Fishing from shore in Tenerife is the same as fishing from shore in any beach in the world.
However, fishing is a skill that you need to master in order to see the results you expect. That is to say, there are some preparation and equipment needed to do it well.
In this post, we’ll guide you through all that stuff you need to know (knowledge and equipment) in order to fish from shore the right way, so you can enjoy this activity much more and maybe get something good in your session.
Beginner’s guide to fish from shore in Canarian Islands
As you may be just getting started, you could maybe feel overwhelmed with all the options available, concerning market offers of fishing equipment.
Nevertheless, it’s important for you to know that no fancy stuff is needed to go fishing, just a good fishing rod and some accessories is all you need.
Equipment you need
For a regular fishing session, what you’ll need is the following:
- Tackle box
- Reel fishing rod
- A sharp knife
- First aid kit (it doesn’t have to be too big)
- Spare spool
- Small plier
- A bait
Something very important that you must not forget is your fishing license. You can purchase it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and it is valid for a twelve months´period. If you take a fishing charter on a boat, such as No Limits Fishing charters, you are automatically provided with a fishing license while on board.
As you get more experienced in fishing, there are some fishing materials you might want to change.
Choosing the fishing rods
There are many fishing rod options based on the type of fishing you’ll be practicing. In this case, shore rods are what you need. They are good for fishing in the beach and for rock fishing as well.
Rods for shore come in various presentations, from 6 ft length to 15 ft, and depending on what you fish and where you fish (in this case, Tenerife) it should be longer or shorter. The size of the rod, due the maritime species in Canarian Islands, should be 6-9 feet, to be well equipped.
Using rods for other types of fishing is not recommended, because they aren not going to be accurate enough to practice shore fishing.
Selecting a good fishing reel
There are basically two types of fishing reels to take in consideration: Multiplier and fixed spool.
The first one may cause some trouble to fishers with no experience, because its lines can get tangled up at any moment, and it can be a little tedious to fix them.
On the other hand, the fixed spool reels are the best choice if you are a beginner, because these are relatively easier to use, even though they don’t work as effectively as the first ones, specially if you want to try with big fishes.
What about the tackle box?
A regular checklist for the stuff you need to include in the tackle box is the following:
- 2 / 3 sets of hooks
- A sharp knife
- Elastic bait/li>
- Spare line
- Floaters (or bubbles)
- Various fishing weights (could be 5 or more)
It’s important to mention that normally, the tackle box will vary based on the type of fish you may wish to catch. This is a checklist that can be useful for fishing from shore in Tenerife.
Which fishing weights do you need?
Weights normally depend on the type of fishing you’re doing, and even in the tides you are going to put your rod in.
As Tenerife counts with calm waters, tides of 2 oz – 3 oz weight can do a perfect job for fishing in front of the beach. In rough seas or strong currents we would need a 4oz tide in order to guarantee a good performance.
How to manage a hooked fish?
If you have finally followed all these recommendations and hooked a fish, the best movement you can do is tighten the line and raise up the rod to pull it effectively. With some practice you’ll be improving this important skill.
Definitely, getting good at fishing requires some practice and equipment. However, you can start doing it with some guidance and enjoy the activity, which is the main objective.
If you have already fished from shore in Tenerife, we would like to get your opinions! its important for us to have some feedback, so that beginner fishers can have a better idea of what to expect.