Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Sea fishing Tenerife style

Just spent last couple of weeks in Tenerife. Fished most days from the jetties or rocky beaches in south. Used different tactics including float fishing with a mash of bread and tinned fish, fly fishing and bubble float. Caught mixed bag of small fish including a few schoolie Bass from Palm Mar beach, Gilthead Bream (Dorado) and a number of Damsel fish on the fly no less from the beach at Caleta. The Bass I think were escapees from the fish farms just offshore as everyone who was catching caught them the same size. The locals bring the Bass in with pellets similar to carp fishing. Mine where caught on my bouncy ball rig or bubble float with a Clouser trailed behind. Loads of Mackerel jumping and coming in on the tide at Las Americas but just out of casting range. When I did hook one I lost my tackle on the lava reef. Frustrating but fun in the warm sunny weather. I think the island needs a catch and release policy as every fish I saw hooked, regardless of size, ended up in a bucket. Crazy numbers of Portuguese Man of War jellyfish getting washed up made for wary wading - I was amazed I never got stung or saw anyone suffering a sting.
Damsel on the bread fly!

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