Go Fishing Adventure
Sesimbra, Lisbon (PT)
Fishing in Lisbon is definitely a bucket lister for many tourists who visit Portugal's capital. Lisbon is the gate to the Atlantic Ocean and offers good i...Read more..
Fishing in Lisbon is definitely a bucket lister for many tourists who visit Portugal's capital. Lisbon is the gate to the Atlantic Ocean and offers good inshore and offshore fishing.
Good fishing charters can be found in Cascais (20 minutes north of Lisbon) and in Sesimbra (30 minutes south). The most sought after species are Snapper, Dentex, Seabream, European Seabass, Blue Shark, Mako Shark & Tuna.
Productive techniques during your fishing trip in Lisbon are bottom fishing, vertical jigging or chumming. Bottom fishing is mostly done with cut bait such as squid, sardines, shrimp or worms. With this technique species like scorpion fish, sea bream, jack, skate and other reef fish can be targeted.
Jigging is great to fish for dentex, pink dentex, sea bass, grouper, john dory and amberjack. Jigs or inchiku ranging from 30 grams to 150 grams will do the job.
Shark are caught chumming. Offshore a trail of cut fish is used to attrackt Mako Shark & Blue Shark.
Grouper is common name for all the bass-looking-fish from the Epinephelinae Family. This family also includes sea bass by the way. Grouper are colorful predators who like to live in rocky areas, reefs, wrecks where they can hide.
Atlantic Bonito (Sarda sarda) is a rapid fish species known for being great hunters. They have striping on their backs with silver-coloured undersides and they grow up to 30 inches long. They have a hydrodynamic body shape, even more so than larger tuna.
The common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus) is a type of snapper, common in the Meditarranea Sea, but is also present in the eastern Atlantic coastal areas from Cape Verde to Scandinavia. The biggest pandora can grow up to 50cm (20 inch).
The dentex (Dentex dentex) is a common saltwater fish in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and sometimes they appear in the Canary Islands, Morocco and Senegal. They have very strong teeth to feed on fish, squid and mollusca. Dentex are a great species for sportfishing and are targetted mainly trolling or jigging. The larger fish are 1m long and can weigh up to 15 kg (35 lb).
Gilt-head Bream (Sparus aurata) is a common species in the Mediterranean Sea and also in the Atlantic Ocean from Britain to Cape Verde. Popular in the Mediterranean cuisine, the fish is easily recognized by the gold bar marking between its eyes. The largest gilt-head bream are 1 metre long and can weigh up to 7kg (15lb).
The fishing in Lisbon is great all year round, if the weather allows to go out on the sea. Obviously in Spring, Summer & Autumn the Ocean is calmer than in the Winter. But also in Winter you can enjoy a great fishing trip in Lisbon.
Wander downhill through Alfama's steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets. Visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém. Experience the historic city centre and the unique Lisbon neighbourhoods using tramway network.
Visit villiages such as Cascais, Sintra, Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos.
Go surfing or windsurfing in Praia do Guincho, a stunning beach set within the dramatic scenery. And don't miss Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Lisbon. Some fishing charters in Lisbon already have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.
Other boats sell a daily fishing license for 5€ on board.