Monday, March 19, 2018

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!


John with the 25lb fish from this Tightlines-Portugal tripEvery year I try to get away for a week on my own exploring, looking for new places to take my fishing clients - this is a report of this years search. 1st stop was a water that I looked at 15 years ago, but did not have time to fish.

Have reports of some nice common carp coming out with pictures on u tube. Spent 40 hours on the water, but no good fish just lots of small wild carp, good pleasure fishing, but not what I was looking for, so I moved onto the next place on my list, stopping of on the way for a great meal at a local restaurant for only 10 pounds.

This next spot is on a river where I put 2 clients last year, one reported being smashed up on 15lb line and a carp rod and that should have warned me what to expect. 1st session late afternoon and I landed 5 barbel to 6lbs, but was smashed 2 times on 12lb line-next morning fished double chick peas on 25lb line, hooked a big fish which kited across the river and cut me off on a big rock! Barbel over 20lbs have come from this river, so I have to get my thinking cap on for my next visit - need some very abrasion resistant line to start with - no sign of any other people ever fishing this lovely spot.

I then went to look at a place that I had been told about that has big carp to 40lbs. but found that the farmer had fenced the area off, this was a bummer as I had planed to spend a week there, so plan B was needed, I always have a plan B and normally a plan C as well, as we do not always know what we are going to find. So for the last week I moved onto a water we have had some nice fish from over the last year, this would be my 1st proper session on the water.

On arrival found 3 local English lads in the best 2 swims they were going the next day so I just fished another swim. I had one run which I missed then moved into my favorite swim. These other lads had all had fish over 20 lbs in there 2 day trip. 1st day was quiet I had one fish at 23lbs from under my rod tip that I had seen feeding.  After this I had 4 or 5 fish most days, smallest around 10lbs most around 18lbs, best just over 25lbs. Over this next week 2 other English lads turned up for short sessions they both had nice fish, best 28lbs and lost a big one that cut him off and he was on 45 lb lead core rig. Fish to 43lbs have come out, with sightings of what they call the big one which has never been landed, so there are a few target fish to be fished for over the coming weeks and months.

I'll keep you all posted on progress!


You can see some of the fish from this weeks fishing in the Big Carp Gallery, follow this link to view them!

New season in Portugal and Tightlines-Portugal are into quality carp from the off!As the new coarse fishing season gets underway in Portugal, the Tightlines-Portugal team get off to a cracking start.

Exploring new areas on some of the new waters we have been investigating over the last couple of seasons is already bringing some quality fish to the net. Not just single fish, but good multiple fish catches of upper double figure carp and twenty pound fish, topped by one breaking 30lb.

Pic here is of one cracking mirror of 27lb to me from a very under fished water, which is now looking good to provide fish that may make 50lb. If our hopes are fulfilled and we or our clients can catch them we will report them here. So keep an eye on the News pages.

The next few weeks will see us out surveying and exploring one or two new waters that have similar potential to provide Tightlines-Portugal clients with some memorable carp fishing here in the Algarve, keep an eye on what news we bring back.


A brace of twenties, 28 and 22lb for TightlinesIts hard to believe that the fishing in the Algarve can be so good, the past few weeks have been a real revelation in what we have been catching on some of the new waters we have researched this year.

It started back in the Autumn with a couple of upper twenties from these new waters for me and for my customers on a couple of my new waters.

 It has continued into Christmas with the Christmas day 30lb fish for Rob, my grandson, he has continued to catch along with customers taken to these lakes, capped this week with a brace of 20lb fish, mirrors of 28lb and 22lbs being hooked, played and landed simultaneously. Wow what a catch and there seems to be no stopping the roll Tightlines are on.

25lb mirror carp for Rob on a Tightlines New Year tripThe big fish just keep on coming to Tightlines-Portugal anglers with a catch made up of carp to 25lb and 22lbs on New Years trip.

On New Years Eve my mate Keith Russell phones me up asking if I could join him and a top Portuguese match angler fishing on a secret private water that the top anglers from the national team are using to practice on, I did not need much arm twisting to agree. Keith was at the top end of English match fishing years ago, fishing in the same team as the late great Ivan Marks and keeps in contact with Portuguese match anglers.

We arrived at 9am to find a very nice water of around 30-acres surrounded by a vineyard, fish topping all over the place so I knew from my past experiences of fishing Portuguese bag up waters that this looked good. Keith set up his normal pole gear fishing maggot, I set up match rod and fished the waggler as I had been told that there were bigger fish in the water as well as the normal 3lb match fish. After around 1 hour I started to get indications of fish in the swim and started to pick up the odd fish on sweetcorn, not big fish, but great fighters more like barbel, Keith had started catching on the pole.

At 2pm my grandson phoned me up excited he had been back to fish a water with his mate where we had a 30lb fish Christmas Day , he had just landed a 25lb fish, great. 5 minutes later Rob phones me again this time his mate had a fish of 22lbs, what a great start to the year. I ended the session with 9 fish and missed a few bites and had one double role over under my rod, so this looks like a good place for the summer, our Portuguese friend said you need around 100lbs in a 3 hour match to get in the frame. Not bad for a 5 euro day ticket.


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