Fishing Tours in Mozambique
With over 2500km of coastline, and tropical atolls surrounded by rich crystal blue waters. This destination provides for some exciting bill, game and sport fishing, it is world renowned for its record size Black Marlin and abundance of Sailfish. Mozambique is also the ideal destination for divers, and sun-worshippers.
Choose between the Bazaruto Archipelago – where you will find an abundance of Marlin, Sailfish, Giant Trevally, and Yellowfin tuna – or the less-explored Quirimbas Archipelago, which is renowned for its astounding dive sites and great reef fishing.
A cultural and natural heritage site in northern Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 31 islands stretching south from Cape Delgado for approximately 320 kilometres. These islands run along the coastline and are partly linked to the mainland by coral reefs, sand bars, mangroves, and water rich in marine life.
Around the Quirimbas Archipelago, the water suddenly drops off into deep channels of nutrient rich water brought in by the Mozambique current and, in doing so, creates some of the most spectacular and endangered habitats in the western Indian Ocean, with over 180 species of unbleached coral and more than 400 species of reef fish.
St Lazarus banks is known as one of the most productive and exciting fishing destinations in Northern Mozambique. St Lazarus banks is an atoll aproximately 30km long and 20km wide located approximately 70km off-shore in the Mozambican channel, the top of the reef plateau sits at 20 m deep and drop-offs down to depths of greater than 2000 m. This a biologically rich eco-system which attracts large reef and pelagic species including Dog-toothed Tuna, Giant Trevally, Marlin, Dorado and many more species
Fast becoming one of the preferred Fly-Fishing destinations is the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Archipelago, which was once part of the mainland, broke away some 25 000 years ago. As a result, five pristine islands, which make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, were formed. These five islands are: Bazaruto Island, Benguerra Island, Magaruque Island, Banque Island and Santa Carolina Island.
The Archipelago has an abundance of game fish and reef fish and is becoming recognised as a top Black Marlin and Sailfish destination. We truly recommend this destinations as a top class angling paradise.
The warm and clear Mozambican current flows closely along the eastern shorelines bringing with it immense varieties of pelagic fish species. The underwater structure surrounding the islands consists of countless pinnacles, reefs and drop-offs, which attract baitfish, reef, and game fish. Fishing hotspots are located along the islands’ shorelines, allowing for quick travelling times.
The varied and exciting fishing includes sight fishing to teased Sailfish, plugging for Giant Trevally or casting to surface-feeding Bonito. The boats are also ideally suited to fly fishing, and all of the species, with the exception of Marlin, can be targeted on the fly rod.
Inhaca Island & Northern Santa Maria
Inhaca Island and the peninsula of Santa Maria , which separates Maputo Bay from the Indian Ocean, should definitely make it onto the itinerary. A marine protected reserve since 1976, the island is home to about 300 bird species, including the Pink-backed Pelican, the Southern Banded Snake Eagle and the Mangrove Kingfisher. Fishing is superb around off-shore reefs with Giant Travally, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Queenfish, Dorado, Prodical Son and Jobfish being the main target species.
A great fishing spot is between the southern tip of Inhaca Island and the northern point of Santa Maria, this channel where the incoming and out going tides gush through is known as Hell’s Gate and fishing here on a incoming tide can also be very productive for Giant Trevally.
Recommended Fishing Seasons:
Bazaruto Archipelago: March – December
Quirimbas Archipelago: March – December
Reef fishing is good all year round however pelagic fishing is seasonal and needs to be planned.
Marlin season is November – March and Sailfish season is from May – September.
Mozambique is blessed with a warm tropical climate which is predominantly warm and hot all year round. There are 2 prevailing monsoon periods, the South Easterly monsoon known locally as the Kusi winds blows from April to November and the Northern monsoon known locally as the Kaskazi winds blows from December to March. The rainy season is from December to April and brought in with the Northern monsoon. The rains generally come as thunderstorms or down pours which are quickly followed by hot clear weather.
- Marlin (Blue / Black / Striped)
- Giant Trevally
- Yellowfin Tuna
- Dogtooth Tuna
- King & Queen Mackerel
- Queen Fish
- Green Jobfish
- Blue Water Fly-fishing
- Deep Sea Trolling