The Azores is without a doubt the ideal destination for fishing holidays. 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 sharks (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 is the Atlantic Blue Marlin with an average weight of over 500 pounds and many weighing over 800 pounds, so keep an eye out for them on your fishing holiday. 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.
Saltwater 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.
When to go on a fishing holiday
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.