Zambezi Fish Species Tips & Pictures- page 1
Zambezi River has many species of fish capable of challenging even the most ardent angler, with none more famous than the razor toothed, battling tiger fish for witch Lake Kariba is famous
Game fishing in never complete until you have fished the beautiful waters of Lake Kariba. People from all over the world come to these waters to fish for one fish alone, the ferocious tiger fish.Good fishing occurs throughout the year, however during the rainy season between October and February, it is extremely hot and humid, and not for the faint hearted.
Tiger Fish True game fish, they head for the open, believing that sheer strength, speed and somersaults will grant them freedom. And they're right, most of the time
Although not unique to Zimbabwe, it is certainly more prolific than elsewhere in Africa.
The tigerfish is extremely streamlined and have a fine set of razor sharp, pointed, interlocking teeth- it does not attack humans.
There are many fish caught these days in the 3 to 6 kgs bracket with
some still tipping the scales in the region of 8-10kgs
Sharptooth Catfish-Barbel (Clarias gariepinus)
This catfish has been known to leap out of the water at birds perched on low overhanging branches.
These can be found throughout the lake in the shallow waters and using
ancillary breathing organs, it can survive in almost any type of water.
They eat anything including frogs, insects, and fish
Electric Catfish (Malapterurus electricus)
It also puts on a good fight but only grows to about 5kg. Feeding almost exclusively on other fish, they stun their prey with a high voltage shock at close range.
If you touch it you will more likely then not, be put
off fishing for life with a jolt of up to 450 volts
The largest fish in the Zambezi system, only found below Victoria Falls, is the vundu (Heterobranchis longifilis), a giant catfish which attains well over 60 kg (the very similar barbel, up to 20 kg, is found both above and below the Falls.) A bottom-feeding river species usually taken on fillet bait, Strangely, cheap strong smelling soap is an excellent bait.
The vundu is becoming rare in Kariba and should always be released; there's no point in killing it.
Brown Squeaker (Synodontis zambezensis)alternative name Chokachok
This is a member of the catfish family and
is quite common to the lake
. It can be identified by the three spines, one dorsal and two lateral.
Tiger Fishing Competition - Join The Event
So popular is tigerfishing among the locals that the National Anglers union organizes the annual Kariba International Tiger fishing tournament. This event normally takes place at the beginning of October at Lake Kariba. It is a three-day event and the majority of facilities in the form of a well-appointed holiday camps and hotels are situated off the shores of lake Kariba for those who would like to try their hand at tigerfish and other game fish
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