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Fresh in from Captain Duarte…


How you doing mate?

The billfish report and Granderwatch sites, some of the most respectable
billfish sites in the world considered Bazaruto the n. 8 top billfish
destination for 2011.

Here´s the link & information

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2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #8 Mozambique
January 10, 2012 By Hook 1 Comment

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year,
and coming in at #8 is Mozambique. Criteria for our Top 10 include fish
numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of

There are likely few to no fisheries in the world that achieve so much with
so few boats as Mozambique.

First of all, this is a very reliable black marlin fishery – there were
days where five and six blacks could be caught on a single boat in 2011.
There were plenyt of sailfish mixed in with the Black Marlin and if you
decided to go out wide, Blue Marlin were there to greet you too! While the
Black Marlin and Sailfish are caught on live bait, we love the fact that so
many are caught on lures so regularly.

But two things really stood out about Mozambique’s fishing in 2011: first,
we had reports on some 22 fish clearing 500 pounds (all black marlin,
including one grander), which unto itself is tremendous – but when
considering that this was done with only a handful of boats fishing, it
makes one wonder how many more fish are there?! In all a fantastic year
for Bazaruto, coming off an honorable mention showing last year.
Here are some of the Highlights for 2011:*

*Vamizi – Capt. Duarte Rato *
Went 4-6 on Black Marlin, releasing a 600, 350, 200 & 200 lbs fish in a
single day in December 2011.
Released a grander Black Marlin, one of three this vessel & crew have
caught in the last three years at bazaruto (1107 lbs in 2009 and 1098 lbs
in 2010).
Released an estimated 700 Blue, biggest caught on the archipelago in the
last few years

*Quatro – Dave Curtis *
Caught a 935 lbs Black Marlin on a lure

*Topless – Liam MacDonald*
Released an estimated 900 lbs Black on a lure

*The Don – Donovon & Matthew Wadley*
Released two 750 lbs Black in a single day

Duarte A. Moreira Rato

Moz cell: + 258 82 805 7160 / + 258 84 639 0466

Portugal cell: + 351 96 398 4392 (Ju

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