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    Hi all
    This past December while on our annual boys trip, we started discussing a location for 2019. Fishing in the Caprivi region came up, specifically tiger fishing.
    A quick read here and there told me that fishing in this area can be quite exceptional, I need the advise of those who has been please.

    It will be a week or so in December,,,, 10 or so guys, camping probably prefered since it will be cheapest. As long as the fishing is good and the facilities decent we will look at it. Angling from the side prefered,,, but it will be a bonus if the place offers a boat trip or something as a daily activity.

    The only place I've been in that area is Malyo wilderness camp on the Kwando river, it's a beautiful place and I'll go back any time, but I don't know what the fishing is like.
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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    Speak to Curt at Caprivi Houseboats close to Katima, sure he can put a package together for a group like that.
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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    Malyo is really not known for it's Tiger Fishing.
    Follow the advice of Mike N given here, for better results...

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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    Will send you Chris Wood's details via PM. Best guy and team to put something together for you.

    Also have a look at Codgers Zambezi House in Zim, close to Kasane and Vic Falls. Self catering house with a nice big barge boat thats part of the package. Stayed here last year, loved it. Perfect setup for the trip that you have in mind.

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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    This might help.

    https://youtu.be/-Uc2qtPOwBg

    We travel to the upper Zambezi in Caprivi and stay at a lodge that used to be called Island View Lodge. They have since been bought up by Gondwana Collection Namibia, and now named Zambezi Mubala, Katimo. Didn't do our annual fishing trip this year to Caprivi, and settled for Cahora Basa instead.

    We normally travel from SA by car through Botswana which is long but can be an adventure on it's own. September / October is when we go, and the last years we haven't been successful. Allot of netting.

    Great Lodge, with awesome camping facilities, bar, lodging, boats and guides.

    December to Jan is when the larger tigers are on the bite using drift bait.

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    Your peak times for Tigers is the Winter and then the drift-baiting during Nov/Dec/Jan.

    Tiger fishing needs a boat, you might luck into a fish or catch small ones from a deck, but bank fishing in general is a no-no........flatdog country
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    What Mike said - chat to Curt (Sandbug on the forum): https://www.caprivihouseboatsafaris.com/
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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Crocker View Post
    This might help.

    https://youtu.be/-Uc2qtPOwBg

    We travel to the upper Zambezi in Caprivi and stay at a lodge that used to be called Island View Lodge. They have since been bought up by Gondwana Collection Namibia, and now named Zambezi Mubala, Katimo. Didn't do our annual fishing trip this year to Caprivi, and settled for Cahora Basa instead.

    We normally travel from SA by car through Botswana which is long but can be an adventure on it's own. September / October is when we go, and the last years we haven't been successful. Allot of netting.

    Great Lodge, with awesome camping facilities, bar, lodging, boats and guides.

    December to Jan is when the larger tigers are on the bite using drift bait.

    Enjoy the fishing wherever you end up. Magic.
    Hennie Papenfuss did a tigerfishing DVD on Cahora Basa. Well worth checking it out.
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    Totally agree with Ryan-
    We were there in August last year, towed two boats from Johannesburg to Kasane then through to Namibia via Ngoma border post.
    Launched the boats at the Zambezi Mubala Camp(what a great place with great hospitality).
    Spent a week on the Zambezi sleeping on our pontoon boat. The river was netted all the way down(70kms) on both sides with the Zambians coming across on their Makoro's to empty the gill nets as well as take all the Skimmers eggs from the sand banks.....
    Check out our trip on facebook under the following link-

    https://www.facebook.com/Our-Zambezi...597/?ref=br_rs

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    We caught a few bream/tigers etc but nothing like it used to be....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutdoorKeith View Post
    Totally agree with Ryan-
    We were there in August last year, towed two boats from Johannesburg to Kasane then through to Namibia via Ngoma border post.
    Launched the boats at the Zambezi Mubala Camp(what a great place with great hospitality).
    Spent a week on the Zambezi sleeping on our pontoon boat. The river was netted all the way down(70kms) on both sides with the Zambians coming across on their Makoro's to empty the gill nets as well as take all the Skimmers eggs from the sand banks.....
    Check out our trip on facebook under the following link-

    https://www.facebook.com/Our-Zambezi...597/?ref=br_rs

    Our Zambezi Adventure.

    We caught a few bream/tigers etc but nothing like it used to be....
    Awesome FB post. Thankyou @OutdoorKeith for sharing🤙

    We have been tiger fishing that stretch of the supper Zambezi for the last 8-10 yrs intermittently. You are right, the fishing is no where near what it used to be, not even close. Netting seems to be a massive problem on the Zambian side, which has affected fishing. Management has been neglected and not enforced by the Zambian Govt.

    A BIG shock for me was when we went to Cahora Basa, after watching the Papenfus (sp) DVD a while back. This place is amazing, and a very large lake. However, the netting in Cahora Basa is even worse than I could imagine. Every bay, estuary, and rock outcrop had nets that stretched 800m in some sections.

    The netting is so bad that we were catching 3kg tigers that had netting embedded in their skin. You dont see any small flat dogs, only large ones. Such a pitty that the control and management of these amazing places cannot succeed.

    I have heard that Barotse and Northern Zambia have it a bit better as a result of concessions managing local fishing practices.

    As an adventurer that enjoys far off fishing destinations, one has to get info from grps. and discussions like this. Time of year, moon phase, and place are vital in making the decision on where and how you want to spend your money. These trips are expensive, so travel with caution and get the correct info. regarding the destination you travel to. Guides and the lodges they relate to, will tell you what you want to hear - Fishing is great. This is not always the case.

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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    These days the fishing is not as glorious as it once was. It's still a good time to go fishing and a bit of experimentation is in order. After a rainshower they are usually very eager to bite.
    Netting happens a lot, but shouldn't during December through to the end of February. Then the river is closed for consumptive fishing.

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    So sad.

    I had dreams about fishing those places after that fishing safari with the Cessna that was on TV late 80's

    Spent a few months on the Zambezi in 2006, nets were already bad, but everything I've heard since is enough to make you cry.
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    Default Re: Tiger fishing in Caprivi December 2019

    I've been fishing the Caprivi area since 2010. Like everyone says the fishing has been on downward spiral. The only productive area seems to be the Kasai Channel that links the Zambezi and Chobe at Impalila. We had surprisingly good good fishing there in August 2018. Not much big fish, but lots of 2-3 kgs. It was a pleasant surprise especially since we were fishing just after full moon.

    The fish in the Kasai Channel are generally (reportedly) coming in the from the protected Chobe waters. We have not seen netting in Kasai. The Namibian officials do patrol the Channel. Heavy netting in the Zambezi, especially Zambian side. This is the same in the upper reaches of Kariba (Mlibizi area). Its actually pointless going to Mlibizi. Was there in October 2017, every inlet and bay netted, basically nets everywhere possible. Somewhat better on the Lower Zambezi at Kafue but not much. Wouldn't recomend it.

    Anyway the fishing in Kasai last year was better than it has been in a long time. Will be interested to hear how it goes/went this year.

    Posted the trip on YouTube, stayed at Ichingo Lodge, so not camping.

    https://youtu.be/eHF93rtP9ew

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