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Destination Spain, Lanzarote
Lanzarote is that beautiful Spanish island that is located in the north eastern region of the Canary Islands archipelago. The island Lanzarote has a volcanic origin and has had active volcanoes during the 19th and 20th centuries. These volcanic eruptions have left certain places in Lanzarote covered in volcanic ash and cooled lava that gives the place an appearance that is often described as “lunar” or “martian”. This beautiful island is replete with landscapes of volcanic origin and charming white beaches. The largest underwater volcanic tunnel “the Tunnel of Atlantis” is also situated in Lanzarote.
In Lanzarote you can travel to and see various volcanic caves, volcanic craters, valleys, enormous cactuses, beautiful forms of petrified lava and many such wonderful sights that is unique only to this region in the world.
Not only is this island brimming with beautiful panorama but the place is also throbbing with various activities like windsurfing, surfing, big game fishing and much more. All these rare qualities of Lanzarote has been adding to the popularity of the island that is turning it into an up market and sought after destination.
When in Lanzarote, you can experience the nature in its most unique form. Sunrises through the volcanic mountains, leisurely strolls and cycling through the white beaches, surfing and fishing in the clear waters of the sea, sampling the local wine; a perfect vacation to revive your senses and soul.
The Arrecife Airport makes travelling to Lanzarote easy. You can even travel to this island from the Spain mainland by boat or land in any other Canary Islands and take a ferry to Lanzarote. Getting around the island is also made comfortable by the bus and taxi services.
Top 4 fish
One of the most celebrated of the big game fishes, the Marlin tops the fish list of Lanzarote. The Blue Marlin is characterised by a cobalt blue color on the back and a silvery white belly. These are the biggest of all the Marlins and are very powerful fish that can grow up to 5 m in length. The heaviest a Blue Marlin was recorded was 818 kg. Imagine a strong, fast swimming fish of 800 kg pulling at your line. Exciting, tiring and absolutely awe-inspiring experience. When fishing for a Blue Marlin the fisherman should be prepared for a fight that will last for long durations. Though the state of the sea and other factors also affect the time taken to reel in a fish, the Blue Marlin is a fish with an attitude and will not succumb to defeat easily.
Where to find Blue Marlin in Lanzarote?
The Marlin fishing season in Lanzarote begins in June and lasts till November, during which the best time is during the beginning of the season.The waters towards the south of the island extending to the Fuerteventura are the best places to look for these water monsters.
How to fish for Blue Marlin in Lanzarote?
Trolling with natural baits, artificial lures and exciters is the most popular technique used in Lanzarote to land a Blue Marlin.
The greatest and biggest of all the jacks, the Greater Amberjack is a sought after game fish. Characterised with an olive colored bar that runs from the snout and along the flanks. These fish can grow over 2 m in length and weigh as much as or more than 70 kg. The Greater Amberjack is a hard fighting fish, they strike with lightning speed and once hooked they tend to dive deep into the sea. These fierce fighting qualities of the Greater Amberjack make it a highly prized fish among sport fishing anglers. An interesting behaviour of the Greater Amberjack is that, once one of them is hooked and reeled to the surface, the rest of the school will swim along with it to the surface increasing the chances or more hook ups.
Where to find Amberjack in Lanzarote?
The Greater Amberjack are found near rocky reefs, wrecks and debris and prefer to stay in waters of depths ranging from 60 to 240 feet. In Lanzarote these fish are found all through the summer and autumn months and during a part of the winter months.
How to fish for Amberjack in Lanzarote?
The most popular methods that are used to land a Greater Amberjack include trolling with spoons, lures, strip baits and live baits near the surface. Drifting and casting is also used at times to land a Greater Amberjack. Chumming is used to draw the schools of Amberjack from the depths.
Colorful of all the tunas, the Yellowfin Tuna is one of the most energetic of the Tunas. These fish fight pound for pound and are known to be fast swimmers. When caught on the line the Yellowfin fights fiercely and will make the angler sweat out every ounce of strength from his body. These are one of the strongest and fastest of all the big game fish. The streamlined torpedo shaped body of the Yellowfin is built for speed. Though these fish can grow to lengths of 2.4 m and weigh over 200 kg they can reach speeds of 80 kph underwater. A fish of that heavy moving with that speed is definitely not going to be an easy catch.
Where to find Yellowfin in Lanzarote?
The months spanning from June to mid November is the best season to fish for Yellowfin Tuna in the waters surrounding Lanzarote. Since these fish prefer to stay in waters from 75 m and below and also since the great depths are reached immediately as you leave the coast you might not have to wander off too far into the ocean in search of the Tunas.
How to fish for Yellowfin in Lanzarote?
Since the Yellowfin are fast moving fish, trolling with small fish, squid, strip baits and artificial lures is the best method to land a Tuna anywhere in the world. Chumming is sometimes advocated to attract the Tuna to the surface and then live baiting is used to hook them up.
The Dorado is any sport fishing angler's favorite fish. These fish are known for their distinctive shape and colors. The colors of the Dolphinfish or Mahi Mahi varies and hence it is not easy to describe it with a certain color. This uniquely shaped fish shows glimpses of blue, green, yellow and golden at various times. A very astonishing characteristic of these fish is that once they die all these brilliant colors fade and the fish turns to a muted grey color which is quite saddening as well. The male fish have a raised forehead and the female fish are distinguished by their rounded foreheads. These Dorados are fast swimmers which can reach speeds of 80 kph easily underwater. When a Mahi Mahi gets hooked they have a tendency to leap out of water multiple times in order to free them of the line. Some of these fish also exhibit tail walking after being hooked. These are some of the behavioural aspects of the Dorado that makes it one of the most liked fish by sport fishing anglers.
Where to find Dorado in Lanzarote?
The most lucrative time to fish for Dorados off the Lanzarote coast is during the months ranging from June to mid November.
How to fish for Dorado in Lanzarote?
Some of the most successful methods that are used to land a Dorado are trolling with surface baits and artificial lures, live baiting and casting.