Albufeira, Algarve (PT)
Situated in the south of Portugal, Algarve is famous for the five star hotels, golf courses and its sandy stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by golden cliffs. But the ocean also offers excellent sport fishing conditions both off-shore and in-shore.
Closer to shore you can catch dorada, seabass, mackerel, snapper & seabream. Further off shore you get 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 do bottom fishing or trolling along the coast. While bottom fishing you fish for sea bream, gilthead sea bream, sea bass, mackerel, grouper, conger eel, sole and other smaller fish with natural bait (octopus, squid, sardine, worms, etc). You can also catch bigger predators like the Dorado (Pink dentex), grouper, amberjack and corvina with life bait.
The Algarve is a premium Big Game Fishing destination. Madeira and Azores are first class Blue Marlin destinations; but let's not forget that the bill fish and the tuna also visit the waters of the Algarve. Situated at 45 nautical miles from Portimão (Algarve) the Picos Herminios are THE hotspot for large Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and shark.
This submarine mountain located about 36 nautical miles off Olhão is the stronghold of blue marlin! This underwater highland passes from about 1000 meters to 260 meters for its southern slope and 700 meters to 260 meters for its northern slope. It forms a table at its summit of about 4 nautical miles square.
The powerful currents form upwelling that concentrate the forage fish on 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 have a much higher average weight.
The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is probably the most wanted fish in the sport fishing world. The magnificent fighter usualy feeds during day time on fish, octopuses and squids. Blue Marlin is mainly caught trolling with artificial lures or with dead bait (bonito, mackerel...).
Also known as Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Little tunny or False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)
The Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a pelagic fish that can grow up to 500kg (1000lb). The biggest Bluefin Tuna every caught was 780kg (1496lb). These great fighters can be caught trolling, jigging, casting or drifting mainly in off-shore.
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. Bluefin tuna can be caught between june 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.
Bottom fishing and bait fishing can be done all year round.
Our favorite Algarve fishing species are:
The Blue Marlin is the Algarve fishing favourite when you talk about big game. 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". 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 1000lb!
Bigeye Tuna: In the Algarve fishing charters target big eye tuna by trolling deep seas with artificial lures and sometimes with natural bait. Big eye tuna and other tuna such as Albacore and bluefin tuna can be fished off shore especially during the months of april, may and june.
Blue Shark: shark such as blue shark and mako can be caught chumming blood and pieces of fish to attract them. This spectacular fish is quite common in these waters, although we encourage people to release the fish into the ocean.
Sea Bream: this sea bream is caught at depths of 200 - 400m. Young fish are generally found closer to the coast, in shallow 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 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€.