What You Need to Know Before Fishing in Portugal
Fishing is one of the most pleasant and relaxing activities that can turn any ordinary day into an extraordinary one. If you are well familiar with this and fishing is already one of your hobbies, Portugal is a perfect place for you. However, even if you have never tried fishing before, but are more or less interested in this particular activity, we highly recommend you give it a try when in Portugal.
There are, however, some things worth considering before you decide to embark on this particular trip, especially if it is your first time. Namely, the time you plan on spending on the water and the type of catch you will be fishing for are the two major ones.
In normal circumstances you should plan and expect to be on water for at least eight hours. Have in mind that even just finding an appropriate fishing spot can take time. For this reason, we recommend you hire a professional fishing guide, as having someone around that has experience in fishing and is familiar with the area, can go a long way. Depending on the type of catch you plan to fish for, a professional fishing guide can help you find the best possible area for it.
Whether you are the type of person who wants to fish for sharks, or the type of person who prefers catfish, it will be of invaluable help to have a professional guide that knows what they are doing at your side.
First and foremost, you will be required to obtain a fishing license. Like in many other countries, fishing is a regulated sport in Portugal and the Portuguese government provides different types of licenses for different types of fishing activities. These are usually determined by the location and the targeted catch.
When it comes to fishing, the Portuguese government has also established a daily quota on the number of fish you are allowed to catch in one day. This quota is usually determined by the species of fish you seek to catch. This means that each time you go fishing in Portugal, there will be a certain number of each species of fish you will be allowed to catch for that day.
This may seem limiting, but the quotas exist for a very good reason and we assure you that they are quite reasonable.