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Marlin Lodge, Luxury Island Lodge, Mozambique
Marlin Lodge, Luxury African Lodge on the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Marlin Lodge, an ultimate holiday destination in Africa

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Fishing at Marlin Lodge
Fishing is fun and is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone. At Marlin Lodge we are equally happy to take out novice anglers and teach them to enjoy this magnificent sport. The rich waters around the Bazaruto Archipelago offer some of the best fishing in the world.  What makes fishing in this area so special is that one is able to fish all the different disciplines of fishing in these pristine waters i.e., Rock & Surf, Salt Water Fly,   Game & Bill Fishing.
Marlin Lodge is proud to mention that we have the best fleet of Fishing boats in the Bazaruto Archipelago (Newest and equipped with the most up to date fish finders and GPS systems).

All our skippers have been with Marlin Lodge for periods exceeding five years.

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BOATS
All fishing boats based at Marlin Lodge are twin engine and are in touch with each other and our shore base, via a repeater VHF Marine Radio system that has a network circumference coverage of approximately 80 Kilometers from our base station, thus ensuring that we are able to communicate with all our boats at all times. Each boat carries all Department of Transport Approved Safety Equipment. All our boats, skippers and deck hands are registered and licensed with the Maritime Department in Mozambique.

We have two types of boats in our fishing fleet at the lodge.
 

4 x 27 ft. Nova Cats (Marlin 1, 2, 3, 4). These are fitted with
2 x 150 HP/ 200 HP Yamaha Outboard Motors, Schaffer Outriggers, Marlin Fighting chairs and Furuno Fish finder and GPS Systems.  Suitable for Game and Bill Fishing.
2. 1 x 28 ft. Butt Cat (Macarena) fitted with 2 x 85 HP Yamaha Outboard Motors suitable for Fly Fishing & Game Fishing.
CREWS
All our boat skippers and deck hands are from Mozambique and many of them have grown up on the Bazaruto Archipelago Islands. They are all well versed in taking out experienced anglers as well as total novices and enjoy showing anglers how to enjoy the sport.
It is important that you let the skipper know how much fishing experience you have and how much you want to be involved in the initial setting up of baits and striking of fish. This is a skill that must be learnt so the crew will not mind what you decide as long as it is communicated to them beforehand. Remember that fish strikes happen very fast so there is no time for casual conversation on this matter when the big fish are crashing around the baits.

 The boat crew will be happy to clean and prepare any fish  you have caught that you wish to eat at the lodge after a days fishing.
Tipping of boat crew direct is accepted with thanks. Please note that this should only be in the case when you have received excellent service. Tipping is not compulsory.
TACKLE
Marlin Lodge has a comprehensive Fishing Centre which is stocked with fishing tackle to cater for all the disciplines of fishing. All our fishing rods are manufactured by Purglass and Fenwick and are fitted with lever drag Pen International and Shimano Tiagra  reels.We carry a full range of Halco, C Lever, Rapala and Williamso Lures.

 For Marlin each boat has range of 50, 80 & 130 lb. rods.F
or game and Sailfish we use 30 lb. rods. We also have a range of spinning rods for the use on boats and shore Angling.
We stock a basic range of Saltwater Fly-fishing rods, reels and flies.
Anglers are more than welcome to bring their own fishing gear, especially light tackle as we realize fishermen are more comfortable catching fish with their own equipment.

FISHING SEASONS & FISH TO EXPECT
Except for February we are open for fishing through out the year. The Bazaruto Archipelago is ranked as the best Black Marlin destination in the Eastern Indian Ocean

 The Main Black Marlin season runs from early October through to end of January each year. These fish come close in to the shallow waters around the Islands and can often be found feeding around the shoals of various species of tuna that frequent our waters during this time of the year. The average size fish caught is around 700 lbs. Numerous fish over 1000 lbs have been caught over the years as well as the all Africa record caught in November 1998 off the north point of Bazaruto which weighed in at 1298lbs.  The Black Marlin is the buffalo of the species and this guy is tough, initially after the strike you will be amazed at his aerobatic display out the water as he tries to throw the hook, failing at this he will then fight deep using his pectoral fins to hold him down so if you haven't done your homework he'll find you out and be gone.

 Blue and striped Marlin are found between the months of September to January.
These fish are found usually in the deep waters off the islands targeting the yellow fin and other tuna shoals. A jumping Blue Marlin is the ultimate thrill as the power and fury of these fish under full throttle is simply awesome.  
A Blue Marlin of approximately 650 lbs was caught and released during June 2002.

 The main Sailfish season starts at the beginning of June till the end of September but it is not uncommon for these aerobatic gladiators to appear around the Islands during the middle of April. The average weight is 90 lbs.
For the light tackle enthusiast this fish provides an awesome display when grey hounding across the ocean and it is quite normal for a boat to tag and release up to four fish per day.
Finicky and sometimes skittish or playful, they can make a fool of the best of anglers at times and this makes them a sort after Billfish.

We at Marlin Lodge support the practice of " Tag & Release" of Billfish and award certificates to anglers who have done so.  The Waters off the Bazaruto Archipelago Islands are world renown for the diversity of game fish species that occur there.This is truly a light tackle anglers paradise as the following species occur throughout the year:

     Giant Kingfish, Bluefin Kingfish, Brassy Kingfish, Yellowtail, Kingfish & Bigeye Kingfish.
Longfin Kingfish, Shortfin Kingfish Ferdy Kingfish, Yellowspotted Kingfish, Bludger.

Rainbow Runner, Largemouth Queenfish, Needlescaled Queenfish. African Pompan, Dorado.

     Green Jobfish, Wahoo., Kawakawa or Little Eastern Tuna, Skipjack Tuna.

King Mackerel, Queen Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna.

     Great Barracuda, Pickhandle Barracuda,  Bonefish. 

We also have a variety of species of Shark that occur offshore 

which are mainly from the Carcharhinus Family. Examples of these are: Silvertip, Zambezi, Blacktip, Dusky, Blackspot and Tiger Shark.

 

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