Fishing the Barotse Floodplains
The enormous catchment of the Barotse floodplains coupled with the annual flooding of this fishery creates and mega system for fish breeding. As the floodplains recede, millions of baitfish are washed back into the main system creating an enormous food source for the Barotse tigerfish and bream.
The Barotse floodplains consistently produce the largest number of double figure (10lb+) and “20 pounder” tigerfish every season and is also home to the most consistent trophy bream fishery (5lbs+) with monster bream on or around 10lbs being caught each season.
Matoya also practices a 100% catch and release system – NOTE, EVEN BREAM AND “INJURED” TIGERFISH ARE RETURNED. We cannot encourage people to protect our natural resources if we don’t do likewise!
Depending on when you visit, you can target the Barotse tigerfish on fly, art lure or drifting with live bait. The lodge record is 24.5lbs and the ‘Barotse Express’ has become a feature of the Barotse experience – the scream of a reel’s drag, the force of the take and unrestrained aerial ability of the tiger make this Africa’s most sought after freshwater sport fish. If you are out to better your Personal Best, Barotse is the place to do so!
Largemouth bream like nembwe and humpback largemouth bream occur here in enormous sizes (up to 10 lbs!) and the hard fighting 3-spot bream and mercurial pink happy are fantastic fish to target on light tackle and lure when the tigers are not playing the game.
Matoya has a fleet of 7 flat bottomed fibreglass boats equipped with 60 HP motors, live wells and depth finders. Snacks and cool drinks are packed every day along with a limited selection of tackle and live bait if needed.
The three seasons to fish Barotse:
Fishing Tackle Requirements
|Equipment||What's supplied / What to bring|
|1.||Reels||Shimano Sedona’s are provided in camp – We suggest a solid coffee grinder reel with a good drag system like a Stella or Sedona.|
|2.||Trace||40lb piano wire is available in camp – We recommend Knot 2 Kinky knottable wire (#5) as an alternate.|
|3.||Lures||Rapala floating magnums in 11cm or 14cm in redhead, hot tiger and fire tiger patterns or Oarsome Oargee 130mm in redhead or hot tiger.
Bream are best caught with DT 6 or 6cm fat raps (both rapala) or Pee Wees (Oargee).
|4.||Spoons||18g and 24g double bladed copper effzetts – replace back treble with a single and add a second single to the top O-ring of the spoon|
|5.||Spinners||#4 Mepps Black Fury are nice fun for targeting bream.|
|6.||Flies||Sparsely dressed clousers in Red/Black and Purple/Black are best.|
|7.||Bait||Live bait trace is ideally setup as follows: #10 power swivel leads to 45cm of trace to a single #6 Big Gun mustad hook.
Connected to the eye of this hook is another 15cm of trace to a second Big Gun #6 mustad hook.