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News from Zambia: Tigerfish Lockdown 2020

7kg tiger fish in Zambian Waters with FPS

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


Mark Taylor-Memmory

Taylors Tiger Fishing Tours.

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New Shimano Stella is out!


New Shimano Stella is out!

The new Shimano Stella is out and available from the Fishing Pro Shop.


“All the new stellas are now available in SA, we will have the range in store end of next week…

Pricing to follow on web by Wednesday and also huge specials on previous models.” – Divan Coetzee

Check out the following video by Shimano, featuring some epic material with monster bluefin tuna underwater and on the end of the line. There are many shots in the video that highlight that one super smooth attribute the Shimano Stella SW series has – that super smooth and over strong drag. Not once does the drag stick, and you can notice tiny increments of line being pulled at the exact right moments. The drag really takes things up another level helping compensate for those unruly seas and jerky skippers we sometimes have to deal with when chasing trophy gamefish.

Versatility is the name of the game at this level as you might need to cast a hundred metres to a boiling tuna, or drop a 6 ounce jig to the depths as you guage for that dogtooth that you just know is down there.

And, you can even take a Shimano Stella to the ultimate gunfight – a showdown with a billfish. Marlin included. The truth us, that these reels are so over-geared and over-engineered, that they can take punishment that was unimaginable before.

Like the blistering first run of an angry blue marlin. For rea…the guys over at FishBazaruto took a Shimano Stella or two to the Cape Verde blue marlin bite a few seasons back. Renowned billfish angler Carl Jankowitz went ahead with his bait and switch technique which worked flawlessly as they dropped back in complete confidence with the wide-open spool. Then all Carl had to do was close the bail and settle in for the fight of his life! A blue marlin on a coffee grinder! Full story can be read right here…

But mainly, you are going to invest in a Shimano Stella for those bad-mannered GTs, amberjack, and tuna. Like the doggie. The bluefin. The big-eye. The yellowfin. When these fish get over the 50kg mark, it would be best, if you were touting a Shimano Stella. And don’t forget those yellowtail down Hibberdene way!

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