Barbarossa Excursions

Member since March 2014

Mgarr, Malta

Background
Barbarossa Excursions is run by a fishing father-and-son dream team, Captains Chris and Frankie. They are also joined by Jamie, an experienced skipper. They have a wealth of experience between them, combined with a love of teaching their customers the tricks of the angling trade. Captain Frankie has over 30 years of fishing experience in the local waters in both fishing as well as charter tours for families. He's uniquely qualified to offer both a fantastic service as well as professional support for anglers. Their favorite catches are Blue Fin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, and the colorful Mahi Mahi. Captain Frankie also loves the role of a sportfishing captain on a charter, teaching his customers not only fishing but also the wonderful local history of Malta, as well as showing them a unique side of the local culture.

Barbarossa Excursions

Mgarr, Malta
Background
Barbarossa Excursions is run by a fishing father-and-son dream team, Captains Chris and Frankie. They are also joined by Jamie, an experienced skipper. They have a wealth of experience between them, combined with a love of teaching their customers the tricks of the angling trade. Captain Frankie has over 30 years of fishing experience in the local waters in both fishing as well as charter tours for families. He's uniquely qualified to offer both a fantastic service as well as professional support for anglers. Their favorite catches are Blue Fin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, and the colorful Mahi Mahi. Captain Frankie also loves the role of a sportfishing captain on a charter, teaching his customers not only fishing but also the wonderful local history of Malta, as well as showing them a unique side of the local culture.

Our Charter Listings

Jake - Barbarossa Excursions

Mgarr
trips from US$ 515

Blue Lagoon - Barbarossa Excursions

Ghajnsielem
trips from US$ 450

Customer Reviews

4.00 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Pembroke, Pembroke
Went fishing on Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Captain just gave us a few rods (super old and not working well) and said start fishing without any guidance or anything. It soon became clear that the captain didn’t know anything about fishing when we tried to ask him for help. As an experienced fisherman, I recognized that the tactics and gear that we used were not appropriate for the area and type of fish. This was disappointing when we spent over 800 bucks for the five hour trip.

After realizing this, we decided to forget the fishing and just focus on enjoying the Maltese island view. I’d consider it more of a boat ride than a fishing trip.

Tuomas Eskelinen does not recommend Jake - Barbarossa Excursions

Fished May 2018

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Barbarossa Excursions (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 14, 2018

IHi,  the fishing trip was a trolling one using special lures that attract fish while trolling.  I took the clients to the fishing grounds, first in a place where tuna migrates and used to be caught by old system nets like they do in Sicily.  These nets used to be in Mellieha Bay where the Tunnara used to be set up and many times we see tuna jumping out of the water.

With no luck in this area, we proceeded to the north west of the island of Gozo to the tuna and swordfish fishing grounds.  Infact we passed many fishing floats and long surface fishing lines for swordfish and tuna, but again no luck.

This not to mention that the clients tangled the lines several times as they were more interested in drinking wine than watching their fishing lines.  Inspite of telling them to hold the rods away from each other and use different lengths, they still tangled.

I do not know what they wanted to know about trolling which is just pulling the lines behind the boat and waiting for a hungry fish to get hooked as in this fishing there is no special experience needed.

I can understand their disappointment especially when one of them had gone on a fishing trip not in the Mediterranean but I believe in the Caribean which has much more fish than the Med. 

They can watch a video on Utube (big game fishing malta ) and they can see that we do catch fish but this depends on luck too.

I did my best to take them close to the island so that they could enjoy the scenery once we had given up.  I also took them to the Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon round the island of Comino.

Nobody can guarantee any catch and this should be known by all customers, experienced or not.

so I did all I could do and I must admit that I was as disappointed as the clients.


Hungary
Went fishing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

That was my first time at the sea for all four of us. I had only freshwater fishing experience.

I have gotten seasick at the open water, so we had to go to the crystal lagoon to get me well.

The captain was polite and friendly, everything was provided as advertised.

Fished June 2016

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Barbarossa Excursions (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dear Daniel,

Many thanks for your review.  Sure the open sea is not always calm and especially when you stop to fish on the bottom the boat will rock and roll even in calm waters.

Jamie told me that you still got some nice fish which you released again.  I am sorry to hear that you felt seasick but glad that the skipper did his best to help you out.

Many thanks again for coming on our boat and just an advise, if you are not so good at sea, try trolling, that is fishing with a long line behind the boat which does not stop but keeps going.  This way it is more probable that you do not get sea sick.

Wish you all the very best and thanks again.

Frankie

Malta
Went fishing on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Most of us has not been fishing before. The captain showed us what to do, we caught several small fish. We then had a trip to the caves, the crystal lagoon and the blue lagoon and swam in the sea. It was a wonderful experience and the captain was great.

Fished August 2015

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