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MAFIA ISLAND


MAFIA FISHING

Mafia is quite a large island extending for approx 33 nautical miles and it is located right in the middle between Dar es Salaam and Kilwa.
Its northern tip is at approximately 63 nautical miles south of Dar es Salaam and its southern tip is at approx 55 nautical miles from Kilwa.
South of Mafia Island, there are the small islands of Okuza, Nyuni and further south Fanjove and Songo Songo.
Mafia Island, is a very nice island covered by palm plantations and offering very good fishing.
Its western coast, although offers very nice beaches and small island or sand banks, does not offer very good fishing since the water is quite shallow and very often milky due to the Rufiji delta which is right in front on the mainland and several local fishermen are operating in this area.
Usually the best fishing area is all along the east coast from the Northern tip down to the Southern tip, as well as further north, towards Dar es Salaam or further South towards Songo Songo.
For this reason we advise you to lodge in the Chole bay which is located right on the center of the east coast within a very nice Marine Park.
Here there are 5 Lodges for all budgets and taste, we usually prefer the Mafia Island Lodge because it is the most convenient for the mooring and the boat can be anchored right in front of the lodge.
Unfortunately the entrance of the Chole Bay is very tricky and we do not advise getting in nor out during dark ours or during big heavy seas.
All the area of Mafia is of a stunning beauty, with impressive rock formation and beaches on the East coast and islets, beaches palm plantation on the West coast .

Mafia host almost every species of pelagic game fish and reef fish in the Indian Ocean.

We often combine Mafia with Latham, departing from Dar es Salaam during the night time with some broadbill lures out (just in case), in order to be along the Dar es Salaam southern banks during (Mafia Northern baks) by day time, where we start fishing, until reaching Mafia Island.

Species you can expect in these waters are: Pelagic in general (wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dorado, several sailfish, marlin, king mackerel, etc..) and several type of reef species (Trevallies, Dogtooth).

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SPECIES AVAILABLE AT MAFIA ISLAND

DOGTOOTH TUNA:
Mafia Island, although it is not the best dogtooth spot in Tanzania, is still a very good area to try to target good size dogtooth tuna. They are not found every where but in certain specific area and we advise you to contact good charter operators which have proven in previous trips to know where to target these species, if these are the critters you are looking for.


The best period at Mafia Island for targetting Dogtooth Tuna goes from October to April

Yellowfin Tuna: Yellowfin are present from August through to November and produce some good offshore action.
Wahoo : Another pelagic fish that is present in Mafia all year round. They run in big numbers from July through to November and March to May.
Sizes vary from 10 to 40 kgs.

Giant Trevally: Giant Trevally are found here on the reef year round.
Sizes vary from 5 to 50 kgs.
The best period for Giant Trevally runs from October until December and February until May.






Big Eye and Bluefin Trevally: All species of Trevally caught here year round.

Almaco Jack, Barracuda, Dorado, Bonito, Skipjack, Rainbowrunner, Kawakawa, Jobfish all are found here in good numbers and big sizes offering numerous chances of catching Records. deep sea, latham fishing, latham, dogtooth, gt, latham dogtooth, big game, sportfishing, fishing, tanzania, zanzibar, pemba, latham island, fish, jigging, marlin, sailfish, yellowfin, tuna, world record, record, world record grouper, record grouper, record dogtooth, world, IGFA, giant grouper, giant trevally, bigeye, trevally, jason alexiou, bigeye, maddalena martinengo, nelson shayne, kilwa, dar es salaam, africa, east africa">
Billfish
Except for the North Pemba Island and the Pemba Channel which are excellent billfish destinations during the season, Tanzania is not the best African Marlin destination as its neighbouring country Kenya, but Mafia offers quite good fishing for Billfish especially Sailfish during the period of October through to March.


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