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Tenerife fishing guide

Here you will find tips, the best fishing spots and top fish in Tenerife. If you are looking for a fishing charter or skipper to go fishing, please visit our list of fishing charters in Tenerife or search a fishing trip using the box below:

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Wake up to the soothing picturesque landscapes of Mount Teide National Park in the north and the beautiful sandy beaches in the south. Enjoy a day with your loved one out in the ocean under the sun, fishing for some of the most exquisite fish found in the Mediterranean waters.

The beautiful sun kissed island of Tenerife, is the largest of all the seven islands of the Canary archipelago. People from all walks of life from around the world fly down to this arcadia to enjoy its beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches. Do not mistake the island to be just a fishing enthusiast’s paradise, Tenerife has something for everyone. If you are someone who likes shopping from designer shops you can find them here. Long stretches of volcanic lava laden roads for those of you like to stroll across the countryside. Wonderful entrées from traditional Canarian cuisine for the foodies, beautiful resorts to relax and indulge in.

Tenerife is definitely a place to be if you are a fishing fanatic. The North Atlantic waters that surround the island of Tenerife is a great fishing ground with fish species like Blue Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, White Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo and many more spotted here in during different seasons.

Weather in Tenerife throughout the year:

The Canary islands as a group is known as the islands of eternal spring owing to their wonderful climate all through the year. The uniqueness of Tenerife in terms of climate is that since this island has many geographic distinctiveness across the island, the climate also varies throughout on a given day. If you are basking in the sun on one of the beaches in the South coast during the winters, the very next day you can go hiking on the snow clad Mount Teide.

The summer season begins with June and extends till September with highest temperatures ranging from 27 to 24 degree Celsius. The water temperature however does not shoot up like that of the Mediterranean sea making it suitable for a lot of sportfish varieties.

The winter season spans from December to February among which January is the coolest.

Fishing in Tenerife:

Like all the islands in the Canary archipelago, fishing in Tenerife is productive all through the year. However, depending on the species of fish their individual seasons may vary. The months from April to September is considered to be the best period for sport fishing off the Tenerife coasts. Trolling and bottom fishing are the two most popular fishing techniques that are used in Tenerife for big game fishing.

Big game fishing species that are found in these water includes the likes of the giant Marlins and Tunas. The fishing seasons of some of the most sought after fish species and the characteristics that set them apart from other fish species are elaborated under each fish species.

Top 7 fish

Blue Marlin Blue Marlin fishing  in Tenerife

Marlin fishing is considered to be one of the biggest feats in sportfishing. The Blue Marlins are the largest of all the Marlins and landing a Blue Marlin is considered to be the highest achievement of a big game fishing angler. Anglers from all around the world go looking for these magnificent creatures so that they can add the most precious feather on their cap.

The Blue Marlin is a billfish and is distinguished by other billfish by their cobalt blue hued backs and silvery white bellies.

The Blue Marlin is strong, overpowering and an adamant fighter. Once hooked to a Blue Marlin the time will seem to come to a stand still. As you engage in a tug of water with this huge fish that can reach speeds of over 90 kph you will not have a sense of the time that has lapsed reeling in the fish. The Marlins have a tendency to leap out of the water, the sight of these magnificent creatures leaping and plummeting is something worth a watch.

Blue Marlin Fishing Season in Tenerife:

The appropriate weather conditions in Tenerife makes Marlin fishing possible in the island all year through. But the abundance and the chances of landing a Blue Marlin increases during the months March to November with the best fishing season of these water giants spanning from April to September.

Blue Marlin Fishing Technique in Tenerife:

Since the Marlin is a fast moving fish, the best way to lure one in is using trolling with specified Marlin lures. Live baiting is also employed in Marlin fishing. Depending on the Captain of the charter boat the fishing techniques can change.

Bluefin Tuna Bluefin Tuna fishing  in Tenerife

The name Tuna is derived from a greek word that means “to rush” which is very indicative of the Tuna’s characteristic of moving fast under water. Of all the Tunas, the Bluefin is the largest that are said to reach lengths of 3 m.

The Bluefin Tuna is among the most sought after fish in the world as they are powerhouses of strength and stamina and because they are daunting fighters that do not give up. These are some of the characteristics that has led sportfishing anglers to call the Bluefin the raging bulls of the ocean. Fighting a Bluefin Tuna on the line is as exciting and engaging as bull riding.

These fish are known to exceed weights of 450 kg and can swim at speeds beyond 60 kph.

Bluefin Tuna Fishing Season in Tenerife:

If luck is one your side, you will be able to reel in a Bluefin from the waters off Tenerife any time of the year. The official fishing season for the Bluefins though begins during the month of September and lasts till May, during this span the best month of all is considered to be the month of November. Make sure to confirm this with your fishing charter captain before you set out on your fishing trip.

Bluefin Tuna Fishing Method:

Trolling with live or dead baits is the most common methods used to land a Bluefin Tuna. Some anglers also advocate still fishing with live baits.

Big eye tuna Big eye tuna fishing  in Tenerife

The Bigeye Tuna stands next to the Bluefin tuna in terms of size and consequently power. These fish are also a favourite among sportfishermen owing to their huge sizes and tablefare. They have well built streamlined bodies that allow them to move swiftly through water.

The Bigeye tuna has a larger head and a larger set of eyes when compared to the other Tuna species. These are the two most prominent distinguishing physical features of the Bigeye Tuna from the others. The largest Bigeye ever recorded weighed over 197 kg, it was caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru.

Bigeye Tuna Fishing Season in Tenerife:

The Bigeye can also be all through the year like the Bluefins, but the most productive months of Bigeye Tuna fishing ranges from June to December.

Bigeye Tuna Fishing Technique:

Trolling is the best method that is usually adopted to reel in a Bigeye Tuna. Live and artificial baits both are used in Bigeye Tuna fishing. These fish prefer deeper waters than the other tunas and hence you might want to confirm the fishing technique and style by your charter captain.


The Yellowfin is perhaps the most popular of the Tuna species. They are swift, strong and great fun to reel in. Like all the Tuna species, these Yellowfins are also great fighters. Their most distinguishing feature is their long second dorsal and anal fin can grow longer than that of other Tuna species and that these fins will brightly yellow colored.

These strong fighters seldom give up and fight with all might till the end. When fishing for the Yellowfin or for that matter any Tuna species, you should be prepared for a battle that will last long and that which can result in sore muscles and an aching back. The Yellowfin can grow to about 2.5 m and can weigh close to 200 kg.

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Season in Tenerife:

The best time to go Yellowfin Tuna fishing off the Tenerife coast is during the months of June to November. There is a better possibility of hooking up a Yellowfin during this time when compared to the rest of the year.

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Technique in Tenerife:

Trolling and chumming are the two most common methods used by big game fishing anglers to land a Yellowfin Tuna. Artificial lures and live baits like squid, mackerel, mullets etc are used to lure in a Yellowfin.

White Marlin White Marlin fishing  in Tenerife

The White Marlin is comparatively smaller in size than the giant Blue Marlins. But do not underestimate them owing to their smaller size. They are as combative as their big brother let alone the White Marlin’s size. They are agile, acrobatic, fast and strong; what more would you want in a sport fish.

When talking about the size, they are just smaller than the Blue Marlins, this does not mean that they are the tiniest fish found in the ocean. The largest White Marlin caught on a reel and rod was recorded to weigh 82.5 kg and it measured 2.7 m from the bill to the tail.

White Marlin Fishing Season in Tenerife:

Since the fishing season in Tenerife is on all through the year, you can go fishing in the waters here anytime. But anglers who have a better understanding of the fish spotted in these waters suggest that the best time to go White Marlin fishing from the coasts of Tenerife is during the months that span from April to October.

White Marlin Fishing Technique in Tenerife:

Did you know that the White Marlin is the top rated sportfish on the light tackle? These fish are usually caught by trolling. Baits used to lure a White Marlin include whole and strip baits. Artificial lures, feathers and spoons are also used. Live baiting is another popular technique in White Marlin fishing, these fish are not particular about the bait, they will feed on any small fish that is abundantly found in the regions where the White Marlin is found.

Dorado Dorado fishing  in Tenerife

Anyone who is familiar with the Dorado will not deny that these are one of the most magnificent looking fish in the waters. They are vibrantly colored and have a unique physical structure. The colors on a Dorado or the Dolphinfish as they are known in some parts of the world vary from green to blue and from golden to yellow. These lively colored fish fade out into a muted grey color once dead though.

Sport fishermen go hunting for these beautiful fish for their alluring qualities that make the sport more exciting. The Dorado is fast, they have an attitude to stay and fight and these fish exhibit some of the most amazing aerial acrobatics when hooked. They leap and jump and tailwalk all at the same time making them one of the most prized and sought after fish in the sportfishing realm.

Dorado Fishing Season in Tenerife:

The months from April to October is the best period to engage in Dorado fishing in Tenerife.

Dorado Fishing Method in Tenerife:

Live baiting and trolling are the two methods that are the most common when it comes to Dorado fishing. When Dorado is spotted from the surface live baiting is advocated otherwise trolling is the most successful method to land a Dorado.

Wahoo Wahoo fishing  in Tenerife Wahoo fishing  in Tenerife

The Wahoo is a strong and fast fish. They are a highly prized fish species. They are most popular for first blistering run that reels out a whole lot of reel within in seconds. The speed with which the Wahoo can pull out the line is over 90 kph. This feature of the Wahoo makes it difficult to land and increases its allure in the eyes of the fishing angler. The Wahoo is known to grow to lengths as long as 2.5 m and large specimens can weigh over 80 kg.

Wahoo Fishing Season in Tenerife:

The Wahoo can be caught all year through from the Atlantic waters surrounding Tenerife. Over the months the period between April and September sees a peak in the numbers and sizes of these water torpedos.

Wahoo Fishing Method:

Trolling is the best method to lure and reel in this fish. However, once the fish is spotted live baiting has also proven to be successful.

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Fish and Fishing Seasons in Tenerife

Fish Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Blue Marlin
White Marlin
Bluefin Tuna
Big eye tuna
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