Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our customers past and future from John Bate

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Some really good looking big carp are now turning up

My heart really lies with specimen fishing, however this type of fishing is impractical particularly when young anglers are present, fishing with me.

For the coming new season I aim to get away for a few weeks camping, fishing waters that have very few small fish and larger populations of fish that average 20lbs plus with the carp running to 50lb plus and barbel to 30lbs plus also possible.

Specimen carp fishing trips

If there are any like minded anglers who fancy joining me on these trips they would be more than welcome, the trips will be well equipped and with plenty of bait (particle ground baits etc).

Price: £700.00 per person, per week, with B and B accommodation

Optional trips:

The option is to travel and bivvy up rather than use hotels, this is an inclusive package, fully escorted, tackle available if you wish to travel light, bait and all food requirements covered (fresh food from local suppliers) you have nothing extra to pay for.

This offers the best chance of getting the bigger fish and gives the maximum time on the bank!

Price: £400.00 per person, per week for two or more

Price: £600.00 per week, for a lone angler

Special price for larger groups travelling together

If you would like to get to enjoy some secluded fishing in Portugal? Book a trip with us now using our onine Reservation page!

About the specimen carp fishing in Portugal

Some really big fish are now beginning to come to our nets!

How it all started.
I arrived in Portugal from the North West of England some 27 years ago and settled down to live on the Algarve. Being a passionate angler for my whole life, I soon had my rods out and started what was to be a long hunt for some decent fishing. I started as you would - by asking in my local tackle shop where there was big Carp. The owner just smiled and said that was there secret. Remember in those days there was no internet with Google Earth or Carp fishing magazines in Portugal. All I could find was a set of military maps from Lisbon - like the UK Ordinance Survey maps. There were 512 in the set to cover Portugal! I ended up driving six hours to the north from the Algarve to fish the Cabril Dam near Pedrogao Grand. Here after catching over 2,000 carp over 10lbs in other dams I had my first 20lb Carp. This water is one of the waters where night fishing is allowed - since 2017.

I continued my hunt, traveling as far west as Sines then East to Elvas and down to the Algarve and Lagos. What I found was that nearly all the dams were stuffed with small carp most around 3lbs with just the odd double up to around 17lbs. Local anglers tell tales of 32kg Carp from most of these dams but never have pictures or first-hand knowledge of these mythical monsters.

The Portugal Record Carp
Some years ago Chris Daley came over from England and had a common carp of 52lbs from a small private water near Elvas. That was the best we had at the time. Last year Chris Whitman from Lagos had our new record 54lb 4oz Mirror. This fish has unfortunately died, but there are other fish in there near 50lbs and they are growing around 6lb per year so the record could go around 2019.

The Future of Carp Fishing in Portugal
There are a group of Carp anglers in Portugal who have after years of talking have managed to get some new laws passed that could help our fishing. For example we can now fish with three rods, and night fishing is allowed on some waters. Unfortunately for big Carp we just do not have the strain of fish that can grow big. Just a few waters where, for some reason, we get bigger fish - these are normally smaller waters with weed beds lots of food and crayfish. Long term and the Alqueva Dam could change things as I have seen some big fish there. What I think has happened is that fry from some good waters in Spain have ended up in the river Guadiana and into the Alqueva dam.

John Bate


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