Deep Sea Fishing Tanzania
Tanzania is the top destination for fishing lovers. Plenty of sunny islands, clear and hot water and different fish species – one can find all this at the same piece of the Earth.
There are loads of places on the Eastern coast of Africa that offer you the fishing of your dreams. When the Kaskazi – north east monsoon – starts to blow, the fish arrive in incredible number. Although the fishing is just a secondary attraction, there are a lot of tours organizing fishing adventures that you can book any time.
Among the lesser Game Fish there are Kingfish, Bonito, Rainbow Runners, Dorado and Barracuda, and all of them can be caught close to the shore. However, the areas of Kilwa, Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Unguja (also known as Zanzibar) and the Pemba Channel are the best one for deep sea fishing. If you are staying in Dar es Salaam, there are trips arranged from Msasani Bay which takes you on a daily basis to incredible deep sea fishing adventures.
Local Dhow Fishing – A Guest Report From Dekeza Dhow in Dar Es Salaam
Gazing over the Grand Indian Ocean , it will not take a very long time to spot a range of different vessels sailing the turquoise tropical waters. Fishermen busy sailing their boats for the days’ fishing. Merchants moving their cargo to and from distant places.
The way it has been done for many centuries.
A type of vessel used is a Dhow (or Mashua). Dhows are hand made, constructed by skillful craftsmen by means of basic hand tools using water-resistant timbers. These skills originating from ancient Persia and have been passed on for thousands of years. Various influences from different historic civilizations like Arab, Indo-Malayan, Indian and Portuguese have been adapted into the Swahili culture. This blend gives the dhows their present time character and appearance.
The clear offshore waters are home to a vast array of colourful starfish, tropical fish and coral reefs providing excellent snorkelling. Pods of dolphins often accompany the dhow on its voyage to the islands.
Each dhow is equipped with good snorkelling equipment, life jackets, a back up 15hp outboard motor in case the wind dies down and are staffed by a professional 3 man crew.
We did a full days fishing excursion in the famous Zanzibar Channel. We fish by trolling a combination of lures or baits behind our traditional 8 meter wooden dhow. The Zanzibar Channel is home to a variety of fish, Tuna, Dorado, Barracuda, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, King Mackerel to name a few species. The fishing equipment is good quality (Shimano), and the boats are equipped with the necessary safety equipment.
On the return we motored around the ancient Mbwamaji harbour. We visited one of the nearby islands – we felt like castaways and spent time to explore, we then had a sun downer drink on the beach before cruising back to Dar at around 6pm.