Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Just had this report in from a customer who was out here good to hear back how the customers feel about their experience..

Pretty good reason to think about coming our yourself..

Hi John,

Just a quick line to thank you most sincerely for a great time fishing with you in southern Portugal last week. I really enjoyed the trip and will definitely try to come back and fish with you again in the not too distant future.

The whole trip ran like clockwork from the moment you picked me up at Faro airport until the time you dropped me off a week later. The accommodation that you provided for me at the Hotel Colina dos Mouros in Silves was ideal. It was clean, comfortable and all the staff were extremely friendly. What more can you ask for ? Silves is a great place to stay and all the locals that I encountered were extremely kind, friendly and helpful and the local restaurants and cafes were excellent. An evening meal plus wine and coffees and all for less than 15 euros can’t be bad !!

The three stillwater venues that we fished during the week were all different and beautiful in their own ways. I particularly enjoyed fishing the lake further to the west in the nature reserve. The tackle and bait that you provided was first class and everywhere we fished everything happened that you said would happen. You can’t argue with that. Your expert knowledge of the fish and fishing in your area is without equal.

My main objective of the trip was to catch some Gypsy (or Andalucian) Barbel and I achieved that quite easily. Unfortunately, because of the prevailing weather and river conditions, we could not fish for the barbel in the rivers as originally planned but I thoroughly enjoyed catching them in the various stillwaters in the area. They were all in wonderful condition, beautifully marked and they all fought like tigers. Great sport.

The carp fishing was excellent too. It was good to be able to catch all the target species using different fishing methods and baits and next time I cover over to fish with you I plan to try some different techniques to catch them. Seeing you catch such large fish on light float tackle was a real eye opener. We caught plenty of fish during the week in what was without doubt difficult
weather and water conditions so I can’t wait to come over and fish with you when the fishing is red hot !! Next time it would be great if we could get to target the barbel on the various rivers in your area. That would be ideal from my point of view.Sincere thanks once again John for a great trip. I really enjoyed myself and I will definitely be trying to book to come over and fish with you again, hopefully, in the not too distant future. My batteries are now fully recharged and I am ready for anything that life decides to throw at me.

All the very best, as always, and tight lines wherever you decide to fish,

Paul Bowen

Abergavenny, U.K. Thursday, 8th March 2018.

Portugal freshwater fishing rules

As from November 2017 we have a lot of new laws that will affect our fishing. I have printed off some 40 pages of new law and the following is my best interpretation of these where they affect our normal fishing.

RODS - 2 rods per angler except when carp fishing where 3 rods are allowed .

CLOSED SEASON - there is a closed season for Barbel mid March till mid June.There is no closed season for Carp this allows us to fish all year we just have to put back any Barbel we catch in the closed season.There is a closed season for Black Bass mid March till mid May only in still water not rivers.

NIGHT FISHING - Big changes here thanks to the Portuguese Carp Society.A number of the larger dams have been designated for night fishing for Carp anglers.The closest to the Algarve is the Roxo dam.The rules for smaller private waters are a little complicated but basically when the owner registers his dam there is a box on the form to tick which allowed night fishing.There are sensible night fishing rules that avoid you upsetting people trying to sleep like not fishing within 250 meters of a house or farm building.

PERMITS - We have to register as anglers in 2018 with the ICNF web site then in 2019 we can get our permit.For tourists they have to go on the ICNF web site and get there permit on line.

FISH WE ARE ASKED TO KILL - Unfortunately here we have big changes , I think its from a EU directive because they are talking about this in Spain as well.

CARP, PIKE, BLACK BASS, CATFISH AND ZANDER are not naturally occurring and they are going to try to eradicate them FROM RIVERS. In ALL waters Pike, Zander and Catfish must not be returned to the water. In rivers ALL Black Bass cannot be returned. In rivers except areas designated for sport fishing ( match fishing) no Carp can be returned.

This week I was joined for a few days by two experienced carp anglers from the UK, Gary Spencer of Premium Carp Fishing and his mate Martin from Holme Fen carp fishery.

This was a short trip targeting our Barbel. I took them to my favourite spot where a river enters a big dam, it took me years exploring in my 4 x 4 to find this spot and its producing some good fish Barbel to 13lbs and Carp over 20lbs.

Access is difficult and a 4 x 4 vital, but worth it as its very peaceful and we have never seen another angler there.

If you fancy trying this i can take small groups for around €600 each per week it was 20c this week in the sun not bad for December.

Gary is coming back in January for another go and I have others over in February so I will do a short report of what we catch, we had one fantastic day there last year with over 50 Barbel to over 9lbs.


Sea fishing

This years fishing have been interesting and varied, red and golden snappers have been around all year, these we target whilst drifting for sharks. Sharks have been around most of the year and bigger than last year, but not as many, 5 or 6 on a good day, some very big Makos taken.

Highlight of the season for me was the arrival of big groups of giant Bluefin Tuna in June and July some over 1,000lbs my mate hooked one at 12am and lost it at 8.30pm estimated at 900lbs clearly seen at the surface, but the leader was cut off on the trim tab.

The Marlin came early in mid July of Tavira and stayed till 1st week in September when we lost them due to cold north winds.

Good numbers of White Marlin taken with multiple hook ups and a few big Blue Marlin taken.

Bottom fishing has been good fun with lots of different fish taken, we are out most weekends doing this and if you book early can often fit you in with locals fishing with us at a good price.

Freshwater fishing

We have had a very busy season with lots of clients coming to fish with me. Some have been over two times for a week each time. Early booking is vital as we have had to turn many down January and Feb is booked solid for 2018. Carp and Barbel have been our main targets, but a few clients have enjoyed fishing for American Black Bass, for this we fish from my boat on our big private water.

River fishing

After many years of exploring I can now offer these trips and have two places I like. one on the Guadiana river, the other on my secret river and we have good B and B close to the river only, 5 minutes away from this secluded river-please note you cannot target just Barbel as there are Carp (big ones) mixed in with them.,

Big Carp

My mates have had them to near 50lb this season, but i have not had time to fish for them.Please note that camping and night fishing is allowed on the smaller private waters and it will be allowed on designated sections of a few big waters, but we are awaiting details of just where, this is a new rule just come in, Rules for the closed season seem a bit confused with some police saying there is no closed season and others with different ideas, so when i have the new rules I will post them.

Hooray...the winter is finally over here in Portugal and we have great weather with temperatures into the mid 20c.

The freshwater fishing has been very good this last month with clients catching up to 20 barbel to 8lbs in a day with carp mixed in as well.

The blackbass are feeding and giving great sport on my private lakes.

The sea fishing is good with some big red snappers and lots of smaller bottom fish sharks starting soon and the big tuna come in June, thats the big ones over 500lbs.

If you fancy a days fishing when on holiday you need to book ASAP, as last minute bookings normally I cannot do, April May and June are all fully booked with a few dates available still for July and August, with September again fully booked.

So if you do fabcy some fishing whilst out here on holiday, or you fancy coming out for specific dates get in touch soon as the calendar is filling up fast for this season...

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


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