Deep water channels between the islands and an abundance of sea life make this one of the most exciting places in the world for the fishing enthusiast.
With waters off the islands of over 1000m deep, you’ll find 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). Smaller tuna species, Blue Fish, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, and many more, can be found in abundance.While you’re out fishing, you’ll maybe encounter a sperm whale or a pod of dolphins too!
The most prized fish in the Azores though is the Atlantic Blue Marlin with an average weight of over 500 pounds and many weighing over 800 pounds. Giant Bluefin Tuna have been caught in recent years, although they cannot be relied upon to visit every year and the gorgeous White Marlin are also caught.
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.
Although an occasional potential record may be brought to the scale, most fish are released upon capture and all fishing complies with the IGFA regulations.
Records : Many world records have been caught in the Azorean waters. These include an 1310 pound blue marlin, a 974 pound Bluefin Tuna caught on 80 pound line (woman's world record), a 573 pound Blue Marlin caught on 4 pound line. World record Bluefish, Hammerhead and Sixgill Shark have also been caught in these waters.
We work with 3 boats out of Horta on Faial between 30 and 40 footers and 1 boat from Ponta Delgada on São Miguel.
When to go
Marlin fishing season in the Azores is during the months of July, August and September.
Tuna fishing season in the Azores is during the months of May and June.