Santa Clara A Velha, Algarve (PT)
Situated in the south of Portugal, Algarve is famous for its five star hotels, green and well maintained golf courses and long sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, framed by golden and dramatically steep cliffs. On thing that is sometimes not as well known to the tourists travelling here is the Atlantic Ocean also offers excellent sport fishing conditions both off-shore and in-shore.
Closer to shore you can catch Gilt-head seabream, Seabass, Mackerel, Snapper & Scorpion fish. While further offshore you can target Blue Shark, Bigeye tuna, Skipjack tuna, Albacore and Marlin. The Marlin hotspot from the Algarve is "Picos". Between July and November Grander Blue Marlin gather around the massive sea mounts from Picos.
Fishing guides often choose to target these fish by bottom fishing or trolling along the coast. While bottom fishing you can expect to be kept busy catching Sea Bream, Gilt-head Sea Bream, Sea bass, Mackerel, Grouper, Conger eel, Sole and other smaller fish with natural bait (octopus, squid, sardines, worms, etc). You can also catch bigger predators like the Pink dentex, Grouper, large Snapper, Amberjack and Corvina if using live bait.
The Algarve is a premium Big Game Fishing destination known by fishing gurus all around the world. Madeira and the Azores are first class Blue Marlin destinations; but let's not forget that the bill fish and various tuna varieties also frequently visit the waters of the Algarve. Situated at an isolating 45 nautical miles from Portimão (Algarve) the Picos Herminios are the HOTSPOT for the complete package of game fish on offer including large Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, tuna and shark. But, it’s not necessary to go all the way to Picos, most big game fishing trips are done around the canyon 12-14 miles off Faro.
This underwater mountain range is located about 36 nautical miles off Olhão and Faro, and is a stronghold location for blue marlin! This underwater highland passes from approximately 1000 meters to 260 meters of depth at its southern slope and an equally intimidating 700 meters deep to 260 meters on its northern slope. It forms a table at its summit of about 4 nautical miles square.
The powerful currents caused by the change in ocean depth along these two slopes form strong upwelling that concentrate large amounts of forage fish in the area.
Compared to the Azores and Madeira, anglers believe that there's more Blue Marlin around the islands, but the marlin caught in Picos produce a much higher average weight.
The Blue Marlin fishing season starts towards the end of June, when the ocean temperature starts to naturally warm up. They stay in this area until the end of October, while the White Marlin stay till the end of November. Bluefin tuna can be caught between the months of May/June and August. Other great sportfish on offer in these waters are Albacore, Dorado, Spear fish, Skipjack and Amberjack. Blue sharks are the most common shark but you can also catch Mako and Hammerhead sharks. There are yearly Marlin fishing tournaments that run from Vilamoura marina and Tavira.
Other forms of fishing such as bottom fishing and bait fishing can be done all year round.
The Blue Marlin is the Algarve fishing favourite when you are talking about big game varieties. This powerful fish can provide quite some excitement and action during your next fishing trip. Between July and November Grander Blue Marlin gather around the massive sea mounts from the marlin hotspot called "Picos" and are also common at the canyon off Faro. Make sure you have the right fishing tackle (such as Shimano Tiagra 80lb or even 120lb) on board. The best time to fish them is from late May to November. They can grow up to an intimidating 1000lb! Be prepared for a tough battle and challenge your not going to forget in a hurry.
In the Algarve fishing charters target Bigeye tuna by trolling the surrounding deep seas with artificial lures and on occasions natural bait. Bigeye tuna and other tuna varieties such as Albacore and Bluefin tuna can be fished off shore during the months of April, May and June.
Shark such as Blue Shark and Mako can be caught chumming a smelly mixture of blood and fish pieces, this is used to attract them towards the boat. This spectacular fish is quite common in these waters, although we encourage people to release the fish back into the ocean once caught.
This Sea Bream is caught at depths of 200 - 400m. Young fish are generally found closer to the coast and in shallower water as they swim grouped together in big schools of fish. They generally live in small shoals and as their age increases can be found in deep, sandy places, close to rocky areas and sea wrecks.
Apart from fishing in Algarve you can also go cycling, kite surfing, Mountain biking, wine tasting experience, snorkeling & diving, sailing, hiking and much much more.
Enjoy the local food in the hundreds of bars & restaurants of the Vilamoura, Faro, Tavira, Portimão, Albufeira & Sagres.
A Sports Fishing Licence (Licença de Pesca Desportiva) is required to go fishing in the Algarve. Children under the age of 14 are exempt if accompanied by a parent who holds a valid fishing licence. Normally the fishing licence is included in the price, but not every fishing boat or fishing charter in the Algarve does included this in the deep sea fishing trip. When you're looking for fishing trips in Portugal in general, check if your days fishing includes the fishing license. The good news is that the licenses are really cheap and can be purchased on board. Whether you go reef fishing, full day deep sea fishing or big game fishing, the price for a license is the same. A Daily Fishing license will cost you 5€.