Firstly watch out for those rocks. The island is surrounded by volcanic outcrops, the fish can be found in abundance around these areas, but that means loads of lost tackle.
The other areas to fish are the beaches, these are artificial in most cases and have a smooth sandy base. The time to fish these is at night, for a few reasons. During the day the swimmers, paddlers and jet ski gangs hog the water, plus the larger fish are out at sea.
To fish these beaches you need to arrive an hour before the tide turns, just as it starts to fall dark. Carefully set up your rigs. I often take two rods, the first with a large hook and a single large bait such as a full prawn, small crab or a halt fish. Cast this well to your left and set the bite detector.
The second rig is a little unorthodox but has great results, place a large weight at the bottom and about every 10 inch a hook about 7 inches from the main line, a maximum of four hooks is all you need. Above this place a large float which the weight will actually sink but ensures that the line stays upright in the water.
Bait the bottom hook with a large bait say half a prawn and the other hooks with small baits such as small pieces of prawn or bread.
Cast and let the rig settle then slowly start to wind in, youíll feel the fish take the bait, often 2 or three bites at a time.
The first 3 hours as the tide come in are the best for fishing, keep checking and refreshing your first rig. If you do get a strike on this rig be prepared for the fight of your life, 20 Kilos plus of pure muscle or wing in the case of the rays.
Other ways to fish are the same rig with 3 hooks and surface float, sometimes succesfull but normally only small fish.
Other Bailts to try, artificial plastic worms, Bacon, Lucheon meat, ham, Cheese, lugg worm and small quid.
Why bother if I am going to loose loads of tackle ?
Well with a few tricks I have up my sleeve you may find that this is a place to catch a once in a lifetime fish. The variety of fish is amazing from 10kilo Pollock to Giant rays, and even small sharks, tuna and Dorado fish.
Itís not easy and you have to work at this type of fishing, many baits will work, but I recommend plastic worms with large flapping tails, fresh fish or prawns.
Use a normal sea fishing float with a single hook, a drop of about 10 feet is normally enough to reach the fish. When setting the hook in to the bait leave the hook point inside the bait, this stops the hook snagging on the rocks.
Now if you catch a fish, donít ponse around (your not on a TV show), just start working the fish, ensuring the clutch is set at just below the breaking strain and that the rod remains bent at all times ensuring the pressure is maintained. Watch out for the fish running straight at you or jumping to free the hook. Try to get the fish in as fast as possible and fight the attempts by the fish to get to the rocks.
Donít be surprised at a 30/40 kilo plus fish, when you get it in.
Again the bigger fish come in at night.
Well thatís what we did last week, we went fishing for Sail fish using a lure and a piece of string, instead of a hook. We must have been mad I hear you say, but we actually caught 3 incredible fish.
We met in the harbour at 8am and by 9am we were throwing the lures over the back of the boat. The string was literally just normal polyurethane multi strand string, just the same as you would use all over the house. The string was about 2ft long and fixed through the lure directly to the line. Within 30 minutes we had the first sail fish on.
I had to say back in envy and watch as my mate Lewis struggled for almost 40minutes to haul this beast on board, once Lewis had collapse in a pile of sweat, panting like he had just run the Marathon, I managed to get a close look at the fish and the string which was now wrapped around the bill. A first for me, catching a fish with no hook, however the skipper explained how this method works.
Firstly you have to understand how a Sail fish hunts itís prey. Unlike many other fish the bill is used to strike and often kill it prey. The action is similar to that of someone using a sword to cut down sugar cane. The second bit of information about this fish was the texture of the bill, I touched it gently and found it to have a coating that I can only describe as a mixture of Razor Blades and Velcro. Once the fish strikes at the lure the string wraps around the bill, the more the fish fights the more string is wrapped around the bill. The adhesion is incredible, we had to use a pair of scissors to cut the string free.
The mystery of the string now unravelled (sorry about the pun), it was new piece of string and of we went again. Eventually my reel started to scream and it was fight on, more confident than Lewis was, that the string would hold I battled for under 20 minutes with this amazing creature. Every time it leapt clear of the water you could do nothing but say wow. It even did a short tail walk, before we dragged it onboard.
Lewis soon had his second of the day. This was one of those days I would never forget; no matter what other monster fish I drag out of the water. Catching Sail fish on string was just an all-round amazing experience.
I may as well let you all know one of the best kept secrets to fishing the Canarian shores.
Ever been sat on the harbour wall with your mate, caught 2 fish in the last few hours, then someone squeezes in between you casts out and drags in about 20 fish a hour.
Next time they do take a look at the mess feeder bag they have on the line, it works like a feeder in fresh water, however unlike the old fresh water fishing the feed in this bag is very special. It is made using Anchovy, sardine and tuna oil, mixed with what I can only describe as a biscuit base, It is available at all the good tackle shops, but not at the hardware shops. The name of the product is Cebansa.
There are problems with this, in strong currents it is very ineffective, however if you can find somewhere with slight undercurrents and you set the rig up correctly you could be landing some big fish within the hour.
Setting up the rig:-
Put your weight on the bottom of the net, connect the net directly to the Line about 8 inches above this place one hook about size 8, then above this place a further hook about size 8 or 9. I often put a large hook about a number 2 with a jelly head to stop the hook snagging. The two small hook are baited with fresh prawn, fairly large pieces. If you bait with small bits the tiny fish strip this before any decent size fish can come and take the bait.
Above the hooks I place a small running float with a stopper shot, although we are ledger fishing, the float sinks but keeps the line upright in the water.
Now place the rod either directly upright or at 90 degrees to the area you are fishing, ensure the line is tight or you may miss the big bite.
A second option for this method is the feeding method. Lets say you are fishing at a rods length of the harbour wall, mix some of the paste with a little dry bread, glue a lump of this to the end of your rod and every so often give it a tap, this drops the dry outside in to the water feeding the fish, if you are fishing a bit further out, use a catapult and regularly drop small amounts of food near your hook.
Place to fish.
Behind Iceland in Los Christianos, there is a single villa, if you get there early and sit where the pipe drops, youíll catch a bucket load. Another good spot is the new port in Amarilla Golf.