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The marine fishery waters in Tanzania comprise coastal waters that extend over a 1,240 km shoreline including major islands such as Unguja, Pemba and Mafia, and offshore waters.

Tanzania Coast
Coastal Waters of Tanzania

The coast of Tanzania is an almost unending field of various reefs and pelagic zones which create a diverse marine biome. This ecosystem attracts a big assortment of migratory deep-sea fishes making it ideal for their proliferation in the wilderness of the Indian Ocean. Combine this with the great national parks on the northern circuit this makes Tanzania the best location in Africa for an exciting combination of Big-Game Photo Safari with a high-paced fishing vacation. With Fishing with Mike you can explore the waters surrounding the island of Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba, and also the coastal cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Pangani present many thrilling opportunities to test your skills against some of the toughest fish. Who cares if you are an amateur or a well-experienced angler, fishing in Tanzania can bring the excitement of getting a bite and the struggle to land a fish that is determined to escape is a truly unforgettable experience. Some issues with illegal fishing techniques in the 90s made the maritime authorities take special measures to ensure sustainable fishing. There are now firm regulations in place to ensure the protection of marine ecology on game fishing excursions and also for the conservation of the delicate coral reefs and their many denizens. Those have helped the marine ecology system to recover and sustain many years of exciting deep-sea fishing in Tanzania.

The domestic fleets targeting marine fish species in Tanzania is essentially made up of artisanal multi-gear and multi-species fisheries operating in coastal and shallow waters. However, there is also a small group of deep-sea and game fishing operators like Fishing with Mike. The species of special significance are composed of small and medium pelagics, demersal fish in deep water and coral reef areas, and lagoons and intertidal species. Small pelagics include scads, herring, and anchovy. Medium pelagics include Spanish mackerel, bonito, barracuda, mackerel and wolf herring. Demersal species include different species of shark, ray, skate, sole, catfish, and shrimp. Of the coral reef fishes, we can catch emperors, snappers, sweetlips, parrotfish, surgeonfish, rabbitfish, groupers, and goatfish. The lagoon and intertidal pond species include octopus, squid, crabs and a variety of bivalves. Sportfishing, of course, targets tuna and tuna-like species. The main species in the waters of Tanzania are the highly valued tropical tuna and tuna-like species that seasonally migrate to Tanzanian waters. The main tuna species found in the Waters between Tanzania, Pemba and Zanzibar island and adjacent high seas are Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin tuna), Katsuwonus pelamis (Skipjack tuna), and Thunnus obesus (Bigeye tuna). Large pelagic sharks in significant quantities can also be found in the deep sea before Tanzania.

Fishing in Pangani

Fishing in the Pemba channel between Pangani and Zanzibar is our home turf. Here we can find a lot of Giant Travelley’s, Barracudas and Queenfish. Going further out the water can be boiling with Tuna.

Fishing in Pemba Island

The coastline of mainland Pemba drops steeply into the Indian Ocean, whilst the outlying island tends to have the endless beaches dotted with palm trees. This creates the perfect location for anyone looking to experience a true Tropical Island Fishing Adventure! The nutrient-rich, crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean flows up the Pemba Channel between mainland Tanzania and the west coast of Pemba Island and attracts large numbers of small fish and baitfish. The presence of all this food then attracts many migratory billfish and other pelagic big game fish species!

Fishing in Zanzibar

The Island of Zanzibar is very fortunate to have excellent fishing almost all year. Fishing in Zanzibar is synonymous with some of the most exhilarating and challenging deep-sea fishing in Africa.

Starting from September, the billfish arrive in great numbers when the North-East monsoon starts blowing. They move right up to the north coastline of Zanzibar to feed on the Tuna. This makes Zanzibar very interesting for enthusiastic anglers and it is just a stone-throw from Ushongo. These fish show inexhaustible examples of strength and you will have a very exciting fight with them in the Fighting chair!