Guinea Bissau – Anglers Paradise

Guinea Bissau – Africas hidden fishing gem

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION DECLARE GUINEA BISSAU EBOLA FREE

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Guinea Bissau can truly be described as anglers paradise , Multi method , and multi species . World record sized Tarpon, Myriad shoals of Jack , Snappers , Groupers , Cobia , Huge rays , Barracuda , Leerfish  all caight in testing conditions , around rocks ,wrecks and Islands . This is a true test of any fisherman.

Lures  are the name of the game here, with everything from Poppers , Speed Jigging , beach casting, Livebaiting , trolling as well. Because the local inhabitants are almost entirely farmers and geographically the arichpelago does not lend itself to commercial fishing, these waters are all but untouched. This should ensure an action packed week with the boats trained guides putting you onto more than your fair share of hard fighting fish.

Prices start from £2750, this offer includes: 10 nights full board accommodation, 7 days fully guided fishing, transfers, international and local flights.

We will send a recommended tackle list with the booking confirmation , but comprehensive tackle packs are available for hire . This really is a chance to fish a proper unspoilt tropical paradise. Each day you set off 3 anglers to a boat on a voyage of fishing discovery , trying areas and even discovering new ones.

If you like your fishing adventurous this is definitely for you.

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The Fishing: The variety of available fishing is in large part the appeal of the Guinea-Bissau experience. What makes the Bijagos so unique is three-fold. First is its sheer size. As Africa’s largest archipelago, the region encompasses 30,000 sq. km. of largely protected saltwater wilderness. Of the 78 major islands, only 20 are inhabited with a total population of less than 5,000 residents. Second, the region is one the largest estuarine environments in Africa, fed by four massive hyper trophic river systems. The result is a biological marvel where in places clear waters team with brown clouds of plankton attracting incomprehensible quantities of baitfish, and an all-star cast of predators that prey upon them , and lastly the region has a remarkable diversity of water and habitat types that include murky rich tarpon waters, sand spits surrounded by crystal clear waters, mangrove channels and immense inner bays, mud flats covered with molluscs, and beautiful white sand beaches studded with rugged dark lava outcroppings. When seen in its entirety the role the region plays as one of Africa’s most significant spawning grounds for baitfish and sport fish alike is easily understood.

A partial list of worthy game fish to be found is equally as impressive: five species of Barracuda, six species of snapper, twenty species of shark (five of which commonly exceed 400 pounds), Amber jack, Senegalese jack, incredible numbers of Jack crevalle, Cobia, Kob, Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Grouper, Guitar fish, Ladyfish, Leer fish, Sierra, Tarpon and Triple tails are all caught most every season. There are sandy beaches, rugged lava points, mangrove inlets, river-like channels, and barren sand spit islands. While there are numerous places that qualify as “flats”, it is hard to categorize the region as a quality flats fishery as the tides average 6-12 feet.

As a result much of the fishing is done from boats . During low wind conditions there are numerous sight-fishing opportunities for Jacks, Barracuda, large Needlefish, Snappers, African sierra and Corvina. In less favorable conditions the same species are targeted by blind fishing points, edges, shorelines, and submerged structure.

Some of the most exciting fishing centres around the region’s remarkable Jack Crevalle fisheries. These fish can often be seen crashing bait in what the locals refer to as “hunts”. Jacks can also be targeted from the beach. Sometimes you will see large black pods of fish cruising in the waves, or single fish chasing bait. While the region has the world’s largest Tarpon, the fishery is not ideally suited to the fly. In the most productive regions the water is dark with plankton making sight fishing difficult at best.

On the optimistic side, the vast majority of Tarpon are hooked with baits that are suspended only 3-4 feet beneath the surface. Typically there is significant current, so flies could be left to hang in zone and stand a fair chance of being taken. Needless to say the Tarpon fishery is a high stakes game where the fish average over 200 pounds.

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