby. Even small metal trawlers are there besides some modern motor boats.

Insider fishing spots

Let the Tenerife holiday home insider share with you more fishing spots of Tenerife which are of exceptional beauty, challenge or convenience for unforgettable vacations.

The romance of traditional fishing

Only a few fishermen of the old school seem to be left in some fishing communities.

Little romance is in fishing if it means an only trade which is part of a life threatening, hard way to earn the bread.

Trendy sports fly fishing off a dingy

Rubber fishing boat at Caleta de Interian by Garachicorubber fishing boat
Done on the side for supplementing income is less stressful and may even be fun. A man in Caleta de Interian is taking a trendy, rubber fishing boat out to sea by a boat launch spot. A long rod at the end of the red dingy betrays fly fishing, indeed. By the looks of it, he's going to fish in style, so to speak.

Patron of the Tenerife fishing guild

A hazardous profession like catching fish in Atlantic waters needs a patron. In Tenerife, that's the Virgen del Carmen. The big Fiesta del Carmen celebration ends in an impressive show near the seashores of a harbor every year in July.

Fishing the king of the fishes

Some deep sea fishing organizers promiss you this,. In April 2015, a 3m big blue Marlin of 250 kg was brought to shore by a Puerto Colon tourist boat in Tenerife South. The biggest ever caught in Canary waters was weighing over half a ton (537,5kg) which happened in 2009. Catching those biggest fishes of the Atlantic isn't easy. Also, they hardly approach the archipelago.

Fishing with sailing ships and fisherman romance?

rough seas are no fisherman romanceRough seas
Imagine a medium sized sailing ship is fighting rough seas at a steep angle. All sails are down. Big waves are rolling over half off its deck while the rest looks like being submerged. It's awe inspiring. Meantime, many see much romance in seafaring vessels.

There is adventure out there, no doubt. Just figure that some of those vessels used to hunt whales. They are mammals and not fish.

But such days of fishing are as good as over now and Tenerife never came into it, to the best of my knowledge.

Fishing spots Playa de los Roques Puerto CruzFishing spots Playa de los Roques

Fishing adventure or hazard?

No immediate danger meets the eye in the next fishing scene.

It portrays one of most unusual fishing spots. You may but wonder how the men got onto that steep tall rock in the Atlantic with mighty strong currents, all around. I dubbed this location natural wonder beach, by the way.

There is another very unusual location of typical Tenerife fishing spots. One may only wander how the men got onto as well as down from that peculiar rock. The is probably depending on flood and tide.

Fishing events San Miguel tournament

San Miguel de Abona prides itself of more than 51 Tenerife
ocean tournaments, so far. Big game fish are to be caught by its sporting events. The so called Bertrams fishing championships by the end of July thrive to serve the environment.


Now, the endangered Billfish and three types of Marlins are not just trophies. They are to be tagged without harming them. Then, they are given back to their habitat. All this needs more than great fish catching skills. The winners of San Miguel may compete at the JGFA in San Lucas Mexico world deep sea fishing tournament, later on.

Fish minimum weight Canary Islands

Tuna, swordfish and dolphin fish (dorado in Spanish) are allowed to keep for the pot, as long as they have minimum weight. Mind that red tuna fish may surpass half a ton with a bit of luck.

San Miguel Bertram 5th annual qualifying tournament for Spain

  • When? From July 09- July 11, 2015
  • Why? Because of the world event in Costa Rica of April 2016.

Tenerife fishing license and regulations?

You most probably learn about the minimum weight of fish to be killed when you apply for your fishing license in Santa Cruz at the Oficina Multiple Usos opposite the ferry harbor.

Multiple Usos is written on the facade of the big house.

Fishing safaris

Trips, tours and excursions are offered all along the coast from Los Gigantes downwards towards the south. Try your luck to board those vessels for Tenerife fishing on high seas.

Hungry by reading about fishing ?

Tenerife eating out at Restaurant Tambo for fresh seafood where you also encounter help on how to find the spot where they fish off the beaten track.

Taganana, Almáciga and Benijo

Taganana  fishing hamlet at Anaga mountainTaganana village
Portrayed Taganana the picture book like fishing village is in the Anaga Massif together with the coastal fishermen settlements Benijo and Almáciga. The name Taganana gives away its Guanche origin. Those aborigines of Tenerife didn't fish with boats or rods, but with strange fishing harpoons made without any metal.

Fishing traditions and the Cofradia

Not many fishing boats are seen by the tiny harbor of Puerto Cruz or in its dry dock. That's not proof for a slack fishing community.

Anyway there, fishing boats are going out onto the ocean and sell their catch generally on the same day.

The Cofradia, the local fishermen guild is back next door again in Puerto Cruz Calle Las Lonjas.

That was one of the last restoration projects by the town of Puerto de la Cruz which was always proud of its fishing community.

Homage to women who walked miles to sell fish

Puerto's fishwife made the news after a century has past.

This fish seller received a life size bronze monument by the artist Julio Nieto right there by the sea where the Tenerife fishing boats come into the harbor.

Fisherman scene sculpture by Julio NietoFisherman scene sculpture
Depicted above is another fisherman scene as art in the street by the Municipal market of the capital Santa Cruz. It was created by the same artist Julio Nieto who did the Fishwife of Puerto de la Cruz.

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Island fish industry

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