To Catch A Star
A night fisherman at Praia dos Careanos, Portimão, Algarve, Portugal.
The waters off the Western Algarve, where the warm Mediterranean currents mix with the colder Atlantic, are rich in sea life. There are over two hundred species of fish, many of which can be found at the shoreline. Local fishermen cast into turbulent waters from the beach during the winter months. Bass, bream, mackerel, mullet and sole are valuable catches. Experienced locals know exactly where to fish at the correct stage of the tide. There were mullet around my feet when I was stood in these waters twenty minutes earlier.
Cliff fishing is a natural progression from beach casting. It gives easier access to deeper waters and to a wider range of catches, including grouper, jewfish, turbot, moray and conger eel. Locals install ropes and steps to inaccessible sites so they can earn a living, but it remains very dangerous. Fishermen die each year in the Algarve losing their balance on high cliffs above the best pools.