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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Welcome to Tightlines Portugal

May I immediately offer you a warm welcome to the newly updated Tightlines-Portugal.com website.

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Our speciality is well planned, personally led and organised Fishing Holidays in Portugal.Your host John Bate

Our aim here is to provide access to organised guided coarse fishing trips and holidays and sea angling holidays here in Portugal. We are able to provide excellent carp fishing for super carp, barbel fishing for mega barbel and black mouth bass in the many dams and huge barbel and sturgeon to 155lb in rivers in the region. Likewise the Shark, Marlin and sea fishing in this part of Portugal, the Algarve is outstanding and with the opportunity to hook a new personal record or even a world record from our charter service.

John Bate

Marlin Fishing Charters

When fished for properly the Marlin fishing off the Algarve coast of Portugal can be as good as any other destination in the world. The big blue marlin turn up around 50 miles out from the eastern end of the Algarve in June and travel down to the deep canyon of Portimao by mid August, staying around till 2nd week in October, depending on water temperatures. Size is very good and we catch very few under 500lbs with 'granders' ( 1,000lb fish) possible.

Find out more about what we can offer for Marlin Fishing here

Barbel Fishing in Portugal

The Portuguese are not into barbel fishing in a big way as they are much more interested in fishing for black bass and zander which they take home to eat. To give you some idea of the fantastic potential for barbel fishing here in sunny Portugal I would like to share with you some of my knowledge and experiences built up after spending 21 years exploring the south of Portugal in the Algarve.

We have 6 distinctively different species of barbel, 5 grow to similar size as UK fish at around 20lbs but the big one is the monster Comizo which can grow to 45lbs. The Guadiana river - apart from a few areas close to towns like Serpa and Mertola, is virtually unfished, in fact for many miles, unless you have a boat, it is unfishable and offers the best opportunity to fish for and catch this leviathan.

Find out more about what we offer for Barbel Fishing in Portugal here

A brace of twenties, 28 and 22lb for TightlinesIts hard to believe that the fishing in the Algarve can be so good, the past few weeks have been a real revelation in what we have been catching on some of the new waters we have researched this year.

It started back in the Autumn with a couple of upper twenties from these new waters for me and for my customers on a couple of my new waters.

 It has continued into Christmas with the Christmas day 30lb fish for Rob, my grandson, he has continued to catch along with customers taken to these lakes, capped this week with a brace of 20lb fish, mirrors of 28lb and 22lbs being hooked, played and landed simultaneously. Wow what a catch and there seems to be no stopping the roll Tightlines are on.

25lb mirror carp for Rob on a Tightlines New Year tripThe big fish just keep on coming to Tightlines-Portugal anglers with a catch made up of carp to 25lb and 22lbs on New Years trip.

On New Years Eve my mate Keith Russell phones me up asking if I could join him and a top Portuguese match angler fishing on a secret private water that the top anglers from the national team are using to practice on, I did not need much arm twisting to agree. Keith was at the top end of English match fishing years ago, fishing in the same team as the late great Ivan Marks and keeps in contact with Portuguese match anglers.

We arrived at 9am to find a very nice water of around 30-acres surrounded by a vineyard, fish topping all over the place so I knew from my past experiences of fishing Portuguese bag up waters that this looked good. Keith set up his normal pole gear fishing maggot, I set up match rod and fished the waggler as I had been told that there were bigger fish in the water as well as the normal 3lb match fish. After around 1 hour I started to get indications of fish in the swim and started to pick up the odd fish on sweetcorn, not big fish, but great fighters more like barbel, Keith had started catching on the pole.

At 2pm my grandson phoned me up excited he had been back to fish a water with his mate where we had a 30lb fish Christmas Day , he had just landed a 25lb fish, great. 5 minutes later Rob phones me again this time his mate had a fish of 22lbs, what a great start to the year. I ended the session with 9 fish and missed a few bites and had one double role over under my rod, so this looks like a good place for the summer, our Portuguese friend said you need around 100lbs in a 3 hour match to get in the frame. Not bad for a 5 euro day ticket.


Rob's 30lb Christmas Day mirror carpI first  fished this water in 1995 blanked and did not return till this year. That was a BIG mistake as the water was not stocked till 1986 and it seems that the fish are growing at +2lbs a year. It is very clear from our few trips that this water has the potential for 50lb fish and possibly a new Portuguese record IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS so my grandson Rob, 15 years old, has been nagging me to fish it. He had a day there a few weeks ago and his mate had a
fish of 28lbs.

We arrived afternoon on the 24th Dec and set up camp. On Christmas day at 10.30am Rob's alarm screamed out and battle commenced with what proved to be a new pb for Rob at 30lbs This fish was taken on bog standard gear with simple rig - method feeder and sweet-corn on the hook. I had 3 fish to 12lbs as well.

Next day was much slower, so Rob moved around to the other side of the water where we had seen some fish topping and had a fish of 15lbs very quickly and lost two big fish on snags, I had fish of 16lbs and 22lbs same day.

Not a bad result for a few days in winter!

The winter carp fishing here in the Algarve in Portugal can be excellent - this result just goes to prove the point!

Fancy a trip to shed those Winter blues? Get in touch and find out more about a trip out here with Tightlines yourself!

John Bate

Ian and the lads went home happy anglersMany thanks for a great holiday John!

Our group was very happy with both the fishing and the great price of food and drinks at night.

We normally go to Ireland most years but after taking several thousand carp and barbel, fishing with you last week, you can be sure that we will be back to see you again next year.

Thank-you once more for all your effort and for the vast amount of feed and bait you included as part of our package.

The accommodation was good and your breakfast that you made to start off the day with was fantastic, the local restaurants even gave us a going away present! A bottle of Port wine (each).

Ian Barnet and the lads

90 carp to 6lbs on fake corn by 2.00pm, phew!I have a holiday home on the Algarve and visit for several months each year. I love to fish and my mates come out on holidays with me fish to.

Until I started fishing with John from Tightlines I found the fishing poor, even when fishing with local anglers.

The quality of my fishing improved dramatically on starting to fish with John, nothing is to much bother for him from getting up at 4 am to taking my mates all night fishing for sharks. He knows the waters in detail much better than any other angler in Portugal when he guarantees fish you can expect a great day out. On my last trip he said I would catch 40 fish, not big ones but good fun on his match rod I estimated that I had 90 fish to around 6lbs on plastic sweetcorn by 2pm.

Just to give you an idea what John is like, I will relate one of our trips last year.

We were fishing yet another new water with John when my mate Rob had a run on his big carp rod, he hit the run, rod bent double and his line broke, 15lb line, he had forgotten what John is always reminding us to do, that is to check our reel drags! Anyway 10 minutes later John hooks a nice fish on his match rod using 5lb line, says to me that it feels like a good fish after it takes 100 yards of line off, then he gives me his rod. After a 15 minute fight John slips his big net under a very nice carp for me and I have great pleasure in giving Rob his hook and rig back (yes, this was the fish rob lost, just 2 oz under the 20lb).

On other days we have been barbel fishing and have seen big barbel under our rod s that looked over 10lbs ,but so far our best is just over 7lbs, up to 12 barbel per day. I have had carp as well with the barbel and mullet that fight best of all. I recommend John to you for any kind of fishing from sharks to carp and black bass.

Many thanks for a great holiday John!

Alan Dunn

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How to book your holiday:

Keen to get a booking or reservation made - don't delay visit our *Online Enquiry / Reservations Page*

If you wish to get more info on any of our trips then use our online booking einquiry page and tell us what type of fishing you want, how many will be coming, and when. We will then contact you to confirm your dates before you start booking flights and insurances etc. This gives us an opportunity to fine tune your trip and cater for your personal needs.

We look forward to hearing from you and organising a full holidy trip out to the Algarve or catering for you on a day out whilst out here on a family holiday.