LURING THE TIGER
"At Sausage Tree, the river is wider and naturally shallower than further upstream making it ideal topography for tiger ﬁshing, all on a catch and release basis"
Tigerﬁsh are not fussy about time, so this gave us time to head out on game drives at dawn followed by a long lazy lunch in the dappled shade of the ﬁg trees. Later that day we took to the river.
Sand banks provide perfect casting lawns in the centre of the river. A number of ﬁshing methods can be used – either live or dead bait to spinning; and for purists, large salmon-esque ﬂies. Tigerﬁsh are not delicate feeders and their fearsome teeth will often smash the ﬂy a couple of times before running with the line. Once hooked they frequently jump and will use their teeth and submerged rocks and roots to dislodge the ﬂy. Tigerﬁsh ﬁght as hard as their name suggests and most hook-ups do not result in success so be prepared for a battle.
The more time we spent here, the more we began to acknowledge the diﬀerent personalities of the Lower Zambezi. It is the life blood that ﬂows through this valley and supports the incredible wildlife which makes this such a rewarding safari destination. Combined with the stay at the stylish Sausage Tree ensuring top level safari and first-rate fishing, it was a perfect dream.
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