Charter Operator
Casa Velha do Palheiro

Member since August 2014 Funchal, Portugal
Background
Madeira Marlin - Balancal is run by Casa Velha do Palheiro, specializing in excellent game fishing and incredible customer services. Their captains are experienced, passionate, and will do everything to provide their customers with an incredible fishing experience. Born in the Azores, Captain Salomão Lopes grew up on the sea, surrounded with boats and fishing. He used to work as a boat mechanic and now is one of the top captains in the area, specializing in pelagics. Captain Anibal Fernandes has a reputation of being one of the most skillful anglers in Madeira. After 20 years of being a commercial fisherman in South Africa, he returned to his home in Madeira in 1982 and started working as the skipper of 'Anguila.' One of his biggest accomplishments is catching and tagging an 800+ lb Blue Marlin. He's been operating the Balancal since 2000.
Techniques
Trolling, bottom fishing, live bait, spinning, popping.

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Funchal, Portugal
Background
Madeira Marlin - Balancal is run by Casa Velha do Palheiro, specializing in excellent game fishing and incredible customer services. Their captains are experienced, passionate, and will do everything to provide their customers with an incredible fishing experience. Born in the Azores, Captain Salomão Lopes grew up on the sea, surrounded with boats and fishing. He used to work as a boat mechanic and now is one of the top captains in the area, specializing in pelagics. Captain Anibal Fernandes has a reputation of being one of the most skillful anglers in Madeira. After 20 years of being a commercial fisherman in South Africa, he returned to his home in Madeira in 1982 and started working as the skipper of 'Anguila.' One of his biggest accomplishments is catching and tagging an 800+ lb Blue Marlin. He's been operating the Balancal since 2000.
Techniques
Trolling, bottom fishing, live bait, spinning, popping.

My Charter Listing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(23 reviews)
Funchal
 Last booking: 3 days ago
trips from $751

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (31)
Great Marlin
Hard days fishing
Amazing day!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
95%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
74%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
59%
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Daniel C.
Lisbon, Portugal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great half day out with the family

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (AM) on August 8, 2022
We had a number of younger children on the trip and the team organised a lovely day doing some fun bottom fishing suitable...
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Sophie E.
Helston, United Kingdom
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great day with some great people

VERIFIED   Trip for Sophie on November 24, 2022
Fantastic crew well set up boat, really great day out. Went fishing in November we weren’t expecting to see a lot of game...
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Andrew S.
Pompano Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Wonderful day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM) on November 11, 2022
5 stars to the crew. They made for a wonderful day and the icing on the cake was they spotted a wounded sea turtle and rescued...
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Liam G.
London, United Kingdom
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Hard days fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (PM) on July 21, 2022
As we all know , with fishing you are not guaranteed to catch. But you need a crew determined to help. We caught 4...
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Mārtiņš B.
Stockholm, Sweden
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Off Season (AM) on May 3, 2023
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