Canavieiras and Royal Charlotte Banks Brazil Marlin Fishing
Virgin fishing grounds where the big blues roam. How would you like to be the only game fishing boat on the edge? Where do you find this unique situation?
The Royal Charlotte Bank has proven year after year to be a world class Blue Marlin fishery.
17 Miles from the tranquil town of Canavieiras in the state of Bahia, Brazil, the bank runs 55 miles to the East with a southerly current hitting the northern edge, providing the nutrient rich waters to feed the bait fish. This in turn attracts the pelagic species: large wahoo, dorado, amberjack, yellowfin tuna, white marlin and sailfish.
Canavieiras fishing here aboard the Camargue, would fulfill the Marlin fishing fantasies of most anglers. With 80% of the blue marlin between 200 and 600 lbs and the rest over 600 lb the fish here are larger than most other fishing grounds. Moderate to calm seas make a great combination for some memorable fishing.
Captain Shawn Wallace
Growing up on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia, fishing and scuba diving with my father on school holidays, was the start to a spectacular life in the Big Game Fishing industry.
My apprenticeship was with Peter B Wright, Ron Hamlin (Capt. Hook), Dennis Brazakka Wallace and Laurie Wright just to name a few in some of the hottest fishing locations in the world. Now with 27 years experience and 20 Marlin weighed over 1000 lb and 15 released and hundreds of 700 to 900 lb marlin released, the experience needed to catch these big fish is not a problem.
My crew in Canavieiras are all local guys trained by myself on international fishing methods and are the best in Brazil. They love their fishing and their enthusiasm and expertise will just add to your Canavieiras experience.
Royal Charlotte Bank Fishing
We fish IGFA regulations and practice tag and release unless the fish could be a possible World Record. Because of the spectacular geography of Royal Charlotte Bank we have Marlin fishing all year round, weather permitting. The best of it however is from October to March.
The fishing records from over the years show the fishing can start late September with lots of white Marlin and Blue Marlin showing up. October has raised the most Marlin over the years with December second and November third.
Through these three months it is not uncommon to raise 6 to 12 blue Marlin a day. In November 2007 I raised an amazing 26 blue marlin in one day. November 2002 had the record before that with 18 blues.
The other incredible part to the fishing in Canavieiras is the size of the blues: 80% are from 200 to 600 lbs and the other 20% are bigger. From January to March you can raise 2 to 4 marlin a day and 75% are over 500 lbs with both granders (1000 lb+ marlin) caught and weighed in January and March. The other three granderâ€™s were released in November. The world record blue and white marlins were caught in Victoria which is 300 nm south of the Royal Charlotte Bank.
With the size of the Marlin here we troll four 130's for Marlin, a 50 to keep the razor gang (wahoo) off the marlin lures and a 30 to keep the tuna tubes full. Trolling artificial lures has proven best for covering the ground and raising the Marlin. We also have 80-50-30 lb outfits to pitch natural baits, alive or dead. There are spinning reels always ready to bale the large dorado that is plentiful through these six months.
For the first time fisher I and my experienced crew will teach you all you need to know and the technique to catch the large majestic marlin. For those experienced anglers we can cater to your style of fishing; if you have your own equipment and want to get the cobwebs out, my crew will gladly set it up for the fishing here or cheek the rigging to make sure everything is in order.
Light Tackle and Bottom fishing
We use 50 and 30 lb reels, spinning and electric on a day's light tackle and bottom fishing. Trolling 30lb and spinning reels between the bottom fishing marks you can catch white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, mackerel, dorado, barracuda. Once you reach the bottom fishing spot, jigging and casting plugs is the most popular these days but we can use natural bait as well.
Varieties of fish you can catch include amberjack, bigeye and yellowfin tuna, trevally, red snapper, grouper, yellowtail snapper and the list goes on.
Canavieiras Fishing Charter Boat
Fishing aboard the Camargue, a 39.5 ft Carbras Mar with 2 x 325 hp Mercedes BM motors, you will cruise at a confortable 20 knots to the fishing grounds.
Camargue is equiped with a new Sounder and GPS. She has all safty equipment including life raft and EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
Renovated recently Casa La Ma has accommodated fisherman from all over the world for the last 10 years, here to catch the large Majestic Blue Marlin.
Casa La Ma is great for those who like a little privacy, with four bedrooms that can accommodate 4 couples or 7 singles.
The house is close to the best restaurants in town and the fishing boats so you can get a little more sleep before the big days fishing.
Canavieiras is approximately 160 nm south of Salvador in the state of Bahia, Brazil.
Salvador is the fourth largest city in Brazil and has some amazing historical sites, a fantastic Carnival and an international airport. From Salvador it is a 30 min flight south to Ilhéus.
You will be met at Ilhéus Airport by myself or our driver, then it is a scenic drive along the beaches and through the Atlantic forest to reach Canavieiras.
There are in fact, many different ways to get to Canavieiras and depending on your preferences you can choose from a wide variety of routes with a stopover in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo being the most commonly elected.