Captain
Graham Venters

Member since May 2016

Calheta, Portugal

Background
I started going to sea at the tender age of 4 with my Grandfather on his inshore trawler located in the Wash in England. Got my own boat at the age of 16 years (from my Grandfather) once I had qualified as a Skipper. I started Big Game fishing in South Africa during the 70's and have never stopped since. I have fished in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, South Chine Seas, Gulf of America, I have a passion for fishing and the Charter business is an extension of my Hobby. Therefore I fish for the best, with the best and with all my experience and knowledge for the advantage of the client.
Techniques
My favorite style of fishing is without doubt Trolling. There is nothing to compare with the sudden ripping of line from your reel as a good fish takes your lure. Watching a Marlin approach the spread and lighting up is something to be experienced and is very, very special. For stubbornness and dogged scrapping you would have to go a long way to beat a sizeable Tuna as he immediately descents into the depths upon striking.

Hey, I'm Captain Graham Venters

Calheta, Portugal
Background
I started going to sea at the tender age of 4 with my Grandfather on his inshore trawler located in the Wash in England. Got my own boat at the age of 16 years (from my Grandfather) once I had qualified as a Skipper. I started Big Game fishing in South Africa during the 70's and have never stopped since. I have fished in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, South Chine Seas, Gulf of America, I have a passion for fishing and the Charter business is an extension of my Hobby. Therefore I fish for the best, with the best and with all my experience and knowledge for the advantage of the client.
Techniques
My favorite style of fishing is without doubt Trolling. There is nothing to compare with the sudden ripping of line from your reel as a good fish takes your lure. Watching a Marlin approach the spread and lighting up is something to be experienced and is very, very special. For stubbornness and dogged scrapping you would have to go a long way to beat a sizeable Tuna as he immediately descents into the depths upon striking.

My Charter Listings

Calheta
trips from
US$ 354

Fishing Reports

Nice long billed spear fish

August 29, 2017

Caught and released a nice long billed spear fish 25lbs on Tuesday 29th August. Read Full Report →


What a whopper!!

July 30, 2017

We had the pleasure of having Magnus from Norway on the boat for his first ever Big Game Fishing experience. He booked a 4 hour trip, which by Big Game Fishing standards is extremely short. However after just 1… Read Full Report →


A good week.

June 11, 2017

The trips were over 4 days and we trolled a spread of five lures from the boat with the main colours being blue/white. The Marlin weighed an estimated 500 lbs and took just over 45 minutes in the chair… Read Full Report →


8yr olds biggest fish yet!!

April 13, 2017

FISHING REPORT 13/04/2017 We took a father and his 2 sons aged 8 & 12 year for 4 hours of Bottom Fishing. Due to the ages of the children we decided to fish quite shallow and so went to… Read Full Report →


A good way to end the day!!

April 01, 2017

A nice 4 hours bottom fishing topped off with coming back to the house to enjoy the days catch with a beer and a glass of wine in the beautiful sunshine. Fish caught were Trigger fish, red snapper and… Read Full Report →


Bottom fishing

March 30, 2017

We had 4 guys from Finland for a 4 hour session bottom fishing and the results were reasonable with a number of Red Snapper, Brown Grouper and Cardinal Wrasse being landed. The results could have been better but the… Read Full Report →


2 nice beauties!!

September 27, 2016

We tried deep water Jigging using Alutecnos Blue Jigging rods and Daiwa Saltist Nero Reels 6500 (supplied by Rokmax) with 50 lbs braid line and 300/400 gm jigs, each with double assist hooks, (supplied by Rokmax). The first fish… Read Full Report →


What a week!!

July 30, 2016

Well this week turned out to be a good one for Skipper Graham Venters on Gavito. Monday saw our best fish for over a month with a 700 lbs Blue Marlin being brought to the boat and successfully released… Read Full Report →


Big Eye Tuna

July 30, 2016

Another 1st for a client on "Gavito" - after trying for a Big Eye Tuna for at least 8 years we are delighted that our client caught his first Big Eye Tuna with us today. It weighed in at… Read Full Report →


Spearfish

July 28, 2016

Today we caught a beautiful 4 kg spear fish, it was bought on the boat for photos and then released safely. Read Full Report →


700 lb Blue Marlin

July 25, 2016

The client has been trying to catch a Blue Marlin for the past 4 years without success, we are delighted that we have helped him fulfil his dream by catching this beautiful 700 lb Blue Marlin. Read Full Report →


Blue Marlin

July 15, 2016

A 300 lb Blue Marlin caught in the morning of 15th July just off Paul do Mar. It was bought along side boat and successfully released. Read Full Report →


TUNA HUNT

May 01, 2016

Left Calheta at 0900 hrs and set the first lure at 0905 hrs. Fishes towards Funchal and ha a triple hit off Camera de Lobos. We let 2 fish run long and landed the first fish of 65 kgs.… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.44 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 30, 2017

This trip was perfect! Met the captain and his crew at the marina, had a cup of coffee and went for the boat. Everything was ready and as soon as we were out on the occean the fishing started. Caught an atlantic blue fin tuna, they even got the restaurant at the marine to cook some of it for us to eat. As an inexperienced angler I got all the help and guidence needed to land the fish.Definetly coming back when we return to Madeira!

Fished July 2017

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Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 31, 2017

Thank you Magnus, what a great half day Big Game fishing!!!!
As an inexperienced angler you did exceptionally well catching this 450lb Blue Fin Tuna but you kept your calm and listened to our advice. Well done and we look forward to seeing you again.

Went fishing on Monday, November 14, 2016

We had a great morning fishing with graham and his crew. We only caught one tiny little tuna but it was a fun trip and they looked after us really well.

Fished November 2016

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Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thank you Andy. It is always nice to know that our clients enjoyed their trip. Sorry that the catch was not larger but size is beyond our control. All we can do is put you on fish. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Graham
Skipper

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Was a good experience!!but I think they should give you more options especially when they know you fishing for the first time on the sea. In this case they know about the big game fish is not working out they should take for the small fishing because you paying very well for the trip. To come back home with nothing. Was good but I still disappointed only to options for fishing is not enough.

Claudio Roberto Tavares does not recommend Etapatlantica - Gavito

Fished August 2016

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Graham Venters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Firstly the client’s experience level was not known to us prior to them arriving at the boat.
Secondly they booked for 1/2 day Big Game Fishing and not Bottom fishing for small fish.
Had the client made us aware of the situation prior to departure then we could have purchased bait for light bottom fishing.
As the Trolling was not good at this time, we did offer them the opportunity to Jig for deep water fish such as Amberjacks and Red Snapper. Under the circumstances we gave the clients the very best opportunities that were available at the time.
We are sorry that we did not satisfy their expectations but we tried our best under the circumstances.

Graham Venters,

Skipper