The Great Thing about Fishing Madagascar
By Harriet Joao
Madagascar is the new Mozambique if you are a fisherman. The waters are still alive with Sailfish, Marlin, Dogtooth Tuna, GT and Kuta. Even a quiet family charter holiday produces regular catches of Kingfish, King Mackerel and Bonito. I cannot imagine what the hardened, intrepid fisherman can hook in a seven night fishing charter! With 1000m drop offs; Castor, Leven and Voltigeur banks of 150 km in length and untouched reefs they cannot (and will not) be disappointed.
Other exciting options include fly fishing (from the shore and from the boat!) jigging and popping; drop shots; plugging and spinning; and fishing from a kayak – all can be enjoyed in and around mangroves, sand banks and deep or shallow waters rewarding you with great variety and enjoyment. Our family has been fishing in these waters since 2006 on Yacht Gecko and have never ended a day’s fishing without a fresh fish to enjoy for dinner. The people with experience and an agency to market a total of four catamarans, as well as an optional (but not necessary) sports fishing boat, are MadagasCaT Charters who offer a professional service, a well arranged holiday and a lot of sound advice to help you on your way. Hint:Beware of those advertising ‘8 Day Holidays’ – this is actually 7 nights with Day One and Day Eight being travel days. Tip:For that well deserved sun downer at the end of a tough day’s fishing take your own spirits with you. These are very expensive in Madagascar and, whilst available on most boats, can make your bar tab seem more than the cost of the charter itself!
©Harriet Joao 2011 About the blogger:
Harriet Joao was born in England but moved with her family to South Africa when she was 7. Almost immediately Africa took her hold on Harriet and she has grown more and more passionate about the place she is now native to.
Harriet and her husband, Mike, own MadagasCaT Charters & Travel (a travel company specialising in travel to and within Madagascar) and Africa, by Africans - a website and travel company with a difference.
Africa, by Africans is their latest venture and invites the people of Africa, those born or bred there, to contribute their words and photographs to be used instead of the 'same old/same old' overused clichés and travel guide descriptions of places.
Within the website are blogs like "Before it's too Late" dedicated to conservation issues; "Only in Africa" where anecdotes and personal stories are told and "From Out of Africa" - the blog for people who have visited Africa but do not live there.
Also owned by Harriet and Mike is the popular charter Yacht Gecko, based in Nosy Be, Madagascar and Chelaya Country Lodge - a luxury self-catering establishment in Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa.
Harriet's hobbies are freelance travel writing and travel photography. She has 2 adult daughters and 2 adult step-daughters and lives in Somerset West, South Africa (when she is not travelling).