Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 2

With the Tanzania season in its early chapters it was a unique, tough, and in the end, rewarding week to start the season. A week which brought new insight into the consistently dynamic, ego levelling, and equipment testing realm of tigerfishing.

Tanzania Night Skies – Ruhudji River 2018

We welcomed an eclectic mix of characters this week as the Cessna touched down on dirt strip. Each guest adding a unique flavour to the week, which delivered plenty laughs and great company.

Etan and Ross from the USA were greeted with tough conditions on the Mnyera River, which had blown out a few days prior.  With the water temperature a few degrees shy of  prime feeding temperature, it made for a challenging start. However, as the days progressed with better weather, both anglers soon found themselves getting into some  good fish.

Tails of tigerfish lost and landed occupy the time between fishing on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers, Tanzania

Ross and Etan both discovered even when conditions are rightr,  tigerfish can play hard to get by throwing lures with ease. However, both gentlemen remained positive and landed some commendable catches during the week, with the biggest fish of 12lbs being recorded. The trophy tigerfish on the Mnyera and Ruhudji did show themselves to Ross and Etan, but sadly none made it to the boat, with a number of good fish coming unbuttoned close to netting.  The near misses sparking talk of a return trip to come and do battle with a 20lb tigerfish.  Ross must be congratulated however on his once in a lifetime catch of a +- 130 lb Vundu catfish that was landed on the Ruhudji River under the expert guidance of head guide Stu Harley. This truly impressive fish definitely made the trip that much sweeter, and was a hot topic of discussion around the fire.

Ross, with a Vundu of epic proportions. To get an idea of just what these fish mean in the greater conservation side of things, read the following blog: https://www.tourettefishing.com/tanzania-tigerfish-2017-week-7/

The flyfishing guests Dave, Phillip, John and Raul started their trip on the Ruhudji River where conditions were slightly more favourable, yet still tough overall. With Raul not being able to speak almost any English, it provided for lots of hand signalling from the guide’s team. Luckily  Dave and Phillip’s good Spanish, allowed for communication to take place, with a number of ‘lost in translation’ jokes being shared!. Some really notable fish were landed on fly, with fish in the  12, 15 and  19 lb range being recorded. Like always, some substantially bigger fish eluded the net.  However special mention among the fly group needs to go out to John who managed to land not one, but two 22lb Tigerfish; one on the Mnyera and one on the Ruhudji River. Two truly remarkable fish.

John with one of his two 22lb tigerfish caught this week.
Stable conditions towards the end of the week meant clear skies and dropping water levels on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers
Long boat trips to the upper Ruhudji give guides time to strap some tigerfish treats, and guests time to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the African wilderness
John getting to done with this tigerfish in the high teens.

We have a  week off now, which will be dedicated to some anti-poaching work with the KNS team. Time allowing, this will be the only opportunity this season we will get a gap to throw a fly or two personally, as we are fully booked from then on.  So keep an eye on the blog and TF Instagram pages for  updates.

Until next time,

Brent and my fellow guides Stu, Greg and Johann

Until next time big girl. Releasing a trophy tigerfish on the Mnyera River.
John releasing a superb tigerfish on the Ruhudji River