Tag and Release Fishing for Marine Research

Join us and make a difference in marine research. Our tag and release tours, using the Oceanographic Research Institute’s infrastructure, tags and equipment, are open for bookings.


Tag and Release Fishing for Marine Research

Marine research is what brings us closer to conservation measures.
And there is just so much we don’t know, about so many fish.
Join us as we join the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban, and embark on a whole new type of fishing mission.

You can learn about the ORI and the tagging program, from it’s inception to now, by Rudi van der Elst, right at this link…


And download their 2018 Taggin’ News right here. It’s that list of top taggers that you want to feature in!

Tag n Release Fishing!

We have the experience and equipment to make sure we don’t ever hurt the fish we catch. And that all the fish we catch are safely returned to the water. Most times with a tag in it!

Our tackle is primed to get the fish to the boat, photographed, measured and tagged as quick as possible. Barbless hooks and heavier tackle are the go.

We are mainly after billfish and pelagic gamefish. The types of fish that carry commercial value and therefore are not tagged much at all. We do also tag reef fish and other species we encounter along the way.

The Bazaruto Archipelago is teeming with fish all wanting a tag and not a gaff. This is our main zone of operations in Mozambique. North to Nova Mambone, and south by Bazaruto all the way down to Inhaca and Ponto. We can also go to Pemba and surrounds too. Angoche.

In South Africa we work in the estuaries as much as we can too, these fish are high-value tagging targets since estuaries are used by breeding and juvenile fish. From Kosi Bay down through the Transkei and into the Cape.

Steering your fishing career in this direction will stand you, and your kids, in good stead for the future of fishing together. These are some of the items on the agenda:

  • boating and handling a fish: removing from the water, care on the boat/beach
  • tagging a fish: under guidance from ORI
  • releasing a fish: reviving and safely releasing your fish

Tags and tagging equipment we have. You need to bring the following:

  • your favourite spinning stick (30lb braid minimum)
  • your favourite trolling outfit (or two at 50lb minimum)
  • a jigging rig (optional at 50 to 80lb)
  • tackle (we have available for purchase)
  • bucket or harness

We do self-catering trips most of the time. We eat a lot of seafood. Aside from the odd fish we will keep to eat, there is fresh seafood all over the archipelago every day. That said there is an option for meals to be included. We love cooking!


Boats vary according to numbers and range from little centre consoles to 38 footers. The more the merrier is how we get to use the big boats.


If we are not liveaboard, then we use self-catering lodges and accommodation all the way up and down the coast. We have been doing this for decades and know all the best spots and people to visit.
Some trips can even be camping style. Pomene and a few other outlying places are conducive to this big time.

Tailor-made fishing

Tell us what you want to catch the most, and we will recommend a strategy. And a place.

Get in touch with Sean on +27 79 326 9671 or email umzimkulu@gmail.com anytime.

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