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Destination Spain, Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is one of the Spanish islands among the Canary Islands that is situated towards the north western coast of the African subcontinent. Of the many Islands in this group of Islands, Gran Canaria is called the Miniature Continent as it is bestowed with diverse climates and very different forms of landscapes all through the island. This small Spanish Island has been attracting tourists from around the world to its beautiful beaches that extend to over 60 kms. Replete with beach resorts, botanical gardens, light-houses, archeological parks and the like the island of Gran Canaria is a great place to spend some quality time away from bustling crowds, chores and busy schedules.
Getting to the Gran Canaria has been made easy by the Gran Canaria Airport. This is a commercial airport in the island that allows visitors from around the world to get to this favorite vacation destination easily.
Top 4 fish
The Blue Marlin are huge predatory fish that have a distinctive bill which is formed by the elongation of their upper jaw. These fish are very powerful and are well known to put up fierce fights when they are hooked up while fishing. Adventurous fishing enthusiasts consider these mighty Blue Marlins to be one of the ultimate fish species to be pursued. They are among the biggest fish in the world as they can grow over 4.3 meters in length and can weigh more than 900 kg. The are distinguished from the other Marlin species by a pronounced cobalt blue color on the color on the top and a silvery white color on its lower side over its belly. A glimpse of these majestic fish itself is a dream come true for many sport fishing anglers and if they get to land one of these beauties it is considered as attaining the holy grail of fishing.
Where to find Blue Marlin in Gran Canaria?
Blue Marlin of average weights of 500 kg can be caught off the southern coast of Gran Canaria between the months of May and November.
How to fish for Blue Marlin in Gran Canaria?
The Blue Marlin is a very elusive fish and hence hooking and landing one of these magnificent creatures requires the guidance of someone with good experience in Marlin fishing. The most common fishing method that is used all around the world to catch a Marlin is trolling. Usually whole baits like Bonito, Ballyhoo, Mullet and Mackerel are used and at times artificial lures and strip baits are also used.
Big eye tuna
The Bigeye Tuna is found in abundance in Gran Canaria, in fact Gran Canaria is one of the world leaders in Bigeye Tuna population. This species of Tuna is larger than the Yellowfin Tuna but slightly smaller than the great Bluefin Tuna. A mature Bigeye can grow up to 2.5 m in length and can weigh easily over 200 kg. The most common sizes of Bigeye caught off the Gran Canaria coast weigh close to 160 kg on an average.The Bigeye is a very challenging fish to land as they are one of the most powerful fish. These fish are huge, powerful and a storehouse of stamina. When fishing for a Bigeye Tuna you should prepare yourselves for a fierce battle of grit and strength. Reeling in a monster Bigeye Tuna can bring in a lot of excitement and a feeling of accomplishment of having won over a sea monster.
Where to find Big eye tuna in Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria is one of the best fishing spots in the world to fish for Bigeye tuna. This is because, the part of Atlantic Ocean near Gran Canaria falls on the migration route of these Bigeye Tunas. The Bigeye passes through the southern and north western coasts of Gran Canaria during early summer, halfway through the spring time and from the beginning of autumn till the start of the winter season. This concludes that the Bigeye tuna can be found and landed almost all through the year in Gran Canaria except for the winter season.
How to fish for Big eye tuna in Gran Canaria?
The best technique that can be adopted to catch a Bigeye Tuna is trolling. Since Bigeyes are fast swimming fish trolling with live or artificial baits is the most successful method to land a Bigeye Tuna. The usual live baits used in Bigeye Tuna fishing are sardines, squid, mullets, mackerels and the like.
The Spearfish are a pelagic species of Marlin that are found in the waters of Gran Canaria. These long billed spearfish are elusive and are often fished by sport fishing anglers who aim at completing their quest for landing all the nine species of billfish that exist in the world. The Atlantic Spearfish can reach a maximum of 2.5 m in length and has been recorded to weigh about 58 kg. With a blueish black hue on the top and a silvery white color on the underside, these fish are easily distinguished from the other Marlin species owing to their shorter bills and slender bodies.When landing a Spearfish you can expect quite some fight and leaping out of water before you get the fish on the boat.
Where to find Spearfish in Gran Canaria?
The Atlantic Spearfish are surface feeders that feed on small fish like squid and the like. They are found in the Atlantic waters surrounding Gran Canaria over the months spanning from May to November. So if you are one of those enthused anglers who is trying to complete your list of the nine species of Marlin then this the best time to land in Gran Canaria to fulfill your ultimate fishing quest.
How to fish for Spearfish in Gran Canaria?
Trolling is the best fishing technique in landing a Spearfish just like it is for any other Marlin species however, a lighter tackle is used for the Spearfish owing to its smaller size.
The name says it all, Swordfish is one of the largest billfish with a sword like upper jaw. This flat upper jaw which is longer and wider than the bills of other billfish has also attributed the name broadbill to the Swordfish. The Swordfish is a huge fish and is very powerful, they are violent fighters though not as acrobatic as the Blue Marlin, these Swords can manage to pull off a few jumps on certain occasions. The Swordfish can easily reach lengths of 3 m and weights of over 650 kg.The Swordfish are difficult to hook up as these fish are easily frightened by boats and are shy to strike blindly on a bait. This is the reason why experienced anglers make sure to repeatedly present the bait to the Swordfish carefully to lure the fish to take the bait. To add to the difficulty in hooking up a Swordfish, they have soft mouths that makes hooking uncertain and challenging. The bill also doesn’t makes things any easy as the slashing bill has at many times cut the line and freed the fish before landing it.
Where to find Swordfish in Gran Canaria?
The months from May to November are the best months in Gran Canaria to go fishing for Swordfish.
How to fish for Swordfish in Gran Canaria?
Drifting is the best method used in catching Swordfish. It is also during the night that most Sword strikes take place and hence accompanying an experienced charter captain who has the right equipment for night Sword fishing is most advisable. The veteran Swordfish fishermen say that rigged squids are the best baits for Swordfish however, rigged fish also works fine.