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Fishing in Spain

There are so many reasons to come to Spain – tapas, sangria, fiestas, a beautiful culture, and incredible people. But there’s one more reason: the world-class fishing for trophy sized fish. There are plenty of fish to be found close to shore throughout the year, so see what fishing trips Spain offers and discover the joy of this country today. ¡Viva España!

Where to Fish

The fishing trips Spain offers are as varied as they can get. Wherever you go fishing, you’ll be met with good old-fashioned Medierranean hospitality. Head along the coast to experience traditional fishing villages that have barely changed over the years. Or, why not fish from the archipelago islands for some deep sea fishing that will amaze you?

Mainland Spain

Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic, there are plenty of productive waters to choose from. Spend a little time in Spain fishing off the coast, and you can catch a range of species very different to those found inland in the rivers.

Along the Coast

Book a charter on the south coast, from Valencia and Murica, or from Barcelona, Xabia, and La Manga on the east coast to go fishing for Bluefin Tuna. From ports like Tarragona, Bluefin can be caught just 4 miles from shore. The Tuna here love the warm waters, so action heats up when the waters do, with peak times from June to September. An eight-hour trip will give you the best chance of landing a Bluefin.

Inland Fishing

The River Ebro is a top place to go coarse fishing in Spain. Catfish, Carp, Pike, Comizo Barbel, Black Seabass, and a small population of Salmon and Trout all call these waters home. Trips can range from 4–8 hours and are more productive from autumn to spring. Get your fly fishing gear out and really test your skills against some huge monster-sized fish in Spain’s rivers and lakes.

For the best of both worlds, fish nearshore near the Ebro delta. You’ll be able to target both Bluefin Tuna and Catfish, along with Mahi Mahi, Little Tunny, Atlantic Mackerel, Amberjack, Blue Shark, and much more.

Canary Islands

Known for having good weather year round, the Canary Islands provide anglers with some world-class fishing. The waters drop quickly to depths of over 1,000 meters very close to shore. Deep sea fishing is great in Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura in particular. From May to June, you can target White Marlin and Mahi Mahi. If Tuna is your thing, book a trip from April to September. You’ll mostly be trolling for Bluefin, Bigeye, and Yellowfin.

Family groups will love fishing the reefs. You’ll be able to catch Snapper and Grouper, perfect for your dinner. You can try out a variety of techniques, such as jigging, trolling, and bottom fishing. Trips last between four and eight hours.

Balearic Islands

This is where you’ll want to come to catch your fill of Bluefin Tuna and to try and land a Swordfish. Head anywhere between Majorca and Ibiza between August and September to increase your chances of reeling in these giants. Great fishing begins as early as May for Albacore Tuna, Shortbill Spearfish, and Mahi Mahi, too.

You can go trolling, or “currican,” for Grouper, Seabass, Dentex, Conger eel, and Moray, to name a few. This is great for families with kids, as trips can be as short as  four hours and no experience is needed.

What to Bring

Wherever you choose to fish in Spain, the fishing license will be provided when fishing from a charter boat. The equipment for the day is also included, so all you need to bring along are snacks and sun protection.

A lot of fishing here is catch and release. Your captain will let you know which species can be kept. On the islands, the catch may be shared with the crew.

Book your trip today and spend some time in Spain fishing with the whole family on a trip you’ll never forget!


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Spain Fishing Seasons

Head to Caceres for a turnip food fight! This is also the cheapest month to visit Spain, with coarse fishing still great.

To brighten up a winter day, head to Barcelona for the Sitges Carnival. Love almonds? Go to Gran Canaria for the Almond Festival – there is a festival for everyone.

The annual flamenco festival Jerez Flamenco Festival is happening in March. Traveling in March is still relatively cheap in most of Spain. Head to Valencia for Las Fallas, where giant figurines are paraded then set on fire.

The weather varies around the country in April. Join in the Medio Maratón in Madrid or head to the Latin American film festival the Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida.

Love tennis? Then don’t miss the Madrid Open. Or are cars more your speed? Then it’s off to the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix for you.

As it heats up, cool off at the Water and Ham festival for a cool water fight in Granada. June 23 is Noche de San Juan, so expect fireworks and celebrations throughout the country.

This is peak season, as the weather gets super hot consistently. Expect the locals to head to the coast to cool down. The running of the bulls, the Sam Fermin, happens in Pamplona early in the month. Or go to Benicassim, an epic festival in Valencia.

Now this is the food fight Spain is really famous for: the Tomatina Tomato Fight in Valencia. Expect over 50,000 people to thrown 100 tonnes of tomatoes at each other, then be hosed down in the street afterwards. Or run from the bulls in the Cuellar Bull Run in Segovia.


Celebrate this autumn with the Festa de la Mercè in Barcelona. Expect live music, fireworks, a parade or two – fun for the whole family.

For the thrill seekers out there, head to the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in San Sebastian. Films are from all around the world.

The weather is really cooling off now, with only the southeast staying relatively warm. The International Theater Festival in Vitoria has been running for four decades and is great to see a variety of genres at the theatre.

December is all about the lead up to Christmas, with something for the whole family to do and enjoy together. From religious celebrations to incredible food, it’s a treat to see Spain at this time of year.

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Top Targeted Species in Spain

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Marlin (White)

Marlin (White)







Pike (Northern)

Pike (Northern)