Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rob's 30lb Christmas Day mirror carpI first  fished this water in 1995 blanked and did not return till this year. That was a BIG mistake as the water was not stocked till 1986 and it seems that the fish are growing at +2lbs a year. It is very clear from our few trips that this water has the potential for 50lb fish and possibly a new Portuguese record IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS so my grandson Rob, 15 years old, has been nagging me to fish it. He had a day there a few weeks ago and his mate had a
fish of 28lbs.

We arrived afternoon on the 24th Dec and set up camp. On Christmas day at 10.30am Rob's alarm screamed out and battle commenced with what proved to be a new pb for Rob at 30lbs This fish was taken on bog standard gear with simple rig - method feeder and sweet-corn on the hook. I had 3 fish to 12lbs as well.

Next day was much slower, so Rob moved around to the other side of the water where we had seen some fish topping and had a fish of 15lbs very quickly and lost two big fish on snags, I had fish of 16lbs and 22lbs same day.

Not a bad result for a few days in winter!

The winter carp fishing here in the Algarve in Portugal can be excellent - this result just goes to prove the point!




Fancy a trip to shed those Winter blues? Get in touch and find out more about a trip out here with Tightlines yourself!

John Bate

Ian and the lads went home happy anglersMany thanks for a great holiday John!

Our group was very happy with both the fishing and the great price of food and drinks at night.

We normally go to Ireland most years but after taking several thousand carp and barbel, fishing with you last week, you can be sure that we will be back to see you again next year.

Thank-you once more for all your effort and for the vast amount of feed and bait you included as part of our package.

The accommodation was good and your breakfast that you made to start off the day with was fantastic, the local restaurants even gave us a going away present! A bottle of Port wine (each).

Ian Barnet and the lads

90 carp to 6lbs on fake corn by 2.00pm, phew!I have a holiday home on the Algarve and visit for several months each year. I love to fish and my mates come out on holidays with me fish to.

Until I started fishing with John from Tightlines I found the fishing poor, even when fishing with local anglers.

The quality of my fishing improved dramatically on starting to fish with John, nothing is to much bother for him from getting up at 4 am to taking my mates all night fishing for sharks. He knows the waters in detail much better than any other angler in Portugal when he guarantees fish you can expect a great day out. On my last trip he said I would catch 40 fish, not big ones but good fun on his match rod I estimated that I had 90 fish to around 6lbs on plastic sweetcorn by 2pm.

Just to give you an idea what John is like, I will relate one of our trips last year.

We were fishing yet another new water with John when my mate Rob had a run on his big carp rod, he hit the run, rod bent double and his line broke, 15lb line, he had forgotten what John is always reminding us to do, that is to check our reel drags! Anyway 10 minutes later John hooks a nice fish on his match rod using 5lb line, says to me that it feels like a good fish after it takes 100 yards of line off, then he gives me his rod. After a 15 minute fight John slips his big net under a very nice carp for me and I have great pleasure in giving Rob his hook and rig back (yes, this was the fish rob lost, just 2 oz under the 20lb).

On other days we have been barbel fishing and have seen big barbel under our rod s that looked over 10lbs ,but so far our best is just over 7lbs, up to 12 barbel per day. I have had carp as well with the barbel and mullet that fight best of all. I recommend John to you for any kind of fishing from sharks to carp and black bass.

Many thanks for a great holiday John!

Alan Dunn

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The following are new visitor testimonial for some of our visitors making new or return visits to Portugal using the services provided by Tightlines-Portugal.

The fishing in Portugal is so fantastic!    

Roy and the Wigan gang going home happy anglers!This is the second year we have fished with John and he looks after us so well that we will be fishing with him every year from now on.

Ireland is finished for us, the fishing in Portugal is so fantastic, with thousands of hard fighting carp in perfect condition (from the dams), good barbel fishing on the river and accommodation and food is very good, the Portuguese people are very friendly too.

What really impressed us that for a week we only saw two other anglers and they just passed us by whilst they were spinning for bass. We had miles of water to ourselves and not knowing either the next bite would be from a 1lb carp or from one of over 20lb.

Roy and the gang from Wigan

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