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OCEANIC® and FISHPICS® are E.U. community trademarks of Les Gallagher / FISHPICS®, LDA / OCEANIC® CREATIONS, LDA 

Contact: Capt. Les Gallagher     E-mail: les@oceanic-centre.com     Tel: +351 966783101 

 Pricing & Charter Info.

your destination airport is Horta on the Island of Faial, Azores

Brasilia Capt. Les Gallagher

40’ Blackwatch built in 2005 and custom rigged especially for the giant blue marlin of the Azores. A spacious cockpit, Scoponich chair and one-piece riggers by Rupp along with ample power from twin 450 hp Cummins ‘Diamond Series’. The Blackwatch hull provides a superb ride, excellent manouvreability, comfort and stability, both for running and for working fish.

Price €1,200.00 (per day)

Xacara Capt. Olaf Grimkowski

36’ Hatteras powered by twin 300 hp Cummins B-series motors. Murray Bro’s chair and one-piece riggers by Rupp. The Xacara has gained worldwide recognition for its fishing exploits in the Azores and is the first choice for "bait and switch" using livebait.

Price €1,200.00 (per day)

Nola Capt. Louis Sougne

37’ Bertram powered by twin Caterpillar 3208 - 375 hp motors. Bertram has produced more convertible sportfishing boats than any other company world-wide. The Bertram hull is famous for its smooth ride in all conditions, is a proven fish raiser and offers spacious, comfortable interior.

Price €1,200.00 (per day)

Please note:

  • we do not work with charter booking agencies - it is cheaper for our clients to book direct.

  • please, compare our presentation, equipment, experience and results to understand why do not need to work with agencies

  • we also provide more accurate information as to the probability of catching different species during different months

Marlin fishing season in the Azores is during the months of July, August and September

Tuna fishing season in the Azores can be good in May and June (and occasionaly during July, August and September)

Standard tackle on all boats is 130lb class with Shimano Tiagra reels, custom rods by Biscayne or Pat Brian. 

Light Tackle, Bait n’ Switch or World Record Fishing (with 2 mates) must booked in advance and is charged

at an additional €150.00 /day

Fishing on the Princess Alice Bank is charged at an additional  €150.00 /day

Charters usually depart at 09.30 and return to the marina by 18.30 (9 hours at sea) - tackle, food and drinks are supplied on board

Blue marlin are our primary target species. Although the average weight of this species is around 500 lb, we frequently encounter much larger specimens of  800 - 1,200 lb. The most blue marlin ever caught by one boat per season was 112 by Capt. Les Gallagher in 1996. Generally, boats that fish a full season may expect to average around 40 blue marlin captures. In 1997, the largest blue marlin ever landed in the Azores weighed in at 1,307 lb. The fish was caught from the Xacara with Capt. Les Gallagher and mate Zak Conde. Many similar sized fish and larger have been lost over the years. In all, Horta has hosted 6 blue marlin world records, 5 of which still stand.

 

White marlin can be extremely abundant in the Azores and although excellent sport on lighter tackle, anglers often consider them as a pest when targeting the larger 'blues'. White marlin captures for a single boat have been in excess of 25 per day but with so many of the larger species around it is rare that a boat will decide to target white marlin only. The average weight of white marlin is around 50 lb. with the occasional fish being closer to 100 lb.

 

Spearfish are less abundant than white marlin and have an average weight of about 40 lb. The number of spearfish we see in the Azores varies considerably from season to season.

Swordfish can be plentiful in the Azores but are rarely targeted by sport fishermen unless they are seen tailing during the day. Under these circumstances it is normal to try and bait the fish from a distance. Although a number of fish have been caught in this way, a hook up is rare. Night fishing has been more effective. However, with so much good fishing to be had during the day, it is rare that a Captain is enthusiastic to include a night trip into what is usually a ‘seven day’ charter routine. We only recommend night fishing for swordfish if we know commercial boats are catching in the same area or if swordfish are seen tailing during the day. 

 

Bluefin tuna made themselves very apparent to sport fishermen in the Azores during the summers of 1996 and 1997. Their presence is unpredictable and before 1996 only one or two encounters had taken place since 1985. Local commercial fishermen say that there had occasionally been large numbers of Bluefin tuna observed prior to the 1980's and mostly seen in the winter months. Most of the fish seen during 1996 and 1997 were between 600 and 1,000 lb. The largest tuna landed by sport fishermen so far weighed in at just over 1,000 lb. and the most caught by one boat in a single day was 6. Due to the conservation needs of this species and because we are usually fishing in very deep water, we are only interested to target bluefin tuna using the heaviest of tackle. In doing this, our objective is to minimize the fight time, avoid sounding and release a healthier fish.

 

Bigeye tuna fishing can be very good in the Azores as from the beginning of May and through until October. The presence of these fish is somewhat unpredictable. The fishing is often good around the Islands of S. Maria and S. Miguel during the month of May. During the last years, we have caught bigeye at various times throughout the season with late September often being particularly good. Most of the fish are between 200 and 300 lb.

 

Other tunas such as yellowfin and albacore are caught from time to time but are less commonly seen compared to bigeye.

 

Smaller species such as dolphinfish (dorado), skipjack and less commonly, wahoo, are caught from time to time.

 

Sharks such as Mako, hammerhead, blue and six-gill, although common and quite easy to catch are rarely targeted. These species are regarded as being less interesting than the excellent billfish and tuna fishing.