Tiger Fishing in Kasane – by Charles Stewart
After winning a prize to spend three days at Ichingo lodge on the Chobe River in the corporate challenge last year, it was four very excited anglers that flew out to Kasane.
After clearing customs in Botswana and Namibia , as Ichingo is on the Namibian side, we eventually arrived at the lodge. The lodge is on the river bank with a lovely dinning and lounge area. Accommodation is in luxury en suite tents and is superb.
We had decided that we would only fly fish and we all had nine weight rods with matching wade reels. We employed various lines from 300gr sink tips to full sink s7. Daniel Factor had tied us each a box of beautifull tiger flies and this boosted our confidence. The water levels was good with the flood plains draining. The boats were ideal, having casting platforms in the bow and stern. The first afternoon was rather quite with only two small fish being landed and one foul hooked.
The next morning found us heading up the Kasai channel. I was using a black and red clouser tied on a 1/0 Gamakatsu hook and on my sixth cast had a solid hook up. It is essential that one strip strike a tiger with the rod flat and this ensured that the fish was solidly hooked. The fish jumped a few times and then settled in to a determined sub surface fight. The fish eventually came to the boat and I realised that the landing net was much to small. Raymond tried to net it, but the net was much to small! On the second attempt he managed to get the head of the tiger into the net and lifted the fish onto the boat. The tiger weighted 14lb and Daniel and I pretty excited!
We were sure that this was the beginning of big things to come. Daniel managed one smaller fish and lost a good as it was being chased by a crocodile!
That evening the temperature dropped and a cold wind started blowing from the south. The water temperature dropped to 20 degrees and the fishing became very difficult.
Gareth did manage to catch a nice fish the next day with Jarred getting a few small fish. The last morning session proved fruitless and it was a rather disappointed four anglers that flew back to Johannesburg
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