Game Fishing

The Ultimate Deep Sea Fishing Experience Waters off the coast of Kilwa make for one of Africa’s most… [more]

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Game Fishing

The Ultimate Deep Sea Fishing Experience

Waters off the coast of Kilwa make for one of Africa’s most exciting deep sea fishing destinations. Huge swarms of Mantis Shrimp come to the surface in order to breed, attracting game fish that spend months feeding on this nutritious and easy meal. Giant Yellowfin, weighing anywhere from 40 kg up to 100 kg move into the area in their thousands and can be seen feeding on the surface as far as the eye can see. Big Wahoo and Dorado are common in the area, while Kingfish become easy targets as they too shoal and feed on the surface. In November and December, Sailfish make Kilwa’s latitude of 8° South their feeding grounds. Marlin are also occasionally in the area and fish of up to 200 kg have already been taken.

These feeding game fish can be either targeted by trolling lures through the action, or by casting spoons and plugs from a drifting boat. This is some of the most exciting spinning imaginable.

For the light tackle and fly fishing enthusiasts there is excellent fishing to be had from a boat in the estuary mouth area, in the estuary itself and wading the shallow flats inside of the main reef. The estuary is home to species such as River Snapper, Queenfish, Barracuda, and Estuary Cod. Wading the shallow flats one can sight cast to a variety of Kingfish, Garfish, Barracuda, etc.

Distinctly unique to Kilwa Ruins Lodge – because of its remoteness from other fishing lodges – is that clients can find themselves exploring reefs and islands never before visited by game fishing participants. Outside the reefs and along the drop-offs anything can happen if you’re brave enough.

We have the following boats available at the lodge: (Our 4 other boats are being outfitted)

  • KARAMBISI Reefrunner – 26ft – spinning and flyfishing
  • KOLE-KOLE Flyfisher – 16ft – spinning and flyfishing

Certain species of fish are better caught on certain months of the year. Below is a table that indicates the seasons.

Key to the table below:

Yellowfin Tuna
King Mackerel
Giant Travelly
Other Kings
Black Marlin

Other species caught on an irregular basis are:

  • Dogtooth Tuna
  • Striped Marlin
  • Jobfish
  • Garfish
  • Torpedo Scads
  • Coral Trout
  • Mangrove Jack
  • Cobia
  • Bonefish
  • Milkfish

We support a responsible Catch & Release policy. Only fish required for the lodge and its guests’ immediate consumption are landed.