Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fishing in Lanzarote

First things first. Fishing License.

If you go on a holiday and want to spend some quiet time fishing without worrying about anything than this is the first thing you must think about.
Fines are high (300-400EUR) and what is worse, they will confiscate your fishing equipment! I know that this doesn't happen very often, but you don't want to be the exception. Especially that the license is only  around 15 EUR.

There is plenty of information on the internet about the license, but no address and direct info about where and how you will be able to get it.

So here we go.

In order to get your licence you must first download a form and fill it in. You can download it HERE.

Once you have printed and filled it in, you must go to the Cabildo building in Arrecife and request the license. The address for the Cabildo is  Avenida Fred Olsen, Las Palmas, Lanzarote (map HERE - although it says it is something else on the map, it's the building you are looking for, trust me).

Once you have forwarded the request, they will give you another form to take to a bank and pay the fee. A pain, I know, but still beats the hell out of loosing your gear and some extra hundreds of euro.

The nearest point where you can pay the fee, I foud it was HERE at Cajasiete. But you can pay at any bank or financial office.

Once you have paid, you'll have to go back to the Cabildo and present the receipt or stamp, and that's it! You got yourself a Recreational Fishing License.

Now for the fun part.

Lanzarote is one of the last almost untouched fishing grounds in Europe. The waters are rich in fish and the good spots are plenty. But finding them, getting to them and fishing them correctly is something entirely different.

If you only have a few hours to spare, I would suggest you take your LRF gear and try to find smaller fish (wich are abundant  near the beaches, breakwaters and piers!), some soft plastics, small metal jigs and minnows from 5 to 10cm and you are sorted! There are loads of bream, horse mackerell, small barracuda and bass and the ever present lizard fish.

The bigger fish (although in very good numbers) require longer trips, longer walks on impossible grounds,  heavier equipment than we use for bass and pollock and TIME - wich is exactly what we don't have when in holidays with the family.

I tried to go big but got put in my place right away.

First of all the lures that we normally use for bass are too small to convince any of the more decent fish to come out of the depths and bite them. You will need 14 to 20cm minnows and 13-14cm topwaters to trigger any good bites.

That being said you never know what's gonna happen on your next session even on lighter gear.

In the end I did managed to tempt a nice little Grouper on a trip to La Graciosa Island, casting the lure (a DUO Tide Minnow) over a very steep drop-off. I must say he put up a great fight for its size.

 Other than that I caught billions and trillions of lizard fish on every imaginable lure and technique. From 16cm minnows to 14cm topwaters and 60g jigs. They are everywhere and will eat anything!

I also caught a nice size White Bream on a 13cm Daiwa Shore Line Shiner on one of the trips o the West coast and had a few missed bites on the topwaters. Some impressive splashes around the lure that made my heart stop for a moment but none connected.

The biggest problem with these holiday trips is that you find the best spots, lures and techniques towards the end of the stay. In my case I had the most memorable fishing session on the last 3 hours of our stay.

I had about 20 takes on a 50g jig reeled in fast and near the surface. I connected with 5 fish, and landed none. Most of the fish were Garfish (and big ones - over 1 meter as I saw them jumping out of the water like crazy) and I suspect some Bonito and Bluefish.
Needles to say I left the island as happy as a dog going to the vet...

But all in all it was a great trip and I cannot wait to get back there again with the lesson learned.

P.S. - Need more gear!