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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2007 10:15 am
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Seeing as I live in Botswana, I thought I would share just a few things that I know. this is by no means a comprehensive list or article, but it will get you started.

Rods:
Something around 8 foot, and it needs to be quite stiff. When that thing hits your lure, it hits it hard and fast.

Line:
nothing under 8 Kilo. You can use lighter and have more fun, but if one of those 6 kilo Tigers (Very rare here) take your light tackle, you are more than likely going to have a story to tell about the one that got away

Lure/Bait:
Sling your Rapala Magnums, they love 'em. You can use almost any colour, and I havent found a colour that works better than others. The older Rapala Magnums are made of wood, and the average lure should withstand about 4 takes. Very seldom more than that. I have heard that the new Magnums are made of some sort of composite plastic/rubber, and that they last longer, but I havent used those yet

They will take Rapala Fat Raps, and I am sure you can catch them with some diving crank baits of all types. You can probably even use some Bass plastics like frogs and fishies to catch them, but I havent tried that.

You can use deadbait and live bait for them as well. I know of some great success using tiger Fish Fillets to catch them. I do not know anything of the rig or how to do it, but if anyone wants to know, I can certainly find out. I believe that the biggest Tiger in BW was caught using a small Bream as livebait.


Locations:
In Botswana they are only found in the North of the country. Best places to fish for them is in Kasane and the Okavango Delta. A boat and a guide is essential, and you can hire both at a not so bad price. Its usually cheaper to go in a group of at least 4. I have contact details of a guide that takes you fishing in Botswana, I will ask permission from the Admins before I post their details, otherwise PM me and I will give you their details.

Time of Year:
You can catch Tiger all year. October to December in the Okavango is the absolute best time and place as the annual Barble run occurs, and that is then also Tiger time!!

Precautions:
Firstly, bring sunblock and a big BIG hat. The Botswana sun is not your friend, and he will eat you up before 10 in the morning, even on very cloudy days.

Wear sunglasses. Firstly for the glare, and secondly because Tigers have been noted to chuck your Rapala right back at you.

On a take strike more than once. Tigers have a bony mouth and you need to set that hook 2 or 3 times to make sure it is embedded properly in their bony mouths.

Use Steel trace... A Tigers teeth will sever your line on contact, no exceptions.

Use pliers to unhook fish. Your fingers are a valuable tool. Those teeth are to be stayed well away from. It is also advisable to have a landing net handy

Please catch and release. Tigers are very bony and does not make good table fair (from what I hear)

Warn your family: When that first Tiger hits your line, they are going to see less of you because you will be addicted. There is nothing like a tiger taking your lure.

Any other questions about Tiger fishing and Botswana fishing in general is welcome. I will answer best I can.

Tight lines!

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2007 12:06 pm
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MAAAAAAN why did you have to post that, I just got hooked on them LGF's and not a Pro-Master-Bassmaster yet, and now you're getting me to consider tigers in stead of lgf's.  Goodness, well what you say is true from what i hear it's almost more addictive than Bass, the only thing is Bass venues is more readily available than Tiger venues, I also heard that Josini dam apparently also has tigers?

Well, maybe one day when I'm BIG i'll also go hunt meself a Tiger!

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Hi guys,

I've fished Josini a few times already and yes tiger fishing is very addictive!. The Josini tigers don't get nearly as big as their cousins in Botswana and Zambia, but they fight like hell. I'll post a few pics of some tigers we got up there. You probably won't believe me when I tell you that we caught these buggers on sardine fillet!!

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Here's a slightly bigger one my mate picked up. This is about the biggest I've seen at Josini...

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Tiger caught on the Okavango Delta. Unfortunately not by me.

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Loams, stop showing off!! I can see yours is bigger than mine, but does it perform as well...?Size isn't everything, you know.;)

Seriously, though. Nice fish, man (even though it wasn't yours). That's the stuff that Tiger fishing dreams are made of....
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Hahaha mornay, let me rub it in some more.

The guy in the pic (Not me, I am better looking..... by MUCH :P) is a 6 foot 5 guy, and he is big. That Tiger is really huge, but it doesn't show it well in the photo.

Tigers 8 Kilo and over is not unknown in the Delta.

I'll look for some more pics

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Loams, do you know what tackle he was using? I read a book recently written by Malcolm Meintjies titled "Amazing Flyfishing Destinations of Southern Africa" (a bit of a mouthfull, I know). This book is incredible and I would seriously recommend that you read it if you can find a copy. He wrote a whole chapter on flyfishing the Delta and hooking into 17 and 18 pounders on 9 and 10 weight fly rods. Not to mention the huge Vundu (catfish, for those who don't know)! Rod snapping stuff!!!
Man, I so want want to pull out a few of those Leviathans in my lifetime. I'm heading up to Zambia in May to fish a tournament in some river near Kitwe. Do you have any knowledge of the area?

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Mornay, I dont have info on Zambia, but I know people that have. So gimme a day or so and I'll get back to you on that.

I'll see if I can get my hands on the book you mention.

I am not sure what kit the guy used, I am sure it's pretty much in line with my rod that I use for tiger. I'll go find out for you. There is no point in catching Tiger with HUGE gear either. I meant to comment earlier that if you catch those tigers of yours on ultra light, it will be pretty damn good stuff

Aaaaah, the mighty Vundu. Yes, they are caught there, but the biggest Vundu you'll ever see live in Zimbabwe. I know of 70 kilo Vundu's caught in some lake in Zim.

There is actually a stunning book about Botswana fishing. The author happens to be my fishing buddy and the guy that introduced me to Bass fishing. His name is Adam Clark. I will get some details, and ask his permission to put some of his work on here. The guy on the pic with the Tiger's name is Neil. He is Adam's brother in law.

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Loams, my man...! You appear to be well connected. I look forward to some info on Zambia.

Being selective on tiger fishing tackle is critical. In my experience with the Josini tigers, the heavier your rod the less chance of landing the fish. I found that heavier rods don't have enough flex to absorb the quick bursts of the tigers, hence the fact that they throw the hooks a lot easier. Softer rods (medium action and lighter) definitely handle the pressure a lot better.

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I am guessing you are fishing in the Kafue River?? Let me know, and I will try find out about lures, rigs and whatever else you need? I presume your accomodation is sorted out?

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Hundreds, thanks Loams. I'll give you a shout as soon as I get more info. We have a contact in Zambia who is arranging all the specifics for us. Not sure of the river, though. I'll have to do some checking up and get back to you.
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If is Kafue, it seems like they catch bream,pike and vundu there!

http://www.justfishing.co.za/fishing_kafue_river.htm

About Tigers, I was in Caprivi for National Service. Used to catch Tigers in the Kunene with a handline from a dugout canoe. My Mom used to send me line and hooks in my Tuck parcels, and I made the lure by folding a bully beef tin lid around a hook to make a rudimentary spinner...........worked like a charm. Was bust up many times by 10 pounders.



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The Kafue river.....

Fish with deadbait or live bait. Apparently the Tigers there go for Rapala's as well, but the best results come from live and deadbaits. A tigerfillet on a big hook or a small bream (alive) drifted out works well.

One of the best spots on the Kafue is where the Kafue meets the Zambesi, but I can see on my map that you aren't really close to that, but keep it in mind for next time.

Good luck, and bring back them pics.

If you need other info, give me a shout.

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Hey Loams,

Check out the pics of the Goliath Tiger fish I posted in the Gallery section under general angling topics. That is a serious fish, man!!
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ps. That's not my fish either....;)

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Hi Loams,

It has been confirmed that we are fishing the Kafue riveron the weekend of the 26/27 May. The location is apparently about 30km downriver from Kafue Lodge which is about 80km south of Ndola. I'm not familiar with the river conditions there but I am trying to get more info from one of the locals. I'll send pics as soon as I return.

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Just an update on the Zambezi and Tiger fishing.

A friend of mine went two weeks ago (He runs a fishing Safari company). In three days they (4 guys) caught over 200 Tigerfish. I saw the DVD last night, and it was absolutely chaos!!! Cast 'n reel stuff, with some really big ones (5kg +) coming out regularly. Apparently there is some seasonal reason for it, and it happens every year at this spot where they went. I will post some pictures when I get them.

Next year, I am going with!!!

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Loams,

:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash

You make me jealous !:P

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I'm no analyst or rocket scientist but some baisc maths works out that those guys ecah caught almost 17 tigers per day, and that is IMPRESSIVE and I'm sure that when you say it was Chaos, you're understating it a little, it sounds like complete HAVOC, but nonetheless Fun-X-streme!!!

Can't wait till the Boss hooks me up with a tiger trip, she promised she'll organize us boys one still this year hopefully?

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