Tanzania: Fishing

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Tanzania Fishing

Fishing in Tanzania is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. There are opportunities to both deep sea fish and inland fish. The deep waters of the Indian Ocean mean Tanzania's coast are rich in big-game fish including marlin, tuna, swordfish and barracudas. Here you can also fish for red snapper, grouper and otehr local fish. Along the mainland coast, Pangani and Dar es Salaam are the most popular area for deep-sea fishing. Trips from Pangani and Tanga offer easy access to the Pemba Channel, a main migratory route for big-game pelagics. Outfitted charters are best arranged from local lodges, and the guide will know where best to look for a big-game catch. Around Dar es Salaam, fishing boats can be chartered and trips arranged around the areas of Msasani Bay, as well as the larger hotels and lodges. Excursions usually take the form of day trips and although the area is not as populated with large game fish, smaller species are in plentiful supply. If you are in the Zanzibar Archipelago, resorts and lodges along the northern and eastern parts of Unguja and the island of Pemba offer fishing charters that venture into deep waters. Private companies and tour operators can arrange day trips to nearby lakes and rivers when inland. In rural areas local fishermen will often gladly take passengers with them on a daily fishing trip. Highlights include Lake Victoria, Mwanza, Musoma, and Rubondo Island National Park.