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Fishing in Mojacar & Garrucha
Page last updated 04-Sep-2011


I’m sorry to report ‘Bruce The anchor’ died recently and I would like to take this opportunity to tell his family I will miss him greatly. A great man, fisherman and boatman. I am thinking of you at this very sad time.

‘Hissing Sid’ went out twice last week, the first time with ‘Ice cool Paul’ (The worldwide refrigeration man) who was over from County Down, Ireland and ‘Surveyor Tony’. They had a good day out with the sea as flat as a pancake and caught weavers, pandoras, Spanish mackerel, stripped bream and triggers.

Sid went out again with Darren and his three boys Michael, Adam. and the youngest ‘Bombproof Ryan’. The sea had a fairly big swell, but flat but it wasn't long before the two oldest boys were feeling a bit under the weather. Ryan though loved every minute of it and he was first to catch with a mackerel. They also caught a few flatties and the high light of Ryan's day was when he caught a fairly big octopus.

Steve went out three times and had mixed bags of fish. The first of these trips was with' Brummy Ian' and his son Matt along with 'Bolton Roofer Jon', 'Dan the Hat', and 'Green Top Gaz'. The weather was good with a slight swell and light NE wind turning to SW later in the morning. They fished 500m out from the Repsol garage on the Mojacar road drifting with the wind. They caught the usual pandoras, pickerels, combers and weavers until Ian struck into a small red snapper. They continued to catch the same species until Dan landed a nice Atlantic mackerel. Fishing dropped off in the area so they moved in front of the harbour wall about 250m out dropping into some holes without much luck and so travelled out into shallower water where they got some decent pandoras. Jon had a good fish on but got snapped half way up the trace and the way the fish was fighting Steve thought it was a red snapper.

Photo shows Ian with his son Matt and a small Red Snapper.

The next time out was with Mark & his son George and ‘Pugwash Pete’. The weather was sort of ok with NE winds turning to the SE but with a nasty swell which was uncomfortable. They again fished in front of the garage where they caught pandoras, pickerels, combers, cleaver wrasse and cow bream. The swell got worse and some guests were feeling a little unwell so they retired early for solid ground and lunch. 

The last trip out was with members of the Albox Fishing club consisting of 'Squiddly Sid', 'Tiddlerwinks John' and 'Dangler Derek', again a couple of members failed to show which was a pity as a good day was in store. The conditions were good with a light swell and light NW winds turning to the SW as usual at mid day. They initially fished in front of the garage with only a few of the usual critters but managed to catch three turbot which is a first on the boat this year. (A rare catch for sure) 

The fishing dropped off so they decided to go further out about a mile offshore and drift back over holes that Steve previously had located on the fishfinder. The fishing didn't improve so Steve decided to try an area that 'Hissing Sid' had mentioned the previous day where he had caught a couple of Triggers. This area being towards Vera playa opposite the blue beach huts. They dropped into 50 ft of water drifting shallower with the wind when John hooked a nice size trigger which he got to the surface where Steve was waiting with the net only to find he was tangled up with Sid's tackle. (Painful was it Sid?) Needless to say by the time they had sorted the mess the fish had snapped the trace and swam to freedom. Minutes later Sid struck into a nice trigger, this time it was landed on deck smartly with no problem. Steve himself struck and lost a decent fish soon after and then John struck into another good trigger which this time he got to the surface and safely into the net. These fish were caught in less than 40ft of water. Sid also caught a decent horse mackerel and they all caught plenty of the usuals until the wind forced them to retire at 2pm. It looks like the triggers have shifted to new ground or maybe they have been there all the time but worth another try in the future. 

 ‘London Bill’ spinning rocks with his Spanish mates north of Villaricos caught bonito, Atlantic scad, sea bass and a dentex bream. Young dentex look like red snappers (common bream) but get a lot bigger and uglier! Villaricos boat fishermen fish for these in shallow water by speed jigging. I’ve seen a boat come back into harbour with 30 of these up to 30lbs.

The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks at the Azafran restaurant. For the next meeting tel 677 655 049

For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number.

 See more about the Beachcomber, past fishing reports and photos.

 Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam.

 Tight Lines, Beachcomber John.



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