Marlin Fishing the Galápagos Islands
EcuaGringo Fishing Charters
The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago consisting of 19 islands, is situated in the isolated Pacific Ocean. San Cristobal Island, the easternmost island in the Galápagos, is famous for its incredible numbers of striped marlin, huge blue and black marlin, and some of the world's best tuna and wahoo fishing.
EcuaGringo Fishing Charters
Ecuagringo has operated here since 2000 and was the first charters for deep-sea fishing on these waters. Since 2000, they've released over 3,000 marlin in the Galápagos.
The Galápagos Islands nutrient-rich waters attract blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin.
When the sardines show up on the many seamounts and banks around San Cristobal Island, multiple and even double-digit raises of striped marlin happen.
The Galápagos striped marlin average 150 to 220-pounds, with some reaching close to 300-pounds. The Galápagos is a true year-round striped marlin destination.
Tuna: Tuna feed in the Galápagos all year. The calmest Galápagos waters to fish are generally December to April.
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Season: Fishing is available year-round. Peak fishing months are from December to June when the seas tend to be their warmest and calmest.
Boats: 36-foot customer sportfishers host up to six anglers. Each boat is equipped with salon, bridge, fighting chair, outriggers, and private head (toilet).
Fishing Methods: Pursue marlin on light tackle, flies, spin tackle, pitch baits, and lures.
Equipment: The use of trolling rods and reels built in the USA are included in the package. A limited supply of fly and spinning gear is available, but most anglers bring their own. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Flies: Five flies are provided free to a fly fishing group. Additional flies are $35.00 each from the captain.
Fishing License is not required for the Galápagos, but a $100 USD Entrance fee is required for the Galápagos National Park.
Ecuagringo House / Apartment
Ecuagringo packages include staying at Ecuagringo house/apartment. Two guests per air-conditioned bedroom with queen bed and private bathroom.
Optional Tours are available. Visit other islands and take in snorkeling and diving tours, bird wtaching, hiking to volcano craters and more... The massing of sardines on the many seamounts and banks around San Cristobal Island attract striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, tuna, dolphins, orcas, sea lions, sharks, birds, and other marine species.
Grander Marlin - Isabela Island
When hot, you can expect double-digit striped marlin bites daily, endless topwater tuna action, and even grander marlin! If you want to chase giant blue marlin with realistic expectations of fish reaching the 1000-pound mark, you should consider fishing Isabela Island. Yes, grander marlin out of Isabela is a true possibility.
Crews have experienced days where it is very difficult to fish for marlin because big eye tunas were such a nuisance. Bigeye tuna are strong, relentless, and dive deep when hooked - a prizefighter in its own class. They can grow to more than 400 pounds in size. When targeting tuna under 150 pounds, they're a terrific fish on light tackle. These tunas can feed and dive into low-oxygen water deep down where many other predators cannot go. Tuna spend much of their life feeding in depths of 200 to 500 meters. When you hook one of these incredible pelagics, get ready for a great fight.
Two Fishing Reports
April 3, 2019 Fishing Report: Tyson Whitney with Captain Gus fished Española Bank.
Gus delivered with 15 striped marlin raises, 11 bites, and seven releases plus 1/1 on blue marlin. Seas were a bit choppy, but there was plenty of life on the bank and bait.
June 25, 2019 Fishing Report: We are now officially coming out of the prime season for marlin in the Galápagos, and the bite continues to be double digits. Water is currently 72 F, but the banks are loaded with striped marlin. Local anglers from Santa Cruz are reporting lots of yellowfin tuna out of San Luis Bank and McGowen Reef, so the topwater action is very good as well, with 20 to 40 bites reported for tuna a day.
Sample Fishing Day
A Typical Fishing Day:
You’ll have an early breakfast at the hotel. Your host will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the marina, typically a 10-minute drive.
At 7:00 a.m., you’ll board your boat for a full day of fishing. A captain, crew, tackle, lunch, beverages, and snacks are provided.
At about 4:30 p.m., you’ll return to the port and be driven back to your hotel. Dinners are on your own and not included in the package.
You'll fly to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Daily direct flights are available from Fort Lauderdale and Miami and arrive in Guayaquil in just under four hours. Outside of Customs, you’ll be greeted by a host and driven to your hotel. (The hotel stay in Guayaquil is included in your package. Dinner is not included.) The next day, you’ll take a one hour and 40-minute flight to San Cristóbal Airport, which is located on the outskirts of town. San Cristobal Island has a population of 8,000 people. A host will drive you to your hotel so that you may check-in, (most hotels are under a 10-minute drive), and then you’ll spend the afternoon on a guided tour exploring the island.
Airport reception, ground transfers between the airport and hotel and to the boats, first hotel night stay in Guayaquil City, lodging at Ecugringo house/apartment on San Cristóbal Island, breakfasts at the house, lunches, snacks, water and sodas while fishing, fishing aboard a 36’ custom Sportfisher, use of custom-built trolling rods, and bait.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare, tourts, dinners, alcohol, gratuities—to staff, host, captain, crews, drivers, and guides, $100.00 Park Entrance fee, the $20.00 INGALA migration card (upon arrival at the airport), lodging other than the Ecuagringo house/apartment, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fuel surcharges may apply if special taxes are imposed by local authorities.
Ecuagringo's 2021 USD Rates:
Rates are subject to change.
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing:
1-angler per group $15,000.00
2-anglers per group $7,800.00 per person
3-anglers per group $5,600.00 per person
4-anglers per group $4,400.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing:
1-angler per group $9,600.00
2-anglers per group $5,000.00 per person
3-anglers per group $3,600.00 per person
4-anglers per group $2,900.00 per person