Deep sea fishing the legendary Lazarus bank
14400 USD 7 days / 6 nights
This is as extreme as it gets, when it comes to sports fishing!
Miles out to sea, no land in sight! Nothing but water! Overhead, thousands of sea birds wheel and dive, chasing baitfish driven to the surface by the oceanic predators. They’re all here, marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, GT’s, Wahoo, Dorado, cute and best of all “dogtooth tuna” and big ones.
The best of fishing on St Lazarus Banks, an undersea mountain (approximately 30km long and 20km wide), bigger and taller than Table Mountain covers almost 200 square kilometers. Its exceptional physical and biological characteristics make it a biodiversity hotspot and a paradise for yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna and marlin. This is where big fish eat little fish, all day, every day.
Although the St Lazarus Bank is known as an atoll the reefs do not reach the surface and back-reef lagoons, typical for atolls, are lacking. The central, table-like platform of the seamount reaches from 6 to about 60 meter deep on the margins and rapidly drops to around 2000 meter on all sides.
Washed by the warm Mozambique current, this remote location becomes a cauldron of mayhem from August to February each year as large shoals of pelagic game fish cash in on the annual appearance of billions of Mantis Shrimp rising to the surface to mate. Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado and Sailfish. Giant Trevally’s that really are giants – fish in the 40kg plus range being common. All the usual suspects are all on a feeding frenzy that will leave you with post adrenaline shakes, sore muscles and memories that will last a lifetime.
Manta rays, sharks (around eight species to date), whale sharks, huge schools of feeding barracuda, many species of king fish, red snappers, green and hawksbill turtles, pods of humpback dolphins and humpbacked whales (in season) also frequent these waters.
A trip to St Lazarus Bank is the ultimate destination for fishermen.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Arriving in Pemba, Northern Mozambique, from Johannesburg, Nairobi or Dar Es Salam, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to the catamaran. After the yacht and safety orientation tour you’ll set sail heading towards North, passed Ponte Diabo, on to Senkar Island and still further to Ibo Island before cutting east into the blue. Timing it right and you’ll be there for sunrise. Six nights at sea, five full days fishing the legendary Lazarus bank before heading back to Pemba.
A 6 night’s trip is the minimum advisable duration to make the most of it. Feel free however to stay as long as you wish and jump on the opportunity island hops the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Historically charters to St Lazarus Bank are averaging catches up to 70 fish in a day with the toughest days yielding not less than 20 fish on any given day (average of 5 anglers fishing). Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Kingfish, Barracuda, Wahoo, Grouper, Jobfish (Rosy and Green) and a wide variety of decent sized reef fish make up the bulk of the catches.
These fish are caught using a variety of fishing methods; trolling Rapala type lures, casting plugs and spoons, running live baits and vertical Jigging. If you are a fly fisherman the banks offer awesome chances to sight cast to busting tuna and wahoo. Fast sinking lines will get you down into dogtooth territory where your gear and stamina will be tested to extreme levels of endurance.
All trips are obviously weather dependent. We cannot control the weather, Mother Nature cannot be dictated to. The vessel will be kept out as long as the captain feels it is safe to do so, but your safety takes precedent over any other consideration.
The Fly Bridge Power Catamaran offers a level of fishing that is unrivalled anywhere on the East African coast. The vessel is manned by professional captain and crew that all have extensive blue water sailing experience as well as experience of fishing and chartering. There is usually 2 or 3 crew on board.
The Cat will also be accompanied by two x 18ft center console fully rigged fishing motor boats – a welcome addition for the fly fishing aficionados who are looking to set personal best catches.
It is fully supplied with top end trolling, jigging and spinning/popping rods and reel’s with a comprehensive selection of terminal tackle and lures. Those anglers that wish to bring their own personal gear are welcome to do so.
MEALS AND BEVERAGES
Meals are subject to guest’s wishes and preferences…so we don’t have a set menu available! Food is brought in from SA and supplemented with local produce and seafood. Water, local sodas, teas and coffees are included.
There are chefs too on-board so guests will get a proper culinary experience while on charter.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG
- Large brim hat and/ or buff.
- High factor sun protection and lip ice.
- Sun glasses preferable polarized.
- Shorts, T shirts or preferable long sleeve fishing shirts. Slip slops.
- Beach towel
- Swimming shorts or baggies.
- Bathroom and medicines bag.
- Camera and video camcorder. (see video option) Batteries.
- Malaria tablets, insect repellent, etc.
Price terms and conditions
The price is for the exclusive use of the boat with a maximum of six customers
The price includes:
- Full use of the main motor yatch and the 2 18ft motor skiffs outboard, engines, radios, fish finders and safety gear
- 6 nights in double or twin cabin
- All meals including snacks and picnics
- Water, local soft drinks, tea and coffee
- All onboard equipment and facilities at no extra cost. Activities ncluded are:
- Fishing : use of onboard gear and tackle
- Snorkeling equipment
- Scuba diving
- Island visits
- Return transfer from Pemba airport
The price doesn’t include:
- Alcohol – A drinks list will be provided and pre-orders will be taken for beers, wines and spirits. The vessel will be stocked based on your requests and subject to what drinks are available. You will be invoiced prior to the charter on your arrival. You’re also welcome to bring your own bottles.
- Everything non-mentioned above
There will be no refunds for a weather affected trip.