Fishing in Portugal

Thanks to its location along the Continental Shelf along with the benign influence bestowed upon it by the mighty Gulf Stream, Portugal is a natural in attracting monster-sized pelagics to its coastline. Whether you're after that record-breaking Marlin or the some of the best Tuna fighters in the Atlantic, these waters are always more than happy to oblige.

Known For

Popular Saints’ Festivals, Vast marine biodiversity, Rota Vicentina,  Island of Porto Santo, Fado Music, Birdwatching capital, 6/10 Blue Marlin IGFA World Records, Guimarães city, The Douro Valley, Beach and Cliff fishing, Sintra palace, The Moon Hill, Giant Bluefin Tuna, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Various niche fishing styles, Nazaré beach, Tomar-Templar City, Algarve Beaches, The Azores islands

Rules & Regulations

A licence (licença) is needed to fish in Portugal. Children under the age of 14 are exempt if accompanied by a parent who holds a valid licence. A Sports Fishing Licence (Licença de Pesca Desportiva) is needed for sea fishing, and a Licence for Fishing in Inland Waters (Licença de Pesca Desportiva em Águas Interiores) is required for fishing in rivers and lakes. All fishing permits are issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Types of Fishing

Big Game spectacle, Tournament-sized Marlin and Bluefin Tuna, Mako and Swordfish hotspot, Beach casting for Bass, Sea mullet and Mackerel, Role fishing for Whiting, Bream and Bass, Inshore fishing all along the coastline, Underwater fishing around several islands, Dozens of Deep Sea World records

Portugal Fishing Calendar