Captains Log

BAZARUTO FISHING REPORT – FEB to MARCH 2016

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Aloha everyone & warm greetings from Bazaruto,

As per my previous report exceedingly warm waters pushing over 30c moved on to the archipelago in mid January. This obviously affected the fishing, especially offshore, where the numbers of Bill and game fish were not has consistent. However the inshore fishing was pretty good with a large variety of species for the spinning brigade and has is normal this time of year, excellent GT fishing was had by those casting poppers & stick baits on the reefs.

Although fishing for GT´s can be good year round of Bazaruto, the peak summer months are normally the more consistent for numbers & size of fish.
Although fishing for GT´s can be good year round of Bazaruto, the peak summer months are normally the more consistent for numbers & size of fish.
Even when the fishing get´s slow those wanting to do battle with a large variety of sharks can consistently do so throughout the year. John Mutton taking some strain from a big bull shark off Bazaruto´s lighthouse in February.
Even when the fishing get´s slow those wanting to do battle with a large variety of sharks can consistently do so throughout the year. John Mutton taking some strain from a big bull shark off Bazaruto´s lighthouse in February.

By late February conditions started improving offshore. There were loads of skipjack schools and a few YFT and the odd billfish found amongst them. But, lure-terrorizing wahoo were by far the most common species attacking and most times destroying the lures – but obviously providing excellent excitement.

Razor sharp teeth wahoo made some damaged lures in February, but at least provided some of the best offshore action off Bazaruto.
Razor sharp teeth wahoo made some damaged lures in February, but at least provided some of the best offshore action off Bazaruto.
John Mutton with a decent size wahoo...
John Mutton with a decent size wahoo…
Due to extreme warm water conditions very few boats specifically targeted Marlin during February and March, but a number of fish were hooked and released.
Due to extreme warm water conditions very few boats specifically targeted Marlin during February and March, but a number of fish were hooked and released.

When the Marlin fishing get´s tough and our guests just want to experience fighting a massive fish on heavy tackle with exceedingly high drag´s catching big sharks is guaranteed anytime of the year. It is so good that guest´s from all over the World specifically visit Bazaruto to target them. Over this period of slower offshore fishing we released a good number of huge zambeze´s (bull´s) along with some java´s, blackfin´s, dusky´s, scalloped hammerhead´s and other´s.

Big numbers of a variety of mid to very large sharks can be caught of Bazaruto year round!
Big numbers of a variety of mid to very large sharks can be caught of Bazaruto year round!

Into early March it started improving even better, especially down south by the Linene banks. There was a good diversity of species caught on the small jig´s and drop shoot and large schools of small bonito´s (Jube Jube´s) could be seen around the main pinnacles. Catching these on small feather daisy chains and spoons and then rigging them live on a steel wire trace proved to be deadly on a good number of school and crocodile cuda (Kind mackerel). Great fun on the light tackle we were using!

A good size cuda caught on a small bonito live bait fishing on a downrigger.
A good size cuda caught on a small bonito live bait fishing on a downrigger.
King mackerel made a strong show from the beginning of March
King mackerel made a strong show from the beginning of March…

At the same time school and decent size Yellowfin Tuna started to mix in with the vast amount of skipjack schools offshore. This provided the first real fast action offshore for the last couple months. As is normal with tuna, when the schools were found multiple and full house strikes were the norm. We had some real fun on those days when they were thick – our angler´s were doing the tuna waltz around the deck as they fought various tuna simultaneously.

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By the second week of March I went to Dubai to order a boat for a local resort and also attended the International Dubai Boat show that was a real eye opener and a great experience.

The boys did not have many charters for the time but reported continued great spinning inshore along with good number´s of cuda and yellowfin offshore. Most importantly and although not yet in great numbers, some early season sailfish pods also made an appearance, with a few being released all the way from Baz to Linene lighthouse down south.

Although they are more prolific in the winter months starting from late April, sailfish can be caught year round on the archipelago and a few pods showed up in March.
Although they are more prolific in the winter months starting from late April, sailfish can be caught year round on the archipelago and a few pods showed up in March.

The last two week´s finally saw a slight decrease in water temperature and much better action offshore, basically the same as the last few weeks but just much faster. School but also good sized Yellowfin Tuna mixing it up with the skipjack school´s provided great fun on fish up to 40 kg. There as also been some great cuda fishing in shallower. Spinning, plugging and jigging / dropshot have also seen a better bite the last few days with a good number of species such as green jobfish, rainbow runners, queenfish and the various kingfish (trevally) species on the bite.

Boats have also come across some sailfish pods and even a few Marlin were seen and released this last week putting everyone on their toes as we might have a surprisingly good Marlin run when the water starts to come down to around 26c-27c, which should be anytime soon.

A good run of Black Marlin in close and Blues out wide is to be expected has the water cools down to a perfect 27c in the next few weeks.
A good run of Black Marlin in close and Blues out wide is to be expected has the water cools down to a perfect 27c in the next few weeks.

The Blue Marlin bite down south at Inhaca is still absolutely mind blowing with some boats consistently having over 6 bites a day. Nakisai won the last two one day tournament in mid and the late March with two blues each time. The last tournament saw the first four boats release two blues each and Nana actually went 3 or 5 releasing an amazing 3 Blues out of a triple-header (one fish was disqualified).

The Blue Marlin bite down south is still going strong!
The Blue Marlin bite down south is still going strong!

Cheers & tight lines,

Duarte

Flat calm waters should be the norm into the next few months off the Bazaruto Archipelago!
Flat calm waters should be the norm into the next few months off the Bazaruto Archipelago!

 

 

2 thoughts on “BAZARUTO FISHING REPORT – FEB to MARCH 2016

  1. Hi Duart,
    Thanks again for positive feedback on the fishing at Baz. We are coming in to BD on Monday. Last year we had some good black marlin takes on 24 mile around “Horeshoe” Reef. We seemed to do well with halfbeaks rigged on a medium size Williamson Diamond Advocate (released two and lost three hookups on the same lure). Are there any specific lures you would recommend we take along for bill-fish? What is the blue marlin fishing like in the deeper waters (250m +)?

    Thank you,
    Stephan Gaigher

    1. Hi Stephan,
      I fished the whole of last week for GT´s…. fished poppers & stickbaits exclusively. There were loads of fish around the first 3 days and some beasts upwards of 40 kg but not committing! A lot of boils and chases right to the boat but we only landed one in every 6 or 8 fish we had up. My other boat was trolling and it was fairly slow, a few dorado, raised lots of sailfish but also very shy bites and some cuda shallower. I think the full moon had something to do with the pickiness….
      There´s been a few sailies around and it should get better.
      Blue Marlin fishing can be good out deep, we seem to have better success in 350 to 550 meters. We have even had good success with some big Blues and YFT up to 74 kg in the middle of winter (June to August) so I am even fishing the 4h July Blue Marlin World Cup at Bazaruto this year.
      Best of lucks and let me know how the trip goes (send pics).
      Cheers & tight lines,
      Duarte

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