Before the early Canarians-- the Guanches-- entered the legends as direct descendants of the mythical people of Atlantis (whose lost civilization still lies hidden in mystery), an unusual tourist was already visiting us year after year: the great blue marlin of the Atlantic (Makaira Nigricans).
It huddled close to our shores in search of the beauty of the coasts, the pleasant temperatures of the water, and the exuberance of the marine ecosystem, thriving on the refreshing action of the trade winds. The blue marlin, the 'picudo' (pointed one) as it is commonly known in the Canaries, indisputable king of sport fishing has, since then, made its home in our waters.
The Marlin Paradise
The Canary Islands, privileged enclave of the Atlantic archipelago that constitutes
the geographic zone known as Macronesia, has been, since ancient times and by virtue
of the trade winds, an obligatory port for sailors from all over the world. From the
Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, and Norman conquerors at the service of Castile,
to discoverers of new worlds-- like Christopher Columbus--, French privateers, the
English, the Dutch; admirals and cabin boys, they all related in their chronicles and
throughout the taverns of the old and new continents, the singular beauty of the 'Garden
of Hesperides'. These tourists of the past marked the routes that at the dawn of this
new century, make the Canaries a nautical destination of leisure and relaxation for
hundreds of thousands of travellers. Discover them...
The strategic location of the archipelago, just off the coast of Africa, shares the
rich banks of Canarian-Saharan fishing, and makes the Canaries one of the most
interesting places on the planet to practise the sport of deep-sea fishing. Due to
the biannual tuna migrations between the northern and southern hemispheres - in the
spring and autumn - our waters are an exceptional gathering point that makes the
fishing of this precious species possible for almost the entire year. The great
spearfish and marlins, like expert marine hunters, follow the schools of tuna to
their favourite territories: the moderate waters of the Islands.
The respect the Canarian has for his ecosystem
has always been primordial, as much on land as in the sea. In fact, the majority
of National Parks in Spain are to be found in the Canaries.
On our coasts, year after year, countless blue flags wave, certified by the EC.
The Canary Islands, a privileged place in the world, declared part of the Heritage of
Humanity and a Biosphere Reserve, is conscious that the resources of the earth are
It is our desire to share this philosophy with all the sport fishermen who
come to visit us.
Special thanks to The Consejería
de Turismo y Transportes del Gobierno de Canarias