Fishing from Fish Eagle Point is done on a 20 foot, cat hull, fishing boat. Max of four adults, though best is two or three. No toilet aboard but we do have shade and certainly do catch fish! The boat has outriggers, downrigger, good electronics and tackle for most scenarios however specialized fisherman are advised to bring their own tackle and lures/flies.
We fish strictly on a catch and release policy, specifically on Billfish, sharks, trevally species. Other fish are kept, only, however, enough for fresh table-fare, the balance will swim again.
We also have limited fishing from our dhows and ‘kids’ fishing from our little runaround boat, close to the resort on the outer reef.
Fishing from Fish Eagle Point
By Steve Attwell, owner of Fish Eagle Point, and great admirer of the extremely strong fish encountered every now and then, which never fail to leave me in total awe of the raw power they exibit…
First of all, I must admit, that FEP is not necessarily a dedicated ’fishing lodge’ but more a ‘resort, with a fishing option’ (all be it an important one in my view!). I really do enjoy watching the surprise and uncontrolled excitement when a new fisherman experiences that fast, heavy pull from a worked jig or plug, followed by amazing aerial displays, or the constant and unbelievably strong and unrelenting pull from an unseen quarry down at 100+ meters!
I am often asked different questions and will try to cover the basics, however, I too, am still learning…
The main fishing practices I favour are deep jigging, plugging, live baiting, dropshot and more recently kite fishing with smallish live baits, as perfected in Florida. Trawling is still and will always be a facet of fishing we practice, but to be honest the hands on fishing is simply more rewarding and preferable and not to mention, good exercise! Our prices reflect the type of fishing we do, trying to keep costs down with minimal fuel usage, while trawling however means higher fuel burn and may necessitate extra costs to defray the extra fuel cost.
Fishing is possible year around, however the best times are during our summer months which also see in the important trade wind changeover from the Kusi (SE trades) to the Kaskazi (NE trades) and further onto the onset of the main rainy season generally after Easter, this is generally the best time for fishing this coastline. The ‘reef’ fish are present year round while the pelagics seem to cruise in and out mostly during the summer Kaskazi months. Note there are many days when the winds are excessive during this changeover (Dec/Jan) and good fishing is unavoidably lost because of it.
Fishing from FEP is done primarily on and around the continental shelf wall – generally 50m to 120m – on the Pemba Channel, six nautical miles away. The inner shelf has a long reef line stretching from south of Tanga northwards to Wasini/Shimoni marine park in Kenya. Current flows north at speeds of up to 3 knots in the channel. North Pemba Island is approximately 26 Nautical miles due East, with the Pemba Channel between. There are very few sport fishing operators in this area and the local fisherman generally stay in shallower water.
We do carry tackle for most types of fishing, however it is highly recommended that you bring your own specialist tackle, as well as lures and terminal tackle. Sport fishing equipment/tackle is not obtainable in Tanzania, hence everything needs to be imported, we have a limited supply of tackle, but request that you try and bring lures and only need to email us in advance for advice.
Amberjack caught and released Dec 31, 2012
GT (Giant Trevally) caught Dec 13, 2012
Billfish species occurring in the Pemba Channel: Black, Blue and Striped Marlin. Broadbill (Swordfish), Sailfish and Spearfish all occur here however we have not yet caught Blue Marlin, Broadbill or Spearfish from FEP, but have seen them, both at sea and in the markets.
Black Marlin, caught and released Dec 23, 2012
Gamefish species : King Fish (Mackrel), Wahoo, Dorado, Rainbow Runners, Yellow Fin Tuna, Dog Tooth Tuna, Bonito, Kawa Kawa, Rosy Jobfish, Barracuda and others caught but not that common, Cobia, Queenfish…
Kingfish (King Mackerel), caught Dec 22, 2012
Snapper, caught Dec 14, 2012
Sharks are a by-catch, and are all released, including Black and white tip sharks, hammerhead, tiger, bull, and others
Inshore species (around the lodge): Garfish, Baracuda, most trevally species, grouper, snappers, wolf herring, kingfish, queenfish, rays, squid, to name a few.
Kids fishing from Fish Eagle Point
It is very refreshing to see kids enjoying the outdoors… We aim to promote this activity and have started to take children out more often, to teach them about fishing in general as well as conservation and enlighten them to wonders of the sea! Parents too take great satisfaction watching the absolute delight and raw emotions their children display with each and every fish that comes up. We try and identify as many fish as possible, however there are some that baffle us and are not found in publications available for East Africa.
All in all, fun, healthy and informative!