Lucky Franki

Avenida Dom Manuel I
Calheta MA, Portugal

Fish for big game fish in one of the best sport fishing destinations in the world: the west coast of Madeira. This area attracts some of the most sought-after game fish in the ocean, who are attracted to the warm, calm waters of the Gulf stream that passes the west coast of the island. Join Captain Franki Slijpen to find out why it is that serious anglers are lining up to come fish in Madeira.

The ‘Lucky Franki’ is a 28 ft Boston Whaler walkaround boat that is powered by twin Yamaha engines. Boston Whaler boats are well known for their sturdy construction, and this boat is no exception to the rule. Being a walkaround boat, you have 360 degree fishability, meaning once you have hooked your target fish you can easily keep hold of it. Meanwhile, the fully equipped cabin features everything you need to keep comfortable throughout your trip, while also providing shade and protection from the weather. With ample space for up to four anglers, this little boat gives you the chance to go sportfishing like a pro for a reasonable price.

From March to October, the warm seas to the west of Madeira attract a wide variety of game fish to the local waters, meaning you could be in with a chance of catching a Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or even a Marlin. Rods ranging from 30 to 130 lbs are carried on board, and every angler on the boat will be provided with fishing gear to use for the duration of the trip.

The young but experienced crew will be with you every step of the way to make sure you are having a great time and getting the best strikes, so whatever your experience level don’t hesitate to come aboard and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Big Game Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 1161
    up to 4 persons
  • Private trip
    Half Day Big Game Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 10:00 PM
    US$ 697
    up to 4 persons
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

  Marlin (White)
  Snapper (Red)
  Spearfish (Shortbill)
  Tuna (Albacore)

  Tuna (Bigeye)
  Tuna (Bluefin)
  Tuna (Skipjack)

Boat Specs

Boston Whaler (Walkaround) originally built in 1999. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

28 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Crew Keeps 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

Franki Slijpen
Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
Member since May 2016
At the age of 16 I moved to Spain and started fishing as a professional fisherman. After 16 years I moved to Madeira and regained a lot of experience as a Big Game Fisherman. I have been a Captain and Guide for 8 years now
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.67 out of 5 stars from 1 review

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Spent day on the water with my wife and young adult daughters. Started off with a couple of hours of game fishing and then changed over to big game. Caught a couple of barracuda and another fish I cannot name. Then we spotted tuna and finally managed to land a 1.8m big eye probably over 150kgs in weight. Boat equipped with great Penn International reels and good rods. Friendly crew and fantastic fun.

Fished August 13, 2017
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