Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona and is situated on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean. Famed for its port, the 5th busiest in all of Europe and the busiest in the Mediterranean Sea, architecture, cathedral, arts, and the birthplace of paella. But a little known fact is that it’s increased heavily in popularity over the last few years as a big fish destination for Bluefin Tuna, producing some incredible results.
Our partners Green Flake Fishing, were the original pioneers of this up and coming fishery and were the first sportfishing operation in the Marina of Valencia, offering travelling anglers the chance to fish for the biggest Tuna found anywhere in Europe. During the summer months of June and July, Valencia transforms into the epicentre of European big game fishing and regularly throws up huge specimens of over 600lb. So if you’ve always dreamt of doing battle with a big Tuna and experiencing a true Sportfishing getaway without the price tag and rigmarole of travelling to the likes of central America, this is the perfect opportunity.
New for us in 2022, this hidden gem of a fishing destination, is often overlooked and not on the radar of many travelling rods; however, it has enormous potential and offers anglers the opportunity to sample some exciting rod bending action just a short flight away.
Bluefin Tuna are a highly prized sportfish and an iconic species the world over; they have been recorded up to 1,500lb in weight and rival the Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Swordfish as the king of the big game species. They are warm-blooded fish, which can live for up to forty years and grow over four metres in length, and are native to both the western and eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, roaming the vast blue waters searching for food.
Due to their size, speed, and power they display as an apex predator, many anglers search the world high and low for these stunning fish, and they’re certainly on many anglers’ bucket lists. Once you have hooked a giant Bluefin Tuna, you will be in for one of the most challenging fights of your life, they possess enormous muscular strength that they use for propulsion, and fights can last anything from half-hour to over four hours.
A ferocious predator that can dive to depths of over 1000m, they typically hunt in the upper layers of the ocean, feeding on small fish such as Sardines, Herring, Mackerel and other invertebrates such as Squid and Crustaceans.
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The fishing off the coast of Valencia in the Mediterranean is based purely on the biggest Bluefin Tuna. Of course, there are other species to target and catch, but the big Bluefins reign supreme in these rich waters.
One of the most effective ways of catching these hard-hitting brutes and the most popular technique used by our guides is chumming on the drift. Small dead fish or chunks of fish are introduced into the water to create an attractive chum trail, designed to draw the Tuna from the depths and to the vicinity of the boat where anglers’ baits are waiting.
When Tuna fishing there is one common theme that needs to be adhered to: the tackle is solid and suitable for the job. A 300, 400, and even 500lb Bluefin is one of the hardest fighting fish in the world and will test tackle and the angler to the max.
Note: One of the real benefits of our destination in Valencia is that all tackle is included, so you don’t have to worry about buying lots of new kit before your trip.
For exploring the waters of Valenica, our destination utilises two boats, the Wellcraft 232 Fisherman and the Scout 260 Sportfish. Both feature state-of-the-art American hulls imported directly from their respective boat builders in America and are some of the fastest in the entire region.
Wellcraft 232 Fisherman – Measures 7.10m in length and 2.58m in width and can carry a total of seven crew members and a skipper, although it will comfortably hold four anglers. It’s equipped with a Mercury Verado 300 horsepower engine.
Scout 260 Sportfish – Is slightly bigger than the Wellcraft, measuring 7.98m in length and 2.69m in width. It can carry a total of seven crew members and a skipper, although it will comfortably hold five anglers. It’s equipped with a two Honda 150 horsepower engines.
The boats also feature a vivarium, Soft-top equipped with all the necessary rod holders to transport all the fishing equipment and rod holders embedded in the stern. As well as a central console, central seat and T-Top at angles of 30º and 0º; aft seat bench, bow seat lockers both starboard and port, 100-litre refrigerator and space both in bow lockers and centre console to store luggage.
When big game fishing in Spain, absolutely all the tackle included onboard the boats is strictly high-end equipment, not just rods and reels, but everything from hooks, line and leaders.
When big game fishing in Spain, we have a range of accommodations located right in the heart of Valencia, which cater to single anglers, pairs of friends, anglers and non-angling partners and even large groups of six or more.
The main accommodation is a hotel located ten minutes drive from the port; however, we also have a range of apartments and houses, depending on your preferences, all within five to fifteen minutes of the boats. When making your enquiry or booking your trip to Valencia, let us know what type of accommodation you would prefer, whether you’d like to stay in a hotel, house or apartment and we can help.
No food or drinks are included in the package, but there are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars in Valencia if you fancy eating out each evening. Alternatively, there is also a range of supermarkets and shops if you prefer to cook for yourself in your accommodation.
Visa: The destination does not require any visas.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required.
Language: Spanish (The guides speak Spanish, English and German).
Climate: Hot and humid.
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Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Once you arrive in Valencia, you will need to pick up your bags and collect your hire car, ready to drive to your accommodation.
Overnight accommodation: Valencia Accommodation (Chalet or apartment depending on your preference.)
Over the next 3 days, you will be picked up at a prearranged time and taken down to the boat moorings. An average fishing day runs from 8.00 to 15.00 or from 13.30 to 20.30, but the session will depend on the captain’s recommendations. Although it’s possible to fish for an enormous range of species with many different methods over your three fishing days, the big Bluefin Tuna are the real draw. Most of the best fishing spots are located within 45 minutes of the port.
Overnight accommodation: Valencia Accommodation (Chalet or apartment depending on your preference.)
On the morning of your departure day, you’ll need to drive your hire car back to Valencia airport, ready to take your flight home.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 75%
"I booked this as a family fishing holiday and I wasn't disappointed, the trip gets a big thumbs up from me, the wife and the kids - the accommodation and location were perfect. It was nice to be able to mix a few days of fishing with a few days of relaxing and exploring. If you've never been to Valencia I would recommend it, it's a fantastic city."
"A short flight from the UK, a few days away in the sun, and most importantly a big Tuna landed. A massive thank you to everyone involved in making this trip a success, from the guys in the office to the guides on the boat. From the moment I left home to the moment I returned everything ran so smoothly and I'd love to go back."
"I never knew it was possible to enjoy this style of 'big game' fishing so close to home, which could be a bad thing for my wallet, as I'll definitely be going back! I had one aim for the trip and that was to simply catch a Tuna and I'm pleased to say it was mission accomplished, with a beast estimated at over 200lb."
The season runs from June.
Weight: 100lb to 700lb+
Average Weight: 150lb to 400lb
Weight: 15lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 25lb
If you are looking to travel alone or travel with a non-angling partner, please contact a member of the Sportquest team who will give you the most up to date prices.
Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.
Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharges.
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