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Cape Verde Rock, Beach and Sea Fishing

Garoupa, Sailfish, Wahoo off Santa Maria Sal.

Fish are a staple diet of Cape Verdeans and the locals fish from all the islands. You can nearly always buy fresh fish in even the smallest ports. These can cost as little as 1p for a sardine on Sao Nicolau or £2 per kilogram for yellowfin tuna, cut to size on Sal.

Wahoo, albacore, yellowfin tuna, grouper and dorado are plentiful close offshore in most of the Cape Verde islands. Tiger shark are around further out.

Zum Fischermann fishing trips off Santa Maria 

Uwe and Julia a German couple organise fishing from Santa Maria in Sal. This is the easiest place to arrange fishing if you are a casual fisherman. Aficionados will want to go to the other islands, where there are more big game fish. They will cook the catch at the Zum Fischermann restaurant.The best time for Tuna is August. .A half-day trip costs around £30. Longer trips into deeper water find sailfish, swordfish, kingfish and maybe even blue, striped or white marlin and cost £55 per day. Marlin can be caught in May/June through to October but are more plentiful off Sao Nicolau.

Carlos - an English-speaking former European champion sea angler who has fished in competitions throughout Scotland, Cornwall. Wales and ireland lives in Palmeira. he can arrange half-day boat trips to catch Garoupa in the seas off the West coast of Sal, We caught over a dozen in half an hour as well as a sole and other unidentified tropical fish, See one of the garoupa to the left.

An Italian also offers four hour fishing trips at €120 for common ground fish or €180 for wahoo or tuna further out. Not reccomended as the price is extortionate.

Off Murdeira from the rocks in Murdeira Bay

M from Glos is enthusiatic about the local fishing.

"We received fishing advice from a guy (name of Joseph, you may see him striding over the rocks by the sea wearing long black "shorts";these were mine but I did not like them so I gave them to Joseph) who earns his living fishing from the rocks just outside your villa, and has been doing so all of his life (he is 46 years old). He doesn't use any fancy tackle, either a hand line or a bamboo pole, a pebble possibly as a weight and proper fishhooks. His key to catching big fish (which he sells to the restaurant) is to spear crabs with a a sharpened metal rod and use them as bait, not a whole crab, just some of it's flesh. The big fish go crazy for it. We have seen people using spark plugs and bent nails as weights. I spent over 100 on beachcasting equipment before I set off for Sal. This was a waste of money as the volcanic rocks are not suitable for beachcasting. My advice is to take a telescopic spinning rod and reel with 10 pound breaking strain line. We lost all of our purchased floats and ended-up slicing through wine bottle corks and making holes through the middle. We lost all of our hooks eventually on the volcanic rocks so I would advise taking at least 50 various size hooks. We were catching tiddlers up to 1/2 lb and were very happy doing so but Joseph had to catch reasonable size fish in order to survive and every fish that he caught appeared to be 3lb or over. A few days before departure I hooked a small silver "angel fish" which looked like bacofoil being jigged around in the water as I was reeling it in. A large eel (about 4 feet long and about 4-5 inches thick) took a fancy to the angel fish and clamped its considerable teeth around the poor little fish. The ensuing battle with a large eel was quite exciting and certainly got the heart pumping. Eventually the eel unclamped it's jaws and disappeared and then the fish jumped off the hook as I was using barbless hooks intended for Carp fishing. The handline in your storeroom would be entirely suitable for catching the same sort of fish that keep Joseph alive. All that your visitors would need would be a range of sea hooks and weights. A metal rod sharpened at one end (with a cork over the end for the suitcase) might be the answer to successful fishing. This would be essential to spearing the crabs. The smaller fish will eat absolutely anything; crabs, bread, pasta, steak-rind, sweetcorn, peas, butterbeans, chickpeas. My first fish was caught spinning with a tiny little shiny lure way past the restaurant. "

N from Warwicks took a local boat with 7 people out from Sal

"Birgit gave us the name of Carlos ( a German former champion sea angler) who took us out from Santa Maria pier. We had a fantastic morning and caught our first wahoo, which they call serra. We also fished from the rocks at Murdeira and caught two fish"