Thursday, March 22, 2018

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.



Jan-2013-tripWith all the stress of the year behind us, the 'boss' says its OK as its 27th of December to get the rods out and I have been out fishing on a local big fish water.

My fishing mate Tom had this nice 26lb fish at 8am, followed by 2 smaller doubles in the afternoon - the weather was incredible for Winter with temperatures in the sun of 30c water temperature was 11c.

Something we wonder more anglers don't take advantage of and get out here for some great fishing in warm Winter conditions from November through to our close season in March. Take a look at our catches for the Winter over the last few seasons to see what you have been missing. Trust me the fish are getting bigger every season.

The fishings great, the weathers great, what are you waiting for?

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Happy New Year.


Andrew with Alqueva carp 2012Great trip to fish on the Alqueva Dam with a couple of Tightlines regular customers, Andrew and Sue from Yorkshire.

This venue is an ever changing one as it matures since its original flooding and holds many a surprise and great opportunity for some really big individual fish and big catches. You can find out more about this tremendous water, Alqueva Dam, here.


Read more: Alqueva sport for Andrew and Sue

dec-river-carpJust home from trip to our local river seeking out the monsters we have reported on losing in some of my previous reports in 2011.

We have uprated our gear to 45lb braid mainline and 35lb hooklinks - this probably sounds very strong, but we have all hooked and lost some very big fish on many of these trips, when fishing with regular specimen tackle. Extremely powerful fish that we could not extract on 25lb line.

We have found these fish are across the river close to some BIG snags - on this trip we did not hook any of these particular monsters, but had carp out into doubles, best 18lb 4oz, these fish were in beautiful condition, having probably never seen a hook in their lives.

These fish were no problem to extract from the area, so the jury is still out on what we have been losing 30lb+ carp or 20lb+ barbel? Specimens of which we have seen in the area in the past.

Watch this space as I'll report on them when we catch them!


paul-gold-26lb fishHad a call from Paul Golds who had phoned to me ask where he could catch some carp over 20lbs in Portugal - now I wouldn't normally provide information about where I take my customers as it has cost me thousands of pounds in fuel and 18 years hard work looking / fishing around the Algarve, South of Portugal.

But as a local Paul had already been trying hard to find bigger fish on his own, but as I have found, many of the more accessible waters currently only have carp to around 17-18lbs and having been catching these,  he was looking for something bigger.
He is also a good bass angler as well, taking fish to 14lbs on the west coast of the Algarve.

Joy: Paul had a one day trip to the small water I recommended and in poor weather had 3 good runs on single day trip in winter, not to be sniffed at, resulting in this nice fish of 26lbs which is just average for this water.

Despair:  - one other fish felt very good but came off during playing it to the net!.

Overall a good result for a day trip on a new water.

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