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Monday, March 19, 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

new-record-41-carp on a Tightlines-Portugal day tripThe old record for carp with people fishing with Tightlines-Portugal was a great 41lb common by Dave - today Tom, a regular, has just broke this record with a new pb and new lake record mirror carp of 41lb 8oz.

The water has been a regular venue for this Autumn, Tom moved into the swim vacated by Terry on his last trip - so thanks to Terry for baiting up the swim for us. Using a baitboat Tom put down a bed of hemp and fished monster crab boilies over it. Tom had just a few blips on his alarms during the morning, so tried a slightly different rig and almost immediately had a good run from an obviously good fish.

The fight was stressful as we were sure he was connected to a really big fish and sure enough it turned out to be a new lake record - he had no real problem playing this fish,  so whatever there is in this water that has broken many people up on heavier gear we have no idea. But watch this space, we will find the answer, perhaps set a new record in the bargain!

John Bate

PS:-well done Tom and next target is a 20lb barbel!

If you fancy an escorted day trip or longer holiday here in the Algarve, fishing for quality big carp, why not contact us and find out more? You can make a booking or get more details by contacting us here or looking at the dedicated sections, escorted-holidays and carp-day-trips for more details

daytrip-fishing in the Algarve with Tightlines-PortugalOctober is a busy month here in Portugal for carp fishing most years and this one is going to be no different, despite the financial crisis that is affecting most of the world, our services are in more demand this year and for next season already.

Recent run of anglers booking 1 or 2 day trips has led to some fabulous fishing for carp on a couple of our local venues.

The latest saw Alan from Lancashire, who sent me a letter asking for some good pleasure fishing, he is a match angler, so is not into waiting all day for one fish even if its a big one. I took him to our nearest pleasure fishing water for 2 trips.

Day 1:  he had around 20 carp on the feeder - we feed the swim on leaving after 1st day with 7 kgs of particle feed.

Day 2:  Alan has fish after fish, non stop action all day, I set up and tried to tempt some bigger fish and had some bigger carp and 2 nice barbel.

During the day Nick from Australia joined us for this 2nd day. He is a very experienced fly angler and was keen to try the carp and bass on the fly. Despite putting the fly to some nice carp he was not successful with carp, he nearly had one but a cheeky bass rushed in and took the fly before the carp could, he did go onto catch a several bass on the fly.

Overall a very successful couple of days and with more similar booking over the coming weeks, things are right on form, typical Autumn Portugal carp fishing - hot.

John Bate

If you are on holiday in the Algarve and fancy a guided day trip fishing either for big carp or for a leisurely day catching loads of fish, then why not get in touch and book a day or two with us? You can book or enquire using our enquiry page here.

nice carp from the lake in portugalI have just returned from 6 day fishing trip with clients from Israel.  They tell me that living in israel there is no freshwater fishing and that this trip this was a real change for them. After exchanging many e mails and talks on the phone i put this tailor made trip together just for them. They were not interested in camping  hoping for a few big fish, they requested action with lots of fish and as much variety as possible with good accommodation and good food.

Day 1: We stopped off for a few hours on the way from the airport to their accommodation, at secret spot on my favorite river and  here I showed Ivan and Michael how to fish this swim (they are very much beginners). Using float tackle they had lots of barbel out from under a bush on the float and a few from mid river on method feeder. They had never caught barbel before and not seen a method feeder so everything was new to them. We finished early so I could show them the lake we would be fishing and we could go and feed main fishing area for the week. This a large big dam - we put 20 litres of prepared particle feed in and 5 kgs boilies, then headed off to book into the hotel and took them to my favorite restaurant, where they had a nice meal at a price with drinks they could not believe!

Day 2: The main fishery is a dam which is only 15 minute drive from hotel, so we can have breakfast at 7am and be fishing for 8 am.  Collected ice from petrol station to keep the beer and water cold, (very important with summer trips). Spent 2 hrs showing the lads what was for them, totally new types of fishing gear and carp rigs. We started fishing around 10am rigged the lads up with sliding floats and method feeders whilst I set up the carp rods. No runs on the carp rods on this day, but the lads had some good fun catching carp to 8lbs on the float. I tell everyone that the 1st day is normally slow, we need to feed. Put in another 20 liters particles and more boilies (we did this every day) just before leaving.

Read more: Fish filled 6 day trip with Ivan and Michael

28lb-carp-july-2011 on Tightlines tripContinuing to get out myself and with customers, and still exploring the fishing in the south of Portugal for both good pleasure fishing and in search of big carp and barbel.

The best carp water is getting harder, but fish are getting bigger with an average size of 25lbs, with a potential  new Portuguese record lost a few times. Some have started to up-rate their gear to 4lb test and 35lb braid in effort to reduce potential losses and bank this fish. The attached picture was fish from last Sunday (31st Aug) at 28lb 7oz, which was followed on Monday with 23lb fish for local anglerC hris from Lagos on the Algarve.

We have been out exploring my favorite river looking for the big barbel that inhabit it and we were pleased to be joined by experienced London specimen hunter who has fished with Bob James and Trevor West. Keep an eye on the Tightlines site for more updates as we have a lot more trips booked this year into October.

A special note to avoid disappointment, please if you plan to come out and find your own fishing (which can be very difficult) DO GET A FISHING PERMIT BEFORE FISHING, a visiting holidaying angler last week was fined 200 euro's and had all of his gear confiscated when he was caught fishing without one! So be warned!

For more guidance on permits take a look at our DIY info page.


As a provider of both coarse and sea fishing trips and holidays in the Algarve, here in Southern Portugal, its always been my goal to provide access to some quality fishing experiences for my customers.

It may just be a days coarse fishing for a party of one or more anglers whilst out here on a family holiday, a dedicated 3 or 7 day fishing break for one or more anglers, either coarse fishing, specimen carp fishing or for shark or marlin in the warm waters of the Algarve coast. Either way its going to be important that they all get a quality experience and the venues and locations I take them provide the expected results, plenty of fish. In many cases their expectations are exceeded, both in terms of catches and in locations of the fisheries, many being remote, exclusive and with very beautiful scenery.


To meet these expectations, both for my own satisfaction and the satisfaction of my customers I strive to find and open up opportunities each season to fish new venues. This year has been no different, I have already brought new venues to the list and continue between commitments to seek out more, so that I can always have a water available to meet the customers need and expectations in most situations.

I have been working hard to track down the comizo barbel that we have in the Algarve, whose weights can exceed 40lb, and have located a stretch of river where these have been caught by local anglers to 20lb in the recent past and have seen their pictures to support the reports. Having located this stretch I have been busy creating access and will be fishing this over the coming weeks and months. Early trips have provided good bags of comizo's to 9lb and river carp to 18lb, both excellent sport whilst seeking out the big barbel.

I'll be fishing this venue on my own and with customers over the Summer and I'll report on what develops as it happens. The pics above are a recent trip with a customer who had a mixed bag of carp and barbel in excess of 50lbs in a short day trip.

If you fancy a day trip whilst on holiday here in the Algarve or want a dedicated 3 or 7 day sea fishing or carp fishing holiday, check out our trips here.

Look forward to taking you fishing sometime soon.


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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.