Etapatlantica - Gavito

Calheta Marina
Calheta MA, Portugal

Combine cruising along picture-perfect coastlines with battling big game fish, and you get Etaplantica - Unipessoal Lda. With a skipper who has over 60 years experience at sea, 54 of which as a skipper, and a second fully licensed skipper on board at all times, they have the expertise and experience to ensure you have the best opportunity and chance of landing your fish of a lifetime.

“Gavito” was completely refitted to the highest standards in January 2016, when she was equipped with new engines and gearboxes, new shaft seals, new sea water strainers, new mufflers, new exhaust ports, new scuppers, new fuel tanks (long range 650 Litres), a new 100 litre fresh water tank, a deck washing system… the list goes on. Her interior was remodelled to suit the demands of her guests, with a new fridge, a new fly bridge, new controls and instrument panels, a new Raymarine Es97 fish finder and all new upholstery and cushions. Not only is the boat now as good as new, the fishing gear was also replaced in 2017 to include two 130 lbs Alutecnos reels matched with Alutecnos chair rods, two Alutecnos/Shimano rigs at 80 lbs and one at 50 lbs. There are also two brand new 250 gram jigging rods with Diawa fixed spool reels and various bottom fishing boat sticks with Diawa/Shimano fixed spool reels. An electric toilet has also been added for additional comfort.

Etaplantica offers a variety of trips aboard Gavito, ranging from four hour long cruises and excursions to full day big game fishing adventures. Family groups are bound to enjoy a half day bottom fishing trip, during which they might pull up a selection of colourful species from the depths, while professional anglers will be delighted at the equipment available for catching the exclusive Blue Marlin and the fast Wahoo.

Etaplantica - Unipessoal Lda is fully licensed by the Portuguese Tourist Office and fully insured for all risks. The boat is professionally maintained by qualified engineers on a regular basis.

Combine cruising along picture-perfect coastlines with battling big game fish, and you get Etaplantica - Unipessoal Lda. With a skipper who has over 60 years experience at sea, 54 of which as a skipper, and a second fully licensed skipper on board at

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip - Big Game
    8 hour trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 919 private charter
  • Full day Mixed Fishing
    8 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 825 private charter
  • Half Day Trip (am) - Big Game
    4 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 495 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Bottom Fishing
    4 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 353 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Rodman (Flybridge) originally built in 1991, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 135HP FNM ATM135 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

26 ft
4 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White)
Shark (Hammerhead)

Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Red)

Spearfish (Shortbill)
Triggerfish (Gray)

Tuna (Bigeye)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
New Raymarine Es97
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
sounder is WiFi enabled
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
40 ltr fridge
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
New Raymarine Es97
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and release on all bill fish

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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, Bank Transfer.

About the Captain

Graham Venters
Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
Member since May 2016
I started going to sea at the tender age of 4 with my Grandfather on his inshore trawler located in the Wash in England. Got my own boat at the age of 16 years (from my Grandfather) once I had qualified as a Skipper. I started Big Game fishing in South Africa during the 70's and have never stopped since. I have fished in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, South Chine Seas, Gulf of America, I have a passion for fishing and the Charter business is an extension of my Hobby. Therefore I fish for the best, with the best and with all my experience and knowledge for the advantage of the client.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.44 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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This trip was perfect! Met the captain and his crew at the marina, had a cup of coffee and went for the boat. Everything was ready and as soon as we were out on the occean the fishing started. Caught an atlantic blue fin tuna, they even got the restaurant at the marine to cook some of it for us to eat. As an inexperienced angler I got all the help and guidence needed to land the fish.Definetly coming back when we return to Madeira!

Fished July 30, 2017
Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 31, 2017

Thank you Magnus, what a great half day Big Game fishing!!!!
As an inexperienced angler you did exceptionally well catching this 450lb Blue Fin Tuna but you kept your calm and listened to our advice. Well done and we look forward to seeing you again.

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We had a great morning fishing with graham and his crew. We only caught one tiny little tuna but it was a fun trip and they looked after us really well.

Fished November 14, 2016
Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on November 19, 2016

Thank you Andy. It is always nice to know that our clients enjoyed their trip. Sorry that the catch was not larger but size is beyond our control. All we can do is put you on fish. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Was a good experience!!but I think they should give you more options especially when they know you fishing for the first time on the sea. In this case they know about the big game fish is not working out they should take for the small fishing because you paying very well for the trip. To come back home with nothing. Was good but I still disappointed only to options for fishing is not enough.

Fished August 30, 2016
Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 31, 2016

Firstly the client’s experience level was not known to us prior to them arriving at the boat.
Secondly they booked for 1/2 day Big Game Fishing and not Bottom fishing for small fish.
Had the client made us aware of the situation prior to departure then we could have purchased bait for light bottom fishing.
As the Trolling was not good at this time, we did offer them the opportunity to Jig for deep water fish such as Amberjacks and Red Snapper. Under the circumstances we gave the clients the very best opportunities that were available at the time.
We are sorry that we did not satisfy their expectations but we tried our best under the circumstances.

Graham Venters,


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