The Matemo area is blessed with a whole deck of cards when it comes to fishing waters. One of the favorite areas to look for big kingfish is the big channel and reef system between Ibo Island to the south and Matemo Island. The shallow reefs, and channel drop offs, make it the perfect place to drift around and cast a popper out for the big GT’S.
The back of Matemo Island is a great area for trolling and boasts numerous drops offs and shallow reefs. This is the perfect area to trawl the shallows for kingfish and king mackerel, and also be able to move a little deeper to target the shoals of tuna which frequent the deep waters around the island in the months of April to June and October to December.
For the fisherman who doesn’t mind spending a little more time on a boat to get to the reefs, we also fish Macaloe Island and the back of Ibo and Quirimba Island. These areas are a lot less exposed to local fishermen and therefore have more fish on the reefs. We do not get to fish these areas often due to the distances involved, but the times we have fished them, we have always been surprised with big fish.
For the shore fisherman, Matemo also holds great prospects and light tackle fishing for the abundant shoaling kingfish and barracuda on high–tide in front of the resort can be very exciting. We also have a range of fishing kayaks available to explore the waters around the resort with a light spinning or drop–shot rod. We even have a few fly rods available for those who feel like hunting for bonefish on the muddy flats at the back of the resort between Matemo and Rolas Islands.
Northern Mozambique is home to the world–renowned St Lazarus Banks, where avid fishermen can expect to experience exceptional fishing. St Lazarus Banks is an undersea mountain that rises from the depths of the Mozambique Channel on the western edge of the Indian Ocean, northeast of Pemba in Mozambique. Species found include Black and Giant Kingfish, Barracuda, Dorado, Queenfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna and Sailfish. All billfish fishing is operated on a strict catch and release policy.
The best sport fishing occurs from September to April (this time of year everything is breeding and feeding, with warm winds and currents in the north). During September through to April Kingfish, Sailfish, Black Marlin and Dogtooth Tuna abound. September and October is excellent for Wahoo. Sailfish and Marlin fishing is at its best between November and May. From June to August the fishing is fair, subject to weather conditions.
Fishing takes place from the beach, in estuaries and off the boat. Fishing charters are operated on a 31ft Gulfcraft. Fishing trips include all gear, mineral water, soft drinks and limited beer. The boat has a capacity for a maximum of 4 fishermen. The Captain and crew will assist you with selecting the right terminal tackle and give you guidance. Amongst Matemo’s top fishing species you will find 6 different species of Kingfish, Great Barracuda, Yellowfin Tuna, Pompano, Jobfish, Dorado and Wahoo. Shore fishing takes place from either the sandspit or the rocks below the bar area and tackle can be supplied on a first come first-served basis.
The channel between Ibo and Matemo Islands, with its 1.4km drop–off, is very good for Dorado, both Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna, Sailfish and Black Marlin. The biggest Dogtooth Tuna catches occur between Ibo and Matemo.