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Madeira is hands down one of the best places in the world to go fishing. Located some 500 miles off the coast of Morocco, this Portuguese island features in bucket lists for gander Blue Marlin fishing all over the internet. Madeira fishing, quite simply, is epic.
 
What makes fishing in Madeira so great? For starters, the fish get really big. Blue Marlin aside, everything from Bigeye Tuna to Bluefish hit incredible sizes here. You don’t have to travel far to find them, either. Even on a half day trip, you have plenty of time to turn your arms to jelly. And if you’re just out for a fun day at sea and a few fish to show for it, you can catch a boatload of delicious table fare with the dramatic cliffs of Madeira as your backdrop. There’s something for everyone on “the Pearl of the Atlantic'.”

Types of Fishing

 

Offshore

The big game fishing Madeira is famous for draws in the world's top sportfishers. The seafloor drops almost vertically from beach to bedrock, so you can catch bluewater species just a couple of miles from land. And there are plenty to choose from. Blue and White Marlin, Bluefin, Albacore, and Bigeye Tuna, Longbill Spearfish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo all show up over the course of the year.
 
May through October is the peak Billfish season. Show up in September, and you can catch the full range of big game species on offer here. But you can catch huge Wahoo even in the middle of winter and Albacore live here all year round. There’s never a bad time to fish offshore in Madeira.
 

Nearshore

There’s never a bad time to fish the reefs, either! Huge Snappers are reeled in every month of the year, and resident Amberjack hit incredible sizes on the island’s deep-water reefs. Grouper, are always around, too, although they’re not nearly as common as Snappers. If you want to add some extra fight to your day, monster Bluefish hunt around the island’s rocky nearshore waters.
 

From Shore

More interested in variety than size? Shore fishing in Madeira can be a great way to bag a variety of fish. You can hook Bluefish and Barracuda from shore in many spots, alongside weird and wonderful species like Ornate Wrasse and Canary Damselfish. If you’re fishing from the rocks on Madeira’s north shore, you should watch out for the high winds and swells that batter the island during much of the year.

Fishing Techniques

Madeira Marlin fishing focuses almost exclusively on trolling. Fast-trolling with lures is the most popular tactic here as it lets you cover more ground on the hunt for big fish. Most boats use heavy trolling rods and reels, hoping for the island’s next grander. You can sometimes find kites flying above bigger boats, especially when they’re targeting big Tunas.
 
Up for something with a bit more finesse? There are a few specialist charter companies which offer everything from saltwater fly fishing for White Marlin, Tuna, and Almaco Jacks to spinning and popping for monster Bluefish. You won’t find much finesse on bottom fishing trips, though. Not with the size that Amberjack and Snapper reach here!
 
If you’re fishing from shore, you can pick up great baits at the local fish market. If you prefer artificial baits, be careful–Pufferfish can and will take a chunk out of anything that comes their way, so leave your favorite soft plastics in the box.

Need to Know

 

Getting there

Most charters operate out of the region’s capital, Funchal, or the beach resort of Calheta, a 40-minute drive up the coast. Flights from London take around 4 hours and can cost as little as   €110 return, even in the middle of Marlin season. Flights from Lisbon take less than half that and cost about the same. You can get direct flights from cities all over Europe, but you’ll need to change in London if you’re flying from the US.
 

Budget

Madeira fishing prices vary greatly depending on the style of angling you’re after. A half day on the nearshore reefs will bag you a ton of tasty fish for around €350-400. Full day trips targeting Marlin, Tuna, and other deep sea species cost anywhere from €1000-1300. Boats vary from center console-style vessels to large sportfishers with outriggers, tuna tubes, fighting chairs–the works. If you’re looking to land a grander Marlin, it’s well worth the extra money to get a good boat.
 

Rules & Regulations

Anglers planning on fishing from shore will need to buy a Sport Fishing License (Licença de Pesca Desportiva) before they can even think about making a cast. Get these by contacting the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. By all accounts, this can be a bit of a nightmare as a foreigner. The good news is that you don’t need a license to fish aboard Madeira fishing charters, as you will be covered by the boat’s operating license.
 
Madeira is the ultimate island escape. Stunning scenery and great weather meet deep waters and some of the world’s best sportfishing. This is a popular vacation spot for people in Europe, even without the angling. Throw in the chance of a grander Marlin or a record Amberjack, and you wonder why you’d go anywhere else!
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January

Wahoo season ends as the year starts, so head out and bag these bluewater bullets before they move on. Otherwise, there are a ton of different bottom fish to go after.

February

It’s Carnival in Madeira! This week-long festival brings a storm of color and music to the streets of Funchal. There’s plenty of fun on the water, too, with Snappers, Amberjack, and so much more.

March

Bigeye Tuna explode onto the scene in March, kicking off an 8-month season of huge, tasty fish. There are plenty of monsters on the reefs, too, with Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, and more.

April

The first few Marlin start to show up in April. Head out in search of these monsters, and you could also run into Bigeye and Albacore Tuna. As always, the reefs are full of tasty fish!

May

Blue and White Marlin arrive in huge numbers around Madeira in May, joined by the often-overlooked Longbill Spearfish. If you’re after a Billfish Grand Slam, this is a good time to try.

June

Madeira celebrates these incredible waters with the month-long Atlantic Festival. Enjoy everything from roots and arts events to pyromusical shows. Don’t let it distract you from the ocean itself, though!

July

All over the world, pro sportfishing teams head offshore to take part in the Blue Marlin World Cup. Madeira has won this event more than once in the past. Are you feeling lucky?

August

August is the hottest month of the year in Madeira, so expect the beaches to be busy. There’s plenty of space out at sea, though, if you don’t mind fighting Marlin for it! 

September

Every big game species is biting hard in September. Blue and White Marlin, Bigeye, Albacore, and Bluefin Tuna, Longbill Spearfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi–they’re all here and they’re all going crazy!

October

October is your last chance to catch Marlin in Madeira, and the Bigeye Tuna are about to move on, too. Don’t miss your chance–get out there and battle some sea monsters!

November

The Billfish may have moved on, but Wahoo, Albacore, and Bluefin Tuna are still around in force. The reefs never go quiet here, either. Just take your pick and enjoy. 

December

Christmas in Funchal is a wonderland of colorfully-lit streets and seasonal joy. Hit the reefs to catch some delicious bottom fish and bring home a real Christmas feast!

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The fishing trip on Flipper 2 was excellent. Could not recommend it any more enthusiastically. Practical tips before your trip - Bring change for the metered parking at Calheta Marina and we would not recommend using the Calheta Marina ATM which offers a really poor exchange rate. Get any cash you need before you arrive at the Marina.
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The fishing trip on Flipper 2 was excellent. Could not recommend it any more enthusiastically. Practical tips before your trip - Bring change for the metered parking at Calheta Marina and we would not recommend using the Calheta Marina ATM which offers a really poor exchange rate. Get any cash you need before you arrive at the Marina.
Tim  J.
Tim J. Figueira Da Foz Municipality, Coimbra
You can try everything you like. The captains always will ask you what you want to fish and how. I have chosen trolling but there is also bottom fishing,... We rent an appartement near the harbour. So it was an easy walk in the morning (5 minutes)to the boat. And as you leave very early in the morning you can get breakfast at the harbour promenade. There is a nice Cafe which was open at 8 when I arrived.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You can try everything you like. The captains always will ask you what you want to fish and how. I have chosen trolling but there is also bottom fishing,... We rent an appartement near the harbour. So it was an easy walk in the morning (5 minutes)to the boat. And as you leave very early in the morning you can get breakfast at the harbour promenade. There is a nice Cafe which was open at 8 when I arrived.
Guenter  K.
Guenter K. Baden Bei Wien, 3
There are no guarantees of catching . That's fishing though. As far as charters are concerned,the Gavito and crew were the best.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There are no guarantees of catching . That's fishing though. As far as charters are concerned,the Gavito and crew were the best.
Martin  M.
Martin M. Coventry, ENG
Not to worry, the people from Madeira are so helpful. Just take sun cream and a coat as it can get cold at night.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Not to worry, the people from Madeira are so helpful. Just take sun cream and a coat as it can get cold at night.
John  P.
John P. Edinburgh, SCT
To trust Gavito's crew and you are in for a great experience. Do take lots of sunblock and maybe a book to read whilst resting a bit in the cabin during the intense midday sunny periods. Stay close to the fishing chair so you will be prepared when you get a bite. Train your hand for some tough reeling in when the fish is on the hook!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
To trust Gavito's crew and you are in for a great experience. Do take lots of sunblock and maybe a book to read whilst resting a bit in the cabin during the intense midday sunny periods. Stay close to the fishing chair so you will be prepared when you get a bite. Train your hand for some tough reeling in when the fish is on the hook!!
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FishingBooker Member Ghajnsielem, Ghajnsielem
Book with Captain Graham on Gavito.! Pick your target species and go for it.! You never know what will happen.!
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Book with Captain Graham on Gavito.! Pick your target species and go for it.! You never know what will happen.!
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FishingBooker Member Portugal
Bottom-fishing out by the islands is awesome, super-rich with fish. Smaller fish but still very fun.
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Bottom-fishing out by the islands is awesome, super-rich with fish. Smaller fish but still very fun.
Thomas  M.
Thomas M. Funchal, 30
It depends on their experience. It also depends on whether you are solo or in a group. Even inexperienced anglers can try for 1000 lb Marlin.!! We all have to start somewhere. In the end it is down to personal choice. Go with Gavito and Graham Venters and you can try both big game and bottom fishing all in one day.!!
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It depends on their experience. It also depends on whether you are solo or in a group. Even inexperienced anglers can try for 1000 lb Marlin.!! We all have to start somewhere. In the end it is down to personal choice. Go with Gavito and Graham Venters and you can try both big game and bottom fishing all in one day.!!
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FishingBooker Member Ponta Do Sol, Madeira
If you can wait as late as possible to book so you get the right weather conditions and be patient !
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If you can wait as late as possible to book so you get the right weather conditions and be patient !
Jude  S.
Jude S. Stockton-on-Tees, England
Let the crew know you're first timers and listen when they tell you what to do. Be prepared for a good fight if you want big fish :)
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Let the crew know you're first timers and listen when they tell you what to do. Be prepared for a good fight if you want big fish :)
Magnus  R.
Magnus R. Oslo, Oslo County

Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
My husband and I booked a 4 hour Sportfishing Trip with Gavito. Captain Anders and his deckhand David really showed their expertise in these waters and landed us a good sized Barracuda and various species whilst Bottom Fishing (Trigger Fish, Snapper and Grouper). We had an amazing time on board The Gavito and would certainly recommend this trip everyone.”
Lena  A.
Lena A. Broesarp, Skåne
Madeira Big Game Fishing - Our Mary
Madeira Big Game Fishing - Our Mary
Fishing charter in Funchal
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
I would say just ,thank you to Captain and Crew for a amazing day on boat. You made my day special. High recomended. I will do it one more time.
Martin  P.
Martin P. Belp, Bern
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Thank you Captain Anders and David for a great fishing trip! Will absolutely see you again!
Stefan  E.
Stefan E. Stockholm, Stockholm
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Great day of mixed fishing, live bait, trolling and deep fishing. Very friendly and helpful crew. It was me and my 14 year old sun, who both enjoyed the day even though my son got a bit sea sick and had to spend half the trip below deck sleeping. Modern equipment and a tidy boat! Highly recommend!
David  A.
David A. Santa Cruz, Madeira
Madeira Sight Casting
Madeira Sight Casting
Fishing charter in Funchal
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Went out at 7:00 am and caught 13 Red Snapper By 9:30 am, Caught a fish on every cast but one, absolutely amazing experience.
Keith  S.
Keith S. Dallas, TX
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
Mick and Neil made me feel really welcome. The boat is really nice and has more then enough space too fight the biggest fish. They went the extra mile and gave everything they had to get a fish on the line, it didn't work well but we had a very nice Wahoo attack on the rapala. That's fishing. They know excatly what they do. Thank you guys for that awedome trip!
Andre  H.
Andre H. Santana, Madeira
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
It was a fantastic trip on the Atlantic Ocean on Madeira. Together with my close friends we experienced great fishing adventures on a fully equipped boat and dedicated crew with Anders and David. They did everything and a bit more to give us truly memorable days and good fishing. I could really recommend Gavito Fishing in deep water just outside Madeira.
Charlotte  D.
Charlotte D. Stockholm, Stockholm
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
a day on boat is always a good day…… a day on boat of gavito is perfect… thanks captain Anders and thanks David We will meet again best regards Marco
Marco  W.
Marco W. Berlin, Land Berlin
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Fantastic experience, good fishing, great boat and equipment, great captain and crew. I will definitely repeat this.
Vidar  M.
Vidar M. Stockholm, Stockholm
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
Although basically all we got was a nice red snapper, l enjoyed the trip and the very friendly crew (that helped me a lot when bottom line fishing. Surely it would have been nice to catch a big Wahoo, but I think h the crew did its best. Would come again for sure
Michael  E.
Michael E. Stuttgart, BW
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Calheta
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 6 reviews
Captain Barbosa really looks after you very well and tries hard to seek out the fish! Was hoping for a Marlin but can’t complain with a circa 250lbs Big Eye Tuna. Hoping to go out with him again some time next year!
Paul  W.
Paul W. Figueira Da Foz Municipality, Coimbra
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
Great time with a great crew, Captain Neil French tried just about everything to find the fish, following seagulls and any other signs of fish. Unfortunately we didn’t hook up this time. Maybe next time.
David  W.
David W. Aveiro, Aveiro
Madeira Sight Casting
Madeira Sight Casting
Fishing charter in Funchal
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
The experience was amazing! Above our expectations! We totally recommend Ricardo and Andre!!! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ We never fished so many and so big fishes! The guys were very friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and nice. It was a pleasure to fish with them!! They learned us a lot and also, we had so much fun spending a few hours with them on the boat. From all points of view, they were great! In the end we caught 12 snappers and 2 baracudas! It was awesome thanks to Ricardo and Andre!
Corina  L.
Corina L. Funchal, Madeira
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
We spent a great few hours on the ocean in the company of two lovely captains, a lot of emotions, great fishing ended with a spectacular catch. Nice atmosphere and lots of new experiences. Thanks, we will be back to Madeira and to you sooner than last time
Tomasz  R.
Tomasz R. Funchal, Madeira
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 32 reviews
Late in the season and unfavourable conditions but Anders and David tried very hard to get us hooked up. Although we didn't catch it was still a great day, Been a Maderian David has a massive knowledge of these waters and has fished all his life all the species around the island. Capt Anders keeps the boat and quality fishing equipment in excellent condition ensuring a trouble free day. See you next June guys!!
Harvey  D.
Harvey D. Lisbon, Lisbon
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
It was a very nice journey. We caught 9 fishes. The captain and Mickey are perfect! Thanks for their help we have got a fantastic experience. I really recommend this adventure to everyone!
Elena  G.
Elena G. Machico, Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
The whole trip was great. Had a good time out there although we got unlucky with the Marlins and Tuna. But that’s part of the game. Crew was friendly and knew what they were doing. The equipment was obviously top notch.
Andy  T.
Andy T. Switzerland
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
We were fishing at the first time. It was a very nice journey. We caught 9 fishes. The captain and Mickey are perfect. Thanks for their help we have got a fantastic experience. I really recommend this adventure to everyone!
Ujin  L.
Ujin L. Beldenville, WI
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Calheta
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
A “hard day at the office” but thoroughly enjoyable. It was great to spend some time with Captain Adrian and his Co mate ‘Gonsalvo’ … I can recommend this boat and crew. Richard
Richard  S.
Richard S. Kirkhamgate, England
Madeira Sight Casting
Madeira Sight Casting
Fishing charter in Funchal
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
We had an awesome fishing trip with Ricardo and Andre. In the first part of the trip we used live squid as bait and caught 10 snappers in about 140 m depth - one of the snappers was more than 10 kg. We continued catiching some macros for live bait and caught a large barracuda and an amberjack. The team was very professional and friendly. We had a great time and thank Ricardo and Andre for an unforgettable fishing adventure.
Michael  J.
Michael J. Munich, BY

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Madeira

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Madeira costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $561, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,295. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Madeira is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Grand Holiday Tours, Flipper II Madeira, and Boca Raton Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Madeira. Full list of top fishing charters in Madeira.

Grand Holiday Tours, Flipper II Madeira, and Boca Raton Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Madeira.

The best way to experience fishing in Madeira is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Madeira.

The most popular fish species you can target are Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Marlin (White). Top fishing techniques include heavy tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Christmas in Funchal is a wonderland of colorfully-lit streets and seasonal joy. Hit the reefs to catch some delicious bottom fish and bring home a real Christmas feast! Check availability for local fishing charters in Madeira.