Madeira is known for its big game fishing, as it is on the migratory route of various species, besides those that reside here throughout the whole year. Targeted species are usually the blue marlin, the white marlin, tuna, mackerel, swordfish and the barracuda, amongst others. There’s the possibility of keeping part of the captured fish, or releasing it, except in the case of the blue marlin, in which case it is mandatory to release it.

In other countries this activity takes place far from the coast, but in Madeira this is not necessary because of the great depth of the sea around the island. In Madeira’s case it is performed some 2 to 3 miles from the coast.

Each boat carries four fishers, and can hold six people.

In this competition, all boats leave at the same time and will head out to the same area, except for the necessary safety margins.

There’s the possibility of communicating through the VHS radios that exist in each boat. We can also include a support dinghy/juror for the competition. At the end trophies will be awarded to the winners, and a medal to all participants. Winners will be the ones catching the larger fish.

  • Where: Funchal Marina / Calheta Marina
  • Duration: half day or full day
  • Included: All individual fishing equipment, snacks, water, refreshments and beer
  • Availability: Everyday
  • Maximum number of boats: 10 to 12 (6 people each)
  • Maximum number of participants: 70 people


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