Sea fishing has been in the blood of Torrevieja’s local community for centuries. Torrevieja started life as a small fishing village and its close affinity with the sea remains to this day. There are still fleets of fishing boats supplying the ever increasing demand from the city’s markets and restaurants. Not all of us are anglers and for those who prefer to buy their fish, Torrevieja has an indoor market called Mercado Central La Plasa. This is open daily and specialises in wonderfully fresh fish and seafood. The market also offers a good selection of other meats, delightful delicatessen products and a colourful array of fresh fruit & vegetables.
Sea fishing in Torrevieja
Sea fishing in Torrevieja can be somewhat of a problem for visiting anglers who are here for just a short period. This is because a licence is required for both boat and shore fishing. There are no short term fishing licences available in the province. Most licences are valid from between 1-3 years. This can be a bit costly if it’s only a few days fishing you’re after.
Many shore anglers fish far from the busy beach areas where they take a chance fishing without a licence. But for foreigners here on holiday this is risky. If caught by the authorities this can end in a lot of red tape and hefty fines. That said, a yearly shore licence is no more than 20€ and if you can tackle the language barrier quite easily attained.
Sea Fishing With Charter Boat Volante
The other option for the more serious angler is to charter a deep sea fishing boat. If you are a solo angler, it’s worth asking the skipper if it’s possible to join an existing sea fishing charter. This may be possible if a group making a booking do not have the maximum people for the boat’s capacity. By making up the numbers, both parties will save money on the boat charter.
Charter Boat Volante operates out of Torrevieja harbour. Volante is a sturdy and very stable British built Blyth 33′ catamaran. The boat is fully insured and licensed to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew. It is fully equipped with the latest safety equipment, life rafts and electronic navigation aids. On board facilities include a fully equipped galley kitchen and ablutions. There is seating inside the cabin, and the main deck has a sun shade and BBQ facilities. Passengers are greeted by Kevin, a fully qualified skipper with over 30 years sea fishing experience.
Sea Fishing Trips
Charter Boat Volante offer a selection of sea fishing trips and private charter. Each fishing trip is unique, heading out to different areas and targeting different species. Prices vary and some trips are only at certain times of the year. All fishing tackle, bait and hot and cold drinks are included in the price of each trip. At times it may be possible to enjoy a refreshing swim.
Fishing For Eagle Ray – This is one of the most popular sea fishing trips available. Also known as Bull Rays, these formidable creatures can reach some hefty weights. They can also put up a hell of a fight. A 100 kg ray can take up to 2 hours to land. Passengers also have the choice to fish for smaller species. These could include sting rays, conger eel, octopus and bream. All in all this is a truly exciting day out. Price per person is 80€ and the duration is around 6 hours.
Trolling For Bonito & Dolphin Fish – (September, October & November). Trolling is one of the easiest ways to fish and super fun. Travel times may vary depending on where the fish are biting. Once at the chosen fishing ground it’s non stop trolling for approximately 50 miles in a day. Using light tackle these fish can give you a great fight. They are also great eating and anglers may hook into the occasional swordfish. Prices can vary between 80€ and 100€ per person. This is dependent on how far the boat has to travel to find suitable fishing grounds.
Wreck Fishing – Boat wrecks are a haven for a variety of fish species. Fishing the wrecks can depend on the winds and currents and are usually in deep waters. The most common fish caught are conger eels. Anglers may also hook into grouper, mackerel and bream. Price per person is 80€ and the duration is around 6 hours.
General Fishing Hard Ground – (Can also include inshore wrecks). This is great fun for all ages as the fish here tend to be smaller and more numerous. Anglers use lighter tackle and the fish species in these areas differ greatly. The boat doesn’t travel too far from port. This makes it a shorter sea fishing trip and more agreeably for budding young anglers. Price per person is 50€ and the duration is around 4 hours.
Private Charters – These make for a fantastic day out at sea. Gather together a group of friends or family and choose your itinerary. It’s possible to go fishing, cruising the coast, swimming, snorkelling or just chilling. Private charters are for up to 12 persons. Price per full day is 800€. Price per half day is 500€. Alternately you can hire the boat per hour at a price of 150€.
Please Note – Volante is licensed to carry 12 passengers. A minimum of 8 persons is required to make up a party. All trips are subject to weather conditions. Prices may be subject to change.
The city of Torrevieja and its wonderful coastline provide adventures galore and there are activities and day excursions for all the family to enjoy. The small island of Tabarca is situated 3 miles off the cape of Santa Pola and is a 40 minute boat ride from Torrevieja’s harbour.