Live aboard fishing charters in Vilankulos

Fishing charters out of Vilankulos: Live the dream on a 44ft live aboard power yacht. Comes with a 24ft Novacat for fishing and exploring. Sleep up to 6 or even 8 and spend all your holiday time right on the water. Many places to moor. Many places to explore. This outfit comes with the long-range option of heading south to Pomene, or north to Nova Mambone. There is also the option of a custom designed trip, with different options of boat/tender, and self-catering.


Live aboard fishing charters in Vilankulos

Awake in the dark. Sounds of ocean all around. And. FISH!

Where are you? Anywhere you’d like to be within the Bazaruto Archipelago and surrounds on your mothership Catsanova.


44 Feet of cruising pleasure. Includes a 24ft sport fishing boat powered by twin 140hp four strokes. A purpose built gamefishing machine.

Captain Dean makes sure of your trip. Attention to detail. Years of experience. And a real fun dude. Who has spent his life learning the contours and waters of the archipelago and surrounds. I have fished with Dean. He knows each rock down there. And. I’ve seen him pull fish! And fish pull him! His big stick is stuck on GT drag and that is where it stays. Read that story here…

Live aboard means just that. And it’s catered (you can take a self-catering option too). The boat has a real fun kitchen, and barbecue. Sushi is served continually – it will be your staple diet as you come up against the denizens that hang out around here.

Trips on Catsanova, are completely customiseable. But the grand prize, including Reflection, and unlimited range, goes for a calm USD 1750 per day. Catered. Five to eight people can enjoy living the dream like this comfortably. And you could push it up to ten if you really want. Reflection, the sport fishing boat, is very comfortable with six plus a skipper. Other options including a smaller tender are right available, decreasing the charter fee.

Now. Here’s the thing…


Pomene in the south, and Nova Mambone in the north. Are now easily accessible from the ocean side. Forget driving to these beaches! We sail (weather dependent and on Captain’s approval, and a minimum of four days needs to be booked).

Pomene is a day’s fishing away. And on the way there, we get to go right over the famed Sylvia Shoal. From Jules Verne himself. The coral gardens. And when we get there, the longest right-hand point break in Africa reveals itself. Along with the most magical estuary you have ever imagined. Skirted with Mangrove forests and flushed with crystal clear blue water with every tide, even dolphins come in to play. And let’s not even talk about the kingfish that roam this domain! The sound of them!

Nova Mambone up north is a paradise of a different sort. Unexplored heaven on earth in the form of a massive mangrove delta that begs for adventure. And out deep is the famed 24 mile and then 50-mile reefs. These spots break the surface at low tide. And it is here where you will really have to sharpen up as you pit your skills against the very best. Huge GTs. Dogtooth. And of course, sharks! Sign of a healthy environment? Well, this place is real healthy then.

Of course, most of the time we will be patrolling out much deeper for billfish. The hot season runs through September and into March. And when I say hot. I totally mean it. Seasoned pro Captain Duarte Rato (next door on Bazaruto Island) produces amazing statistics, oftentimes releasing double figures gamefish every trip. Duarte is passionate about big marlin and that’s basically all he wants to do. But when the ocean turns topsy-turvy, you can find Duarte pitting his guests against the monster GTs that hang inshore.

So, if this is the life you want to live, for a few days or a week…let me put together a quote for you. You can easily drive up here. Or. We have an (international) airport in Vilankulos and can have you fishing an hour after you land.

The offer…

Long range: Five days and four nights on Catsanova and including Reflection (8 max catered): $5500-00
This can work out to as little as $175 per night per person.

Short range: $1800 per day/night including Reflection.

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