Deep Sea Game Fishing
With the Strait of Gibraltar being influenced by both the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, and adding to that the waters of the Bay of Algeciras, Gibraltar is a great destination for deep sea game fishing. Probably the best place in Europe to practice game fishing, and still relatively untapped, the Strait of Gibraltar is the gateway for some large fish species to enter the Mediterranean sea to spawn, including various species of tuna. Fishing from the shores of Gibraltar can be a rewarding experience, especially if you make friends with some of the local anglers who will give you pointers on bait, tackle and what you may catch, but for serious deep sea game fishing you need to charter a boat and get out into the bay or strait.
A number of fishing charters can be booked in Gibraltar's harbour area or from the harbours in La Línea de la Concepción and Algeciras. Unless you are in a large group that can book the full capacity of a fishing charter boat, deep sea game fishing can be extremely expensive and a hint for solo fishermen or small groups is to visit each charter boat and let the captain know you are keen to fish should another group have additional available spaces.
Places within the Bay of Algeciras or Gibraltar Bay where there is good fishing and relatively deep water are the North Mole Breakwater just north of Gibraltar harbour, around Sandy Bay, and off Europa Point where on a good day you can hook into a variety of bream and bass species, mullet, bonito, mackerel, eels and if you are lucky, the odd bluefin tuna.
Fishing The Strait
Heading out into the Strait is where you are going to find the big fighting game fish, and for this, unless you're one serious angler and prepared to lug large heavy fishing equipment with you on your holiday, you will need the services, equipment and tackle provided by the professional charter boats. Your rewards can include a variety of tuna and shark species, mahi mahi, swordfish, billfish, amberjacks, bluefish and the king of game fishing, the blue marlin.