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Bazaruto´s February Tuna Mayhem…

Bazaruto´s February Tuna Mayhem…

Tuna lead the light-tackle onslaught: After the lethargic few weeks we had with extreme warm and green water, the Ocean around the Bazaruto Archipelago has exploded with insane surface activity.

Light-tackle tuna, ‘couta and all sorts

As it invariably happens towards the middle of February – the Yellowfin Tuna have arrived in gale force and along with it massive schools of bonito and skipjack can alsobeen seen, actively feeding all along the archipelago. Feeding on the minute oceanic anchovy and other small baitfish. The ever exciting-to-see bait balls with tuna, sharks and other game fish ferociously feeding have been a common sight.

Diogo Martins and his trophy couta taken on a jube jube live bonito
Diogo Martins and his trophy couta taken on a jube jube live bonito
Tuna for the table
Tuna for the table
Tuna for bait!
Kawa kawa up for a fight!
How's my smile?
How’s my smile?
Bazaruto in February means sailfish!
Bazaruto in February means sailfish!   

It’s obviously that the Blacks will not be too far off although not one targeting them, seeing unfortunately as, very few anglers want to target billfish when the light tackle is as chaotic as it is at the moment. However, there has been some fairly good action with sailfish and besides the tuna some other good game fish have been showing up, especially some good size cuda (king mackerel). Of course, the perfect size jube-jubes that are these crocodile’s best baits – have been easy to catch.

This certainly makes February a great month for those seeking nonstop activity on a myriad of different game fish as of course this is also a great time to target those Giant Trevally´s (GT) and other trevally species on popper, jig, drop-shot and on the fly.

RIP Neil Barnard

It’s with great sadness that we lost our good friend Neil Barnard last week.

Such a joyous and amicable person, so enthusiastic about being surrounded by nature and good people.

We had the privileged of knowing and spending time on the Ocean with Neil and his wife Debbie for a few times and, since we first met in September 2018, kept constant contact with each other and had a gew more awesome trips.

Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed.

Debbie, our love and thoughts are with you and the children.

RIP

RIP Neil Barnard
RIP Neil Barnard

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