Calm seas mean fishing! On our day off., I joined Skipper Jamie Hinson on his boat the Happy Hooker recently for a morning's fishing out of Puerto Colon. We were bottom fishing in about a hundred meters of water about a mile off-shore.
After catching our bait fish (Mackerel) we set off for the big stuff. It wasn't long before both Jamie and I hooked into something substantial!
Jamie's fish came up first. And here below is what he caught.
Here Jamie carefully removes the hook from an Eagle-Ray. We don't tend to land these as they are not what we are fishing for. They put up a good fight and are edible to a degree but they are such beautiful creatures that they are freed with as little fuss as possible (plus they pack a very nasty defensive sting on a knifelike barb). We generally don't even take them out of the water.
And this is what I caught at the same time!
This Skate is locally called a Blonde-Ray. Because he was quite light, I lifted him out briefly for the camera then dropped him straight back in and let him glide off. Jamie prefers to fish with light tackle which means that even modest catches are exciting. However we were after some good eating fish and it wasn't long before we began catching them.
These fish (2 on the line if you look closely) are called 'Cabrilla' and are type of Sea-Bass, they are spectacularly tasty and we caught quite a few that day as well as a shed load of mackerel.
Here below is a shot of another very interesting little fellow who floated by attached to a piece of seaweed.
We had a good look at it, checked it was ok then sent this little Sea-horse back on his journey. They are quite rare in the Atlantic but we have come across them before.
Here below Justin Scott (who's mum Leslie worked with Club Olympus for years before heading off to Australia) catches a fine example of dinner!
Another fat and juicy Cabrilla.
The abundance of fish and sea life in this part of the Atlantic Ocean make sea-fishing very interesting. Warm weather, blue sky and even bluer sea with the gorgeous back-drop of Tenerife seen in some of the shots combine for a marvelous day out.
If you fancy a few hours fishing, contact Jamie Hinson on his web-site here at Happy Hooker or call him direct on 0034 636 761552. Jamie can accomodate up to 4 people.
If you have a bigger party then contact Jamie's brother Mick Hinson who runs the Crested Wave, they can accomodate up to 10 people.
Both brothers are great fishermen with excellent reputations as Skippers for safety, knowledge and catches.
Here we go again, what do we have this time?
Another Eagle-Ray, ah well back he goes. All in all we had a great morning's fishing with a good dinner of fresh Cabrilla and Mackerel that evening. If you are visiting Club Olympus and would like to know more about sea-fishing, speak with myself Ivan or have a chat with any of our team. Alternatively contact Jamie Hinson on the details above.
Tight Lines everybody!