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Best Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Portugal

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Portugal

No country in Europe has better billfishing to offer than Portugal. Swordfish, short- and longbill Spearfish, White Marlin, and of course Blue Marlin, can all be caught here. Not so much from the mainland, but from the Islands of Madeira and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. The seafloor drops close to the Islands, which means you can hop aboard and experience the Marlin fishing Portugal has to offer in no time.

Where and When to Go

Madeira has some of the best billfishing in the world. Between April and September you will encounter plenty of Blue Marlin here, with the peak season between May and August. Most local charter boats depart from Funchal or Calheta on the southern coast of the Island.

On the Azores, the fishing season doesn’t start until June, but lasts until November. Peak season is in August and September. Short as it is, the peak season makes up for it in intensity! Three “Granders” have been caught here by a single boat in one day! You’ll find most charter boats for hire on Sao Miguel and Ponta Delgada, but all of the larger islands have captains willing to take you out on the water, too.

How to Fish

Trolling is the method of choice when it comes to targeting Marlin. It’s common to use heavy tackle in combination with a fighting chair, because these giant predators pack a hefty punch. Artificial lures will serve you well, as will live bait.

Whether you want to spice up your vacation in the sun, or cross a Blue Marlin off your bucket list, Portugal is the right place for you!

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Portugal Marlin (Blue) Fishing Seasons

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Marlin (Blue) fishing in Portugal varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to September. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.

Top Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Portugal

What People Are Saying About Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Portugal

"Absolutely amazing trip"

Niall Kindersley fished with Katjoa Extreme Fishing on September 15, 2019

Amazing trip, Pedro and his deck hand really knew their stuff. Brilliant day, they took us to the best spot and saw around 16 Marlin and other wildlife dolphins etc. Got few bites but luck wasnt on our side but thats fishing! Still an amazing trip regardless a proper gentleman with old school fishing knowledge. Will definitely be returning to Pedro’s boat next year!

"Full day with Scorpion and Carlos LInhares"

Antti Soininen fished with Oceantur Azores Sportfishing – 42' on September 4, 2019

Very nice day out in the big sea. Didn't catch Marlin but couple of nice tunas. The crew and skipper are professional and easy to talk with. We were group of 6 persons and the boat has very good space. Highly recommended.

"Half day trip"

Magnus Troxen fished with Madeira Big Game Fishing - Our Mary on September 3, 2019

Great four houretrip with a 225kg Marlin cought, not by me but it was avgreat experince. Great crew. Will do 3 more trips this week with them.

"Full day trip White Marlin 9 Oct 2018"

Klaus Roewe fished with Aquasares Offshore Fishing Charters on October 9, 2018

Great day with 4 Marlin caught. Unbeatable crew. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!

"Fantastic trip of a life time"

Simon Bisland-cook fished with Aquasares Offshore Fishing Charters on August 27, 2018

What a fantastic day with tuna and Marlin in the boat before lunch. We will be back!

"Full day fishing on the Azores Sport Fishing - Seazores"

James L Clane fished with Azores Sport Fishing - Seazores on October 7, 2017

Had a great time on the Seazores on an all day fishing trip. We did not catch any fish but that is why you call it fishing not catching. Would highly recommend the Seazores to anyone looking for great fishing experience. The skipper, Sérgio Mestre and his deck mate did all they could do to find Marlin to catch. Just was not the day. Would and will book the Seazores again.

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