Tiger Fishing Methods

The upper Zambezi River conditions around Shackletons Tiger Fishing Lodge change constantly. The river rises for 6 months of the year (December – May) to form the flood plains and recedes for the other 6 months of the year (June – November). The tigerfish have to adapt their feeding habits according to ever-changing river levels, water clarity, water temperature, and food sources. This means that we have to change our preferred tiger fishing methods (trolling, drift baiting, spinning and fly fishing) throughout the year:

Fishing Method

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Trolling

xx

xx

x

x

x

xx

xx

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

Drift baiting

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

xx

xx

xx

x

x

xx

xx

xxx

Spinning

x

x

x

x

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

xx

xx

xx

xx

Fly fishing

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

xx

xx

xx

x

Key: xxx – high; xx – medium; x – acceptable.

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