Fuerteventura is one of the Spanish islands that belongs to the archipelago of the Canary islands. This island falls on the same latitude on which Florida and Mexico are located since Fuerteventura is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The location of the island has blessed it with a climate that is pleasant all through the year. The maximum temperature does not go beyond 32 degrees and the minimum does not fall below 18 degree celsius. With such a wonderful weather and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches Fuerteventura is a great place to visit and to spend your holidays in. It has been chosen as one of the most attractive tourist destinations among other 500 European destinations for its unique environment and cultural heritage.
The beautiful landscapes, the turquoise waters, long sandy beaches all make this place an ideal location for vacationers. One of the things that Fuerteventura is most popular for is the water and the sports that are associated with the beach and the sea. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, deep sea diving, deep sea big game fishing name anything you will find the best conditions here in this island. Pack your bags and head to this Paradise on earth to relax on the white sand beaches by the calm transparent waters of the Atlantic.
Often referred as the ‘island of eternal spring’ Fuerteventura enjoys a pleasant climate over the year. The weather here is quite different from that experienced in the other Canary Islands. Though the island lies beside the African subcontinent and near the Sahara, the strong winds from the Sahara are blown away from the island as the sea adjusts its temperature. And hence this island is comparatively cooler than the summer resorts surrounding it.
As the name Fuerteventura says strong wind which is quite characteristic of the island. The north eastern trade winds often come as a cooling relief during the summer months of June to August. And the presence of such strong winds also make this island a great destination for sports that use wind power. Wind surfing, kite surfing etc are very popular in the coasts of Fuerteventura. The winter months extend from December to March when you might experience some bad weather in terms of rainfall and winds. The temperature in the winter months will range from 15 to 22 degree Celsius making Fuerteventura a great winter destination as well.
The months of February and March are to be watched out for strong winds that arise from the Sahara and blow towards Fuerteventura. These can last for a period of a few days and such days should be avoided for outdoor activities as these windstorms reduce visibility and can cause casualties.
The volcanic origin of Fuerteventura has resulted in volcanic sea beds around the island. This facet of the Canarian island group has made Fuerteventura one of the best spots of Big Game fishing in the world. You will find a great variety of Big Game fish species off the coast of this island as a greater part of the fishing grounds here are untouched. You will find a lot of migratory species and species that are settled in this location. Fuerteventura has been recognised as one of the best spots for Blue Marlin fishing. Other top rated fish among the big game fish species like Yellowfin tuna, White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, White Marlin are also found in these waters making this Spanish Island a dream destination for the ardent Sportfishing angler.
The Blue Marlin is one of the most celebrated fish species by sport fishing enthusiasts. These fish are strong, fast and are highly aggressive when fought. The Atlantic Blue Marlin that is found off the coast of Fuerteventura. These fish can grow as long as 5 m and can weigh over 800 kg. These Blue Marlins are fast swimmers who can reach speeds of 80 kph easily. These fish are very sought after in the realm of sport fishing as they can fight fiercely when hooked and also because they can reach gigantic sizes.
The Marlin season in Fuerteventura begins in June and extends till the mid of November. This is the time when mackerel, tuna and bonito are found in abundance in these waters. These being the favorite meals of the Atlantic Blue Marlin, the Marlins are also found in abundance during this period.
The fishing technique of trolling is the best to reel in a Blue Marlin since these fish are fast swimmers. The live and dead baits are used to attract Marlins. Artificial lures that splash and leave bubble trails are also a good bet with the Blue Marlins.
The Bluefin tuna is another great fish that anglers all over the world go gaga over. These fish are strong, fast and very powerful. Nothing can match up to this fish’s stamina, they will fight for hours and hours before you can get them near the boat and land them. This is one of the reasons why sport fishing anglers highly prize the Bluefin tuna. The Atlantic Bluefin can easily rival the Blue Marlin in terms of size and weight as these fish also grow huge and can easily weigh over 450 kg on an average.
The Big game fishing season begins in Fuerteventura by early April and lasts till late November. This is also the time when Bluefin Tuna are also found in these waters.
Trolling with live and dead baits like mackerel, mullet, squid etc. Artificial lures and jigs are also used in Bluefin Tuna fishing.
The Swordfish is a legendary fish when it comes to big game fishing. Landing a Swordfish is considered the biggest feat in this sport. The elusiveness, strength, speed and the not schooling nature all lead to the Swordfish being referred to as the holy grail of sport fishing. These fish are characterised by their elongated upper jaw that is called the bill. The bill of the Swordfish is considerably longer and broader than the bills of other billfish. These fish are capable of powerful leaps from the water and are very powerful fighters.
The Swordfish prefer warm waters and hence they are found in the waters around Fuerteventura during the summer months. They are mostly found off the west coast of the Fuerteventura islands.
Since the Swordfish tend to stay in the deep waters during the daytime most anglers prefer to go Swordfishing during the night. And the best method to hook in a Sword if by drifting. You might have to present the bait several times to the Swordfish before the fish would get lured into it, this is because the Swordfish is a shy species that easily gets intimidated by boats and other approaching vessels.
The Wahoo is sometimes referred to as the torpedo fish. They are built with an elongated streamlined body that allows them to reach great speeds as fast as 80 kph in water. The high agility and fighting nature of the Wahoo along with a high quality flesh had made this fish a prized game fish. These fish are characterised with irregular vertical blue bars on their silvery hued body and razor sharp teeth. The sharp teeth of the Wahoo has often caused concerns to sport fishing anglers as they can damage the line easily.
Sport fishing anglers with experience in Wahoo fishing will tell you that once a Wahoo gets hooked it is very evident because they will give out a quick run as soon as they feel the hook. And these first runs are very fast that it will reel out many meters of line in seconds. These powerful fish can grow to over 2.5 m and can weigh beyond 85 kg. The size and aggressiveness are some of the foremost factors that has made the Wahoo a sought after game fish around the world and in Fuerteventura.
The Wahoo can be found in Fuerteventura all through the big game fishing season that spans from April to November. During this period you will be able to reel in Wahoo of considerable sizes from these waters. Only thing that you should keep in mind is that you ride with an experienced angler who will be able to guide you to the exact spots where these fish can be located.
Since these are fast moving fish the most effective way to attract and lure them would be by trolling. You can use whole, rigged or strip baits as the Wahoo will be attracted to any of these.
The Bluefish is another game fish that is abundantly found in the Atlantic waters around Fuerteventura. Their appearance often confuses them with the greater Amberjack, however they are easily distinguished by the lack of interspace in their dorsal fins. These fish are voracious and are known to slash through schools of bait fish even after it has finished feeding on them. This aggressive nature of the Bluefish has also known to have caused injuries to fishermen and some unfortunate swimmers as well. This aggressive nature of the Bluefish has made them one of the most fished species in Fuerteventura and around the Canary Islands.
Though the Bluefish are found all through the year here in these waters the best season to catch would be anytime between July to February and you will see a peak in their season during the end of the year.
The Bluefish can be caught using various methods including trolling, casting, jigging and chumming. When trolling light tackle is used with live or dead baits and also artificial baits like feathers and but plugs.