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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Welcome to Tightlines Portugal

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


Update 12/7/2017 - as of July 12th the Marlin have arrived... 3 whites taken on the 12th and on the 13th a big blue Marlin... the Mako sharks and giant tuna over 500lb are here as well, so its looking like its going to be a fantastic summers fishing...if you fancy getting amongst some of this action then contact me today!

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If you are out here in the Algarve or might be coming out and fancy some of this Game Fish action with the Marlin or Sharks get in touch and see what is available and get yourselves booked for a trip asap!    Contact Us here or Make a Reservation Enquiry


Lots of sharks around with up to 15 fish safely returned on 1 trip last week

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

Freshwater report for 2015:

Start of the year found me continuing catching carp and barbel which I have safely moved to 1 of our private syndicate waters. We now have over 300 carp and 100 barbel moved to their new home - these fish have settled in nicely and are appearing in recent catches!

Chris has set a new Portuguese carp record with a nice fish of 54lb 8oz, this fish had put on 6lb since another angler had it last season, unfortunately 1 of our other 50lb fish was found dead last week, she will be missed as we have all had her out a few times over the years and seeing a fish we know so well die is a bit gut wrenching.

My barbel fishing is doing really well and I can confidently promote barbel fishing holidays, our best day saw +50 fish for 4 anglers from a new venue .

The quality of the barbel fishing we now have access to is evident from this image of one taken recently.

If you fancy some Algarve Coarse Fishing take a alook at the packages here: Big Carp Fishing - Carp and Barbel Fishing


Sea fishing report for 2015

Our shark fishing started off incredibly well, in fact at mid season we were averaging 8 fishper trip, but things slowed down towards the end. Our bottom fishing has been really nice with red snappers to nearly 40lbs, big congers and lots of smaller fish on light tackle which is easy to use here as we have very little tide, a 2 oz lead is all we need.

The giant tuna turned up again, we had them jumping all around the boat one day big fish 400lb+. Best we know about landed was nearly 500lb taken on a marlin lure.

Marlin fishing looked like it was going to be good, but cold north winds drove them out and only a few were taken, lets hope this summer will see higher water temps and the return of white and blue Marlin and my favorite the Mako shark!

If you are out here in the Algarve or might be coming out and fancy some of this action fishing for any or all of these species get in touch and see what is available and can be booked    Contact Us here

JOHN BATE

This year my personal fishing has been severely restricted due to the purchase of a old house on the Algarve which I am restoring. But I have still been able to get out with my clients and get in a few trips with friends.

Freshwater Fishing

We have not broken the Portuguese carp record again this year, but have come very close, we did catch the big fish again, but she had a bad abscess and had lost 5lbs my friend Tom treated this and its nice to report that she has been recaptured and put most of the weight back on and another fish from this water is putting weight on fast and is possibly over the record now.

My barbel fishing has taken off big time so watch this space. Hideaway lakes have closed for good so again we have no day ticket waters on the Algarve. Our private syndicate waters are the jewels in the Algarve crown, the big lake has produced fish to 26lbs and the dragon carp have come out at 20lbs, these are fantastic fighters! We are into a big stocking program there and are adding some very special fish, not saying what or how big they are, but there are going to be some very happy anglers in the coming season.... One of our smaller dams on the estate will be the best mixed fishery in portugal, I will do a report on this in May.

Sea Fishing

We have had a nice years shark fishing with fish to 150lbs, with lots of small sharks around. Sso for a bit of fun this year I have used a carp rod as an extra rod to target these small fish sharks from 10 to 30lbs! On a good carp rod this was great fun and had up to 8 on one day. The Marlin did not turn up this year in any numbers although one enterprising skipper traveled 50 miles out to sea from the east Algarve and found them and had 16 fish on one day. The big tuna were seen again, so this next year I plan to run one rod set up for them whilst shark fishing so lets see what happens.

John Bate

Great fishing for TerryI recently (April 2014) met up with John in Silves for an eagerly-awaited daytime fishing trip to his private syndicate carp/bass lakes (I’ve known John for some time and previously joined him on carp/barbel fishing trips in Portugal). We chose to fish the larger 35 acre lake for 3-4 days . . . John selected a corner swim with overhanging trees suited to float and feeder fishing (using sweetcorn, his special feeder mix and scopex boilies).  I selected a swim 50m further away fishing at medium range close to a concrete water tower in the lake with combi-blowback rigs and tutti-fruitti boilies.
 
Despite a mixture of torrential rain, wind, cloud and sun, (Terry was a bit unfortunate with the weather on his short trip although he did get the sun cream out a few times - then only a week later and it was 25c all week: John) we managed to catch 6 sizable hard fighting carp (around the 15lb mark), and we also lost several others.  John assured me that this was a below average session probably due to the changeable weather, and there are larger carp in the lakes waiting to be caught.  John also caught a bass and terrapin, and I managed to hit the water tower twice!

Read more: End of Season Trip to Crystal Lakes

The coarse fishing season has now closed here in Portugal, so a quick final report until the new season in June.

Our syndicate members have been out after big carp this last month with good success. Chris from Lagos had the big one out at 50lb 15oz, this is the new mirror record for Portugal, so well done to Chris.

Next out were Tom and Bradley again they did well with 12 runs in a few days fish to 34lbs.

Read more: Great end to 2013 TLP Season with new Portuguese record carp....

From 2014 we are starting to do a yearly updates on the highlights for our years fishing so you can see what we are catching and not being like other fishing sites talking about what they caught 10 or in some cases 20 years ago.!!!!!

2013 Review.

1) The year started of in cracking style when I landed a very big carp for fellow tightlines guide tom this fish went 49lb 8oz  and is the present mirror carp record for portugal. NOTE - its growing 5lb a year!

2) I then switched to sharks and had a few days out with expert local expat from Lagos and had a great time with no blank trips over the period. One young lad had a great fight on 30lb tackle with a 112lb Mako shark.

Read more: What A Year in 2013 for Tightlines

Contact Info

  • Mr. John Bate.
  • Telephone:(00 351) 282 442292
  • Mobile Tel: 925363246
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Booking Information

Copyright 2015 John Bate - Development David Batten

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.