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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to Tightlines Portugal

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

NEW: You can find daily and regular updates on what we are doing here at Tightline-Portugal through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TightlinesPortugal/)

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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

We are pleased to be able to report that we have linked up with Hideaway Lakes as their fishing guide and are actively involved in making this venue into the best day ticket water in Portugal .

This is a complex of 7 waters which would not only be of interest to anglers coming out for a weeks fishing, but also to people coming on holiday to the Algarve and who might like to enjoy a day or two's fishing as well as soaking up the sun on Portugal's super beaches. Its the perfect venue for both as it offers you the best chance of some great rod bending action with no long drives!

Read more: Tightlines links up with Hideaway Lakes

Some years ago I predicted that the lake at Alqueva Dam would have best fishing in Europe (see more about Alqueva here) - this update is to let you know that on trip there last week, that I was visited by the local police( GNR) who are also keen anglers,  who showed me pictures of zander to 20lbs and carp near 30lbs, which they have taken on their time fishing Alqueva. There have been reports of carp to near 50lbs and in this weeks fishing magazine there is a  picture of 13lb barbel taken by an angler from Alqueva, so its all starting to come together for a great future for coarse fishing the Portugal.

If you fancy a trip to fish this venue the do get in touch or take a look at the trips I provide all of which can be to organised to fish this vast water.


alqueva-trip-catch-3-2013We have just managed to get in a short fishing trip at the end of the season for customers Mark Perkins and John Edwards. The Portuguese fishing season is very much in line with the old UK coarse closed season, with no coarse fishing again now until mid May.

The weather was gale force winds, but this did not effect the fishing. 1st day we arrived at the dam in the dark and put around 10kg of particle feed into a swim in preparation for next day. Following morning after a great evenings rest, we arrived around 9am after abreakfast to find the area full of feeding fish!

The sight was incredible, there were shoals with hundreds if not thousands of fish under the dam wall stretching for several hundred meters. The fishing was non stop all day with estimated 60+ fish to 12lbs. This continued till the end of this trip, fabulous fishing, shame it had to end.

Read more: Lates season success and a new 44lb carp

tightlines-49.5-algarve-carpAt 11am today 16th Feb 2013 very shakily I slipped my net under what I could see was a very special fish for my fishing partner and fellow tightlines guide Tom.

It all started some 3 days earlier when we arrived at the water in glorious sunshine, typical of a Winter here in the Algarve, and started to locate the likely feeding areas for the carp and then set about baiting to attract any feeding fish. Our previous Winter trips had shown that there were always a group of large carp willing to feed throughout the Winter on this particular water.

To facilitate a longer session, I was in my transit van from which i have modified to allow me to have a mobile base from which to operate and to provide plenty of room for lots of gear. My mate and fishing partner Tom had come over in his Hymer camper with enough gear to stock a tackle shop, which he did have at one time.

Once we had located the likeliest spot out was went the Viper baitboat with our particle mix which was laced with tuna in oil, aniseed, chilly, salt and our secret additives and hook baits. With the help of the Viper's fishfinder Tom accurately dropped his bait in a spot in 6ft of water, just short of a bed of reeds around 180 yards across the bay we were fishing and the trap was set.

Read more: 49lb 8oz Algarve (record) carp on a Tightlines trip

Any regular visitors may remember that last year I mentioned receiving a request for help from a ex-pat Brit, Paul Golds, he had since first coming out really tried very hard to catch some good fish, but could not get past 17lbs which for years was the same for myself.

It took me over 10 years exploring, driving thousands of miles and fishing for several months every year to find a hand full of waters that have fish in over 20lbs. Well all I have to do was direct Paul to a couple of likely waters that I take my guests to and he applied his own approach to fishing these and has really had a terrific season.

I could say he has ripped them apart taking several 40lb + fish amongst a great run of quality fish.


The images above are just a sample of Paul's great fish and if you fancy coming out and having a crack at such quality fish in great locations and weather, when the weather is cold and bleak in the UK (November to March) then get in touch with me to find out what opportunities there here big carp fishing in the Algarve, Portugal.



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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.