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Destination Portugal, Madeira
Madeira is a Portuguese island that is located in the north Atlantic Ocean. This island is Europe’s one of the most attractive destinations to which tourists flock to all through the year. This second richest region of Portugal is known for its wines, landscapes, flowers and embroidery artisans. Funchal is the lovely capital city of Madeira that is replete with shops, restaurants and many such interesting sights.
For sure, fishing is one of the most alluring activities that you can indulge in when in Madeira, but that is not all that you can do in Madeira. You can roam around in the Botanical Gardens, immerse yourself in a refreshing game of golf in the spectacular golf courses and even go hiking in the most stunning hiking trails.
As for fishing, this island is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean that is home to a very large variety of fish species. The migratory routes of many of the most sought after game fish coincides with the geographical location of Madeira and hence makes this Portuguese island one of the best spots for big game fishing. Marlin, Tuna, Swordfish, Wahoo, Spearfish are some of the few species that are found in bountiful in the Madeiran waters.
Top 4 fish
The largest of all the Marlins, the Blue Marlin is the greatest attraction of the Madeiran fishing. These water monsters are known for their strength and speed. The huge size and the might with which these fish fight have made them top the list of game fish all around the world.The Atlantic Blue Marlin that is found in these waters have an average weight of 300 kg and anglers from all around the world are attracted to Madeira to reel in one of these magnificent creatures. Landing a Marlin can be an experience of a lifetime as the time since one of these beauties hook till the time you land them on your boat will involve backbreaking fight and grueling hours.
Where to find Blue Marlin in Madeira?
The Blue Marlin is found in the Atlantic waters around the island of Madeira during the months of May to October with a peak season extending from month of June to that of July.Blue Marlins are spotted in the southern coast of Madeira more often than the other regions. Most fish are found well within a 2 mile radius from the shores.
How to fish for Blue Marlin in Madeira?
Lure fishing is the best and the most practised method of landing a Blue Marlin in Madeira.
The mighty Swordfish gets its name from the long sword like upper jaw. These fast swimming predatory fish are well known in the sport fishing realm for their underwater speeds, powerful leaps and the great fight that put up when hooked. These fish are pure muscles and can exhaust any angler in a matter of minutes of being hooked. Swordfish can grow to lengths of 4.5 m and can weigh up to 650 kg.These fish are usually found in depths ranging from 200 to 600 m in waters with temperatures varying from 18 to 22 degree Celsius. A very interesting fact about the Swordfish is that its body is capable of heating the brain and allows these fish to plummet to depths of 650 m where the water temperatures are close to freezing point.
Where to find Swordfish in Madeira?
In Madeira, Swordfish appear during the months of March through September.
How to fish for Swordfish in Madeira?
Drifting is a very effective method to fish for Swordfish. During the daytime when the Swordfish prefers to stay in deep waters deep-drop fishing will be more successful. Mackerels, bonitos, squids and mullets are the common baits used to lure a Swordfish. Artificial squid like baits can also be used in swordfishing.
The White Marlin is yet another contender for the top positions of the world’s most wanted game fish. These beautiful creatures that belong to the Marlin family remain true to their family characteristics of being a hard battler. In addition to this, these Marlins are also popular for engaging in tail-walking and leaping out of the water when hooked. These acrobatic traits of the White Marlin makes it difficult to land and thus makes it one of the favourite among sport fishermen.The average weight of a White Marlin can reach up to 30 kg.
Where to find White Marlin in Madeira?
The best time to fish for a White Marlin in Madeira is between the months of April to September.
How to fish for White Marlin in Madeira?
Trolling with whole and strip baits is one of the most common techniques used to catch a White Marlin. Live baits like mullets, mackerels, anchovies, squids and other small fish have also proved successful.
The next fish on the list is the big brother of the tuna family, the Bluefin Tuna. These fish have been build in a torpedo shape to help them move with great speed in the water. Once hooked with a Bluefin Tuna, the experience will be exciting and it will involve a great deal of effort as well. Once hooked, the Bluefin has a tendency to make death plummets into the deep sea. The Bluefin are rightly known as the raging bulls of the oceans for their exceptional power and huge sizes.The Bluefin Tuna can easily gain weights of over 600 kg, average Bluefins have been recorded to be weights ranging from 100 to 500 kg.
Where to find Bluefin Tuna in Madeira?
The season of the Bluefin Tuna begins in October and end in November in Madeira.
How to fish for Bluefin Tuna in Madeira?
Trolling and drift fishing are the two methods that are used to reel in a Bluefin Tuna.Trolling with live and dead baits and even with artificial lures are found to be successful in landing the Bluefin from Madeira.