Mako Madeira Sportfishing

If you’re looking for big battles with an experienced, English-speaking crew and the best equipment available, look no further than Mako Madeira Sportfishing. Offering half and full-day trips targeting Madeira’s many big game and bottom species, these guys have the skills and the can-do attitude to get you on that fish of a lifetime.

Spend the day aboard the “Mako”, a 19’ Boston Whaler Outrage centre console with room aboard for up to 3 guests. The boat is rigged and ready for action against the ocean’s top predators. Her high-tech Lowrance GPS and fishfinder will put you on the fish while her outriggers, downriggers, and fighting chair make sure you bring it in.

How you fish depends on when you visit. In the summer, you’ll be going after Blue and White Marlin and a variety of Tuna species with Black Magic stand-up harnesses. You need to be experienced and in good shape to be able to handle this equipment. You can also troll for Wahoo, Bluefish, Barracuda, and smaller species using light tackle in the 25-50-lb range.

Captain Matt stocks only the best equipment to make sure you have a productive trip. Everything you need for the fishing itself is included in the price, from quality live bait to fishing licenses for everyone onboard. You’ll be given a range of drinks and snacks to keep you going, and you’ll even get sandwiches or salads on longer trips. All that’s missing is you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $824
    This full-day trip includes two sessions of 3.5 hours with a lunch break in between (lunch not included). Take on big game species like Blue and White Marlin, as well as Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Bluefish, Barracuda, Snapper, Triggerfish, and so much more. The boat's yours for the whole day, so what you do is up to you!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $471
    Spend the afternoon fishing for Madeira's huge variety of game fish on light tackle. Troll for Wahoo, Barracuda, Snapper, and Bluefish or jig for Snapper, Triggerfish, and other tasty bottom fish.
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About the Captain

Matt Waddell
Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
1 Fishing Report
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 11 hours
Member since January 2014
I started off life as a farmer in the UK in South East Kent, started fishing in the local rivers for eels and pike at the age of 5, then moved on to beach casting for mackerel and then on to a boat cod fishing and for bass in the English channel. i love being on the water and the freedom it gives you. Later i became a 1st mate and commercial skipper on big yachts and motor boats, and tall ships, catching some huge tuna while trolling from lines attached to the capstan! Any excuse to go fishing. In 2005 i was offered a job skippering a big game boat on Madeira Island so i jumped at the chance, now we offer big game for a record sized fish, or you can jig or bottom fish for smaller species. Many fisherman are satisfied with smaller fish, and we like to put everything back into the sea to help increase the population.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bluefish Bluefish
Common Pandora Common Pandora

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)

Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Tuna (Bigeye) Tuna (Bigeye)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Boston Whaler Outrage (Center console) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

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Half day trip with Capt. Matthew & Mike
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Helen M.
Nottingham, ENG
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Half day trip with Capt. Matthew & Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 27, 2019
The hubby and I had a super half day sport fishing with Mako Madeira run by 2 lovely guys. As someone who was a bit nervous,...
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Daniel J.
Braedstrup, 82
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Full Day with Matt

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 30, 2019
Fed dag på vandet med Matt og Diogo.. virkelig dygtige fiskere der vidste hvad de snakkede om og havde fuldstændig styr på...
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Gabriella B.
Uppsala, Västernorrlands Län
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Tuna trolling

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 3, 2016
We where trolling one day I the beginning of May. It Was two weeks to early for most fish species, and there was only tuna...
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FAQs about Mako Madeira Sportfishing

Mako Madeira Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • €400 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • €700 per group - Full Day Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Mako Madeira Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair (Fixed fighting chair with nimble in the bow)
  • GPS (Lowrance DS9)
  • Fishfinder (Lowrance DS9)
  • Bed (Sun bed in bow)
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Available upon request)
  • Live Bait Well (60 lt)
  • Multimedia System (Wifi hotspot on request (from iPad 6 cellular))
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (6 HP Suzuki)
  • Outriggers (2X)
  • Ice Box (Beer and soft drinks included)

Trips booked with Mako Madeira Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Salty snacks. Full day: salad/sandwich)
  • Drinks (Water, soft drinks, beer)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Mako Madeira Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing (500m)

Mako Madeira Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Wahoo, Barracuda, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, Small Tuna)
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling (Rapala)
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Mako Madeira Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bluefish
  • Common Pandora
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo