Fishing in Portugal


Continental Portugal has a 943 km coast line, no wonder fishing in Portugal is very popular. The bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is marked by deep submarine canyons. The ...

Continental Portugal has a 943 km coast line, no wonder fishing in Portugal is very popular. The bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is marked by deep submarine canyons. The landscapes alternate between rough cliffs and fine sand beaches. Magnificent beaches like Praia do Guincho near Lisbon are protected by impressive cliffs.

The Algarve is known for its tourist-friendly sand beaches. Up to 200 different species of fish can be found in these atlantic waters including 460kg (1000lb) marlin, tuna and other big predators.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Portugal

Rodman 1100

10 36,09 ft

Cascais, Portugal (PT)

From $373
FREE Cancellation 7 days notice


6 19,69 ft

Horta, Azores (PT)

From $319
Deposit non-refundable

Mare Nostrum I

4 19,69 ft

Ponta Delgada, Azores (PT)

From $479
Deposit non-refundable


6 27,89 ft

Tavira, Algarve (PT)

From $746
Deposit non-refundable


4 24,18 ft

Vila Franca do Campo Marina, Azores (PT)

From $533
Deposit non-refundable


4 32,00 ft

Calheta, Madeira (PT)

From $533
Deposit non-refundable

Madeira Fishing Charters

6 35,00 ft

Calheta, Madeira (PT)

From $586
FREE Cancellation 3 days notice

Silcar 980

12 29,53 ft

Cascais, Portugal (PT)

From $479
Deposit non-refundable

Aguia Branca

12 39,37 ft

Cascais, Portugal (PT)

From $714
Deposit non-refundable

Reviews from the users

Luis was a top skipper and very knowledgeable
Rod Miles

Wow! What an experinece! Those guys know how to fish! It was our first time fishing in the ocean and we all liked it a lot! Plus we got 10 fish, that we later grilled. Thank you for your friendliness and greatness! Such a cool guys to spend hours in the ocean! Thank you!
Kelly Nevolihhin

we had a great day ! we had bit unlucky weather that day but the guide was very nice and experienced and his brand new boat is fantastic ! we definately come back in september for a second run !
Norman De vos

Can't fault the team. Thank you
Ellen Phillips

Tips & Tricks, bait and more

Reef Fishing and Sea Fishing in Portugal

You can organize short fishing trips from ports like Cascais or Sesimbra if you want to go fishing in Lisbon, Portimao, Vilamoura or Tavira in Algarve, Sines in the Alentejo, Nazaré, etc.

Normally the fishing guides do bottom fishing or trolling along the coast. Wile bottom fishing you fish for sea bream, guilthead sea bream, sea bass, mackerel, conger eel, sole and other smaller fish with natural bait (octopus, squid, sardine, worms, etc). You can also catch bigger predators like the Dentex, grouper, amberjack and corvina with life bait.

Big Game Fishing in Portugal

Portugal is a premium Big Game Fishing country. Madeira and Azores are first class Blue Marlin destinations; but lets not forget that the bill fish and the tuna also visit the waters of the Algarve.

Situated at 45 nautical miles from Portimao (Algarve) the Picos Herminios are THE hotspot for large Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and shark. Compared to the Azores and Madeira, anglers believe that there's more Blue Marlin around the islands, but the marlin caught in Picos have a much higher average weight.

Top sport fishing species in Portugal


The Blue Marlin fishing season starts towards the end of june, when the ocean starts to warm up. They stay till the end of october. White marlin stay till end of november. Blue fin tuna can be caught between april and august. Other great sportfish 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 run from Vilamoura marina and Tavira.


You need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. The fishing charters in Portugal normally 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.

How much does it cost to rent a boat to fish in Portugal?

Depending on the charter fishing boat and on the duration of your fishing tour, you’ll pay more or less for the tour. The price for a private 4 hour Portugal fishing trip is 350€. An 8 hour private trip will cost you 1200€.

What does the price include?

The price usually includes the captain, fishing tackle, fuel, bait & lures, taxes and fishing licenses. On every listing we indicate whether drinks and food are included.

Once you’ve made a booking, the captain will contact you to arrange the meeting point and the departure time. Also, we recommend you contact the captain a couple of days before the tour to confirm the weather forecast.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 6 people
Popular fishing techniques: Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $256 per day
High season price: $2122 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Portugal

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in Portugal are:
Rodman 1100
Mare Nostrum I

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Portugal can accommodate up to 12 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Portugal, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Portugal costs on average $152 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $171 for 4 hours and 4 people to $2122 for 12 hours and 5 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in Portugal will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in Portugal include: Bluefin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Albacore, Bigeye Tuna, Dorado.

In Portugal you can do a variety of fishing methods including Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing, Deep sea fishing. Regulations and restrictions vary depending on the species.



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