Why is Tenerife fishing different?

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Tenerife fishing is popular all over the island but mainly  in the Northwest where people catch seafood in many locations.

However, there is some Red Tape of regulations., more of which further down in this article.

Nevertheless, the biggest Canary Island is leading in Spain with ten Cofradia Fisherman guilds that even deliver to Mercadona supermarkets. 

The Tenerife age for this trade seems to have few limits.

Very young fisher boy fishes at Muelle Puerto de la Cruz.Fisher boy

This fisher boy hardly looks ten years old. He stood happily with his rod above the ocean in the hot afternoon sun in August 2014.  Locals were swimming in the port eight meters below the wall on which I caught him on camera. He seemed to be extremely proud of an occupation that is useful and perhaps even a passion.

I saw him approach this spot. He couldn't get there fast enough, eager as he was. There, he most likely hooked up morsels of bread onto his rod,  instead of flies.

fisher boy, mother and brothers at Puerto Cruz harborFisher boy with family

Any doubts about Tenerife fishing not being fun for some?

A family with three very young boys that was supervised by an elderly woman is shown to fish beside.

They are another uncommon sight.

Were they trying to catch Cazones a small species of shark, as happened on the day this photo was taken?

Perhaps, they rather went for smaller species like Gueldes or Sardines.

No need to go far to catch something from the ocean.

This seafood, as depicted underneath the family photo, is caught almost on the door steps of Tenerife towns and villages.

It's even sold in the best restaurants as a starter.

The tiny oven baked or fried Gueldes are coastal fish. They are so popular in the capital that its inhabitants are called Chicharreros. However,  all Spaniards seem to love to eat these Chopos.

Fishing as a hazardous profession

Indeed, some fishing is part of an insider affair, one of which spot at Punta Brava.  

Tenerife fishing at dangerous spot.Tenerife fishing.

In fact, the man in the scene depicted beside is very typical for what makes Tenerife fishing adventurous or rather dangerous.

He was fly i.e. rod 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.

Great places for catching fish come at a price

Indeed, right there near Tambo's, a fisherman's life was saved from unforgiving waves by a coastguard helicopter in 2010.

The Cuban doctor who loves to eat at Restaurante Tambo often, told us that the famous Punta Brava seafood restaurants retrieve some of their fresh fish in this location.

Taganana a historic Guanche fishing village.

Taganana  fishing hamlet at Anaga mountainTaganana village


In fact,  the long gone Anaga Guanches of today's most pretty fishing village called Taganana didn't operate with boats or rods. They used strange harpoons made without any metal.

They most probably roamed the shores of Almáciga and Benijo as well as those in the South of El Medano, too.

San Andres another former Guanche stronghold.

Fishing boats at Las Tereitas San Andres.Fishing boats

Obviously, the Atlantic of San Andres of Santa Cruz the capital must be a great marine habitat.

Why?
So many wooden fishing boats, small metal trawlers as well ad modern motor boats fill its bay.

Also,  the San Andres Cofradia fisherman guild seems to be big.

Fish factories.

Contrary to San Andres, only a few fishermen of the old school seem to be left in some communities on the island. Many of them blame the floating fish factories on big vessels for their loss of income.

Fishing on farms inshore and inland.

Both ways of fishing are highly controversial, as will be explained just now.

Deep sea fishing for the king of fish the Blue Marlin.

Some big game fishing web sides promise you this. They show enormous blue Marlins that were caught. However, many a professional fisherman will tell you that this doesn't happen often at all.

Fishing with sailing ships and fisherman romance?

Many see romance in big vessels like the one depicted above. They wouldn't want to be a part of its distress, though. Indeed, such ships used to hunt the giant mammals the whales.

But those days are officially over now and Tenerife was never a part of it, as they say. 

Homage to women who walked miles to sell fish.

The Fishwife by a beautiful bronze statue made by Julio Neto at El Puerto the port of Orotava where some fishing boats still come in.  Homeage was paid to all spouses of fishermen who walked for miles to sell fish to support their families.

Cofradia fishing news Puerto de la Cruz.

The house of the Puerto Cruz fishermen guild in Calle Las Lonjas is open again after extensive building renovations. Included are a shop, a restaurant and a museum. Nevertheless, a few fishermen sell their daily catches directly to passers-by from stalls by the Muelle.

In April 2017, shrimps were sold there for €12per kg and an Eel for €6per kg.

Interested in big fishing tournaments?

Check the San Miguel de Abona Marina Facebook side around February March for big events. I heard that fish there are even scientifically tagged and released back to the ocean.


Read more about most unusual fishing spots, such as the one portrayed above. 

Where and how get a Tenerife fishing license?

Multiple Usos (a Government department)
Avda. de Anaga, 35 - Opposite the Ferry Harbor
Tel: 922 475127
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Capital.
Alternatively, a fishing gear shop with much demand for this service at a small fee.

Required is your Spanish ID i.e. NIE number and some identification, such as your passport.

Category license no.3 to catch Tenerife fish

The no.3 permit is also for rod fishing from small to medium sized boats, floats or even a dingy. Night fishing is allowed but no nets, traps and the like. 

The no.1 license for big game fishing costs €28,72/4years. A personal limit of 3 fish of a total of 100 kg is allowed.

Edible crabs called Bueu de Mar may require a special permit.  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.

Forbidden to catch.

The Pilot Whales and all other whales that may even come near Los Gigantes are protected species. They are not allowed to be caught. Octopus their main food are however exempt.

More useful fishing related information.

Tenerife  fishing vacations with license to download.

Tenerife flyfishing such as at El Medano where fishing boys or girls are not unheard of.

Fishing bait.

Shark fishing on the biggest Canary Island

Important celebrations of the patron of Fishermen



Island fish industry

Discover government graphics for Tenerife fishing fish production in kg fresh and frozen from 2004 until 2009.

From Tenerife fishing back to Homepage Tenerife Holiday home insider.com




New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a new comment in the box below.
Back to HomePage of the Tenerife holiday home insider

Would like to go back to Top of Page?

Please support our sponsors...

Transfer wanted
in Europe?







Optica Columbus  Best optician Tenerife North Important eye tests  Call 922 387072 



MeteoSantacruz.com
MeteoSantacruz


TenerifeHolidayHome

Insider


Find us on Google+