description and habitat:
This typical catfish looking fish
can reach a mass of over 30kg’s.
It is largely responsible for the
excellent tiger fishing on the Okavango
and certain sections of the upper
Zambezi when it forms roving shoals
disseminating baitfish hiding in river
side vegetation. These feeding frenzies
attract tigerfish in good numbers
which can then be targeted by fly
fishermen. It favors flood plains
and is omnivorous. It will prey, scavenge
or grub on almost any organic food
sources including fish, frogs, small
mammals, reptiles, insects and even
Angling Tackle and Tactics:
It is best targeted during the annual
catfish runs on the Okavango and Upper
Zambezi Rivers. Here sight fishing
to feeding fish is the most productive
method. Fishing blind, and on the
bottom, using large bulky flies with
lots of inherent movement, in slack
back waters will also produce strikes.
Although this is not a sought-after
target species, they grow to impressive
size and prove great sport for fly
tackle. Catfish makes up the third,
albeit least glamorous, species of
a Zambezi Grand Slam.
Nine weight rods, matched with a
good quality large arbor direct drive
reel holding at least 150m of 30lb
backing is essential. Leader set up
is simple, and a standard tiger set
up of 6ft of 20lb monofilament will
do fine. If your aim is to target
big catfish only, we will suggest
beefing up to a 30 – 40lb leader
as once hooked these big fish head
straight to structure and one needs
to stop them before then get too far!
Standard tiger flies work well, but
flies that push a lot of water such
as rabbit zonker bait fish patterns
and whistlers in dark and natural
colours work best. Flies are fished
slower when targeting sharptooth catfish.
For details on the areas Tourette
Fishing targets sharp tooth catfish,
go to the following pages:
Zambezi Island Tiger Safari
Catfish Run Tiger Safari
Standard bass tackle with a selection
of jigs and grubs that can be fished
weedless will be most productive.
Drifted live and dead baits fished
on circle hooks are also productive.
For full details on conventional tackle
requirements send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
requesting such information.