Reproduced from The
Canary Islands Sailing Forum - JANUARY 2018
Yes a license is required by all individual
persons fishing in the sea in the Canary Islands, residents
& visitors alike and is known as a 'Licencia de Pesca
However like many forms of official paperwork/documentation in Spain its a little complicated to obtain but this is the procedure.
Firstly find the local government office in your zone known as the Oficina de Cabildo/Government Office, arrive with your passport and if you don't speak Spanish simply mime the act of fishing and the reception personal will readily understand your sign language & requirement. You will be forwarded to an individual office where the application will be made and you will need your passport as a form of ID, the government officer will complete this application form with your details and as this office does not accept a direct payment for license fee you will then have to go to any local bank with the completed application form and make a payment of about €50. The bank will give you a document confirming this payment which you will return to the same Cabildo office as proof and they will then issue you with your personal fishing license which has a validity of 3 years; they will also give you an information sheet detailing pictures of the fish found in the seas of the Canaries, size limits for keeping what you catch plus prohibited species. All sound a bit complicated but if you are caught fishing or with fish you have captured by the Guardia Civil division known as Seprona that deals with wildlife and have no fishing license the first offense fine is €300.
saltwater rod and reel are the foundation for successful
saltwater fishing. Today’s saltwater rods and reels are
high-tech tools that use space-age materials and precision
Saltwater trolling reels typically use a lever drag system instead of a star drag. This allows you to set the maximum drag, then adjust the amount of pressure with a lever on the side of the saltwater trolling reel. These reels also carry a lot of line and have large bodies to handle the extreme pressure of fighting a big fish.
You can buy really great looking rod holders to attach to your stainless from most chandlers and fishing shops, however, normally they are not cheap. If you have a spare bit of stainless tube which fits your rod handle then make your own.
Trolling with lures is where the motion of the boat imparts action on the lures, whether they are spoons, swimming lures, or live baits. The depth of the lure depends on their weight, how much line has been let out, the diameter and type of fishing line being used, and the speed at which you are trolling. In addition, some lures have a lip which makes them dive when pulled through the water. The names of such lures might reference the designed depth.
Yes, you will need one of these.
Tie a piece of sting to it (about 30cm long) then tie the
string to an area close to your rod holder. The idea
is to get the lure down into the water in order to stop
the rod from pulling it up. Take the fishing line in
your hand and attach the peg to it, after a couple of
attempts you will see just where to place the peg.
When you get a hit the peg simply releases itself.
There are many types of 'planers'
on the market which take your lure deep, these can
be complicated and expensive.
got the rod and the reel, perhaps invest a little more
in a good tackle box, proper pliers, knife, gaff and a
decent selection of lures, hooks and line.
Nothing can be more frustrating than hooking a good
sized Mahi Mahi, only to loose it due to cheap tackle,
you get back what you put in.
How long is a piece of string? That is the best answer to the question. It also depends upon where you are fishing. When trolling in the Atlantic you will find that the fish bite at just about any time of the day or night, (night fishing from the back of a boat in the ocean is not recommended due to obvious safety issues).
How to do it
Having bought all the gear, and set it up, now what?
Now for the interesting part.............you got
it.........wait.......wait....wait, anything from 1 second to
can fish from a boat either going along, (trolling),
drifting engine off (jigging), at anchor (jigging or
bottom fishing) or on a mooring. Fishing in a marina
is usually not allowed.
Here is a simple way
to catch supper while you eat lunch. Tie your jigging
tackle to fish mid water and let the rocking of the boat
do the jigging for you.
If you fish on the bottom you will catch a much greater variety of fish but you will need bait, which could get messy. A simple bottom rig is the same as the Jigging rig but you must use either feathers or an old set with the feathers cut off leaving bare hooks. Some "feathers" are hard mini-lures which don't work as well when baited.
To fish on the bottom simply bait the hooks and lower the weight until it touches the bottom. Either keep hold of it or tie the line to something because a fish can easily make off with the whole lot. If something tugs at the line, haul it up! It is that simple. If using a hand line, try winding the line the 'wrong' way round a winch, then slipping the reel over the top of the winch, if you catch something the winch will turn, and you wont loose your reel.
Choosing how to fish mostly depends on what fish species you are targeting. If you are targeting a particular species, there are often a few fishing methods that local fishermen prefer, some of which will vary with the season. But that doesn’t mean a fish will always bite your hook; fish can be fickle. You may need to try several fishing techniques to find one that produces bites. Check the local fishing reports before you head to the water for insights on what is working well at the time you plan go fishing.
can be a lot more to fishing than the classic worm and
bobber presentation. Though that is a great way to start
with kids or beginners who are just learning to fish.
main goal is to pick a fishing technique that matches the
behavior of the fish you’re after. Ideally you want to
‘mimic’ something a fish would eat. Some fish feed on the
bottom, others only in the shallows, so pick a style of
fishing that is appropriate to each condition. Some fish
feed on other fish, while others prefer insects, and some
will eat just about anything on the bottom.
Live lining is a very
popular method for teaching new anglers to fish. To live
line, drop your live bait from a boat or pier into the
water, allowing it to swim freely at the end of your line.
Or if you are in a boat, drop your live baits, then
pull,or troll them, slowly behind your boat, perhaps with
a weight on the line to keep them down.
some instances, fish can be found on the bottom, so the
best way to catch them is to put your bait down there as
well. You’ll need a weight or sinker on your line, rigged
below your hook to get your bait down to the bottom and
hold it there (try using a 3-way rig). If there is a lot
of current, you’ll need a heavier weight. If you rig your
weight above your bait in strong current the bait will
drift back the distance between the two. Once you have
dropped your lure or bait, let the bait rest and float
along until you get a bite. Check your bait periodically
to ensure its still on your hook.
live or cut baits can be drifted with a weight on your
line to keep it near the bottom, or suspended beneath a
bobber or popping cork. The difference between this
fishing method and bottom fishing is motion. Drift fishing
requires some weight to get the bait down, but the motion
of the boat moves the bait through the water slowly. You
can also drift a bait under a bobber or popping cork.
Chumming or chunking is an effective
addition to the bait fishing techniques you use. By
releasing tiny bits of ground up bait called chum into the
water, you create a scent trail that the fish can follow
to your boat, and your baits. Chum can be ground fish,
creamed corn, cat food, or just about anything that
creates a fish-like scent. Simply throw pieces of bait
into the water around where you are fishing to bring
feeding fish close to your boat. Remember this can
also bring unwanted guests to the party - sharks, swimming
after throwing chum into the water could be a life
whatever lure you want, a swimbait, a crankbait, a spinner
— they all are designed to be tossed out, and reeled back
in using a particular motion, this is called cast and
retrieve. This fishing technique can cover a lot of water
quickly as the motion is mostly horizontal. The speed at
which you reel to retrieve the lure, the angle at which
you hold the rod and the design of the lure all impact the
depth of the lure on the way back. Many hard swimming
lures have a lip at the front that helps dive the lure to
a particular depth. Many are available in deep, or shallow
running versions. Soft plastic minnows, or curly-tailed
worms can also be used. Here are the steps on how to fish
using the cast and retrieve technique:
fishing is a variation on cast and retrieve that uses a
floating lure. Cast the lure to your desired location,
then reel in using a retrieval motion that mimics a fish’s
meal. Some topwater lures such as poppers, have a concave
face that makes a big splash when you jerk the lure
sharply on the surface. Or they can be “walk the dog” type
lures that shake their head back and forth when you just
twitch the tip of your rod in a rhythm. This shaking head
action mimics a dying baitfish on the surface.
is one of the best fishing methods when teaching someone
new how to fish. It is also one of the most active
methods, requiring you to snap or pop the rod tip up
quickly to move the lure vertically in the water column.
You can jig straight up and down as you drift, or cast the
lure out and jig it back towards you horizontally while
reeling. Jigging a lure or bait creates the look of an
injured baitfish that a game fish would want to bite.
bouncing is done from a drifting or trolling boat, and
it’s a great way to attract or locate fish. Use a buck
tail jig or natural bait and drag it along the bottom. The
dragging motion causes the lure to bounce along stirring
up small clouds of sand or mud.
Many anglers choose to release the
fish they catch. However, sometimes fish are so injured
by the catch that their odds of surviving back in the
water are poor. Here are some tips to improve a fish's
chances of living to fight another day:
With so many factors affecting
whether or not fish bite, recording details about the
conditions after each trip will help you recognize
patterns in fish behavior. Note the moon phase, tide
phase, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, barometric
pressure, air and water temperature, and precipitation.
Also record what baits worked, how the fish responded
and the most productive locations.
It is up to individual anglers to
follow local fishing regulations
and participate in conservation efforts.
Fishing clubs and Web sites are good places to learn
about environmental and management issues
facing local anglers. To be good stewards of fishing
resources, each angler has the responsibility to
follow regulations and participate in fisheries
Losing tackle to snags is
frustrating, time consuming and expensive. With a
little patience and finesse, the rig can usually be
freed from the structure. When you detect your lure or
rig has become snagged, set the reel in freespool to
prevent digging the hook deeper into the snag. Then,
run the boat past the structure in the opposite
direction the hook was snagged. Tighten the line and
jerk the rod tip to free the hook. Bottom fishermen
will often use a lighter leader to their sinkers so
they can easily break off a snagged weight without
losing their whole rig.
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