The islands of the Bazaruto archipelago are blessed with an underwater topography that support large populations of baitfish which attract an immense variety of migrating pelagic fish as they cruise past the area throughout the year. Most fishing is done within depths of 15 to 200 feet and close to shore not further than 3 to 4 miles from the coast which means quick and easy access to the fishing grounds.
Mozambique offers some of the best and most challenging game fishing in the world. Large black and striped marlins are regularly caught in the Bazaruto area and numerous ‘Granders’ (fish weighing over a thousand pounds) are taken by boats launched from the islands.
Sailfish are also caught throughout the year, the largest sailfish taken so far was 55kg. Other fish include Groupers, Prodigal Son, Wahoo, Dorado, Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Snappers and a vast array of other gamefish.
The Summer October to early March is the main Marlin time. These fish come in close to the shallow waters around the Islands and can often be found feeding around the shoals of various species of tunar. The average size fish caught is around 700 lbs. Numerous fish over 1000 lbs have been caught over the years as well as the all Africa record caught in November 1998 off the north point of Bazaruto which weighed in at 1298lbs.
Blue and striped Marlin are found between the months of September to January.These fish are found usually in the deep waters off the islands targeting the yellow fin and other tuna shoals. A Blue Marlin of approximately 650 lbs was caught and released during June 2002.
The main Sailfish season starts at the beginning of June till the end of September but it is not uncommon for these appear around the Islands during the middle of April. The average weight is 90 lbs.
Salt Water Fly Fishing
Mozambique boasts some of the finest saltwater fly fishing in the world. Salt water fly fishing is popular both on the mainland and from the islands beaches, particularly off sandbars produced by the high tidal range. Most commonly encountered are kingfish (including Giant Trevally) king and queen mackerel, kawakawa and springer. Fly fishers will also find the sought-after bonefish in the area – infact the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago have a growing reputation for the world’s largest bonefish!
Rock and surf fishing is good all year round, Ignoblis kingfish, big springer, bonefish, stumpnose, pompano and barracuda are taken year round along with skates, rays and sharks.
This is truly a light tackle anglers paradise as the following species occur throughout the year: Giant Kingfish, Yellowtail, Kingfish & Bigeye, Skipjack Tuna, Bluefin Kingfish, Brassy Kingfish, Kingfish. Bigeye Tuna, Longfin Kingfish, Shortfin Kingfish, Ferdy Kingfish, Dorado, Yellowspotted Kingfish, Bludger. Rainbow Runner, King Mackerel, Largemouth Queenfish, Needlescaled Queenfish, African Pompan, Green Jobfish, Wahoo, Kawakawa or Little Eastern Tuna, Queen Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Pickhandle Barracuda, Great Barracuda and Bonefish.
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