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Friday, December 15, 2017

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

A nice barbel from a new river venue!Just back from a very enjoyable trip, guiding a customer over for a weeks fishing here in the Algarve. He was delighted with his trip and I have to say I was delighted too as it provided a new venue for the future!.

A regular visitor who is interested in all forms of angling, so during this trip we ventured on to a new river venue to search for a few barbel, and were not disappointed taking some very nice fish, with a bonus 8lb mullet!

The venue will receive a little more attention over the coming months as i seek out the bigger barbel we have here in Portugal, them 'comizo' which run to over 20 kilo in weight.

The barbel on this river go to 20lbs, our other river has even bigger barbel best I have records of was 37lbs taken on a live bait ( stone loach). This year an English angler took a fish of 22lbs.

If you are interested in coming out to Portugal and fishing for our native barbel get in touch and find out more about the fishing and the accommodation we have on offer here in the Algarve.

Kevin with his first 30lb fish on this Tightlines-Portugal carp tripJust back from one of my most enjoyable trips, guiding a customer over for a weeks carp fishing here in the Algarve. To say he was delighted with his trip might be a bit of an understatement, to say I was delighted would not do my feelings justice either!.

Weather turned a little inclement for a couple of days, but it didn't stop the fast growing Portuguese carp from feeding hard on most days. Lost count of the amount of action, but my customer, Kevin summarise's the fishing in his email he sent me on his return to the UK. You can read this below:

"Hi John this is Kevin, many thanks for last weeks fishing trip, it was great and I will be back same time next year with 2 of my mates. As you know I did not have a great experience last year in Spain, fishing with 3 mates only 6 rods for 4 anglers, no feed of any kind, it was really just a taxi service not guiding, so I was VERY relieved to see all your gear in the big transit and gobsmacked when you had to pick up 40kgs boilies from the front seat to make room for me.

On arriving at the water is was a big boost to my confidence that 2 of your experienced (fishing next year in the world carp classic) mates were there fishing, obviously they would not be wasting their time on a poor water.

Just to let any other anglers now what kind of guide you are I would like to mention that you gave me all the runs on my rods and yours until I had a new pb at 26lbs I then increased this to 30lb 8oz then again to 31lb 8oz. I kept a record of all the fish of the week and the average size was a very respectable 21lbs+.

The gear i used from the Force 8 bivvy to your 4 carp rods with Shimano bait runners was good and what about the food you supplied from the back of the van using your full cooker - proper meals like mum used to cook. Hope you or your mates break the Portuguese carp record, its in this water - regards to Ian, Chris and Nigel who turned up over the week."


With the current winter rates available on the Budget Airlines, now is the time to come on out to Portugal, fares as low as £15.00 each way available on one or two, there are odd flights at no cost, but other charges may make a difference. Its cheaper to fly out here than drive to some of the UK venues, and blank. Here at the moment the fishing looks set to follow last years trend and we may see some huge fish in equally huge numbers.

If you fancy a carp fishing trip this winter with a chance of some super fishing, get in touch using the site Contact page, look forward to talking to you about what's on offer.


One of 9 twenty pound plus fish on this customer tripGreat trip this past week in the Algarve, beginning of October 2009 with a customer, 9 fish over 20lbs best 28lbs backed up by lots of fish around 16lbs, some early pics of some of these fish below..

Full report to follow. Other angler on lake doing 36hr carp fishing trip had fish to 29.5lbs whilst we were there, had reports from other experienced anglers who had been on recently, losing some monsters that ran them all over the lake before breaking them. Looking forward to putting abait in their path in the coming weeks.

Let you know how we get on, so keep an eye on the site, try using the RSS Feed Get Tightlines news feeds on your desktop! to get any updates on your desktop!



A good bag of Guadiana comizo barbel and carp for Keith on a Tightlines trip!The angler fishing with me on this trip, for the 5th year is Keith Russell, who incidentally used to fish in the same team as the late great Ivan Marks.

Keith comes to fish the river Guadiana, which is the biggest river in the south of Portugal and is home for 5 types of barbel including the giant comizo that can grow to over 40lbs!

Additionally it produces wild carp that go to 20lbs and fight like tigers along with shad, sturgeon, mullet and small catfish - In the gallery here here you can see the river just north of the Algarve and what you can catch in a typical short session.

If you fancy some really exciting fishing and the chance of a huge Comizo barbel, come out and have a trip with me at Tightlines.


John with a nice upper double figure carp taken from one of the waters on the weeks tripTerry joined me for his 4th carp hunt in Portugal, in-fact he likes it so well that this year he is coming out again for a 2nd weeks fishing.

Terry is a good short session angler not into night fishing, he likes a good meal at night and to see a few bars and likes to move around looking at new waters, so we normally concentrate on one main target water and fish 2 or 3 other waters on short sessions. Last week we had 11 carp from our target water with 2 over 20lbs, but lost 3 very good fish, we had many big fish close to us on the surface cruising around but could not catch them, a real challenge for you if you fancy it.

On the other waters we had many smaller fish and some barbel from the river.

If you like great weather, food and drinks at incredibly low prices and a variety of fishing venues where you do not know if your next run will produce a modest carp of 17lbs or one of our 40s or even a giant elusive comizo barbel that go to +40lbs, then the Algarve is the place to give a try!


Contact Info

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Booking Information

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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.