Mike Gooch with the first big fish of the Bazaruto season and his first marlin. Photo by: Duarte Rato | www.fishbazaruto.com water pushed in. Although it looked great, slowly but consistently, except in the shallows, the bait started to disappear. Up to then sailfish had been scarce, but in those conditions lots of sailies showed up, as did lots of very small blacks in the 15-30kg range. They were being caught on the bait rods daily, mixed amongst the bonnies in around 20 metres of water. Overall, however, despite this being the time when there were the most boats around (±14) the big fish bite slowed down. Diversity rather than quality seemed to be the order of the week, with a good number of small blues and stripies being caught. That being said, early on 17 November, fishing out of Sailfish Bay, Quatro hooked a monster fish on a lure. After fighting it for nine-and-a-half hours on 130 lb tackle, they lost it in the dark when the line got caught and cut on the propeller. They estimated the fish to be in excess of 1 400 lb. Aside from that, only three fish over 500 lb were caught that week, with honours going to Big Bob, Vamizi and Bazaruto Explorer. Tamos Juntos had some seriously harsh luck, losing two big fish boatside. By the end of November and into early December good numbers of big blacks started showing once again, but unfortunately by that time there were only two or three boats focused on marlin fishing. With the lack of bait, the fish were picky to say the least. Having already released a number of good fish, the guys from Soolyman Sportfishing aboard Bazaruto Explorer ended their magnificent two-week trip with a 912 lb marlin. The fish was hooked late in the afternoon on a yellowfin tuna livebait and boated in the dark.
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When everyone else was having a horrible hookup ratio on the lures and livies, Big Bob continued fishing their livebait program (skip and swim baits) and had had a great run since mid-November. They ended it in style, catching a good number of marlin up to 700 lb in the first week of December, including an amazing day where they went four for five with fish up to 600 lb. By the end of the year most of the boats were focussing on light tackle gamefishing, but with the water at 26°C good marlin were still being seen and caught on a regular basis to January. The marlin fishing on the archipelago should fire up again from March to mid-May, both on blacks and blues, but if you dream of tackling a real big black and having a shot at that elusive grander on your doorstep, make sure you make the short trek to Bazaruto between September and mid-December of this year. For further information on charter boats in Bazaruto contact: • Capt. Duarte Rato 31ft Vamizi & 38ft Game Changer Phone: +258 84 639 0466 or +258 82 805 7160 <email@example.com> <www.fishbazaruto.com> • Capt. Morgan O’Kennedy 27ft Sailfish & 25ft Spanish Fly Phone: +258 84 5665006 <www.bigbluevilankulo.com>
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