Fishing in Azores

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Known for its spectacular underwater mounts, impressive dropoffs and deep channels between the islands, the Azores are one of the most sensetional fishing destina...

Known for its spectacular underwater mounts, impressive dropoffs and deep channels between the islands, the Azores are one of the most sensetional fishing destinations in the Atlantic Ocean.

Offshore, there's huge tuna, marlin and shark. Insore fishing (jigging, spinfishing, bait fishing or trolling) produces fish species such as bluefish, grouper, amberjack, snapper and barracuda.

And apart from great fishing, the archipelago features volcanic landscapes, dramatic coastlines, waterfalls and natural hot springs... The Azores is a dream destination!

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Azores

Mare Nostrum I

4 19,69 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $480
Deposit non-refundable

Frontino

4 24,18 ft

Vila Franca do Campo Marina, Azores (PT)

From $640
Deposit non-refundable

Blue Rampage

3 32,81 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $1333
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Xacara

6 36,09 ft

Horta, Azores (PT)

From $1600
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

San Remo

4 22,97 ft

Flores, Azores (PT)

From $640
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Galaxia

8 34,45 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $853
Deposit non-refundable

Rabão

4 32,81 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $1067
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Scorpion

8 39,37 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $1067
Deposit non-refundable

North Shore Sea Tours

4 18,00 ft

Porto Formoso, Azores (PT)

From $106
Deposit non-refundable

Cheapest sportfishing boat rentals Azores

Discover the best prices for excursions in Azores. We've handpicked fishing boats with the most competitive prices, ensuring you enjoy your maritime adventure at the best rates. Explore Azores' beauty affordably.

North Shore Sea Tours

4 18,00 ft

Porto Formoso, Azores (PT)

From $106
Deposit non-refundable

Mare Nostrum I

4 19,69 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $480
Deposit non-refundable

San Remo

4 22,97 ft

Flores, Azores (PT)

From $640
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Best fishing charters in Azores

Explore the top-rated fishing boats in Azores, chosen based on user reviews for an authentic experience. Discover the best options for your fishing adventure in this beautiful destination.

Scorpion

8 39,37 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $1067
Deposit non-refundable

Frontino

4 24,18 ft

Vila Franca do Campo Marina, Azores (PT)

From $640
Deposit non-refundable

North Shore Sea Tours

4 18,00 ft

Porto Formoso, Azores (PT)

From $106
Deposit non-refundable

Reviews from the users

Très bon moment avec Pedro, avec qui différentes techniques de péches ont été testée. Il parle également français ce qui est agréable. Pour finir il nous a préparer des poissons pour que nous puissions les déguster dans le restaurant local. Nous recommandons.
Eric Meaux


ALBERTO MARTINAVARRO MACIAN


Doug Gomes

Tips & Tricks, bait and more

The waters around the islands can reach depths of 1000m and when fishing in the Azores, you can find huge fish such as blue marlin, white marlin and sometimes yellowfin tuna, swordfish and several species of shark (including hammerhead, the grey canabota and mako shark). Smaller species such as Atlantic bonito, albacore, skipjack, bluefish, wahoo and barracuda are also in abundance. 

Fishing in the Azores has a wonderful old-world charm that is hard to find elsewhere. Nowadays, it is very easy to travel to the Azores with many intercontinental flights that connect the islands with the rest of the world, throughout the year.

Top Fish Species in the Azores

Blue Marlin

Blue marlin fish are huge and have immense strength, jumping out of the water during a catch. The excitement and action involved in catching them is what attracts anglers from all over the world to fish in the Azores. It is considered a great feat to catch a blue marlin, with the famous Robson Green once saying that catching the blue marlin whilst fishing in the Azores is like finding the Holy Grail.

In July, when the temperature reaches 22°C, the blue marlin comes from the south to feed at the abundant banks where there are sardine, anchovy and mackerel. The Azores are famous for the enormous blue marlins which have an average weight of around 230kg. The largest to be caught in these waters weighed almost 600kg.

The best technique for fishing marlin in the Azores is trolling with artificial lures at the water’s surface. Try to find areas of water with temperature changes as these are the places that marlin prefer to be in. 

Bluefin Tuna

The bluefin tuna (also known as cimarron) is a fish of the scombridae family and its species can weigh up to 600kg, which makes it one of the most prized catches by a fisherman. 

The Bluefin Tuna appears during winter when the waters are around 16ºC, although its presence is difficult to detect because it spends most of its time hunting at great depths. In recent years, the amount of bluefin tuna has increased and some of them can weigh over 500kg.

Big Eye Tuna

Tuna with big eyes often swim in tropical waters and can reach 250cm in total length. They usually weigh between 50 and 80kg, but some can weigh more than 130kg. Other tuna such as the albacore and skipjack are also common in the Azores and during August, beautiful yellowfin tuna visit the islands when the water is warmer. 

Grouper

Often living in rocky areas, the largest grouper can often be from 1m in length and weigh more than 40kg. Groupers are usually found among the seabed of the Azores and so the technique to catch them will be to anchor in and troll or to use natural bait. These fish can be fished all year round, weather permitting. You can fish with live bait or using the trolling technique, as well as using jigging. 

Amberjack

Amberjack fish are blue on their back and white on their belly (although some may have a yellow tone). They have three fins and a dorsal, and can measure up to 160cm and weigh 60kg. Similar to a grouper, amberjacks are a sedentary species and can be fished with live bait, drifting or trolling. Perhaps the most interesting way to fish amberjack is using the jigging technique.

Top sport fishing species in Azores

FISHING SEASON IN Azores

Autumn

Fishing in the Azores during autumn is ideal for catching different species of tuna and, at this time, you can practice deep sea fishing. 

Winter

From the end of autumn through to winter is ideal for background fishing in the Azores to capture all kinds of rock fish. By jigging, you can catch amberjack, grouper, barracuda and bluefish. Winter is also a good time for fishing bluefin tuna as the water around the islands is around 16°C.

Spring

The best time for fishing in the Azores for tuna is during the months of May and June.

Summer

When the sea is calm during summer, it’s the perfect time for fishing marlin in the Azores. During the months of July, August and September, fisherman come from all corners of the world come here to find the mythical pelagic fish. The marlin appears in the Atlantic waters of the Azores during May, although the best time for fishing them is during the months of July, August and September. Also during August, it is possible to find yellowfin tuna. 

LEGISLATION / REGULATIONS

If you want to go fishing in the Azores, you need a fishing license. The fishing charters in the Azores normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.

How much does it cost to rent a boat to fish in Azores?

Depending on the charter fishing boat and on the duration of your fishing tour, you’ll pay more or less for the tour. The price for a private 4 hour Azores fishing trip is 300€. An 8 hour private trip will cost you 1200€ to 1500€, depending on whether you are looking for inshore or offshore fishing.

What does the price include?

The price usually includes the captain, fishing tackle, fuel, bait & lures, taxes and fishing licenses. On every listing we indicate whether drinks and food are included.

Once you’ve made a booking, the captain will contact you to arrange the meeting point and the departure time. Also, we recommend you contact the captain a couple of days before the tour to confirm the weather forecast.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 6 people
Popular fishing techniques: Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $480 per day
High season price: $2668 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Azores

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in Azores are:
Mare Nostrum I
Frontino
Blue Rampage
Xacara

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Azores can accommodate up to 10 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Azores, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Azores costs on average $189 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $320 for 4 hours and 4 people to $2668 for 8 hours and 10 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in Azores will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in Azores include: Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Albacore, Amberjack, Dorado.

In Azores you can do a variety of fishing methods including Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing, Deep sea fishing. Regulations and restrictions vary depending on the species.

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