The Malilangwe Dam is an amazing fishing destination. The most sought out species are tigerfish and tilapia.
The best times of the year for fishing is when the water is warm – a good reminder is good fishing months all have an “r” in them from September to April. That said, we have still been enjoying some great fishing now in May – all the photos in this story are from early May.
Small tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) are plentiful and are easily caught using artificial lures like spinners and rapalas, the bigger ones are more challenging and have been caught using bait (small fish or fish fillets). The fish caught on the dam range from about 1 to 5.5 kgs (2 to 12 lbs).
Tilapia abound! They include the redbreast tilapia (Tilapia rendalli), the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) and the black tilapia (Oreochromis placidus). The bigger tilapia we catch are the Mozambique ones ranging from 1 to 2,7 kgs (2 to 6 lbs). We catch them using light tackle and earthworms, and depending on water temperature and time of day we either fish on the bottom using a sinker, or near the top using a float.
Also lurking along the base, with a couple of crocodiles, are some enormous sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) which take a lot of muscle to land.
Fishing images kindly supplied by Alex Naert and Colin Koen
A call crackled over the radio that the tracking team had found the River Pride on a buffalo kill near Hwata Pan. “Bonanza!” I thought. Not only because this would provide good photo opportunities of lions feeding in relatively open area, and the clean-up crew of hyenas and vultures that would make no bones of the carcass over the next few days, but mainly because Hwata Pan is where we have our sunken photo hide, and the lions would have to go and drink there at some stage during the feeding frenzy. I’ve waited for 10 years to get a shot of a predator drinking at eye level to me from this hide – could this be the chance at last?
The Malilangwe Dam is an amazing fishing destination. The most sought out species are tigerfish and tilapia.The best times of the year for fishing is when the water is warm – a good reminder is good fishing months all have an “r” in them from September to April. That said, we have still been enjoying some great fishing now in May – all the photos in this story are from early May.
It is most satisfying watching elephants enjoying a mud bath! It starts off with the approaching walk, an elephant has when making his/her way to the water source. To describe it, I would have to say it’s an excited, exaggerated, fast walk while bobbing their heads up and down and to the sides at the same time. We call it ‘the water walk’. Even for the novice person you can pick up the excitement of the elephant looking forward to a thirst-quenching cool drink, usually followed by refreshing mud bath.
I was camped out again, on my favourite dam wall that offers a good vantage point and a relatively safe refuge from the vehicle. I was trying to tell myself that really it was an afternoon of birding – just sitting quietly with binos and a bird book and trying to ID whatever came along, and enjoying the isolation and peace. But really what I wanted and hoped and wished for was a solitary black rhino.