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.
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TOP SPORT FISHING SPECIES IN ALGARVE
FISHING SEASON IN ALGARVE
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.