Thursday 8 September 2011

Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean

Before heading off for Tenerife, we decided it might be fun to try some fishing. I've watched the odd episode of Robson Green's Extreme Fishing and, all in all, it looks like it could be some fun. Plus, I've both been whale watching before and wanted to do something involving the sea - especially with the gorgeous blue waves of the Canary Islands!

Initially, I was pretty worried that there wouldn't be anything fishing-like available. All the leaflets, posters and touts were obsessed with whale watching and parascending. After a bit of hunting around Costa Adeje, I eventually came across a helpful bloke who could organise something appropriate - fishing was a-go. Hurrah!

So on the Thursday of our holiday we arrived at Quay 3 of Puerto Colon to meet up with Dani and his boat: Fast Fish. It turned out that although Dani has been working on fishing boats for many years, he'd only been on the water on his own boat for a couple of weeks and we were one of his first sets of customers!

It was perfect - the boat could accommodate 7 people but we only had 5 which meant we had a bit of extra space. Dani was very flexible about the fishing too - it had been a bad morning so he had a plan of trying several different places and types of fishing until we found something that worked. And best of all, Dani was a really friendly and cheerful chappy.

I sunbathed on the deck, got soaking wet by the spray and caught several skipjack tuna! There wasn't an awful lot of skill involved - when a fish bit the bait, one of us were handed the rod and told to reel it in! Some helpful tips were given where needed to ensure that we were successful.

Dani, Me and the first catch of the day!

The water was the most amazing crystal blue, better than any ocean I've seen before in my travels, and I was dazzled by how beautiful everything was. It was definitely my favourite part of the whole trip and I would fully recommend it to others!

Dani doesn't have his website up and running yet, but as soon as he does I'll link to it :)

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