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Organized Tiger fishing Trips and Holidays - Africa

Best Tiger Fishing Destinations

Tiger Fishing Info, Tips, Techniques

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Tiger Fishing Trips and Holidays

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All tiger fishing trips tailor made to your time availability

Single or multiple destination Tiger fishing trips and Tiger Fishing Safaris to the best tiger fishing destinations in Africa. We offer Combo Tiger fishing packages which can include any of or all of the following destinations or anywhere else you would like to go in Africa:

Tiger fishing in the Okavango River - Namibia, Botswana

Tiger fishing in the Okavango Delta - Botswana

Tiger fishing in the Zambezi River - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Tiger fishing in the Chobe River - Botswana

Tiger fishing in the Kariba Dam - Zambia, Zimbabwe

Tiger fishing in the Cahora Bassa Dam - Mozambique

Tiger fishing in the Jozini Dam - South Africa

Tiger fishing in the Corumana Dam - Mozambique

We arrange all planning, transport, back-up and support, tiger fishing tackle, tiger fishing boats, internal flights within Africa.

Best Tiger Fishing Destinations

We run organised trips to the following destinations:

Okavango River - Namibia, Botswana - Best Tiger fishing - All year round

Okavango Delta - Botswana - Best Tiger fishing - When the waters are receding from August to October

Zambezi River - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique - Best Tiger fishing - All Year

Chobe River - Botswana - Best Tiger fishing - September, October

Cahora Bassa Dam - Mozambique - Best Tiger fishing - All year

Jozini Dam - South Africa - Best Tiger fishing - September to March

Corumana Dam - Mozambique - Best Tiger fishing - August to April


Tiger Fishing Info, Tips, Techniques

Tiger fish are a highly aggressive freshwater game fish species which occurs in Africa south of the Equator, occur as far south as the Pongola River and the dam which it feeds, the Jozini Dam in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Tiger fish occur from the Eastern borders of South Africa and central southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana) but are absent in the west flowing Kunene River, which forms the border between the Namibia and Angola . Tiger fish enjoy warm water with a high oxygen content.

The Okavango delta is situated in the north of Botswana and is one of earth’s last unspoilt wilderness areas and one of Africa's best tiger fishing destinations. The Okavango Delta offers a huge variety of tiger fish habitats varying from weed beds and reed beds to sand banks, fast flowing deep channels and shallow flats, providing endless excitement for those lucky enough to get here and do some real tiger fishing.

Tiger fishing Tips

Tiger fish are predators and one uses similar bait, lures and techniques that you would to catch other aggressive game fish like the Tiger fish. Tiger fishing techniques include using livebait (Tilapia, Chessa, Bottlenose, small tiger fish), dead baits including Capenta, sardine, shrimps, chicken liver and ox heart.

These baits can be fished on the bottom when the tiger fish are moving deep and on a float with a varying length leader when the tiger fish are feeding nearer to the surface. Fillets and strip baits can be trolled slowly for tiger fish. Tiger fishing with live bait is exciting because the tiger fish hits the bait at full speed!

Spinning and spooning are popular and successful tiger fishing techniques. These tiger fishing methods work well in faster-moving water and when the water is not very clear and the tiger fish are hunting actively near the surface. Allowing spoons and spinners to sink to near the bottom works well to lure tiger fish from deeper down, especially when the sun is high.. Yellow and red Meps no.3 & 4 spinner, silver and copper spoons 1- 4 inches in length where there are smaller tiger fish and larger ones for the giant Tiger fish.

Drop Shot lures (soft plastics) work very well for tiger fish and on light tackle, tiger fishing with drop shot lures can be fun for days until all your plastics have all been shredded (and you use anything including your favorite fishing shirt to cut strips, soak them in some sardine juice and hook them on!).

Tiger fishing with dropshot is a good technique in fast moving or calmer waters and allows one to work the entire water column effectively for shallow or deeper moving tiger fish. Start with blue green and silver, try other colours if those are not working on the day, but tiger fishing with dropshot tends to be more successful with realistic colours. Try to copy the colours of what you think the tiger fish are feeding on.

Hard plastics (eg. Rapalas, Halco etc) are very effective artificial baits for many types of game fishing, including tiger fishing. Once again, tiger fish prefer realistic colours. For tiger fishing, having some deep diving lures in your box is essential when the tiger fish are deep and you can get hold of bait.

Fly Fishing for tiger fish is one of the best forms of game fishing and pure adrenalin. 8 to 10 weight fast action rods are required. The reel you choose for tiger fishing must be balanced to the weight of your rod and must have a disc drag system as tiger fish are notorious for burning out reels in there first 50 meters of their run. Your reel must also be able to hold about 200 meters of braid backing for those giant tiger fish.

Nothing less than an 8 weight rod should be used as heavy fast sinking lines need to be thrown maximum distances.

I recommend anything from at least a 250 grain to 300 grain fast sink shooting head with fused running line similar to that of the airflow depth finder shooting head system. Alternatively a DI6 or DI7 weight forward but the reason I prefer shooting heads is that presentation isn’t that important with tiger fish but rather being able to achieve maximum casting distance, very important for productive tiger fishing.

Fly Colours for tiger fishing change according to the time of the year and water clarity but I always have red/yellow/white; blue/white; green/white; chartreuse/white and plain black deceivers, polar fiber minnows and clousers in my box. But bring as many different types of flies as you can on your tiger fishing trips with you. Don't be scared to try anything new and neither are the tiger fish, it seems.


Tiger Fishing Trips and Holidays

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All tiger fishing trips tailor made to your time availability