Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Mozambique

In Mozambique, anglers cast their lines into the Indian Ocean in the hopes of hooking game fish like giant black marlins, wahoo and sailfish. In fact, the waters off of Mozambique are the only place in the Indian Ocean known to have produced a black marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds, which was caught in 1998. Two archipelagos off of the African nation’s eastern coast create underwater conditions that corral baitfish, attracting bigger game to the area.

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).

Deep-sea fishing expeditions along the Mozambican coastline are exceptional and recognised as one of the best destinations in the world for black marlin.

The best months for black marlin are between October and the end of January which makes an excellent time for fishing in Mozambique. Blue and striped marlin are found from September to January, while the main sailfish season runs from the beginning of June until the end of September. From December to February anglers may see one of the archipelago's most interesting creatures. This is the rare whale shark, the largest shark and the largest fish in the world, which can reach lengths of up to 14m and weigh up to 15 tons.

Fly-fishing in Mozambique is an angler's paradise which offers world-class rock & surf, salt water fly and game & bills. Fly-fishing in Mozambique, for queenfish, ladyfish, bonefish, pompano and several species of kingfish, in the narrow channels between Bazaruto and Benguerra, is unsurpassed with the best season being from March to July. Rock and surf fish include kingfish, couta, king mackerel, springer, and big garfish. Other catches include, barracuda, bludger, dorado, green jobfish, kawakawa, prodigal son, rainbow runner, skipjack and yellowfin tuna, and wahoo.

A variety of other shark species also occur offshore including blackspot, blacktip, bull, dusky, silvertip, tiger and Zambezi. Lodges in Mozambique are happy to welcome, and teach, novices while tackle and equipment is normally available to hire. Boats are fully equipped with navigational and fish finding aids in addition to all the usual safety equipment. A tag and release policy is widely encouraged.

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.