Madeira Fishing Charters

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Top Fishing Charters in Madeira

Madeira: 21 fishing charters available

Aventura Fishing Charters
Aventura Fishing Charters

Funchal • 31 ft • 6 persons

Excited to go fishing and make a dream come true? Book your trip, and find out what makes Madeira Island so unique.

"Hennie and Frank were Fantastic, they were friendly welcoming and made sure we were OK throughout the trip." —⁠ Steve, England
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trips fromUS $449
Madeira Fishing Charters – Prime
Madeira Fishing Charters – Prime

Calheta • 35 ft • 6 persons

Madeira Fishing Charters features Prime, that offers exceptional big game fishing experience with a dedicated and experienced crew.

"We had an amazing fishing trip with Captain Anders and his crew on Prime!" —⁠ Ole,
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trips fromUS $401
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira

Calheta • 29 ft • 4 persons

Flipper II Madeira wishes you a warm welcome to Calheta, Madeira, one of Portugal’s prime angling destinations.

"There are good days and bad days. We were unlucky this time, it was “not a bite day”." —⁠ Gintautas,
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trips fromUS $267
Lara Jade Sportfishing
Lara Jade Sportfishing

Funchal • 33 ft • 6 persons

Lara Jade Sportfishing offers big game fishing trips in the deep waters around Madeira, possibly the best place on earth to fish for Marlin.
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trips fromUS $749
ODF - Ocean Dive & Fishing LDA
ODF - Ocean Dive & Fishing LDA

Machico • 28 ft • 8 persons

Come and discover our fishing boat, the "Black Pearl", a 28' Boston Whaler Outrage sport fishing vessel, with a length of 9.2

"I was on this this tour with my students, and we all had a fantastic day." —⁠ Birthe,
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trips fromUS $374
Madeira Sea Fishing
Madeira Sea Fishing

Funchal • 30 ft • 8 persons

Madeira Sea Fishing welcomes you for a fun and enjoyable fishing adventure in Portugal.

"I booked this Trip for my Dad’s 70th birthday.  Nuno was fantastic we had weather issues on the day we wanted to go out but he worked with us to find an alternative day that suited so we could incorporate what we wanted to do." —⁠ Stephen, England
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trips fromUS $642
Native Crew – Fishing & Tours
Native Crew – Fishing & Tours

Funchal • 22 ft • 4 persons

Native Crew has a trip with your name on it along the stunning waters of Madeira Island.

"Great fishing experience with Captain Pedro and Philip. They both were so very friendly and passionate about fishing." —⁠ Nancy, NC
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trips fromUS $385
Madeira Fishing Charters - Gavito
Madeira Fishing Charters - Gavito

Calheta • 26 ft • 4 persons

Madeira Fishing Charters features Gavito, which offers an exceptional big-game fishing experience with a dedicated and experienced crew.

"Fantastic evening trawling for Tuna, Capt Mike new the hot spots and we were lucky enough to get on the fish." —⁠ Simon, England
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trips fromUS $455
Margarita
Margarita

Funchal • 35 ft • 6 persons

Margarita Sportfishing operates out of Funchal, on the sportfishing paradise of Madeira.

"great trip, we were fortunate to catch a big tuna." —⁠ Simon, Sveta Ana
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trips fromUS $749
Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Madeira Marlin - Balancal

Funchal • 33 ft • 6 persons

Madeira Island has some of the very best big game fishing in the entire Atlantic.

"First of all, Funchal is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever fished." —⁠ Eric, Connecticut
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Madeira

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Fishing in Madeira

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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Madeira Fishing Seasons

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!

Madeira Fishing Calendar

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How did anglers rate fishing charters in Madeira?

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Top Types of Fishing in Madeira

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Top Fishing Techniques in Madeira

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Top Targeted Species in Madeira

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