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Madeira Fishing Charters

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Madeira: 17 fishing charters available

Grand Holiday Tours

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Calheta
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trips from $448

Boca Raton Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Calheta
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $382

Gavito - Big Game Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(50 reviews)
Calheta
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $509

Gavito – Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
Calheta
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $458

Flipper II Madeira

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
Calheta
 Instant Confirmation

Margarita

Very good
4.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Funchal
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $712

Lara Jade Sportfishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(10 reviews)
Funchal
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $712

Madeira Sea Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
Funchal
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $611

Pull Up Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Funchal
 Instant Confirmation

Madeira Marlin - Balancal

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(19 reviews)
Funchal
trips from $611

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Madeira

The average price for a private 4 hour Madeira fishing trip is $539, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,145 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Grand Holiday Tours, Boca Raton Fishing Charters, and Gavito - Big Game Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Madeira.

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

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!
Madeira
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 25013 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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Use a local captain. If you can fish with Capt. Anders, do not hesitate to do it. My wife and I stayed at a convenient Airbnb Loft - Madeira - Funchal - Calheta.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a local captain. If you can fish with Capt. Anders, do not hesitate to do it. My wife and I stayed at a convenient Airbnb Loft - Madeira - Funchal - Calheta.
HENRY  B.
HENRY B. Bethune, SC
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Ghajnsielem, Ghajnsielem
Book with Captain Graham on Gavito.! Pick your target species and go for it.! You never know what will happen.!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Graham on Gavito.! Pick your target species and go for it.! You never know what will happen.!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Portugal
Bottom-fishing out by the islands is awesome, super-rich with fish. Smaller fish but still very fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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 !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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 :)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Grand Holiday Tours
Grand Holiday Tours
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Victor is worth trusting! The day before my trip, Captain Victor called me and asked about my fishing preferences, asked a bunch on questions. He was prompt to pick me up from my place. And the whole time we were at sea, he was hustling trying to ensure that we catch fish. And we DID! One would say that a lot depends on luck while fishing, I’d say, 90% knowledge of the local waters and experience of a captain and 10% luck.
Yulia  N.
Yulia N. Virginia Beach, VA
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
BIG FISH!!!!! Lovely couple very easy to get along with, I couldn't ask for a better crew. Great hospitality and worked hard to catch us 3 big tuna in 1 day for all 3 of us, one weighing up to 250lb. With a few dolphins here and there to break up the time between bites. All round an amazing trip, flipper 2 smashed it.
Grant  C.
Grant C. Epsom, England
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(35 reviews)
Had a fun day out hunting for hammerheads whilst string feather luring for mackerel and fishing off the bottom. We caught a variety of different species untill i come across this cracking beast!
Stefan  C.
Stefan C. Funchal, Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Neil and Micky were lovely to get on with, always doing their best to make a catch.
Roger  C.
Roger C. Funchal, Madeira
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Day started very slow bottom fishing , captain switched it up to big game fishing and I landed my first bigeye, it was a fight for my life . The captain and mates were unbelievable for this charter extremely kind and even brought food and drinks ! I recommend this group of gentleman for anyone fishing in Madeira !
Kyle  Z.
Kyle Z. Pompano Beach, FL
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Me and my two nephews had a wonderful day at sea with Gavito. Skilled and friendly crew, top equipment and good boat.
Esa  J.
Esa J. Bodø, Nordland
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Gavito - Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Capt. Anders and crew (capt. David and Alfonso) were so amazing! They really accommodated my wife and I with this trip. We are celebrating our honeymoon and wanted to be on the water fishing. We saw a baby sperm whale and even dolphins on this fishing trip. Amazing fish were caught and stories were shared. We couldn't have asked for a better first experience fishing in madeira waters. Thank you for an unforgettable day and hope to fish with you guys again!
Xavier  J.
Xavier J. Funchal, Madeira
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Are you looking for a pleasure fishing trip in a stunning location with an experienced expert crew to quickly show you the best fishing spot and the use of all their fishing equipment ? look no further. These boys looked after us very, very well , and quickly we caught lots of fish exactly the type of fish I wanted. The day didnt need to get any better , The fact that a big shark casually swam past just added to the fun ! Brilliant thanks guys. All the best Lewis
Lewis  L.
Lewis L. Coimbra, Coimbra
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had a great time. The crew was amazing and helpful. Taught us as we went. They knew where to go to allow us to catch fish the right size for my kids. The weather was beautiful and we have definitely formed wonderful family memories.
Monika  M.
Monika M. France
Flipper II Madeira
Flipper II Madeira
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Excellent Captain and crew. We had a great experience and will cruise with them again when we return for another vacation here in Madeira 👍🏻
Robin  D.
Robin D. New Bedford, MA
Lara Jade Sportfishing
Lara Jade Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Funchal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Our second trip with Lara Jade and another successful outing catching a 50kg tuna. Crew very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Looking forward to next time.
Claire  W.
Claire W. Funchal, Madeira
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Best experience of our holiday! We did a mix trip and it was the highlight of our trip. The crew were great, the boat was fantastic and being able to take the catch home gave us the most delicious fresh fish we had ever tasted! Thank you to Captain Anders and the crew! We would do this trip 100 times over!
Katherine  H.
Katherine H. London, England
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Co captains Adriane and Gonzalo provided the ultimate experience. They were meticulous from boat to the spreads and even lunch. I planned on writing this review compared to my experience in Funchal two days earlier with or without a hook up as local fishing had been spotty at best. No need 700 plus blue marlin. No matter where in Madeira you are I highly recommend Calheta and Boca Raton.
Bob  B.
Bob B. Edgemoor, DE
Madeira Sight Casting – 27'
Madeira Sight Casting – 27'
Fishing charter in Funchal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Great morning on the water. Big fish on small tackle, even tried for Dorado with a fly rod. Captain and first mate spotted Pilot Whales off in the distance, so they took us over for great photos and videos. Spectacular day, highly recommended.
Dennis  H.
Dennis H. Câmara De Lobos, Madeira
Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Fishing charter in Funchal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
We had a number of younger children on the trip and the team organised a lovely day doing some fun bottom fishing suitable for all ages. The boat and equipment are top of the line and I hope to go sometime in the future of some big game fishing with them.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. Lisbon, Lisbon
Madeira Sea Fishing
Madeira Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Funchal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
A Hard day fishing but Capt Nuno kept going and we had a run about 3.30 on and took nearly 2 hours to land a fantastic PB 308 lb Big Eye Tuna! Fantastic day,superb Capt and Mate! I have fished all over the world but these guys were very professional, personable and pleasant! Nice food and beverages! We will be back on “ Freed em” out Funchal old harbour Madeira! Tight lines all! Nick and Libby Metcalfe.
Nick  M.
Nick M. Evora, Évora
Pull Up Sportfishing
Pull Up Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Funchal
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(4 reviews)
Belle expérience. Les 2 gamins ont pris du poisson. Sortie de 4 heures un peu courte car intègre le temps de déplacement vers les lieux de pêche et retour au port. Le capitaine connaît bien les spots et s’adapte à la météo pour trouver le poisson. Ça parle peu français mais là com’ fonctionne entre passionnés !
Emmanuel  G.
Emmanuel G. Cournon-d'Auvergne, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Gavito – Sportfishing
Gavito – Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Shallow, trolling and deep drop day, captain and crew gave it there best shot but there were simply no fish about. Reports from other crews were the same. Cannot fault our day though as captain and crew were spot on. Looks like we will have to do it again some day. Same boat, hopefully same crew next time.
Keith  M.
Keith M. Funchal, 30
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
it was a great tour with the Boca Raton with nice weather and a very professional crew👍😎
Michael  L.
Michael L. Funchal, Madeira
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Boca Raton Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Calheta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We went for a small fish hunt and it was awesome! We cought a lot of small fishes, various types. If you want guys can arrange the fish preparation in a restaurant nearby. We ate some in there and it was so delicious! The rest of fishes we got in the bag, clean and prepared for our own cooking. Great advanture not even for adults but for whole family. 100% recommend to anyone! :)
Antonín  M.
Antonín M. San Francisco, CA