“Targeting the stripped waterdog from the luxury of a house boat makes for unforgettable memories and is a must for every angling enthusiast.”
Fishing for Tigers while enjoying the experience of living on board a houseboat.
After a short flight from South Africa to Songo, we were met by Mr. Johnston from Johnston Tiger Safaris at the airport. After a mere 40 minutes’ drive we arrived at his lodge where we were assisted with all our luggage to be loaded on the house boat that was going to be our home for the next nine days.
Every morning as the sun raised its head, we would depart from the house boat in different fishing boats. Our group consisted of experienced anglers but there was a few new comers on board. Giving us a lecture the first evening and passing on Tiger fishing tips collected over the years, insured our success.
Sometimes we would travel 5 – 15 km to known spots. From the very first cast we had success and it didn’t stop there. Our fishing guides knew where the fish was and was quick to put us on them.
To summarize, 80% of all the tiger fish we caught weighed in between 2.5 and 4 kg with the biggest fish weighing in at an amazing 6.8 kg.
The accommodation and facilities were more than adequate, food was sublime and the fishing equipment (rods, reels and line) supplied were of a very high standard and quality.
By using a reputable Safari fishing charter you can easily turn you time on the houseboat into a memorable family fishing holiday.
To ensure the survival of this amazing species, anglers need to support catch and release.
Some Interesting Facts:
Tiger fish are a prized species when freshwater fishing. The thought of a tiger fish fighting, with fierce striking and a leap out of the water, this spectacular show is what fuels many Tiger fish anglers. No matter what tackle is used, many strikes result in a fish being lost. Tiger fish are predators that live in shoals.
Tiger fish can be caught using various fishing techniques and lures. Great success can be achieved using either spinning tackle and also a fly rod, Fly fisherman are especially fond of Africa’s striped waterdog. One of the most successful lures used is the Tigerwacker but don’t discard live bait or fresh fillets.
They will eat a wide variety of fish such as minnows, robbers and in some cases even certain catfish species. Tiger fish can be found near bait groups and fishing near crocodiles can be useful as tiger fish have been known to eat scraps left over by feeding crocodiles. Tiger fish breed in summer waters and the fry are washed downstream where they are protected.
An alarming problem with Tiger fish is the ever decreasing population rate. Tiger fish populations are decreasing dramatically and pollution is one of the main causes. Illegal gill netting is also having serious consequences on Tiger fish populations.
The Cahora Bassa lake is Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique. The name Cabora Bassa is an earlier misspelling of the name. In Africa, only Lake Volta in Ghana, Lake Kariba on the Zambezi upstream of Cahora Bassa, and Egypt’s Lake Nasser are bigger in terms of surface water.
Some interesting stats:
Max. length – 292 km
Max. width – 38 km
Surface area – 2,739 km²
Average depth – 20.9 m
Max. depth – 157 m
Water volume – 55.8 km³
Surface elevation – 314 m
Some interesting facts about the history:
The Cahora Bassa System started in the late 1960’s as a project of the Portuguese in the Overseas Province of Mozambique. South African Governments were also involved in an agreement stating that Portugal would build and operate a hydroelectric generating station at Cahora Bassa together with the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system required to bring electricity to the border of South Africa. South Africa, on the other hand, undertook to build and operate the Apollo converter station and part of the transmission system required to bring the electricity from the South African/Mozambican border to the Apollo converter station near Midrand. South Africa was then obliged to buy electricity that Portugal was obliged to supply.
During its construction, the dam site was repeatedly attacked without success by Frelimo guerrilla insurgents in an attempt to sabotage the project. Portugal increased popular support in Mozambique with this and other development works (see Mozambican War of Independence). The dam began to fill in December 1974.
Until 2007 the dam was operated by Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa and jointly owned by Mozambique, with an 18% equity stake, and Portugal, which held the remaining 82% equity. On November 27, 2007 Mozambique assumed control of the dam from Portugal. In 2007, Portugal sold to Mozambique most of its 82% stake in the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power facility in the Southeast African country. Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said Portugal would collect US$950 million (€750 million) from the sale of its part of southern Africa’s largest hydropower project. Portugal keeps a 15% stake in Cahora Bassa, though it planned to sell off another 10% at a later stage to an investor which would be proposed by the Mozambican government. Portugal’s Prime Minister José Sócrates signed the agreement with the Mozambican government, during an official visit to Maputo. The agreement ended decades of dispute between Portugal and its former territory in East Africa over the company, called Hidroelectrica Cahora Bassa. The central disagreement was over the handling of the company’s estimated US$2.2 billion (€1.7 billion) debts to Portugal. Mozambican authorities argued they had not guaranteed the debt and therefore should not be liable for the payments.