The magnificent Legogo resort, consisting of 25 luxury chalets, is located approximately 50km south of Inhambane, Mozambique.
As one approaches Legogo, one is struck by the awesome beauty of the scene: two large, placid freshwater lakes, fringed with flowering waterlilies and surrounded by seemingly endless plantations of tall coconut palms, are nestled at the foot of the high bush-clad dunes. This is the location of the beautiful Legogo resort, situated on the crest of the coastal dunes amidst dense vegetation.
The view from the chalets, both to the left and the right as far as the eye can see, is of the most magnificent flat white beach, with crystal-blue warm seas providing an ever-changing scene. Directly in front is a large reef system that runs out at an angle to the beach, extending 500m out to sea, and that is fully exposed at low tide.
The existence of this reef system provides not only subsistence for local communities but also for Legogo visitors. It also provides the basis for excellent shore and boat angling, while families swim and snorkel in the crystal- clear waters.
Beach anglers use bait types such as squid and prawns cast out into shallow waters to target species such as stumpnose, mata-hari, bonefish and many species of kingfish.
However, it is from the ledge that I have had my greatest success, using surface poppers to attract large kingfish (Carynx ignobilis). These are the hardest fighters of all game fish and provide the ultimate challenge. Tackle needs to be fairly heavy, using at least 30lb line and a reel capacity of more than 400m. Believe me, you need it! I have been fortunate to land many of these kingfish recently directly from the reef, many in excess of 30kg – the biggest being 58kg
By far the most popular and effective means of fishing is, of course, by ski boat, but it is becoming increasingly popular to use paddle skis. The sheltered bay provides easy access to the deep waters of Legogo. Trawling bait or lures in front of the resort at water depths of 15m to 18m makes this a good area to hook into numerous barracuda as well as other species such as queenfish, kingfish, wahoo and even majestic sailfish.
Boat or ski anglers use sardine bait, needlefish or other fish bait for trawling. Rapalas or similar lures are also very effective, particularly for the wahoo or sailfish. There are numerous reef locations within 5km to 10km from Legogo: their GPS marks are available from the resort manager. At one of these areas, known as the ‘hole’, the reef drops down vertically from 35m to 70m, forming a giant crater that is often teeming with game fish. Here it is possible to use the technique of vertical jigging to catch amberjack or bludger kingfish. The popular technique of dropshot is also most effective, as it is on all the other reefs.
In all the waters off Legogo, it is common to find vast feeding schools of yellowfin tuna or bonito. These schools feed aggressively on sprats or anchovies, and can be seen splashing in a frenzy of activity on the surface.
The most effective method is to cast from a stationary boat with spinners, lures or small plugs over a distance of about 40m. Casting from any closer usually has the affect of putting the fish down. Trolling small lures can also be used.
Other activities at the resort include safe beach walking and birdwatching as well as amazing scuba diving.
For more information on the fishing opportunities at Legogo, feel free to contact the writer on 082 444 2505.