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Fishing Barra, Inhambane, Mozambique

Fishing Barra

Fishing Barra

Although a fraction, a tiny fraction, of what it used to be, Barra can still shine as a fishing destination.

A half century ago, Barra would have been an unbelievable spectacle. Dugongs and dolphins would have vied to top spot in a myriad of natural marine wonders. Shoals of fish and squid. Predators everywhere. Huge and varied turtles. Chaos at every turn of the tide.

I did see a remnant appearance of such a melee. Fishing with Dave Charley and a few charters aboard The Nymph about 7 or 8 years ago, we headed on over towards Linga Linga to the north of the estuary. And the sea in front of us just exploded. Whitewater everywhere. And huge gamefish, normally only encountered out deep, all around us. Everybody was fighting fish. Dave got a beautiful 9kg Queen Mackerel, and the two charters were busy for ages when they each lost their fish.
Every lure that hit the water was hit and the frenzy lasted a good 20 minutes.

On another occasion, battling a buster south west wind, we nearly rode over a striped marlin – right up in the estuary in the main channel to Whitesands. It opens up into a wide basin which is fished extenbsively by locals when the ocean is too heavy. The mouth area used to be a staging ground for endless dogfights between playful dolphin and panicking Queen Mackerel. I also got Cobia, or Prodigal Son, right into the launch area.

Back to Linga Linga, a 20 minute ride across through the channels, and over a few special sandbars. Special sandbars because this is mainly where the action goes down. Either side of and around these sand structures. It gets 16 metres deep a short way north in the main shipping channel, and so is an ideal ambush spot for baitfish getting sucked out with the massive outgoing tide.

At the Linga Linga point,