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Coastal Fishing in the Azores

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About Faial

Welcome to the pentagonal island of Faial, one of the most beautiful in the Azores. It's mild climate and lush natural beauty have long been admired. When first discovered in 1375 it was known as the Island of Good Fortune (Ilha da Ventura). Later its abundance of blue hydrangea flowers earned it the name of the Blue Island and finally it gained its present name Ilha da Faial, Island of the Beech Trees. Through our fishing and walking tours we hope to share our love of Faial's exceptional landscape, flora, fauna and culture with you.

Faial's coastline is particularly spectacular as it's volcanic past has left behind intriguing caves and dramatic rock formations. The seas around the island attract dolphins, whales and a wide variety of fish. Our fishing trips are designed to introduce you to the different fishing techniques and fish that are found in the Azores.

About Fishing in the Azores

On one of our fishing tours you will set out from Horta in an open boat for five hours fishing along the Faial coastline. Our fishing tours are done in an open boat. We offer different types of fishing: bottom fishing, jigging, trawling and live bait fishing. There are a maximum of 3 people per tour so that the guide can offer individual attention and beginners and experienced fishers are welcome. Before you go we'll brief you about the tour and some of the species we expect to catch.

Bottom Fishing
When you go bottom fishing the boat is anchored in different places where the water is 100 ft to 450 ft deep and the sea bed is rocky or mixed. You will be using a specially designed rod and reel with the bait prepared in advance. This type of fishing targets the demersal fish species, fish that prefer to live along the sea bed. You'll be hoping to catch Blacktail Comber, Common Seabream, Guelly jack, Forkbeard, Offshore Rockfish, Axillary Seabream, White Seabream, Chub Mackerel, Dusky Grouper and Largescaled Scorpionfish.

Although this can be included in bottom fishing, this type of fishing doesn’t need us to anchor the boat. It is done again where the sea is 100ft to 300ft deep and the bed is rocky or mixed. Jigging uses an artificial bait weighing between 50 g and 300 g, depending on the weather conditions and how deep we want to fish. The advantage of jigging is that it is possible to catch both pelagic and demersal species, meaning all the fish that you find from the sea bed right to the surface, without needing to change the technique. You'll be targeting Bluefish, Common Seabream, Yellowmouth Barracuda, Atlantic Bonito, Greater Amberjack, Largescaled Scorpionfish, Guelly Jack, Blacktail Comber and Dusky grouper.

To trawl we set the boat in very slow motion and use an artificial bait in coastal areas where the sea is 30 ft to 170 ft deep. You'll be fishing for Bluefish, Yellowmouth Barracuda, Atlantic Bonito, Skipjack Tuna and Chub Mackerel

Live Bait Fishing
For live bait fishing the boat is anchored at different depths so we can fish using rod and reel. This type of fishing targets pelagic fishes and to improve our chances we only go live bait fishing at the end of the day when the fish come out to feed. you'll be hoping for Yellowmouth Barracuda, Bluefish, Atlantic Bonito, Greater Amberjack and Guelly Jack

Please contact us for more information about fishing in the Azores

Want to Come Fishing in the Azores?

Our fishing packages include:

  • The boat, with a maximum of three guests aboard

  • An experienced, knowledgeable guide and skipper

  • A briefing before you set out

  • The use of all bait and fishing gear

  • 4 to 5 hours at sea

  • Insurance for this activity

  • Fishing licences

  • Morning trips start at 9:00 a.m. afternoon trips start at 3.00 p.m.

    Due to the costs involved we charge a set price for the use of the boat not per person. So if you're travelling in a group of 3 you can have exclusive use of the boat or if you're travelling solo we'll try and find a group for you to join. A morning or afternoon fishing tour (4 to 5 hours) costs €200 for a maximum of 3 persons. Six day's fishing in the Azores cost €1000 for a maximum 3 persons. These prices include IVA (VAT)

    For more information about fishing in the Azores please contact us using the form below:

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    Thank you for your interest in fishing in the Azores. We hope to see you soon.

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