Gavito - Big Game Fishing

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Calheta Marina
Calheta MA, Portugal

Combine cruising along picture-perfect coastlines with battling big game fish, and you get Gavito - Big Game Fishing. 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 seawater 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 remodeled to suit the demands of her guests, with a new fridge, a new flybridge, 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.

Gavito - Big Game Fishing offers a variety of trips aboard the 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 colorful species from the depths, while professional anglers will be delighted at the equipment available for catching the exclusive Blue Marlin and the fast Wahoo.

Gavito - Big Game Fishing 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 Gavito - Big Game Fishing. 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 al

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip - Big Game
    8 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 1035 private charter
  • Full day Mixed Fishing
    8 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 852 private charter
  • Half Day Trip (am) - Big Game
    4 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 584 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Barracuda (Great)
  Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  Marlin (Blue)

  Marlin (White)
  Shark (Hammerhead)
  Shark (Mako)
  Snapper (Red)

  Spearfish (Shortbill)
  Triggerfish (Gray)
  Tuna (Bigeye)

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


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
First Mate
Fishing License Included


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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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:
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: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Calheta Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.53 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Family trip, complete beginners and very grateful to have it all explained. Ideal boat for us as we filled it. Fishing tackle excellent and promptly rigged by Orlando so that we had 5 lines out nearly all the time. Sadly no takers, but not for want of trying ! That’s the only reason I didn’t put 5* for overall experience, which might seem a bit harsh ! We did see dolphin playing with our wake and it was a great cruise around the S/W Madeira coast.
Graham’s very knowledgeable on fishing and Madeira so good to have his company.
Our trip was extended to get fuel in Funchal but our fishing time was more than replaced, which was good too. I’d definitely recommend Gavito as it’s good value and I think would give you as good a chance of catching fish as any boat. I hope to be back - perhaps more ” in season ” next time !

Fished March 27, 2018
Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 28, 2018

Many thanks for your revue Simon your comments are really appreciated. We are sorry that we did not put you on a fish but then that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching. We are very pleased that you consider the trip good value and look forward to seeing again, perhaps in the main season when you will have a better chance.

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Fished January 4, 2018
Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 14, 2018

It was a pleasure to have you and we are pleased that you caught your first beautiful Wahoo with us on Gavito.

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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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