Blue Makaira

Calheta Marina
Calheta MA, Portugal

Blue Makaira is the winner of the 2016 Blue Marlin World Cup. Fishing aboard this vessel in Madeira is the ultimate Big Game fishing experience. Madeira, a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, is a natural Big Game fish attractor. Warm surrounding currents attract plenty of baitfish, while depths reaching over one thousand meters create an ideal hunting environment for Big Game fish within just a few miles of the coast. Here you have the opportunity to catch Grander (Marlin of over 1,000 lbs) Atlantic Blue Marlin, the ultimate prize, as well as a wide range of other species that will give you excellent sport!

Blue Makaira is a 34’ Rodman powered by twin 260 HP Volvo D4 engines. It comes equipped with your comfort in mind, featuring a very stable fishing platform and an onboard toilet. On board you will find a fighting chair as well as 35’ outriggers for a good spread of six lures. Blue Makaira is a member of the Shimano Pro Staff scheme, meaning you will have the best tackle available to you.

This vessel is captained by Captain Nuno, a native of Madeira who has fished the local waters for nearly 40 years. He is joined by a crew of experienced international fishermen whose prime aim is to get you connected to fish. Fishing with them is sure to be an unforgettable experience. You can join them from mid-May to mid-October.

The Atlantic Blue Marlin off these shores are always sizeable, with one in 10 being a Grander—a fish of a lifetime. Even the ‘average’ fish, weighing a mere 650+ lbs, will put a smile on your face. There is always a chance of catching a World Record sized fish. There are plenty of other prestigious species to be had here as well, including White Marlin, Wahoo, and Bigeye Tuna.

Whether you are an experienced Big Game fisherman out to get that “world record,” a novice, or ‘just’ fishing for the thrill of it, Blue Makaira is perfect for you!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 15 Oct
    US$ 1404
    up to 6 persons
    A full day (8 hours) of Big Game Fishing. Includes drinks and lunch. No fishing license required on the coastal waters of Madeira.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 15 Oct
    US$ 819
    up to 6 persons
    4 hours of Big Game fishing for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, and more. Drinks are included. No fishing license required for Madeira's coastal waters.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 15 Oct
    US$ 819
    up to 6 persons
    This trip features 4 hours of Big Game fishing, for Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, and more. No fishing license is required. Drinks are included.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Marlin (Blue)
  Marlin (White)
  Spearfish (Longbill)
  Tuna (Bigeye)

  Tuna (Bluefin)
  Tuna (Yellowfin)
  Wahoo

Boat Specs

Rodman 1040 (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 260HP Volvo D4 engines.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Nuno Goncalves
Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
Member since November 2016
On the 4th of July in 2016, Captain Nuno won the Blue Marlin World Cup at the helm of Blue Makaira. Madeiran by birth, Capt. Duarte Nuno Vasconcelos Goncalves has been fishing the waters of Madeira since he was a boy, guided by his uncle (who also spent his formative years in a similar manner). As Nuno entered his teens, his passion grew stronger, putting to sea with his brother in a 10' boat (with a 4 HP engine!) to explore the waters of Madeira. There they fished for their supper, an idyllic life for two young men. Fascinated by the sea and fishing, Nuno’s big opportunity came in 2004 when the Calheta Marina opened. With the arrival of Big Game boats, his moment had arrived. He crewed and worked on the boats beside some of the great Big Game Captains and crews that had flocked to Madeira to fish for the best Blue Marlin that the oceans have to offer.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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