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The Zambezi is a huge river system approximately 3 400km long. It passes through or forms borders with Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, after which it enters the sea.


This mass of water and huge system is home to a host of aquatic species, including the infamous tigerfish (or Hydrocynus vittatus) which, loosely translated, means ‘striped waterdog’.

This is an apt name for this fish, which is built like a pit bull on steroids with
a set of conical canine teeth to match. You will want to keep appendages away from them at all costs.
a number of facets – pioneers are tempting fish to eat by using an array
of artificial offerings and devising ways to increase hookups and stay connected to a fish that has a notoriously hard jaw, razor-sharp teeth and acrobatics that can throw even the best of hooks.
the fishery for years to come.
A few friends of mine have been throwing topwater lures at the tiger with some astounding results and
some really quality fish – surely, barring the fly, catching tigerfish on topwater must be without doubt the most exhilarating way to target this spectacular fish.   

Found in more temperate waters, these fish are distributed in the Zambezi, Pongola and Okavango system and surrounds. Using the set of razor-sharp teeth to tear apart and devour unsuspecting bait fish or a sleeping angler’s lure, then putting on an aerial display normally reserved for its saltwater compatriots, this fish is one indigenous freshwater species every African angler should get under his/her belt.

The most productive area for these fish seems to be the area known as the upper Zambezi, possibly because of the flood plains that are home to a myriad bait fish, insects and crustaceans that draw the fish to feed and breed.

Tigerfish can be targeted by employing a variety of methods and crossing over

Trophy hunters are chasing double-digit fish on fly tackle, which is an awesome achievement; operators are learning to handle fish with care and compassion so that they can sustain

For those who prefer the conventional method – trawling fillets or spinners and lures or using live bait – drifting or trawling can both account for good numbers of really big fish.

Art lure anglers are making huge strides in getting these fish to commit to jerkbait and crankbait and even dropshot lures, taking big fish.