Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Madeira
Madeira is famous for its larger-than-average Blue Marlin, with most of those hooked in the area weighing between 500-700 lbs. Most years seen at least one 'grander' (fish weighing over 1000lbs) caught off Madeira, with the first grander to be caught in European waters supposedly caught here by Dr Antonio Ribeiro, a pioneer of Blue Marlin fishing on the island. Due to the island's steep drop off close to shore it is possible to catch Blue Marlin just 1 km away from the marina. The main fishing grounds are on the protected south coast of the island, with lure fishing the most common method used.
Although Blue Marlin fishing in Madeira underwent a severe downturn in the late 1990s due to the strong El Nino current of 1996-7 it has now recovered to its former glory. Nowadays the emphasis is on conservation and preservation of the species, with catch and release predominant.
- Marlin (Blue) fishing in Madeira varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to March and October to December. There is no closed season.