SPORT FISHING IN MAFIA AND SONGO SONGO ARCHIPELAGO IS AVAILABLE FROM OUR POWER BOATS AND EXCURSION BOATS.
Sport fishing is not encouraged inside the Chole Bay zone of Mafia Island Marine Park, so all fishing offered by Kinasi in Mafia is outside the Bay towards the north, east and south-east from Kinasi Lodge and north-east at Ras Bweni in the north. With these two options the fishermen is able to access all the fishing grounds of Mafia, which offer some of the best fishing available.
Here are some of the best fishing in East Africa, but move as required and as the fishing conditions suit, with accommodation at the North and Kinasi Lodge. The boats are equipped with deep sea and inshore fishing tackle, electronics and safety equipment for up to four fishermen, and is powered by twin Yamaha engines. The boat is kitted with outriggers and tower, and is designed for trolling along the shelves and seamounts offshore in Mafia’s very deep waters, popping, jigging and fly fishing. It is expected that keen and experienced fishermen will have some of their own specialized fishing rods and tackle for fly fishing.
The fishing grounds include Mafia Island and its reefs (Mange, Kitutia, Ras
Mkumbi), Songo Songo islands, the deep sea crescent north-east of Mafia
extending to Okuza, Nyuni and Njove Islands, and in the channels from Ras Bweni to Miororo Island.
These have always been regarded as among the best game fishing grounds in East Africa, with catches of sailfish, blue, black and striped marlin, barracuda, wahoo, kingfish, giant trevalley, yellowfin and dog-tooth tuna, dorado, five-fingered jack and rainbow runner, red snapper, rock cod. Also, night and day-time bottom fishing trips can be arranged as well as trips accompanying local fishermen on their boats.
The deep sea crescent off Mafia and the Songo Songo
Archipelago is potentially one of the most exciting game fishing areas in the world, with expanses of virtually unfished waters that offer a keen challenge to sport fishermen. In 1950 the author Conan Doyle set an all-
Africa record for dorado of 34.2 kg that still stands. We believe that Mafia offers many more records but the facilities have not existed in the past to facilitate the serious fisherman.
CATCH AND RELEASE
All fishing is based upon catch-and-release with one fish allowed for the table.
The best fishing is from September to March, but we catch common species such as barracuda, rainbow runner and trevalley all year-round. The tuna run is from