Fishing on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida

Information on fishing licences - the permit required to fish off the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida coast or in the fresh waters of Alicante and Murcia. Also details on finding out about the fishing areas, catches and local fishing news...

Applications for local fishing licences in Alicante can be made at the regional Ministry of the Environment office (Ministerio de Medio Ambiente):

Information about fishing on the Costa Calida is available from the Regional Office of Hunting and Fishing (La Oficina Regional de Caza y Pesca).

  • La Oficina Regional de Caza y Pesca
    At: C/ Catedrático Eugenio Úbeda Nº 3, CP 30008 Murcia
    Tel: 968 22 89 13/14/15

Fishing insurance (seguros de pesce) for civil liability (damage to third parties) is required to fish in Murcia, though not all regions in Spain require insurance coverage.

On the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, both saltwater and freshwater fishing are widely practiced. A fishing fee must be paid to fish in certain areas (pesca de pago); in others, fishing is free (pesca libre).

In Murcia, separate licences are required for fishing from:

  • only the sea coast (tierra; good throughout Spain)
  • only a boat in the sea (embarcación)
  • the sea coast and a boat (tierra y embarcación)
  • underwater (pesca submarina)
  • freshwater fishing (pesca fluvial)

Beach fishing and fishing from the rocks is possible, however catches are better when fished from a boat.

Freshwater fishing trips, as well as boat rental and deep-sea fishing trips can be arranged.

The rivers on the Costa Blanca contain carp, zander, pike, black bass and barbell. The Amadorio and Guadalest dams are said to be good freshwater fishing spots. As for sea fishing, sea bream, bass, and grey mullet can be found just off the coast, while further out, fishing for mackerel can be done. Tuna can be fished in the autumn and winter.

Fishing licences for inland waters in Murcia

A regional fishing licence is required to fish in Murcia. Fishing in rivers, estuaries or lakes also requires an angling licence, which may be obtained from some fishing shops, some Caja Rural and Caja Mar Banks, or from the local office of the Ministry of the Environment (Ministerio de Medio Ambiente).

Trout fishing usually requires an additional daily permit (licencia de pesca rio con recargo trucha), which essentially buys temporary membership to a local fishing club.

Inland-water fishing licences can be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water (Consejería de Agricultura y Agua) or at Murcian regional government one-stop shops (Ventanillas Únicas). It is suggested to inquire about locations at which to purchase an angling licence and trout fishing licence when applying for an inland-water fishing licence, if applicable.

How to get a licence

The following documents are required to obtain an inland-waters fishing licence:

  • Two passport-size photos
  • Completed application form
  • Receipt of payment (payment locations should be found on the application form)
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of the applicant's NIE

Applicants can be of any age, however applicants under 12 years of age will need the approval of a guardian or parent.

Note: It may be possible for a foreigner without an NIE to obtain an inland water fishing licence in Murcia, then be denied the required third-party liability insurance, thus making the fishing licence invalid.

Fishing licences for sea fishing

A sea-fishing licence can be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water (Consejería de Agricultura y Agua).

There are four types of sea fishing licence available:

  1. Recreational fishing only from the sea coast (tierra; good throughout Spain)
  2. Recreational fishing only from a boat in the sea (embarcación)
  3. Recreational fishing from the sea coast and a boat (tierra y embarcación)
  4. Recreational fishing underwater/spearfishing (pesca submarina)

Note: It may be possible for a foreigner without an NIE to obtain a maritime fishing licence in Murcia, then be denied the required third-party liability insurance, thus making the fishing licence invalid.

Recreational fishing from the sea coast, boat or sea and boat

Applicants for a licence to fish from land and/or boat must be at least 16 years of age, though 10-15 year olds may obtain a licence for fishing in special recreational areas (with the approval of a guardian or parent).

Documents required to obtain a licence to fish from land and/or boat:

  • Two passport-size photos
  • Completed application form T760
  • Receipt of payment (payment locations should be found on the application form)
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of the applicant's NIE

Underwater fishing

Fishers may use a snorkel tube, mask and mechanical harpoon gun, but underwater fishing with scuba equipment is forbidden.

Applicants for an underwater fishing licence must be at least 18 years of age.

Documents required to obtain a spearfishing licence:

  • Two passport-size photos
  • Medical certificate stating the applicant is physically capable of undertaking the activity
  • Completed application form T760
  • Receipt of payment (payment locations should be found on the application form)
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of the applicant's NIE

Fishing media on the Costa Blanca

  • The Coastrider has a weekly sea and freshwater fishing feature in the Sports section
  • Round Town News has a weekly column, called Go Fishing, covering sea and course fishing
  • Costa Blanca News has a weekly fishing article, with news and fishing match results
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