Fishing in Mozambique

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During your next vacation to any of the resorts along the coast of Mozambique or any of its islands, be sure to look into taking a fishing trip as part of the activities available to you.

Although fishing is considered a sport, there is an art to it and much patience is required. But it is a lot of fun and the thrill of the fight is what gets most fisher-men and women hooked (excuse the pun).

Types of Fishing.

There are many different types of fishing available. These include spear fishing, deep sea fishing, surf casting, sea kayak fishing and fly fishing. Each fishing type ranges in level of difficulty and for each variation depending on preference, budget and style of fishing, a wide variety of equipment is available.

Fishing Equipment.

For deep sea game fishing, you will need to hire a boat with an experienced skipper, deep sea fishing rods (which are generally shorter and stronger than normal rods), bait (which can be live or frozen), lures and a selection of reels ranging from your everyday coffee grinder to a top of the range centerpin.

Types of game fish you can look to catch include several Tuna species, Wahoo, Prodigal son, Yellow fin, Skipjack, Dorado, Giant Kingfish, Barracuda, King and Queen Mackerel

Surf fishing or surf casting – This fishing is more for the family and any size of rod or reel will do. Just don’t expect to go after the big ones here but rather spend quality time with the kids while pulling in the pompanos, although you are able to catch any of the following behind the surf line: Queenfish, Springer, Bonita, Barracuda, Stumpnose, Pompano, Skates, Rays, Sharks and Bonefish. You will need either frozen bait or lures.

Fly Fishing – You will need a sea fly rod fitted with a large fly reel, a sink line and leader, a modified laundry basket to attach to your waist for your line to fall into, and a wide variety of flys ranging from dry flys (floating) to wet flys (sinking). For the less advanced fishermen an intermediate line is suggested. For the best flys to use, contact the local specialist.

Spear fishing – You will need a spear gun that is the correct length for you and fitted out with the correct weighted spear, a bouy that is connected to your gun via a 30 – 50 meter line and of course not forgetting a pair of fins, a mask, snorkel and a wet suit for protection against the elements. This type of fishing is more of a challenge as it is about the hunt rather than pulling a piece of bait through the water.

Resorts that offer Fishing Activities.

There are a number of resorts that offer fishing as an activity with all the equipment you require available to hire. The Bazaruto Archipelago is known to be one of the best Marlin Angling destinations in the Indian Ocean and is home to the following resorts: Marlin Lodge, Benguerra Lodge, Indigo Bay Island Resort, Pestana Bazaruto, Dugong Lodge, Azura, Vilanculos Beach Lodge, Rio Azul and Casa Rex.

World class blue water (deep sea) fishing is also available at Vamizi Island Lodge which is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago & Pemba Area.

At all resorts along the coast of Mozambique the “catch and release” policy is supported regarding game fishing.

At the end of the day whether you prefer surf fishing or a day out at sea game fishing, Mozambique GSA will be able to help you choose the best resorts for your fishing experience.

For your next Mozambique Fishing Experience.

For more information on the resorts in Mozambique and the fishing available at each of these resorts call Mozambique GSA on +27 11 476 4143 or email INFO@MOZAMBIQUEISLANDS.COM.

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