Destination Spain, Marbella
Situated at the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, Marbella is one of the most attractive cities on the Costa del Sol. Once an old Roman town, the city served as a waypoint on the Via Augusta that linked Rome to Cadiz. The ruins of fortified Moorish lighthouses built along the coastline stand as pearly white monuments to a costal town that has seen the passage of many eras. Today, Marbella is well known as for its archeological heritage and the Old Town is home to several historical museums.
As coastal Mediterranean cities go, few are as well-suited to long days on the beach or out fishing on the water. With long stretches of gleaming white beaches, luxury resorts, and charming docks, Marbella is nothing short of picturesque. Its 27km of golden coastline are divided into 24 different beaches, each with different features. Tourism is naturally highest during the summer months, when people from all over the world flock to this popular resort destination.
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In the months of April and May, when the Atlantic breeding group returns to the Mediterranean to spawn.
Where to find Tuna in Marbella?
Out in the open sea, towards the Straits of Gibraltar. Bluefin tuna thrive in the Eastern Atlantic, returning to their birthplace in the Mediterranean to spawn by the hundreds of thousands.
How to fish for Tuna in Marbella?
The first thing any big game fisher should know about tuna is that they are big, fast, and reactive. Most Atlantic tuna can grow upwards of 500lbs and swim at speeds exceeding 45mph. Bluefin tuna have excellent eyesight, which renders most lures impractical. Many pros recommend live bait like herring, either cut up into chum slick and trolled through the water or kite fishing with live bait fish. Tuna gorge on smaller fish and in the area near Marbella this means they’ll stick to the surface of the water, so many other surface fishing techniques may work as well.
Like tuna, dentex congregate in the Mediterranean in the spring. They also tend to stay near warmer water along the coasts.
Where to find Dentex in Marbella?
Throughout the Mediterranean, but fishing is much easier near the coastline. Dentex are low-dwelling fish that prefer to stay close to the rocky seabed, which means they are much harder to catch out in the open sea.
How to fish for Dentex in Marbella?
Dentex are hard fish for beginners because they stick together in groups near the rocky seabed. The few times dentex break habit and come up to the surface are during breeding season and at specific times of the day to find food. In order to increase the chance of catching dentex fishing along the shallow coastline near Marbella where the water is only 50m deep is highly recommended. Dentex are small, clever fish, so small hooks and light leaders are appropriate. Troll live or dead mackerel and garfish in shallower water and squid/octopus for bottom fishing.
Winter months, from October to April, are better than summer.
Where to find Bream in Marbella?
Anywhere near the coast. If you're looking to catch lots of small fish, bream are the ones to go for. The good news is that they can get pretty big (up to 100lb in the area around Marbella), but the smaller ones make great fishing for kids, too.
How to fish for Bream in Marbella?
Bream can put up quite the fight for their size, but they can be easily brought in with insect lures like worms and crickets and basic rods. Many people like to fish for bream because they consider them less technically challenging than other fish, and more enjoyable for family.
Summer months, from May to September, are ideal.
Where to find Swordfish in Marbella?
Trolling in the direction of the Straits of Gibraltar. The chances of catching a swordfish are much higher nearer the Atlantic, and some charters recommend going out 30 miles from the Marbella ports.
How to fish for Swordfish in Marbella?
Swordfish are strong, big-game fish that are highly prized because of their rareness. They are best caught with 7-14inch lures trolled through the water. They stick near the surface of the water while hunting for food, so the straight line bubble technique (which involves light splashing and bubble action) is popular.
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