The essence of the experience
The waters off the Quirimbas Archipelago are renowned for exceptional fishing opportunities, from deep sea fishing excursions to thrilling catch-and-release fly fishing expeditions. More than 50 of the species commonly targeted by sports fishermen can be found in the waters surrounding the islands and most of these are present in large numbers year round. Thanks to the destination’s remoteness, fisherman can be assured of an exclusive experience, with virtually no other boats to be see.
Pemba and the surrounding areas are renowned as some of the finest deep sea fishing destinations in the world. Anglers can expect to hook a multitude of species, including the powerful kingfish, the streamlined barracuda and the golden dorado, as well as queen fish, serra, wahoo, yellow fin tuna and even the greatest prize of all, the mighty sailfish. Islands such as Medjumbe and Vamizi boast excellent facilities for fishermen, whether novice or experienced. Large and comfortable fishing boats offer shady areas for protection from the African sun and are equipped with the latest electronic fish-finders. Experienced fishing guides provide a wealth of advice and the boats are stocked with the best tackle, lures and bait to ensure a successful catch. Most of the operators in the area are environmentally conscious and, while shore-based fishing can produce some exceptional catches, including larger pelagic and reef species, this is generally only done on a catch-and-release basis.
A deep sea fisherman’s mecca, the famous St Lazarus Bank lies approximately eight hours to ten off the Quirimbas Archipelago and it is possible to arrange exclusive safaris to this renowned fishing destinations. Keen anglers would travel to the area aboard a luxury yacht and could expect both excellent big game and salt water fly-fishing opportunities in this enormous atoll, borders by open waters that drop off to depths of 2 400 metres (7 875 feet).