Welcome to Cabo Blanco
About 40km north of Talara is the sleepy town of Cabo Blanco, one of the world’s most famous fishing spots. Set on a gently curving bay strewn with rocks, the town has a flotilla of fishing vessels floating offshore where the confluence of warm Humboldt currents and El Niño waters creates a unique microcosm filled with marine life.
Ernest Hemingway was supposedly inspired to write his famous tale The Old Man and the Sea after fishing here in the early 1950s. The largest fish ever landed on a rod here was a 710kg black marlin, caught in 1953 by Alfred Glassell Jr. The angling is still good, though 20kg tuna are a more likely catch than black marlin, which have declined and are now rarely over 100kg. Fishing competitions are held here and 300kg specimens are still occasionally caught.
From November to January, magnificent 3m-high fast-charging left tubes attract hard-core surfers.
Deep-sea fishing boats with high-quality tackle can be rented through Hotel El Merlin and other hotels in the area for S1350 per six-hour day, including drinks and lunch. January, February and September are considered the best fishing months.