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2019 Season. Blue Makaira is currently undergoing her winter maintenance and will be back in the water in early May ready for our clients to start fishing from mid-May. If you have not booked then please email to secure your dates.

Madeira offered some great fishing over the 2017 & 2018 season with good catches of Blue Marlin. Blue Makaira’s average weight of Blue Marlin recorded at 570lbs for 2017 and just over 650lbs for 2018 so we are in high hope for a good 2019 season. With some 100kg+ Big Eye and Yellow Fin Tuna thrown into the variety of the catch it should be a productive year. Madeira also had a few Blue Fin Tuna for 2018, so we should hope for an increase in their number for 2019.

Blue Makaira recorded the highest catch of Blue Marlin of all of the islands charter boats for 2018 and 2017, and recorded a win of the 32nd Blue Marlin World Cup in 2016 with a fish of 983lbs (446kg).

The fishing

Since the 80’s the island of Madeira off Portugal has been considered one of the best places in the Worlds oceans to catch a grander Blue Marlin.

Fishing aboard ‘Blue Makaira’ in Madeira is the ultimate Big Game fishing experience with the opportunity to catch Grander Blue Marlin, the prize of all game fish.

Madeira, a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, is a natural Big Game fish attractor, with warm currents surrounding, attracting the bait fish who are food for their larger cousins. The oceanography of the island also lends itself to the attraction of the Big Game fish, the surrounding waters dive to great depths close to shore, with depths of over one thousand meters possible within a few miles of the coast, all this and well defined deep contour lines create an ideal environment for the Big Game fish to hunt in.

Madeira is the place to be if you want to encounter very large Blue Marlin. The records speak for themselves, Madeira winning the ‘Blue Marlin World Cup’ four times since its inception. On the 4th July 2016 Captain Nuno captained Blue Makaira to win the ‘Blue Marlin World Cup’ with a Blue Marlin of 983lbs Incredibly, this fish was the fourth-largest ever caught in World Cup history, surpassed only by the three thousand-pound-plus “granders” caught in 2010, 2004 and 1993. In another notable twist, Blue Makaira’s Capt. Nuno was the also on the winning boat for the 2015 World Cup. 

The Blue Marlin that are to be caught off our shores are always sizeable with 1 in 10 being a Grander, a fish of a lifetime. Even the ‘average’ fish, weighing a mere 650lbs plus, will put a great smile on your face, and there is always a that chance of catching a World record sized fish.

In addition to the Blue Marlin we have a variety of other species of bill fish that will provide great sport, when the White Marlin are on the feed then the ‘knock downs’ are almost uncountable. Big Eye Tuna are regularly caught and will put a very spirited battle, particularly on 50lb stand up gear. Wahoo on light tackle are a ball, with lightning runs, and the Dorado provide spectacular aerobatics. To see more of the species that you could encounter then see our page ‘The Fish’

‘Blue Makaira’ is moored in Calheta to allow us to be productively fishing the moment we leave the Marina, with the best fishing grounds that Madeira has to offer, surrounding us to the west and the east.

‘Blue Makaira’ is Captained and crewed by experienced fisherman who’s prime aim is to get you connected to fish. Fishing with us is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Whether you are an experienced Big Game fisherman, out to attempt that “world record”, a novice, or ‘just’ fishing for the thrill of it, then ‘Blue Makaira’ is perfect for you.

‘Blue Makaira’ can accommodate most requests, be it a half days, a day or several days fishing, once ‘booked’ all that is left for you to do is turn up and enjoy yourself, we will provide your lunch, snacks for the day, and a plentiful supply of cold drinks from the fridge.

Tight lines!

On ‘Blue Makaira’ we operate a release, no kill policy, on all billfish.

However, in the event of a potential world record being caught we will comply with the anglers request to kill the fish for record submission purposes.

In addition, the Captain, at his discretion, may suggest that a fish is killed if he deems that the fish will not survive.

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