Fishing in Nungwi
Nungwi's proximity to some of Africa's best deep-sea fishing grounds – Leven Bank and the deep Pemba Channel – offers serious anglers outstanding fishing opportunities (see Natural environment in Chapter 3 for details on the fishing seasons). In addition to the weather-beaten local dhows which plough the coastal waters, two operators currently offer game fishing in fully kitted, custom boats.
Ras Nungwi Fishing
PO Box 1784, Zanzibar; Ø 024 2233767/2232512; f 024 2233098; e firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rasnungwi.com (RASNUN 5º43.809'S; 39º18.691'E). One of the best game-fishing operations on Zanzibar is Ras Nungwi Fishing at the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel. Using its own professional sport-fishing boat, Countdown, it runs a fully equipped deep-sea fishing operation in the rich waters between Zanzibar and Pemba. With a twin-screw shaft, and modern, purpose-built fittings, the boat is described as being equipped to the highest international safety standards. It has an experienced skipper and a raft of state-of-the-art technology, n navigational aids, colour echo-sounders and fish- inders. A full set of tackle is provided on board along with Shimano and Penn rod and reels, spooled with 30, 50 and 80lb mono lines, although clients can bring their own if preferred. Tag-and-release fishing is generally encouraged for all big fish unless it is the fisherman's first-ever catch, his biggest to date, or if it is likely to be an east African or All Africa record. US$450 half day (6 hrs); US$650 full day (9 hrs); US$900 full night (Broadbill). Rates include charter of boat, skipper, bait, tackle equipt and lunch.
e email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fishingzanzibar.com. Operated by Gerry Hallam, Unreel is a 30-foot flybridge, sport- ishing boat based in Nungwi. Complete with a stand-up fishing chair, outriggers, downriggers, Shimano fishing gear (line classes 25–80lb) and a full selection of lures, it takes small charter groups (max 4 anglers) to Leven Bank and the Pemba Channel. Anglers are taken in search of black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, spearfish, dorado, trevally, king and queen mackerel, barracuda, and wahoo (travelling at 85km/hr, these are amongst the fastest fish in the sea). Night fishing for broadbills is an option. A catch-and-release approach is broadly encouraged, except when fish are injured or in the event of a possible record catch. US$500 half day; US$800 full day, inc lunch.