Madeira Marlin - Balancal

Marina Do Funchal
Funchal MA, Portugal

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

The Lochin 333 Flybridge sportfisherman, you will be fishing on is a superb fishing machine. Fully equipped with GPS, fighting chair, head, and all the equipment you will need for a variety of fishing techniques.
Capt. Anibal Fernandes is a highly experienced angler from Madeira. He built his experience fishing commercially in South Africa for two decades, before returning home to Madeira 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.

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

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Exclusive Charter
    7 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 1573 private charter
  • Half Day Exclusive Charter
    4 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US$ 847 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Marlin (Black)
  Marlin (Blue)
  Tuna (Bigeye)

Boat Specs

33 ft
10 persons

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 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
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 Charter Operator

Casa Velha do Palheiro
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Member since August 2014
We are delighted to welcome a new face to our team - Captain Salomão Lopes. Salomão is originally from the Azores born and has lived his life around boats and the sea, working as a mechanic and supporting the local fleet. He is now the Captain of Balancal and keen to develop other types of fishing throughout the year as well as the targeting of pelagic species. Captain Anibal Fernandes is recognised as one of Madeira's most experienced fisherman. Anibal spent twenty years fishing commercially in South Africa before returning to his native Madeira in 1982. It was at this time that he met Roddy Hayes and eventually became the skipper of 'Anguila'. Their first season together was one of the most successful ever with over 80 Blue Marlin caught and tagged. He went on to skipper both 'Lara Jade' and 'Margarita' and during this time guided anglers to almost 20 'granders'. He has now been working the Balancal operation since 2000 when the boat was originally constructed.
Response time: 7 hours
Response rate: 100%

Funchal Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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It was our first time on Madeira and i paid for my hubby to go Wahoo fishing for his birthday.  He wasnt disappointed.  The crew knew exactly what they were doing, very dedicated to their jobs and obviously enjoy it.  Enjoyed every minute of it… especially eating it after in a local restaurant it was delicious. It was over 3ft long and 55kgs plenty to go around !

Fished October 12, 2017
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Solomon, the first mate was great and experienced. He and Anabal had us hooked up with a blue marlin by 11:20. Trip started at 10:00. Approx 400lbs. Only a mile from shore. Wonderful flat seas and perfect weather. Would hire these guys again. Thanks guys.

Fished July 10, 2017
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This is the way to go they prepare everything for you and go out of their way to make sure you have a great time

Fished March 2, 2016
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