Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, east of the coast of Tanzania. In fact, this is an archipelago, but more often by this name is meant the island of Ungudzha. Also the archipelago includes: the islands of Chumbe, Chapvani, Bava, Prison, Tumbata, Mnemba, Pemba and Mafia.
The waters of the Indian Ocean around Zanzibar, especially in the strait between Zanzibar and Pemba, provide an excellent opportunity for deep sea fishing. The fishing season lasts from September to March. The catch consists of such fish as bonito, barracuda, yellowfin tuna, marlin and other deep-sea fish.
There are two main seasons:
From August to October – Yellowfin tuna
From September to March – Sailfish, striped, blue and black Marlin, Swordfish.
Throughout the year, you can catch Dorado (mahi-mahi), king mackerel, yellowfin tuna, barracuda, wahoo.
It is also worth remembering the monsoon periods.
From mid-December to March there is a northern monsoon with a gusty north-east wind “Cascazi”, bringing gently sloping waves.
In July-September, the southern monsoon is dominated with the southeast wind of the “Kusi”, the waves are a little sharper at the time. October, November and early December are the quietest months of the year.
The Pemba Strait is one of the best areas of the world for ocean fishing, known for its record trophies of blue, black and striped marlin. This is a narrow strip of water about 65 kilometers long and 100 meters deep between the continent and the island of Pemba. In the strait, a slow northern current dominates, creating favorable conditions for the concentration of plankton, which attracts predatory fish here. In addition to the marlin, which in large numbers penetrate the strait during the northeast monsoon, it is home to a sailfish, swordfish, tiger shark, Mako shark, yellowfin tuna, dorado, barracuda, wahoo and others.
The season of trophy fish usually begins in the last week of November and lasts until mid-March, when the northeastern monsoon begins to turn back to the southeast. However, at other times of the year there is a great chance of meeting with trophy fish specimens, real sea fighters, the capture of which will undoubtedly leave an unforgettable impression.
Preference is given to fishing at high tide, as the tides bring many food to predators.
In the Kusi season, basically it is windy in the morning, and if you prefer a quieter weather, then it’s better to start fishing after lunch. The waters near the island of Pemba are rich in marlin, sailfish and swordfish. In addition to them, you can catch sharks (among them: mako, tiger, hammerhead, sharks-foxes), tuna, large wahu, king mackerel, dorado, barracuda, and giant caranx (trevally).
The main season for fishing tuna is from August to October, and immediately after the end of the tuna season, a high season for marlin, swordfish, sailfish begins in November with its ending in March. Striped marlin is best bitten from December to March, and black and blue – from September to December.
Sharks, swordfish, marlin and some species of fish are being fished by “caught and released” rule.
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The duration of the tour can be different (from several hours to several days).
trolling with artificial and combined bait, live / dead bait, jigging, popping and trolling at night on a swordfish.
Fish: marlin, wahoo, barracuda, shark, dorado, swordfish, dog-toothed tuna, sailfish.
The best period is September-first week of December, February-April.
The maximum number of fishermen is up to 6 (there is a boat in which there can be a maximum of 4 fishermen).
3-day fishing along the western shore of the island of Pemba.
Trolling with artificial and combined bait, live / dead bait, jigging, popping.
Fish: marlin, wahoo, barracuda, shark, dorado, swordfish, sailfish, dog-tooth, large-eyed and yellow-yellow tuna.