News from Zambia: Tigerfish Lockdown 2020
“Whilst I sit in Pretoria in Level Three limbo, barely surviving this incredibly brutal cold front – my colleagues in Zambia, at Gwabi River Lodge, are really rubbing salt into my wounds. Compounding my misery with pictures of incredible TigerFish caught over the weekend.” – by Mark Taylor-Memmory
Sunday 14th June 2020
Punctuated with needling comments like –
“Wish you were here,”
“Its 24 degrees Celsius,”
“Our cooler box is nearly empty,”
“You should have seen the monster Alan dropped by the side of the boat,”
And my personal favourite…
“That plus minus 2.5 kg gave me such a rev and then jumped and spat the hook!”
Three good size fish came out at the confluence of the Zambezi River and the Kafue river.
A 5.6 kg, 4.5kg and a 3.8kg.
It was a warm sunny day and not very windy, and when the Tiger did come on the bite.
They were serious!
But the man who get the accolade of “Give that man a Bells” is Muwinga.
One of our guides who took a client 20kms up the Kafue River in search of the Big one.
His gamble paid off and after a few hours of painstakingly fishing his area,
Success came to him in the form of a 7 kg beaut of a tiger fish.
A mature female Tiger Fish who had been around the block a few times and evaded us all.
For this time of the year, these were incredible results for the day.
All four fish highlighted in my story ,were all successfully released for fellow fisherman to enjoy for another day.
The modest lockdown imposed by the Zambian and Zimbabwean Governments, for a month at best certainly took a bit of pressure off the river and it was heart-warming to share in the good fortunes of the Fishermen, albeit with a slight streak of jealousy.
Having said that, as soon as Cyril pushes the green button for us to travel again, I hope to be at the front of the queue, trying to get a flight to Lusaka.
Stay safe everyone and see you on the River
Taylors Tiger Fishing Tours.