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Mozambique Fishing – Great day on Salt Shaker

Mozambique Fishing – Great day on Salt Shaker

May is always a great month to fish in Mozambique and this year, despite being breezier than usual for the time of year, it was no exception. If its variety you looking for Mozambique Fishing this time of the year is great for the sheer diversity it offers.

The warm months are well known for its GT fishing and April and May are right up there. The cuta can be wild and so can the wahoo and Sailfish as they begin their winter run in late April. We have our second run of Marlin; be it Blacks or Blues and there is a vast kaleidoscope of other species on offer.

We did it all this month; target Marlin on heavy gear, chase those speedster wahoo and sailfish, we had great cuta fishing days, some good popping and jigging for GT´s and other species and finished the month with a great day aboard Salt Shaker, with Pieter, Christo and Duarte Jnr.

Such a privilege every time I take the little guys fishing!

Here´s the link to a few other Mozambique Fishing reports from April & May ´21!!!


Here´s a couple pics of the day aboard Salt Shaker.

Difficult conditions due to some unseasonably green water pushed in by the northerly and we were unlucky to have missed and lose a lot of fish due to tackle failure (a box of defected treble mustad hooks being the cause)…but really good fun and action all day long as we chased all kinds of game fish on light tackle.

Mozambique Fishing – We started the day at Best and the pinnacle was full of jube jube (frigate bonito´s). We proceeded to catch a bunch and live bait them on the slow troll on the surface and down-rigger. The fish were sketchy on the bites and we missed a good number of bites and lost a couple others that come undone but Christo was rewarded with two thirds of a really nice cuta that was partially taxed…
Mozambique Fishing – With the outgoing tide it went slow by Best so we trolled down south. There was barely any surface activity so when we found the jubes jubes again by .com we put some live out along with some dead half-beaks on the riggers.
Proceed to work south with the current to the pinnacles. We started marking some bait on the sounder and some birds started to show and next thing we have a triple hookup.
One fish come undone but Christo was unlucky to have his prize fish turn into a Black-tip shark which we released and Pieter a nice GT which we also released.
Mozambique Fishing – Into #1 and #2 where we again found some more jube jube´s – must have caught over 30 for the day. We started baiting them and got into the thick of things. Unfortunately, and strangely we lost a number of really good fish due to the trebles opening but still managed to release some good specimens including this great barracuda for Christo.
Mozambique Fishing – Little Duarte was enjoying this but not so much as every bite we had on the live jube jube´s where BIG fish and kept me asking when we were going to go back trolling! We did so about midday. Decided to troll north again to work at Best for a couple hours before heading home. Again, with the green water it was slow on the troll but Dudas managed to get this dorado out of two bites!
Mozambique Fishing – At best we found the jube jube´s again and we missed a huge crocodile cuta that missed the jube jube right by the boat. We had a clear view of it and it was in the goose-bump category. We then trolled for the next hour or so and managed to get a couple small YFT.
Mozambique Fishing – Despite all the good catches for the day the best was the one that got away!
While trolling the live jube jube´s Duarte was casting the light spinning stick and small spoon into them and catching a few. Next think he hooked a much bigger fish but it come off.
Next, he hooked up to a even more solid one. It was really impressive for the young boy to bring a really nice YFT right to the boat (says proud Daddy) after about 20 minutes.
He passed me the rod then but I could not pull it up. At a stage we had it almost in gaffing range but it dived down again although we could see color all this time. I was putting maximum drag that I could on that light spinning outfit and little hooks, but eventually it was the #40-pound leader that chaffed and thus…the one that got away!
Duarte was devastated but then looked at me and said – now I know what Ascension feels like!!! (we Fished there a few years ago and caught some back breaking YFT on popper to 110 kg´s and the boy as seen that video over 100 times!)









You can see the link to that Ascension 2015 big tuna on popper movie trip here;


Mozambique Fishing – April and May are great months to target Marlin of Bazaruto, it’s just that there is such diversity that most guests do not concentrate on it. But this year we had some great Marlin fishing with Warren and Andrew aboard Strenue catching a few Blacks and losing a fish in the 900-pound category and the two boats that went out wide also found some good Marlin action.
Here´s a #350 released aboard The Kraken on the 28th May. The same day the only other boat out there, Big Bob released a #450 and the next day a #300.
On the 30th Big Bob had a great day out there and released 3 Blues out of 4 bites including a double. This out of Bazaruto on the Indian Ocean.
Coincidence or not, on the same day but on a different Ocean (Atlantic) Capt. Manuel Viana´s Blue Hunter in Cape Verde caught the first Grander of the year. A 1162 lbs Blue on a pitch bait.
Amazingly a few hours later, on the same day yet a different Ocean (Pacific), the Sundowner caught the year´s 2nd Grander in Kona, Hawaii – a 1028 lbs Blue…


Now into the winter months which should give us some excellent wahoo and Sailfish action…

All the best,


Duarte A. M. Rato

Sportfishing Charters @ Vilankulos & Bazaruto Archipelago



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