Madeira Island has some of the very best big game fishing in the entire Atlantic. The area is the go-to place for landing huge Blue Marlin, and the Balancal crew will do everything they can to help you catch one.

Captain Anibal Fernandes is a highly experienced angler from Madeira who built his experience fishing commercially in South Africa for two decades before returning home and becoming the skipper of a boat there. Over his time working on different charters, he has landed or helped land a total of 20 granders, a reputation which speaks for itself and an indication of how hard he will work to make sure you land the catch of a lifetime.

He’ll take you after not only the famous Blue Marlin, but White Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and many other big game species. You’ll be exploring the most productive deep sea fishing spots, and the captain will show you all the tips and tricks for landing your personal best.

The 33’ Lochin 333 flybridge sportfisherman you will be fishing on is a superb fishing machine, fully equipped with GPS, fighting chair, restroom, and all the gear you will need for a variety of fishing techniques, including bottom fishing and trolling.

Marlins are strictly catch and release, but you’ll get to keep everything else (clients usually share Tuna with the crew). If you decide to keep your fish, the first mate will fillet it for your convenience. Balancal will cover all the fishing gear and bait you’ll need for a top day on the water, along with food and drinks.

Even though the captain loves having little ones on board, fighting Marlin can be very intense, so he recommends not bringing infants.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $712
    This awesome morning trip will see you fishing for some of the most gorgeous local species at a discounted price. You'll be battling Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and who knows what else.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Off Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $712
    Visit Madeira between October and May and you'll get the opportunity to land some of the big game species at a discounted price. The captain will take you battling White and Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, and many others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day - Exclusive (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $814
    If you're an early riser and can't wait to get your hands on some of the biggest trophies, this exclusive morning trip is perfect for you! You'll be targeting White and Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, and whatever else crosses your path.
  • Private trip
    Half Day - Exclusive (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $814
    This exclusive afternoon trip is perfect for those who would like to target some of the most prestigious fish without having to get up early. Balancal crew will do everything possible to put you on Blue and White Marlin, along with Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and many others.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Off Season
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $1,119
    If you're visiting the incredible Madeira between October and the end of May, this exciting 8-hour trip will give you the opportunity to experience some of the best game fishing at a discounted price! The main stars of this trip will include heavy-weights such as Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, Marlin, and many other prestigious species.
  • Private trip
    Full Day - Exclusive
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $1,425
    In addition to providing you with some of the best game fishing experiences on the Atlantic, this exclusive full day trip will also involve a picnic including beer and soft drinks for all anglers on board. The captain will do everything to put you on Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and whatever else you lay your eyes on.
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About the Charter Operator

Casa Velha do Palheiro
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
21 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since August 2014
Madeira Marlin - Balancal is run by Casa Velha do Palheiro, specializing in excellent game fishing and incredible customer services. Their captains are experienced, passionate, and will do everything to provide their customers with an incredible fishing experience. Born in the Azores, Captain Salomão Lopes grew up on the sea, surrounded with boats and fishing. He used to work as a boat mechanic and now is one of the top captains in the area, specializing in pelagics. Captain Anibal Fernandes has a reputation of being one of the most skillful anglers in Madeira. After 20 years of being a commercial fisherman in South Africa, he returned to his home in Madeira in 1982 and started working as the skipper of 'Anguila.' One of his biggest accomplishments is catching and tagging an 800+ lb Blue Marlin. He's been operating the Balancal since 2000.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Tuna (Albacore) Albacore Tuna

Boat specs

Lochin 333 (Flybridge) originally built in 2001. Powered by 2 300HP Perkins engines.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Fruit
Drinks
Beer, soft drinks, and water
First Mate
Tips are appreciated
Fishing License
Lunch
Sandwiches, on full day trips

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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
No infants life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
Sharing Tuna with the crew is customary
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
Marlin

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit 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
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Hard days fishing
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Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
95%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
71%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
60%
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Andrew S.
Pompano Beach, FL
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Wonderful day

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM) on November 11, 2022
5 stars to the crew. They made for a wonderful day and the icing on the cake was they spotted a wounded sea turtle and rescued...
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Daniel C.
Lisbon, Portugal
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Great half day out with the family

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (AM) on August 8, 2022
We had a number of younger children on the trip and the team organised a lovely day doing some fun bottom fishing suitable...
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Liam G.
London, United Kingdom
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Hard days fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (PM) on July 21, 2022
As we all know , with fishing you are not guaranteed to catch. But you need a crew determined to help. We caught 4...
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Robert W. S.
Lisbon, Portugal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM) on October 16, 2022
Super crew, we had no bite but they are as buddys to us, so we had a great afternoon. Rob
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Alek W.
Funchal, Portugal
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Great Marlin

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (AM) on August 2, 2022
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FAQs about Madeira Marlin - Balancal

Madeira Marlin - Balancal offers the following trips to customers:
  • €700 per group - Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM) (4 hours)
  • €700 per group - Half Day Trip - Off Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • €800 per group - Half Day - Exclusive (AM) (4 hours)
  • €800 per group - Half Day - Exclusive (PM) (4 hours)
  • €1,100 per group - Full Day Trip - Off Season (7 hours)
  • €1,400 per group - Full Day - Exclusive (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Madeira Marlin - Balancal, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radio

Trips booked with Madeira Marlin - Balancal include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Fruit)
  • Drinks (Beer, soft drinks, and water)
  • First Mate (Tips are appreciated)
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch (Sandwiches, on full day trips)

Madeira Marlin - Balancal offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Madeira Marlin - Balancal offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Madeira Marlin - Balancal include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Wahoo