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San Cristóbal Fishing - Absolutely the Best


The waters of the Galápagos Marine Reserve are world-renowned for variety and abundance of all species but especially for Marlin: Striped, Blue and Black. And the undisputed capital of Galápagos Fishing is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal, from where a Park-licensed Vivencial Fishing boat can take you:


Offshore for big game, including:

  • Marlin - Striped, Blue & Black
  • Tuna - Yellowfin & Big Eye
  • Dorado \ Mahi Mahi \ Dolphinfish
  • Amberjack, etc...

Inshore for:

  • Tuna
  • Wahoo
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Sierra
  • Wrasse etc.

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Join Us on Leodan


Leodan is our 33’ (10m) custom-built offshore fishing boat. She has a composite (GRP\Ply) hull which makes her a little heavier than some of the newer boats but also more seaworthy and comfortable - Especially when it gets a bit choppy.

Leodan is equipped with twin 200 HP outboard motors, GPS, fishfinder, outriggers and fighting chair. 

We also carry top of the line Shimano rods and reels for trolling, jigging, popping and jigging, plus an extensive variety of lures, plugs and rigging.

If you would like to try fly-fishing for marlin, we can oblige with a LH\RH Tibor Pacific QC2 reel and 16/17 rods. See 1st Time Marlin on Fly.



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We recently took Leodan home for a thorough integrity inspection, overhaul and interior re-modelling before adding 2 new 200HP Suzuki outboards and re-launching her in March 2020.


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Where We Fish


San Cristóbal offers an exceptional variety of species and spectacular locations to suit every type of angler, both inshore, for wahoo, tuna, grouper.... (Pesca Chica) and offshore, for marlin, dorado, tuna .... (Pesca Altura). Leodan is perfect for either and you can even mix the two, depending on your preferences or where the fish are biting that day - We call that Pesca Mixta.


In practice, the distinction between Pesca Chica and Pesca Altura is indistinct since the best locations to fish wahoo, tuna and grouper require travelling as far or further than to the marlin banks. For example: Punta Pitt is often the best area of San Cristóbal for Pesca Chica but it is just as far from port as inshore Española - Refer to the map and table which follows...



Galapagos Fishing Banks






In the map above, the offshore (PA) marlin banks are shown in red and other inshore banks (PC) in blue. The following are distances from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno:



Pesca Altura (Marlin, Tuna...)




• Banco Española (N)
• Cerro Trenta
• Banco Rosa Blanca (SW)
• Ochenta y Ocho (88)

26 nm
28 nm
33 nm
68 nm

30 mi
32 mi
38 mi
78 mi

48 km
52 km
61 km
126 km



Pesca Chica (Tuna, Wahoo...)




• Banco Russo
• Española
• Punta Pitt
• Hankoc
• Floreana

22 nm
28 nm
30 nm
38 nm
49 nm

25 mi
32 mi
34 mi
44 mi
56 mi

41 km
52 km
56 km
70 km



There is good but less frequent fishing closer to port, for example at 5-Finger Rock, which is just 10 minutes away. But for the best chance of success, you will normally travel further afield, whether inshore or offshore. Consequently, for the same boat, the operating costs and thus charter costs will be much the same for Pesca Chica or Pesca Altura.



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When We Fish


In Galápagos, we experience two seasons: the rainy season from December through May and the dry season from June through November. However, even in the rainy season it seldom rains for long although, on occasion, it will rain hard.

Most species, including striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo are here year-round, but peak season for big-game fishing is December thru June when striped marlin are most abundant and the seas calmer.

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While the seasons are distinct, the difference is not such that it would deter you from coming here at any time during the year. “High” and “Low” tourist seasons are a consequence of external factors such as winter in North America and Europe (November through April) or the school holidays (June through August).




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Why Fish With Galeodan


We Bring Local Experience & Knowledge



Consistent with the Regulations, we employ a local captain and mate who have been fishing these waters for years, with eyes and experience unmatched by outsiders. Don’t let anyone kid you otherwise: no-one knows more about finding fish in the Galápagos than the Galápagos fishermen; including the more exotic game-species, such as Marlin.


Family Friendly

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When fishing for marlin we generally take no more than 4 anglers on one boat and for larger groups we charter boats from our colleagues in the Vivencial Fishing community. However, we do make exceptions to the 4-angler limit for families who particularly want to be on the same boat. Children are always welcome.

Conservation - Catch & Release

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Commercial fishermen of the Galápagos are permitted to catch and sell most species, including billfish. 

But on a Vivencial Fishing excursion we keep just 50lbs of fish and release the rest. Still, the 50lb limit is more than enough for our guests to enjoy a tasty tuna, wahoo or grouper, cooked in one of our Suites or in a local restaurant.

The first tuna of the day usually provides a snack-time sashimi for our guests. Our mates also excel in making ceviche from wahoo, grouper or jacks.






No Marlin “Trophy-Photos” Please

Marlin is a marvel to behold - With flashing iridescent colours and moves to match. But please do not ask us to drag one of these beautiful creatures into the boat for you to take a photo. We will help you get a photo at the side of the boat to serve as a vivid reminder of your encounter. There is plenty of time while we pull the marlin through the water for several minutes, with the mouth open to irrigate the gills until it starts to kick again.

In recent years the tide of opinion has turned solidly against trophy-photos, and for good reason: aside from the physical impact of handling, it is extremely stressful for the fish to be removed from  buoyant and oxygen rich water when it is already exhausted.

Fish that have been removed from the water, even briefly, have a mortality rate many times higher than those that have been left in the water. Here is an extract from article by the Billfish Foundation:

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    “When it comes to billfish, being pulled from the water and into a world with no oxygen after an exhausting fight can be deadly. Even if the fish arrived at the boat in good condition, the stress of being removed from the water can kill it. What’s more, billfish have an exterior coating that protects them from disease, which can easily be rubbed off when pulled onto a boat and handled. The tricky thing is that the fish may appear fine upon release, but it’s not uncommon for the stress and diminished immune system to kill the fish several days later.”

Thanks Greg, Austin, Andrew & Humberto for showing us how to get the perfect “Trophy Photo”.

(except this one we did take home.)

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