African Angling Destinations


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This section of Mozambique, although close to the hustle and bustle of Maputo, is for the most part easily accessible and not too far for the South African angling traveller. It hosts a variety of lodges, campsites and other accommodations to suit the budget and requirements of most anglers. This area is also home to some serious angling destinations, with all the facets incorporated.

On the shore-angling front one could expect to encounter any number of kingfish species (the GT being the most prolific and most sought after), couta, pompano, Natal stumpnose, mata-hari, speckled snapper, springer, queenfish and more.

For the shark angler, there are many species of shark, including the acrobatic blacktip and the seldom-caught lemon shark; for those with endless stamina – the giant guitarfish will definitely keep you busy.

Offshore opportunities abound for ski boat, jet ski and kayak anglers alike. The friendly conditions and prevailing flat seas make launching for the most part a breeze. Black, blue and striped marlin are a regular occurrence. Light tackle game fish like sailfish, Wahoo, yellowfin tuna and king mackerel are found in abundance.

Add to this the ever-present kingfish and jobfish family and you are in with a good chance of landing that fish of a lifetime.

With the onset of deep jigging as a trend, Mozambique has also been producing great catches of the famed amberjacks and tropical yellowtail on the many shelves and drop-offs to be found in the area.

For the light tackle lure and fly-fishing enthusiast, there are kilometres of open beaches and rocky ledges to ply your trade – chances of hooking a big GT or one of the many smaller kingfish species are good. The ever-present three-spot pompano will give the family hours of fun on small dropshots and spoons – and they absolutely love the fly.

And when the sun sets, there are a number of best beach bars and restaurants in this area to sample a genuine Mozambique peri peri chicken washed down with a good old R&R (rum and raspberry) or 2M.