Fishing in Los Cristianos is a very popular passtime and something that is ingrained in the culture here. The town of Los Cristianos grew around the fishing industry and was and still is a very important fishing port inTenerife.
Fishing in Los Cristianos is part of the roots of this old and beautiful town, something that can be seen all day long with the leaving and coming back of the fishing boats to the port. In Los Cristianos there are various ways of fishing. You can see prople fishing from the rocks with their rods and people deep sea fishing and trawling from their boats out to sea. There are also the professional fishermen that can be seen with their large boats and nets and also the people that run the fish farms that provide fish for the major supermarkets. It is something very normal to see residents and tourists alike fishing from the rocks. The most popular place to go is the old port, next to the playa del callao where you can fish from the concrete surface safely to almost 5 metres depth. With a good, long 100m cast out to sea you can be fishing at nearly 30m depth. There is also the option of underwater snorkel fishing. This is quite a specialist sport and is quite strictly regulated.
The sea has always played a big role in th lives of the people of Los Cristianos and fishing an even bigger part. As well as fishing from the shore, many people fish from their boats, or, as is becoming more and more popular, from kayaks. Catching fish from a boat is a lot easier, and you are almost guaranteed a catch in contrast to shore fishing where a lot of the swims have been really overfished and it is hard to catch anything. One of the fastest up and coming ways to fish is from a kayak. From the kayak you can employ the same fishing methods as from a boat. You can deep sea fish, trawling or jigging. The great advantage of kayak fishing is that there are places that will hire you a kayak for 10€ an hour and is a much cheaper way to fish than going on a boat. Many times if you go on a boat you have to pay an expensive excursion and more often than not you can't keep the fish.
The types of fish that you can catch are quite diverse but the most desired is the 'vieja' or parrot fish. It is quite a simple fish to catch but will only take certain baits. The only baits that work are 'jacas', small crabs that are found under the rocks on the beach or the mouths of sea urchins. The meat of this fish is very tasty and is costly to buy. Apart from the parrot fish there are many other species to catch such as sardines, bass and wrasse. Many of these fish are easily reachable from the coastline but if you are looking to catch bigger specimens like the sea bass, 'sama' marlin or tuna it is almost impossible from the coastline. Sometimes, if you are very lucky, you can catch one of these fish at night when they come a little closer to shore. The most popular bait used to fish with is fresh uncooked prawns although some people use simply bread mixed with sardine oil or mixed with other flavours such as vanilla, cheese and even banana (we are in the canaries after all.) As groundbait the easiest thing to use is bread mixed with sea urchins. If you don't really fancy going to pick sea urchins you can buy prepared mixes in the local fishing shops.
When it comes to fishing shops there are a few in and around the town. The shop 'Pesqueras y Navales' is located on the street Dulce Maria which is located on the road just behind the port. They can advise you on any topic to do with fishing. They can give you guidance on what material to buy as well as telling you good spots to try. A little further away in Las Galletas there is another shop selling fishing items called 'Sayo Sport' and they can offer you advice on all fishing types and especially about underwater snorkell fishing. So if you fancy chucking out a line while you are here try fishing in Los Cristianos.
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