Deep Sea Game Fishing in Africa & the Indian Ocean
Fishing veterans and novices alike are catered for at all these great fishing locations. All your favourite fishing disciplines and equipment are available, plus all those which you have been longing to try. Also, the fishing is rarely far from superb inland safaris, fabulous scenery and stunning wildlife excursions, so you can combine both in brilliant tailor made fishing and safari holidays.
South Africa Fishing. Cape Town is the Atlantic centre of South African fishing. The fish variety is impressive to say the least and there is always something exciting in season. The list of species is a long one and includes bronze whaler, atlantic blue and mako shark; yellowfin, bigeye and longfin tuna; yellowtail, snoek, dorada, cape salmon and the occasional marlin.
Durban on the east coast enjoys the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and the fish variety is spectacular as a result. The annual South African Billfish Tournament is held here, with good reason. The specialities are blue, black, striped marlin, sailfish, short bill spearfish and broadbill swordfish. In addition you can go after GT, yellow and big eye tuna, dorado, wahoo, queen fish, amber jack, tropical yellowtail, king and queen mackerel, garrick, barracuda, garfish, oceanic bonito, shad and kawa kawa, to name but a few...The game fish change with the seasons so there is great fishing almost all the year round in this fabulous location.
Enjoy Kenya Fishing from Lamu in the north down through Malindi to Mombasa and Pemba Island, you will enjoy easy access to all the billfish, including sailfish, striped and black marlin, swordfish, plus kingfish and seriously big yellowfin tuna off Lamu. Off Watamu look out also for wahoo and shark and giant trevally. Pemba island is a popular spot, famous for its marlin and look out for swordfish in Shimoni.
Game fishing in Tanzania is centred on the capital Dar es Salaam, Pangani , Tanga and Zanzibar. From here you can fish off Mafia Island and further north for the big game palegics migrating through the Pemba Channel – yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, GT and broadbill, plus the perennials like grouper and red snapper. The deep waters along the coast are less developed, and the relative peacefulness makes this the ideal location for relaxed but highly productive, across the range fishing. Tag and release is the norm here. World renowned Zanzibar fishing is centred in the area between the northern tip of the island and Pemba. There are year round barracuda, wahoo, kingfish and giant trevally and blue, black and striped marlin in season.
Mozambique Fishing takes place in the Mozambique Channel. The channel is literally a paradise for game fishing, and has been a major attraction of Mozambique fishing since 1960’s. Just about everything is here, especially around the Bazaruto archelelago, the premier fishing destination in the country and famous for its big, mostly black marlin. You can rely on king and queen mackerel, bonito, tuna, barracuda, grouper, snapper, big wahoo, dorado – and sailfish. GT are a speciality here as well as various shark, including Zambezis, dusky, blacktip, hammerhead and tiger. Tag and release is the policy here, and not just for the sharks.
Madagascar. There is something for everyone when fishing in Madagascar, from superb game fishing to in-shore and estuary. The boats and guides here are very flexible so you can try just about anything, including fly fishing! Much of it takes place in the northwest of the country, with some excellent year round weather - and massive dog tooth tuna, sailfish and marlin in season. The GT are great here as well as the giant kingfish, snapper, grouper and king mackerel.
Mauritius. Fishing in Mauritius, to the east of Madagascar, is some of the best in the world. The island is also blessed with perfect Pacific conditions all year round and there is always something exciting to fish. From bases in the north, east and south west you can hunt giant blue and black marlin, the local speciality, mako, tiger and hammerhead shark, yellowfin and dog tooth tuna, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, spearfish and GTs.
Seychelles Fishing. If you want to try salt water fly fishing then this is where you need to be. The Alphonse and St Francois Atolls are world famous for their clear, shallow water sand flats and iconic creatures like bonefish and milkfish. The other router islands such as Denis, Bird, Poivre and d’Arroz are brilliant too. Off the inner islands of the Mahe and Praslin-La Digue groups especially, you will catch bohar snapper, moustache and yellowmargin triggerfish, yellowlipped emporer, GT, sailfish, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, blue marlin, king fish, dorado, bonito – and amberjacks. Not only that but the game fishing, like the sublime climate, is all year round here! The Seychelles are also very conservation conscious and all the fishing is strictly catch and release.
Namibia fishing is on the Atlantic and based in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and the famous Skeleton Coast in the north. There are 300 kms of ocean fishing access and if you want to beach cast for shark this has to be the place to do it. You can fish for bronze whaler (copper), spotted gulley and sand shark plus kabeljou and steenbras of various sizes, galjoen and black tail. Sharks are always released, sometimes after tagging, but everything else can be kept.
River Fishing on the Zambezi and Lake Kariba. If river fishing is your thing try something different on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, on the northern Namibia/Botswana borders. You can fish for bream, pike, catfish and the tough Zambezi tiger fish – from your own houseboat if you like. These picturesque houseboats.are also popular on the beautiful Lake Kariba, which straddles the Zambia/Zimbabwe border. At 140 x 25 miles, this is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and reservoirs, caused by the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River. It is one of Africa’s most beautiful and abundant wildlife sites and for something really different, you can fish here for 40 species. These include tiger fish, nkupe, chessa, bottlenose, barbell, and various bream. Look out too for the fish eagles, cormorants and Nile crocodiles and hippos. For a change of scene Mana Pools and Hwango National Parks are nearby and the fabled Victoria Falls are within easy travelling distance.