A Tenerife fishing licence is required for everyone who wants to practice their favorite sport on the island. You will also be able to go fishing on all the other Canary Islands, and it is valid for 3 years. Not only can you catch fish, but you can also eat it fresh, although most tourists choose to do "catch and release", if they don't have a kitchen in their hotel or apartment.
There are three kinds of Tenerife fishing licences:
We have an online fishing licence service, to save you time and the hassle of going to the fishing office, and banks. To order your fishing licence, all you have to do, is fill out the handy form below, and hit the Paypal button when prompted. If you prefer to use another form of payment, please contact us, and we will be happy to accommodate.
You will also need to send us a scanned copy of your passport, as well as a signed authorization, so that all the paperwork can be done on your behalf.
This type of licence, allows you to do shore fishing, and you can also fish from a boat (no trolling)
The processing time is a couple of days (updated June 2021). If you're in a hurry, please order this nationwide licence that will also allow you to fish in the Canaries.
If you want to fish from a boat and do trolling, this license is for you.
UPDATE JUNE 2021: This service is available and the processing time is a couple of days.
When shall I order my licence?
Ideally, around two weeks before arriving, is the best time to order, to maximize the total validity period of the licence (3 years). You’re free to order before, if you wish.
How will I receive my licence?
Since licenses are issued on normal pieces of paper, we will scan it, and send it to you by e-mail. Then, you can print it out on your end, cut it out, and laminate it. While fishing, always remember to carry a photocopy of your passport, with your license, so that officers can compare the number on both.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes. Volume discounts for more than one license are available, so that you can bring your friends with you.
Is my licence valid on other islands?
Yes. The licence is valid for a period of 3 years, on all the Canaries. The only place it isn’t valid for, are the Gran Canaria inland lakes. For fishing there, a separate license is needed.
Why is your licence service so expensive?
We’re fast. You’ll probably save some money if you do it yourself. We send a person just to do your license. Unlike fishing shops (who normally charge around 25 euros for the shore licence, and visit the license office only once a week), we don’t do dozens at a time. The extra cost helps maintain this website, pay for buses to get to the offices, and a couple of beers for the editors ;)
Why do you need my passport/ national identity card?
A copy of this has to be submitted to the fishing office, so that they can see the passport or national identity card number, and put it on the license.
I’m worried about sending you my passport/ national identity card. What do you do to protect me?
As soon as we receive your passport, we print it out. Then, the e-mail containing the file, is deleted from the inbox, and then again, from the “trash” folder. After that, the passport or ID file is also erased from our computer. Please make sure that you also delete the e-mail, after you send it. You will find it in the “sent” items folder. Then, go to the “trash” folder, and then delete it again.
In the video below, you can the French Angler picking up a fight with a barracuda in Tenerife.
These local fishermen are delighted to see the size of the parrotfish. They did fish bigger ones in the northern area, but didn't have the camera ready.