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Fishing Zanzibar

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Nungwi, Tanzania
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CATCH THE EXCITEMENT! Zanzibar's Premier Big Game and Sportfishing Charter Company. Join us now for an action packed day out fishing on the crystal clear Indian Ocean waters that surround Zanzibar!
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The Uncle wrote a review May 2021
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We had terrible weather, but the crew of Captain Sabine, Micky, Chanty& Mohammed made this an trip to remember. The food on board prepared in terribly rough seas was amazing. They went out of their way to make this a special trip despite the poor conditions. Braai on the beach was was a nice touch and we had a great time on board.Can't wait to come back and catch the monsters we missed out on this time. The crew made this a trip to remember!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Joel M wrote a review Mar 2020
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Booking the trip by e-mail was smooth, answers were quick. I tried to ask various questions about what style of fishing they suggest at that time we were going to fish, and what species we could catch, and if it would be worthy to try something else than trolling. It was hard to get answers to those questions. They informed that it would be possible to do popping and they would loan rods for us to use. They highlighted that if we were able to damage the rods we would pay for it. So we decided to book Cobia 8 hour charter. They suggested 10-18 because the tide was better for fishing that time. They also arranged transfers from our hotel (Blue bay) and back 40$ each way. Day before the trip I contacted by whatsapp and asked if two more angler could come with us and it was ok, answer was quick. They informed that they could loan two popping rods and one jigging rod. In the morning pick up from our hotel was on time. Smaller boat took us from the beach at Nungwi to the charter. Our captain was friendly and spoke fluent english. There was also another staff member who didnt speak english. First we started trolling. Pretty soon we caught 4 dorados, that was nice. Dorados were killed instantly. After that we did some popping on top of a reef with the two popping rods. It was quite near the island. Pretty soon we noticed that one of the two poppers was broken and did not float. They didnt have any more poppers with them. I found that unsatisfying because I wanted to do popping and I had made it clear when i booked the charter. So we had only one popper and four anglers on boat. We didnt caught any fish by popping. We decided quickly to do some more trolling nearby the reef since we first got those dorados. We did trolling couple hours and had lunch (chicken pasta). They also had cold drinks and fruits. They used the same knife to handle the fish and fruits. There was also some kind of problem with one of the motors that took about 30 mins to be fixed, bad luck. After the lunch we did some jigging with one jigging rod and two popping rods. There was about 60m deep. They used plotter to navigate but didnt use a sonar at all. We didnt catch any fish. We saw some tunas jumping nearby though. After that it was time to head back. We did trolling on the way but had no luck. We saw school of dolphins and it was nice extra. They took us back where we first started. We went to find our driver to take us back to the hotel but did not find him. We tried to call by phone but no one answered. It started to get dark and we were worried. Luckily I found some random guy who I paid 10$ to guide me to Gerry's bar (the office). There was about 5 min walk. There was a bar worker who called someone. The driver arrived to Gerry's bar and we left to the hotel hour late. Well we got eventually back to the hotel safe. After all I think this is a good charter if you want to fish by trolling and want to spend nice day at the sea. They have knowledge and equipment for that. The staff is friendly. If you want other style of fishing i wouldnt recommend. If i pay 900$ for a charter I expect to have more than one popper to use. Also the interaction when booking the charter could be better (it was fast and flexible though). I heard first time from the captain that best popping/casting season is during december and january when there is more tuna around? And of course big minus for the transfer back to the hotel.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from gerryhallam, Owner at Fishing Zanzibar
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Hi Joel. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us here. Joel with regards to your critiques and compliments above: - Our boats are rigged for trolling. - You caught some good Dorado’s on this gear and had no complaints about this gear which is supplied standard onboard our boats for visiting anglers to use. - We do NOT supply Popping or Jigging gear on our boats as this is extremely expensive gear which is easily damaged by inexperienced anglers and cannot be acquired or repaired here in the island. - When you asked us for popping and jigging gear both Scott and I went out of our way to “loan” you our very own personal gear! This we made VERY clear to you when you asked and included 2 popping rods by Shimano along with 2 poppers. Apologies for not having a stock of these lures but like I said, it’s our own personal gear that we loaned to you, not charter gear. We also loaned you a jigging rod by Shimano with a bag full of jigs!!! I am actually quite amazed that you find us going out of our way for you like this to be “unsatisfying”!!!! - You then asked if 2 more people could join your charter and we accommodated this without hesitation. Capt. Scott also advised you that there would NOT be more popping and jigging gear onboard for the extra passengers as we had already loaned you all of our own personal gear... :( - With regards to your taxi, we booked this for you from a local service provider as per our email correspondence. He picked you up on time as per your review and we would like to apologize on behalf of the driver for any confusion with regards to your meeting point on the beach after your charter. He said he was waiting for you at our office...”5 minute walk down the beach“... This as I said, and as you knew from the start was a local service provider which we booked for you but due to your confusion you are holding this against us as per your review...”big minus”. - With regards to your “booking interaction”, which was “fast and flexible” how could it have been better? Besides the fact that we also went out of our way to loan you all our personal gear too...? - At least you said that our crew are friendly and knowledgeable and our gear is good, but to only give us a 2 Bubble rating because we did not loan you “enough” of our personal gear and you were peeved by your 5 minute walk down the beach because of your taxi driver...well... I don’t get it and I am sorry you felt that way. Luckily you got those 4 Dorado’s and you weren’t skunked! Anyway Joel, I sincerely hope that you enjoyed your time in Zanzibar and from our side our sincerest apologies that your time onboard with us was not as you hoped. Maybe one day we will have the opportunity to make it up to you. Cheers and Tight Lines. Fishing Zanzibar Co Ltd
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Eyes08 wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom144 contributions44 helpful votes
Before you decide to go fishing, I strongly advise you that you find someone that is well experienced and they have the right boat for deep sea fishing. Myself and another couple booked a fishing trip with some guys on the beach and they didn't have the right boat or the equipment, so please be cautious not to book with the touts that walk around the beach. Find a professional whom is experienced.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from gerryhallam, Owner at Fishing Zanzibar
Responded 20 Mar 2019
Hi Eyes08. Thank you for your 5 Bubble rating here and for your advise to travelling anglers... Safe travels and Tight Lines! :)
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Stu wrote a review Jan 2019
1 contribution4 helpful votes
Went out on the smaller boat with a group of 4 people and had an excellent time. We did the half day excursion leaving in the morning and caught a wahoo and a dorado! The staff was very helpful, accommodating and informative when teaching us how to land the fish. They provided all the snacks and drinks we needed and the boat was very comfortable! They also cooked up our dorado in a two course meal that was one of the best meals we had on our trip!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from gerryhallam, Owner at Fishing Zanzibar
Responded 2 Feb 2019
Hi there Africatoasia! :) Thank you so much for taking the time to review us here! It is very much appreciated! We are glad you enjoyed your time onboard with us and that your Fishing Charter was successful! :) I will pass on your compliments to our Captain and Crew...:) Cheers and enjoy Zanzibar!
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Stefan wrote a review Dec 2018
5 contributions2 helpful votes
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Great day out with Fishing Zanzibar with my family. As an expected fisherman I wanted to take the opportunity of our Zanzibar holiday to give the girls their first experience of proper game fishing. Conditions were tough. High wind and swells with some serious rain early in the day. In the end we got 4 tuna incl one nice one, 3 dorado and 2 wahoo. Some carepoints are related to the crew’s attention to detail. I lost the dorado of a lifetime as it was cut off on another line that was left in the water and got tangled in the props. On occasion hooks and lures were handled carelessly. The worst example is a rod placed in the top holder with the loose rapala swinging wildly at head height while we had two fish on. Under the conditions I must commend the captain and deck hand. They were friendly and kind taking care of all of us. They even made the effort to teach the girls Swahili words and chat to break the boredom. Experienced anglers know that some fish get away, and to have everything on board under control in severe conditions is not so simple. These guys did their best and delivered what we came for and more.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from gerryhallam, Owner at Fishing Zanzibar
Responded 27 Dec 2018
Hi Stefan. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us here. I have spoken to Captain Mwalimu about the rope in the water and it seems it was a local fish trap that was drifting in the sea with no marker on it, just a see-through plastic water bottle. Of course they unfortunately did not see it whilst you were fighting your Dorado due to the challenging conditions hence your line getting caught up in it... Very unfortunate to have lost this fish but we are very happy that you caught such a good catch over all! :) I have also had a word with our crew about clearing rods when a guest has a fish on. They are usually extremely good at clearing rods into the top rod holders so that they are not in the way of the angler. Unfortunately one of the rapala's came loose from a rod...just happy that it did not catch anyone. Stefan thanks again and we all hope you enjoyed your stay in Zanzibar! I will pass on your compliments to Capt. Mwalimu and Mohamed. Cheers and Tight Lines!
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