Posts Tagged ‘Madeira Blue Marlin Tournament’

Well just when we thought the fishing in Madeira was all over for the season I just got word of a late bite over the last several days. “HawkEye” put a big fish in the boat after they hit  her with their propeller. With a few chunks missing she pulled the scale down to 990#. Yesterday “Our Mary” fought a big one for an hour and a half before pulling the hooks close to the boat. And today “Pesca Grossa” boated a big fish they estimated around 900# but unfortunately they didn’t have a scale to weigh her. Looking back at the season it was pretty tough  fishing all the way through. When the fish did show up they would only bite for a day, maybe 2 days if we were lucky before swimming off again. The good water pushed through in May and with it came the fish. They bit pretty good for a few weeks then a big  storm came through in early June, rolled the water over and the conditions never really got right after that. The current was switching constantly and the water temp was never steady. Having said all that  Captain Frothy who runs “Pesca Grossa” kept a good record of all the fish caught in Madeira this season. He told me there was around 80 fish caught between the fleet with an average size of around 700#. Not bad when you consider how slow the fishing was. I  doubt any other fishery in the world this year would be able to claim that many big fish. Even the Great Barrier Reef which does have alot of big fish also has alot of small fish mixed in and this brings the average size down. In Madeira you don’t see any small fish. Every fish you raise is over 500# with a good number of 700# to 900# fish and with the odd grander thrown in its one of the best places to fish for big atlantic blue marlin. And its a beautiful place to visit. Madeira……..the land of the sleeping giant.



1005# Blue Marlin "C-YA"

1005# Blue Marlin "C-YA"


After a slow start to the season the fishing has picked up in Bermuda over the last few week’s.  Well known local charter boat “Wound Up” put a 858# fish in the boat and lost a nice fish around the same size the following day.  “Playmate” was out commercial wahoo fishing when they got lucky and boated Bermuda’s first grander for the season weighing 1012#. Visiting boat “Que Mas” had an action packed day releasing 5 blue marlin and another visiting boat “C-YA” weighed a 1005# blue. I don’t have much to report on from over here in Madeira. After 3 fishless day’s for the fleet “Margarita” released a nice fish yesterday and this morning “Katherine B” pulled the hook on big fish that they called over 800#. The bigeye tuna that were here are few weeks ago have all disappeared and there just seems to be the odd marlin cruising around. Hopefully big Julie is out there somewhere.

There have been some good report’s coming in from Gomera over the last week. The local boat’s have been enjoying 3-4 fish day’s with a few nice fish being released. One boat caught one they called 900# on 30# test line. It would have smashed the existing record (870#) but for whatever reason they decided to let her go. Today another local boat caught 2 fish from 7 bite’s. Hopefully a few of those fish will swim over to Madeira.

“Happy Hooker” weighed in an 1097# blue marlin winning the 2010 World Cup for the second time and taking home over $300,000 in prize money, big congrats’ to all on board. There was only one fish weighed here in Madeira. The Spanish team on “Audaz” boated a 550# fish after a 4 hour battle. Fishing was slow for the rest of the fleet with only a couple other fish raised. The bite had  been slow in Bermuda and Kona leading up to sunday’s tournament. These two places are always big contender’s to take the cup but this year it was Cape Verdes turn. Back in Madeira the fishing was still pretty quite today. “Hawk Eye” released a nice fish around 800# and “Tightline” missed a blue and a white.

2010 World Cup Fishing Tournament

1097# Blue Marlin - Happy Hooker

On the last day of the Madeira Blue Marlin Tournament there were no fish caught for the tournament fleet. There are still a few fish around as we were able to raise a 400 pound blue that wouldn’t eat and a non-tournament boat, fishing out of Funchal, released a 700 pound blue. Today was the 1st time in a week that the conditions are starting to come good. The long-range forecast shows that the trade winds are meant to blow steady for the next week. Hopefully this will bring the fish back on the bite.

– Good Fishing!

This morning the fleet gathered outside Marina de Calheta for the start of the 2nd annual Madeira Blue Marlin Tournamant. Everyone had high expectations but unfortunately the fish didn’t want to play the game. There was only one fish raised between the 18 boats. Hopefully the fishing will improve tomorrow and every boat will get some action. It’s been 4 days now since we have seen a fish on the “Grander” and the conditions don’t seem to be helping either. The water temp is a few degrees cooler than we like and the water could clean up a little more. We just need a few days of steady weather. There is still alot of bait on the edge and the currents pushing in the right direction so I think it’s only a matter of time before it fire’s up again, finger’s crossed for tomorrow.

Good Fishing!