UGANDA, NAMIBIA & MOZAMBIQUE

Continuing the process of adding digital versions of old 35mm slides to earlier articles on my blog, I have now updated the sections on Uganda, beach fishing in Namibia and my first trip to Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique. You’ll find these and many more articles under the Memorable Trips section of this site.

Not a great place to slip and fall in!

The Devils Cauldron below Murchison Falls, not a great place to slip and fall in!

It’s hard to think that my first trip to Namibia was 20 years ago next April, it seems like only yesterday. You don’t hear so much about this excellent surf fishing destination these days, but the fishing is still good-provided you have a good guide. Johan Burger is still guiding here & he is widely acknowledged as being the very best. You can contact him at: http://sportfishingnamibia.blogspot.co.uk

An average sized bronze whaler caught surf fishing in Namibia

An average sized bronze whaler caught surf fishing in Namibia

Likewise in recent years Uganda has gone very quiet, but this is hardly surprising considering it’s location & the amount of civil unrest and militia activity throughout the region. Certainly if planning on fishing here you need to take security very seriously. When John & I fished here our camp was guarded by troops from the Ugandan army.

My best perch of the trip, caught at The Sesse Islands

My best perch of the trip, caught at The Sesse Islands

That first trip to Mozambique was also a long time ago, not long after the end of the civil war. The fishing was truly outstanding, and as you can see we caught a lot of great fish. I’ve been back to the same area, though not the same lodge, on three further occasions now, and sadly each time I have noted a marked drop in the standard of fishing. I am sure there is still good fishing to be had in Mozambique, but like most other destinations you need to do your research thoroughly & really pinpoint optimum times of the year.

Big black tip caught from the beach at Benguerra Island Lodge

Big black tip caught from the beach at Benguerra Island Lodge

I am supposed to be trying to ease back a little with traveling, but next year already I have trips confirmed to Panama, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica & Nicaragua and Canada. And thats not including a two-week cruise around central & South America with Alison, during which I daresay I’ll get to fish. Further, it looks like I will be traveling to Mongolia in August to fish for lenok trout, grayling & hopefully taiman. There is a possibility two or three other anglers can join me, contact Anglers World Holidays on Tel: 01246 221717 if you think you might be interested. We are also looking at possibly traveling to Guinea Bissau in March, prime time for big tarpon. I need to clarify a few issues before confirming this trip, but again one or two places should be available.

Well I had to take the photographs, didn't I...

Well I had to take the photographs, didn’t I…