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 Olympus World
 Nov 3rd, 2014
 

No great guesses about what I was up to a couple of days ago!

I managed to sneak off with Captain Jamie Hinson on the Happy Hooker for a few hours. We caught some great fish during the day including quite a few Stingrays.

Here is one that I am steadily bringing up. They are not a fish that we are particularly looking for. Although they can be eaten they are magnificent creatures who are put back and treated as tenderly as possible.

Here we see a beautiful Round Fan-Tail Ray. They are slipped out of the water on to the back transome rather than into the boat as it is already stressful being caught. Their protective covering of slime isn't touched as it can result in infection for the fish.

What we are really after are TUNA! Like this little beauty here below.

The Atlantic Bonito is a fabulous fish for fighting and eating. Luckily, the Dad of young Elliot (pictured above) is a chef, so dinner was organised for that night!

The picture above shows what it looks ike when three Stingrays are hooked at once and go into a giant tangle! Fortunately, Jamie has the patience of a saint and sorts it all out.

Fishing with the Happy Hooker in Tenerife is a great experience, click here for their website

 
 Olympus World
 Sep 25th, 2014
 

As reported a month or two ago, the tree phenomenon in Santa Cruz continues.

As I spend quite a bit of time in Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz, I am coming across this craze more and more.

The designs seem to be becoming more and more complicated and intricate. Somebody is taking this seriously!

 

And I still don't know why 'they' are doing it. However, Santa Cruz is a great city to visit.

Even if they can't spell their English too well!!

 
 Olympus World
 Aug 12th, 2014
 

As you regular blog readers know, I do enjoy sea-fishing and living in Tenerife is a sea fishers dream. We are surrounded by glorious blue water and the weather makes fishing here a year round sport. Since losing Dad, Hedley, last year we have had a hectic year sorting out paperwork, lawyers, trustees and so on, so I have not had much time for indulging in my favourite activity but, I was invited by Jamie Hinson of the "Happy Hooker" to join him for a day yesterday.

So off we went, nice and early. Jamie (who was a receptionist at Club Olympus for quite a while) has a new boat based out of Puerto Colon Marina, a ten minute walk from Club Olympus. It is called the "Happy Hooker 2" and is much bigger than his previous boat. He can take a party of 8 and the new boat has a galley, much better deck space and very importantly, a toilet!

His new boat is pictured below.

As you can see, it is bristling with heavy duty fishing gear. Jamie has really 'upped the bar' on his fishing capability and his boat can now handle anything. The main objective is to catch Marlin. The "Happy Hooker 2" has an impressive catch record, however Jamie is very much into the catch, tag and release of these magnificent animals.

 

catching game fish is done by 'Trolling' with artificial lures and indeed we had a 'White Marlin' strike later on in the day but the fish threw the hook and we didn't land it. My main love is bottom fishing however and we caught a great deal of Mackerel and local fish known as 'Boga's' as well as about 5 decent sized sting rays.

We don't bring the sting rays on board because they can be dangerous, their tails have a barbed, dagger like appendage that can indeed cause a nasty sting. Also, these beautiful fish while being edible are allowed to go straight back into the sea.

 

Here above is another Ray that we caught, they put up a good fight and a serious bend in the rod. You can just see his stinger at the end of the tail. Below is a shot of Tenerife taken from a couple of miles out. You can clearly see Mount Teide, the highest point of Spanish territory.

We are really blessed here in Tenerife with that tremendous mix of mountains and ocean. That of course is why you all come here to enjoy this wonderful island.

So we had a great day and all-in-all I caught about 20 fish. Pictured above is a not very flattering photo of my 'selfie' on the ocean wave. If you would like to go fishing click here for a link to Jamie's Happy Hooker web-site or find him on face book or indeed ask any of the team at Club Olympus and we will put you in touch.

Pictured above right is Jamie Hinson with Deck-Hand 'Foro and they are ready to welcome you aboard.

Tight Lines everybody!

 
 Olympus World
 Jul 30th, 2014
 

A strange phenomenon is sweeping parts of the Tenerife capital at the moment. Trees appear to be getting clothed!

Starting in the 'Plaza De Espana' the main Plaza in Santa Cruz, this trend is creeping outwards!

 

We spotted a group of older ladies fitting these crocheted and joined up squares to trees all over the city. We haven't worked out the significance of it yet but we are on the trail.

As soon as we find it, we will let you know.

Anyway, it's another reason to visit this great little city which is about three quarters of an hour by car from Club Olympus in Garden City. Santa Cruz truly is a mix of old and new and is certainly worth visiting. Buses head there and back every quarter of an hour from just outside our resort.

Superb Tapas bars and quality restaurants are dotted around the capital and for a small city it has plenty of museums and art galleries.

And.........................................Trees with coats on!

 
 Olympus World
 Apr 14th, 2014
 

As always, if we at Club Olympus get a chance to photograph a great sunset, we take it

We are privileged to enjoy spectacular sunsets on a regular basis here in Tenerife and we have had some beauties over the last few days. This shot was taken overlooking Fanabe beach a couple of nights ago.

Here we see the sun setting behind our neighbouring Island 'La Gomera'

It's funny how Ivan never photographs a 'sunrise'! Hmmmmmm

 
 
 
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