FISHING IN AZORES
Marlin, Blue Fin and Big Eye Tuna
Ian Carter: Originally from South Africa Ian has been
running Xácara in the Azores since 1998. He also has many
years experience as Captain on sport fishing boats in Ghana,
Ascension Island and the Cape Verde Islands, which promises
to be ‘The Big Game Fishing experience of a lifetime. The
experienced fisher will find you the best Mid-Atlantic big
game fishing to be found in the Azores. And for those less
experienced fishers and first timer’s you will benefit under
a watchful eye. The boat is fully equipped for all your ‘Big
Game’ fish requirements and note we have a policy of ‘tag
and release’ for all Billfish.
Around the Azores the waters are extremely
deep, over 1000m, and good fishing can be found in the
channels between the islands.
The water surrounding the islands of the
Azores archipelago abounds in a variety of sea life,
including huge pelagic fish such as the Atlantic Blue
Marlin, White Marlin, and occasionally Yellow fin and Big
Eye Tuna, Swordfish, and various types of shark (including
Hammerheads, Six Gill and Mako shark). Smaller tuna species,
Blue Fish, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, and many more, can be
found in abundance.
Furthermore the Atlantic Ocean around the
Azores is brimful of numerous of species of dolphins and
whales. Most commonly encountered are the Bottlenose, the
Common Dolphin and the mighty Sperm Whale.
White marlin are renowned for their acrobatic performance
when trying to shake free of the hooks. Excellent sport on
light tackle using the "bait and switch" method or better
yet, with fly. Salt water fly fishing is becoming more and
more popular worldwide. The combination of calm conditions
in the summer and abundant supply of good size white marlin
in our waters make this an ideal venue for fly fishing. In
September 2003 Richard MacLucas accidentally hooked a Blue
Marlin while fly fishing for White Marlin on Princess Alice
Bank. The fight was hard work on the light tackle and took
2½ hours before they had the fish at the boat.
Then the rod broke! They could have gaffed the fish several
times, but since it would not make a new IGFA World Record
they didn't want to kill it. The fish was released and
estimated between 350 and 370 lbs. If caught on tackle
according to the IGFA regulations it would have been a new
World Record. Richard was back fishing with us in in
the chase for a Blue Marlin the same size for another record
attempt but "only" had the luck to catch a bunch of White
Marlin on the fly.
World Record: Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Spear Fish, Wahoo,
Blue fin Tuna, Big eye Tuna, Dorado’s,
Best Time of Year
For Marlin June July but May onwards who knows in this crazy
planet change anymore. Atlantic Blue Marlin of gigantic size
are found from May through October Average size 6-700lb
world records are taken on a regular basis. And
800-1000lbers are not uncommon
All fishing equipment is supplied at no extra cost
Standard equipment 4 x 130 Penn international with extra
80,50, and spinning gear.
Anglers need to discuss light tackle or
fly rod equipment beforehand.
We have two custom harnesses that will fit most anglers from
small to extra large XXX large could be a problem!
We supply all lures and use a full range of Big T, Fustin
Foo, Moldcraft, Bart Miller and Gary Eoff/MarlinMagic; you
can bring your own favourite lures but please ask the crew
to check the rigging first.
I like to fish with SUFIX Hi-Vis Mono Top
Shots and Dacron Backing, all supplied by Bass Pro off Shore
You can bring your own gear but please
check with us first.
The Atlantic Ocean
Arrangements and Accommodation.
We have two operators in the region both offering an
Brasilia costs are as follows:
1day fishing 09.00-1900hrs - 10 hrs 900 euros
Xacara costs are as follows:
1 day fishing 0900- 1900hrs - 10 hrs 1500 euros (bigger
We have a minimum of 2 days and 4 nights
accommodation in a high quality hotel
140 euros per night accommodation costs includes breakfast,
packed lunch supplied on boat, plus drinks.
Flights from UK Daily via BA. £200 - £300
Depending on the time of week you depart and season.
We will tailor your
package to suit your needs there are plenty of things to do
for non-fishers on the Azores, so you could make it a family
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