Galápagos Islands

Marlin Fishing the Galápagos Islands

EcuaGringo Fishing Charters

Isabela Island Grander Marlin

The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago consisting of 19 islands, is situated in the isolated Pacific Ocean. Isabela Island, the largest island of the Galápagos, is fast becoming one of the best places in the world to target big blue marlin. All fishing charters are private for your group of one to six guests.
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EcuaGringo Fishing Charters

EcuaGringo

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. Blue marlin are found all around the waters in the Galapagos Islands. However, to increase your chances of getting more bites, there are areas where they tend to frequent more. Isabela Island is their best destination that produces more blue marlin and large ones with shots at grander (fish over 1000 pounds).

Fishing Facts:

Fishing Galapagos Island

Season:  Fishing is available year-round. Peak fishing months are from January through 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 a flybridge, fighting chair, salon, and private head (toilet).
Captain and Crew:  Tournament-class captains, crew, coaching from start to finish.
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 is included in the package. A limited supply of conventional #80 and #130 tackle is provided. They fish mainly lures. If a guest wants to fish pitch baits instead, they can provide bait but need to know ahead of time in order to ship bait to the Galapagos. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is not required for the Galápagos, but a $100 USD Entrance fee is required for the Galápagos National Park.

Ecuagringo Lodging

Galápagos Islands

Ecuagringo packages include lodging. Two guests per air-conditioned bedroom with private bathroom in a home they rent. Guests can be upgraded to hotels for additional costs.
Optional Tours are available. Visit other islands and take in snorkeling and diving tours, bird watching, hiking to volcano craters, and more... The massing of sardines on the many seamounts and banks around San Cristobal Island attracts striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, tuna, dolphins, orcas, sea lions, sharks, birds, and other marine species.

Giant Blue Marlin in Isabela YouTube

Grander Marlin - Isabela Island

Grander Marlin

When hot, you can expect double-digit striped marlin bites daily, endless topwater tuna action, and even grander marlin! At Isabela Island, you'll chase giant blue marlin with realistic expectations of fish reaching the 1000-pound mark. Yes, grander marlin out of Isabela is a true possibility.

Bigeye Tuna

Tuna Fishing

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

Española Bank

April 3, 2019 Fishing Report:  Tyson Whitney with Captain Gus fished Española Bank. Gus delivered with 15 striped marlin raises, 11 bites, and 7 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

Fishing Day

A Typical Fishing Day:
You’ll have an early breakfast. Your host will 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, snacks, bottled water, and sodas are provided.
At about 4:30 p.m., you’ll return to the port and be driven back to your lodging. You'll have dinner at the lodge, included in the package.

Getting There:

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 under four hours. Outside of Customs, you'll be greeted by a host and driven to your hotel. (Hotel nights and dinner in Guayaquil are not included in the package.) The next day, you'll take an under 2-hour flight to Baltra Island and gain an hour. (There is a one-hour time difference between Guayaquil and Isabela Island. No airfare is included.) The host will meet you at the Baltra Airport in the Galapagos and take you by bus to Itabaca Channel, a 7-minute drive. A ferry will carry you about 500 yards across the Itabaca Channel. Once on the other side, the driver will meet you and take you on a 45-minute scenic drive across the island of Santa Cruz. You'll arrive in the town of Puerto Ayora, where you will board a speed ferry that will take you on about a 2-hour run to Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and has 3,500 people. Upon arrival, a host will greet you at the dock in Puerto Villamil and drive you to your lodging so you may check in. You'll spend the afternoon at your leisure. Guests can book an island hopper flight from Baltra to Isabela for an added fee.


2022 USD Rates:

Rates are subject to change.
All charters are private for your group only. Ecuagringo does not offer shared charters, split charters with strangers, or half-day charters. If you want a customized option with more days, Please email us.
Peak Fishing January 1 - June 20:
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $5,300.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $5,800.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $6,500.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $7,900.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $11,400.00 per person
1 Angler per boat $21,900.00 per person
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $7,000.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $7,800.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $8,800.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $10,800.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $14,900.00 per person
1 Angler per boat $29,200.00 per person
11-nights and 10-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $9,700.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $10,700.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $12,100.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $14,900.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $20,800.00 per person
1 Angler per boat $39,900.00 per person

Low Season Rates July 1 - December 31:
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $3,975.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $4,350.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $4,875.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $5,925.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $8,550.00 per person
1 Angler per boat $16,425.00 per person
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $5,250.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $5,850.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $6,600.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $8,100.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $11,175.00 per person
1 Anglerper boat $21,900.00 per person
11-nights and 10-days guided fishing:
6 Anglers per boat $7,275.00 per person
5 Anglers per boat $8,025.00 per person
4 Anglers per boat $9,075.00 per person
3 Anglers per boat $11,175.00 per person
2 Anglers per boat $15,600.00 per person
1 Angler per boat $29,925.00 per person

Packages Include:

Airport reception, ground transfers between the airport and hotel and to the boats, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast at lodging, lunch, snacks, plus bottled water and sodas onboard, fishing aboard a 36’ custom Sportfisher with captain and crew, use of custom-built trolling rods and bait.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare - international or domestic, Island hopper flight option, first and optional last night hotel stays in Guayaquil, tours, dinners, alcohol, gratuities to staff, host, captain, crews, drivers, and guides, $100.00 Galapagos National Park Entrance fee, INGALA migration card $20.00 p.p. (upon arrival at the airport), Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fuel surcharges may apply if special taxes are imposed by local authorities.

Fishing Travel Experts


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com