Tiger Fish – Zambia
Tiger Fish – Zambia
|Location:||Flood plain region of the upper Zambezi River in Zambia|
|Target Species:||Tiger Fish|
|Other Species:||Various bream species, vundu|
|Terrain:||River, African bush, floodplains|
|Peak Seasons:||May – August|
|Price (7 days):||Four nights, five nights and seven nights starting from ZAR16 500.00|
Tiger Fish and the African bush is something that everyone needs to experience and explore and what better way to do so than with a fly rod in hand drifting along the banks of the mighty Zambezi river in search of feeding tiger fish. The Zambezi river is one of the large rivers on the African continent and home to these “striped water dogs”. Their aggressive attacks on an accurately placed fly will quickly make any angler realize that these are not your average predators. Getting them to eat the fly is one thing, setting the hook into their bone hard mouths a completely different thing. They do bust tackle and rip flies apart but the rewards of releasing a tiger fish back into the Zambezi river with the African sun setting in the west is worth the sacrifice and cannot be described in word, it has to be experienced.
The Zambezi river originates in Zambia, cross through a small part of Angola before it enters back into Zambia and run south to enter into the Caprivi Strip of Namibia at Katima Mulilo. From there it runs east along the borderline between Namibia and Zambia over the floodplains at the eastern most tip of the Caprivi Strip with miles of tributaries, streams, channels and islands before it all congregates and form a river again at Kasane, not far from where the Zambian, Botswana, Namibian and Zimbabwean borders meet. Shackletons is situated about 70km upstream from here on the banks of the Zambian side overlooking the floodplains.
The fishing grounds are situated less than five minutes from the lodge and stretches for many miles that can be explored up and down stream.
Tigerfish is the target species and very aggressive hunters. They feed on various smaller fish species along the banks of weed beds and islands. They are most active early morning and late afternoon and they will take a variety of baitfish imitations.
There are various bream species in this part of the Zambezi River system. Bream are more territorial and vary from the aggressive Nembwe, which grows the largest, to smaller and species such as the red breasted and pink-happy
Vundu is a local catfish species that grows rather large. They have a typical catfish behaviour and are aggressive fighters.
1. Arrive in Livingstone
2. Transfer to Shackletons Lodge (Approximately 2 hours by road from Livingstone)
3. Check in and go fishing depending on time of arrival
4. Transfer back to Livingstone in time for departure flight