Tenerife fishing is popular all over the island.
A real passion for it seems to be mainly in the Northwest, though. There people catch seafood by just about all salt water spots.
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.
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.
By the way, there was a fishing competition for children by the same Muelle that is shown. It happened during the July celebrations Fiestas de Julio y del Carmen in 2017.
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.
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.
Indeed, some fishing is part of an insider affair, one of which spot at Punta Brava.
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.
Indeed, right there near Tambo's, a fisherman's life was saved from unforgiving waves by a coastguard helicopter in 2010.
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.
In fact, the long gone Anaga Guanches of today's most pretty Tenerife fishing village called Taganana didn't operate with boats or rods. They used strange harpoons made without any metal.
They most probably also roamed the shores of Almáciga and Benijo as well as those in the South at El Medano by Tenerife's most famous surf beaches.
Obviously, the Atlantic of San Andres of Santa Cruz the capital must be a great marine habitat.
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.
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.
Both ways of fishing are highly controversial, as will be explained just now.
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.
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.
The Fishwife by a beautiful bronze statue made by Julio Neto at El Puerto the former port of Orotava where some fishing boats still come in. Homage was paid to all spouses of fishermen who walked for miles to sell fish to support their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was only the trout farm by Aguamansa. And that was a very legal one. Why "was"? Sorry, it has been closed for sanitary reasons.
What about the carp farm in the mountains in Tenerife South? People in a forum have said that it's a big joke, hence a scam. No doubt about it, as there are no lakes on the island that are big enough and suited for the inland farming of healthy big fish.
A German is said to have set up a very successful Dorada farm in the ocean by Los Cristianos. This fish is also sold at some big supermarkets like Mercadona and Altesa. So far, I never felt ill after preparing and eating this fish that I buy at the fresh seafood counter. However, I wonder how confined those spaces in the Atlantic are for bulk production of the Dorada.
Find more information at my Youtube channel where you can watch this short Tenerife Charco by La Guancha fishing video at a higher resolution...
An interesting Canadian Article about the latest history of the Canary Islands' fishing industry
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