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The Portugal fishing scene needs no introduction. This country is known far and wide for its world-class angling opportunities. Tourists visit the westernmost country of Europe to witness the stunning beauty of its cities, taste the sweet local wine, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Fishermen, however, come to Portugal looking for their next adventure and trophy catches.

Portugal is synonymous with premier big game fishing in the deep bluewaters of the Atlantic Ocean. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Longbill Spearfish, Bluefin Tuna, and Swordfish are all abundant here. In the summer months, grander Marlin join the fray, and the action is fast and furious. Nighttime Swordfishing and Tuna hunts follow closely behind. If you feel like catching your dinner, set your sights on Mahi Mahi, Dentex, Snapper, John Dory, and Bluefish.

Portugal isn’t just about ocean fishing though, and freshwater anglers will have plenty to do here. Trout fishing is big on the mainland, especially in the summer months, and Brown Trout are most sought-after. You can also chase after Atlantic (Iberian) Salmon in the freshwater streams and rivers from March-July. Good old Carp, Largemouth Bass, and Barbel are biting year-round.

There are more than a few places in the country where you can get a taste of the superb fishing action. You’ll find plenty of Portugal fishing charters running out of Azores, Madeira, Funchal, and Lagos. Lima and Minho Rivers are the best spots for excellent freshwater fishing.

Rules & Regulations

When you go fishing with one of Portugal's fishing charters, you don’t need to worry about fishing licenses, as they’re included in the price of the trip. Solo anglers, however, need to do some research and figure out which type of license they need, which can take time and energy. Bear in mind that paper licenses are no longer issued. Instead, everything is done online.

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January

Start the new year with the sound of a screaming reel instead of the holiday music! Albacore Tuna show up in the Azores, which means great catches and a lot of fun. You can also hit the reefs anywhere in Portugal and bring home some dinner.

February

Cast out the February blues by reeling in delicious bottom fish like Cod, Seabass, Dusky Grouper, Amberjack, and Dentex! What you catch will depend on where you go, but it’s sure to taste great!

March

Bigeye Tuna show up in Madeira this time of year. They’re one of the tastiest Tuna species out there and they put up a real fight, too. Largemouth Bass are biting hard in Portugal’s rivers and lakes.

April

The Albacore bite draws to a close in the Azores as Swordfishing heats up in the Algarve. Salmon and Shad kick off their spring runs, while Bigeye Tuna keep on attacking live bait with abandon in Madeira.

May

Blue and White Marlin arrive in Madeira, joined by good numbers of Longbill Spearfish. Bigeye Tuna show up in the Azores as the first Bluefin appear close to the mainland. The Shad and Salmon season is in full swing!

June

In June, Billfish season really comes into its own around Portugal’s islands. White Marlin and Longbill Spearfish arrive in the Azores, while all the Atlantic’s top predators hunt around Madeira.

July

In the Blue Marlin World Cup, teams around the world compete to bring in huge fish, and that’s more than possible in July. Just about anything is biting now, from Tuna and Wahoo to Carp and Trout in the rivers.

August

Blue Marlin finally arrive in the Azores, meaning it’s all action everywhere in Portugal. The mainland’s seasonal freshwater fish have all moved on, but you can still enjoy the great Carp fishing Portugal has to offer.

September

The Azores Big Game Fishing Tournament offers epic bluewater action in Sao Miguel while Bluefin Tuna join the lineup of deep sea species in Madeira. Otherwise, there’s always plenty of reef fish!

October

This is your last chance to land monster Blue and White Marlin wherever you are in Portugal. If you’re more interested in rivers or reefs, Portugal fishing trips are great whenever you come!

November

Big game season is over in most places but the reef fish are always on form. Head out on a bottom fishing trip and bring in anything from Amberjack to Monkfish, depending on where you go.

December

Escape the cold and head to the Algarve to enjoy the Bass fishing Portugal is so rightfully proud of. Otherwise, spend the holidays on the Azores and catch some delicious bottom fish, just in time for the holiday dinner.

Portugal Fishing Calendar

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Half Day Trip Bottom Fishing
Tim J. fished with Flipper II Madeira on September 19, 2021
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The fishing trip on Flipper 2 was excellent. Could not recommend it any more enthusiastically. Practical tips before your trip - Bring change for the metered parking at Calheta Marina and we would not recommend using the Calheta Marina ATM which offers a really poor exchange rate. Get any cash you need before you arrive at the Marina.
Full Day big game fishing and bottom fishing combined
Annabelle C. fished with Madeira Big Game Fishing - Our Mary on July 6, 2021
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Our Mary fishing trips highly recommended
Peniche Half Day, Fun Fishing
Mitch D. fished with Atlantis Water Fun on July 7, 2019
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Bring a smile, a hat, some snacks, and an open mind!
Fishing with Vitor
Darlene W. fished with Go Fishing Portugal on May 12, 2019
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Go with captain Vitor. Bring warm clothing for early departure.
Fishing trip (half day)
Michelle I. fished with Dreamboats - Cinco Pestinhas on October 5, 2018
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Yes. The experience was great. The water was flat and we didnt go far offshore so it was an easy, smooth ride.
Full day fishing
Damian D. fished with Ratinho Sportfishing on September 14, 2018
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Prey for good weather. Book accomodation well in advance. It's very hard to get of your on a budget.
Madeira fishing is OK.
Guenter K. fished with Madeira Marlin - Balancal on August 31, 2018
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You can try everything you like. The captains always will ask you what you want to fish and how. I have chosen trolling but there is also bottom fishing,... We rent an appartement near the harbour. So it was an easy walk in the morning (5 minutes)to the boat. And as you leave very early in the morning you can get breakfast at the harbour promenade. There is a nice Cafe which was open at 8 when I arrived.
Fishing with Ricardo
John A. fished with Madeira Sight Casting on August 21, 2018
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To go with an experienced crew and just enjoy the day.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Portugal

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Portugal costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $540, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,155. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Portugal is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Grand Holiday Tours, Dreamboats - Mar Dos Navegantes, and Flipper II Madeira are some of the most popular fishing charters in Portugal. Full list of top fishing charters in Portugal.

Grand Holiday Tours, Dreamboats - Mar Dos Navegantes, and Flipper II Madeira all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Portugal.

The best way to experience fishing in Portugal is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Portugal.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Marlin (Blue), and Marlin (White). Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

This is your last chance to land monster Blue and White Marlin wherever you are in Portugal. If you’re more interested in rivers or reefs, Portugal fishing trips are great whenever you come! Check availability for local fishing charters in Portugal.