Captain
Matt Waddell

Member since January 2014 Calheta, Portugal
Background
I started off life as a farmer in the UK in South East Kent, started fishing in the local rivers for eels and pike at the age of 5, then moved on to beach casting for mackerel and then on to a boat cod fishing and for bass in the English channel. i love being on the water and the freedom it gives you. Later i became a 1st mate and commercial skipper on big yachts and motor boats, and tall ships, catching some huge tuna while trolling from lines attached to the capstan! Any excuse to go fishing. In 2005 i was offered a job skippering a big game boat on Madeira Island so i jumped at the chance, now we offer big game for a record sized fish, or you can jig or bottom fish for smaller species. Many fisherman are satisfied with smaller fish, and we like to put everything back into the sea to help increase the population.
Techniques
Trolling for Big Blue and White Marlin, tuna (big eye, yellow fin, blue fin). wahoo, dorado, albacore. amberjacks, jigging ,popping, inshore bottom fishing and drift fishing with dead bait and prawns as bait, for red snapper, trigger fish, parrot fish, amberjack, blue fish etc .The `Mako´ is a very stable and safe platform to fish from, yacht quality build, the hull is classed as unsinkable due to the hull being completely filled with hard foam. Has the feel of a much larger boat with plenty of seating.This is a very high quality console boat. Our most popular trips are a combination of trolling and bottom fishing, we do everything possible to make it a fun day out on the water, and to get you that all important photo. The great thing about Madeira is that we start fishing immediately outside the marina, no time wasted running out to the fishing grounds. Our 190 Boston Whaler Outrage is a secure stable and perfect sized console boat for the waters around Madeira, the unsinkable legend.

Hey, I'm Captain Matt Waddell

Calheta, Portugal
Background
I started off life as a farmer in the UK in South East Kent, started fishing in the local rivers for eels and pike at the age of 5, then moved on to beach casting for mackerel and then on to a boat cod fishing and for bass in the English channel. i love being on the water and the freedom it gives you. Later i became a 1st mate and commercial skipper on big yachts and motor boats, and tall ships, catching some huge tuna while trolling from lines attached to the capstan! Any excuse to go fishing. In 2005 i was offered a job skippering a big game boat on Madeira Island so i jumped at the chance, now we offer big game for a record sized fish, or you can jig or bottom fish for smaller species. Many fisherman are satisfied with smaller fish, and we like to put everything back into the sea to help increase the population.
Techniques
Trolling for Big Blue and White Marlin, tuna (big eye, yellow fin, blue fin). wahoo, dorado, albacore. amberjacks, jigging ,popping, inshore bottom fishing and drift fishing with dead bait and prawns as bait, for red snapper, trigger fish, parrot fish, amberjack, blue fish etc .The `Mako´ is a very stable and safe platform to fish from, yacht quality build, the hull is classed as unsinkable due to the hull being completely filled with hard foam. Has the feel of a much larger boat with plenty of seating.This is a very high quality console boat. Our most popular trips are a combination of trolling and bottom fishing, we do everything possible to make it a fun day out on the water, and to get you that all important photo. The great thing about Madeira is that we start fishing immediately outside the marina, no time wasted running out to the fishing grounds. Our 190 Boston Whaler Outrage is a secure stable and perfect sized console boat for the waters around Madeira, the unsinkable legend.

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Mako Madeira Sportfishing

3 reviews
Calheta
trips from $452

Fishing Reports

All ready for the 2019 season

May 04, 2019

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.78
out of 5 stars from 3 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half day trip with Capt. Matthew & Mike
Tuna trolling
Albaoe and big eyes on the `Mako\u00b4
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
75%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
50%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
33%
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Daniel J.
Braedstrup, 82
 5.00
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Full Day with Matt

VERIFIED   August 30, 2019
Fed dag på vandet med Matt og Diogo.. virkelig dygtige fiskere der vidste hvad de snakkede om og havde fuldstændig styr på...
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Helen M.
Nottingham, ENG
 5.00
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Half day trip with Capt. Matthew & Mike

VERIFIED   March 27, 2019
The hubby and I had a super half day sport fishing with Mako Madeira run by 2 lovely guys. As someone who was a bit nervous,...
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Richard M.
Hammersmith, ENG
 5.00
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Great day out with Charlie and Matt

VERIFIED   July 6, 2018
Experienced friendly crew.
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Gabriella B.
Uppsala, Västernorrlands Län
 4.33
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Tuna trolling

VERIFIED   May 3, 2016
We where trolling one day I the beginning of May. It Was two weeks to early for most fish species, and there was only tuna...
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Andrew R.
United Kingdom
 5.00
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Razzin hell! Top boat!

VERIFIED   June 18, 2016
We had a great day on the boat, beautiful place, great boat and top quality tackle. We were a stag do of 11 plenty of...
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