Gilt-Head Breams Fishing

SKU: D003
Want to enjoy a day filled with adrenaline and a lot of tension in the fishing lines? We offer you and your group of friends one of the highlights of Portugal's saltwater fishing experiences - the guilt-head breams.
Schedule Activity Description Info FAQ





6:30 am Check-in at Bolhas Tours Marine Center
7:00 am Departure from Sesimbra’s harbour
3:30 pm Return to the Sesimbra’s harbour and check-out


Activity Description


- Boat fishing in areas between 5 miles and 15 miles from the Sesimbra’s harbour at depths of between 30 and 100 meters.

- Target species: Gilt-head bream, other species such as Red snapper and White seabream.

- Minimum number of participants: 5

- For other schedules contact info@bolhastours.com


  • Boat rental with crew
  • Insurance for all participants


  • Fishing assistant
  • Bait (live crab)
  • Bottled water

Daily transfer Lisbon/Sesimbra/Lisbon: from €29 per person

Cabin boat with WC

Useful advises

Comfortable shoes and attire suitable for the time of the year.




Bookings open for the November to January season

Fishing for Guilt-head takes place anchored or drifting, ususally using crab as bait, which allows the sport fisherman to have the opportunity to catch large specimens (weighing between 2-6 kg) that occur in Cabo Espichel.


Gilt-head bream (Sparus aurata)

This species, known for its demersal nature, prefers sandy and rocky seabeds, particularly seeking out slab and stone areas for spawning.

During spawning season, which sees them congregating in large numbers, favorite nesting sites include Cabo Espichel (Sesimbra) and Vereda (off Comporta, Setúbal).

Their movements are influenced by ocean currents and water temperature, typically occupying depths ranging from 30 to 150 meters.

Distributed across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and North African coastlines, this species exhibits hermaphroditic traits, with males transitioning to females upon reaching a certain size (30-40 cm), with the females being the larger specimens. Sporting a silver-grey coloration, they feature a distinct black spot above the operculum and a golden spot between the eyes.

Their diet primarily consists of bivalves, invertebrates, and mollusks.

Minimum legal catch size: 19 cm

Maximum registered weight: 19 kg (1,50 meters long)


Book your Guilt-head bream trip at Cabo Espichel (Sesimbra) and Vereda (off Comporta, Setúbal)

At Bolhas Tours, our experienced crew is dedicated to ensuring you have a successful fishing expedition. They will not only assist you but also share essential knowledge, ensuring a day filled with plentiful catches, especially during the season from November to January. Don't miss out on the chance to reel in this large specimens!

Gather your friends or family and join us for a memorable fishing experience in Sesimbra or Setúbal with Bolhas Tours. You'll have the opportunity to catch one of the favorite species among sport fishermen, then savor it in a delicious home-cooked lunch or dinner!



- Use fluorocarbon fishing lines as they are more resistant and allow for some flexibility - essential when you're fighting large specimens of Guilt-head.

- There are specific brands of hooks for this specie. Our team will be able to recommend the best ones. Anyone who has accompanied us on this type of fishing can testify to the power of this species' jaws and how easily they break hooks.

- Don't take any chances and never close the reel's drag completely while fishing. If you catch a big fish, you'll need the clutch to tire it out. Fishes can weigh up to 7 kg.

- Distinguishing the light touch of Guilt-head from another species can increase the likelihood of catching your dream fish.

- Drifting or anchored - In certain sea conditions, it is preferable to be anchored in order to bait the fishing zone and, in others, to troll slowly or drift in order to obtain better fishing results. We have boats for each of the different techniques.



At Bolhas Tours, we advocate for responsible deep-sea sport fishing practices, emphasizing selective capture and adherence to minimum size regulations and total catch limits. Join us in our commitment for sustaining marine species thus conserve fish stocks.



Gather your group and embark on an exhilarating day filled with excitement and bountiful catches aboard one of Bolhas Tours' boats. Contact us now for further details. Special group and corporate rates available




1. Do fishing boat trips take place all year round?

Yes, Bolhas Tours runs sport fishing trips in Sesimbra all year round.

2. How is the sea in Sesimbra and along the Arrábida coast for fishing?

With more than 300 days a year with little wind and calm seas full with biodiversity, Sesimbra´s sea is the ideal place for your sport fishing charter.

3. I'd love to try boat fishing, but I have no experience, is that possible?

Yes, open to all levels of experience, you will have experienced crews and guides at your disposal to provide all the support you need for an exciting day full of catches.

4. We are a family/group of friends who would like to fish for a few hours and get to know the coast and do some other sea activities, is this possible?

Yes, in private boat rental for greater freedom of choice, just send your request to info@bolhastours.com and we'll design the fishing and tour program you want.

5. There are only two of us and the program sets a minimum number of 4, how can we join?

There are two options, by sending an email to info@bolhastours.com with the desired date waiting for more participants to join the fishing tour on the requested date or by renting a private fishing charter for half or full day - instant confirmation.

6. How many kilos of fish can we catch?

The limit stipulated by Portuguese legislation for sport fishing is a maximum of 10 kilos per person, plus the biggest fish.

7. Can we take the fish home?

Yes, the catches belong to the participants, and they can take home at the end of the activity. We always advise you to bring thermal bags to transport the fish you catch.

8. I'm interested in holding a sport fishing event for around 30 people, is that possible?

Yes, just send an email to info@bolhastours.com and we'll get back to you about the incredible options available for fishing events for groups and companies.

9. From what age can children do this activity?

We recommend for children aged 9 and over although smaller children can join. Children must be accompanied by a family member.

10. Part of the group wants to go fishing, but there are people who just want to enjoy the tour, is that possible?

Yes, as long as the minimum number of participants stipulated for the desired program is met. Accompanying persons will only pay 60% of the price per person set for the fishing tour.

Bolhas Tours promotes the maintenance of healthy fishing stocks as well as the practice of Catch & Release whenever the species caught have no relevant food value or are not aim for alimentation purposes.