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Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau Africa Big Game Fishing Q&A

Guinea Bissau is a lure and popper anglers paradise. These fishing grounds are phenomenal with many different species just waiting to be caught. You will benefit from the expertise of the guides, they have superb knowledge of the species and fishing. As well as the fishing, you will have free access to a 4×4 and mountain bikes so you can journey off into the surrounding areas if you wish to add a little more adventure to your holiday.

 Where is the Lodge?

The resort itself is located on Bubaque Island, which is very picturesque and is one of the most populated Islands off Guinea Bissau. The Island is around a 1.5hr transfer by boat from the mainland and the journey to the Island is spectacular with lots of different wildlife to be seen and photographed.

Where do they fish?

The main fishing grounds are around offshore reefs and drop-offs. When the tides are right they will chase fish around the shallow waters that surround the Islands and channels. The lure fishing Guinea Bissau offers lots of different styles of fishing and we are sure you will find a style that suits you.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Some of the offshore marks can be as far as a 1-hour boat ride but most of the fishing will be done around the nearby Islands and channels. These marks are as close as 10 minutes away from the dock.

What fish will I catch?

The main fish that you will be targeting are the Cobia and Jacks. These fish will beat you up and spit you out and can be targeted on surface lures, shallow diving lures and also bait. Other fish to target are the African Pompano, lots of different snappers and of course the toothy critters, the Barracuda.

How many fish will I catch?

When lure fishing Guinea Bissau the amount you will catch depends on the species you wish to target, such fish as the Cobia and the Jacks swim round in huge shoals so as you can imagine the action is pretty frantic when these shoals are located. If you decide to target specimen sized fish the guides will take you to areas that are known to hold larger of the species, but the action can be a little slower as the big fish tend to hang out away from the big shoals.

How do they fish?

This is really down to how you wish to fish if you choose lure fishing only or bait fishing the guides will make sure you are fishing the right spots given the technique you wish to use. The will also troll lures so you can take a break from casting, as casting lures all day can be fairly strenuous. The bait fishing is a lot more relaxing until you hook a monster from the deep.

Do the guides speak English?

The guides and captains speak French mainly but understand the international language of fishing (hand signals). It is worth taking a French to English dictionary.

Who is best suited to this destination?

With the lure fishing Guinea Bissau, you have to be fairly fit as the fishing is mainly active fishing by throwing lures all day it soon takes it out of you when the weather is hot. Saying that there are other ways of fishing that are a lot less strenuous like bait fishing. Walking around the resort is very easy as its all flat and the walk down to the boat takes only a couple of minutes.

What skill level is required?

General knowledge of lure fishing would be an advantage, not necessarily salt-water experience but how to cast, work your lure and setting of the hooks will help you land more fish. The guides will help you as much as they can so you can get the most out of lure fishing Guinea Bissau.

How physically demanding is this trip?

You do not have to be physically fit for this holiday, but you need to be able to stand and cast from a boat whilst fishing. Some of the species you will catch are very hard fighting and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to land and with high temperatures, this can be fairly exhausting, but you are not in a race and if you need a break just sit down and have a drink after each fish.

When to go?

The main season runs from October to May with peak time being October and November then February to March. Depending on the species you wish to target and the temperatures you are comfortable to fish in.

How to get there?

The best route to get to Guinea Bissau is with TAP from the UK via Lisbon. This route gives you the best connecting times but they are only departing on certain days. The other route would be with Air Maroc which is via Casa Blanca theses tend to have longer stops but they fly almost every day.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Kasa Africana is a tucked away and is a little piece of paradise located on Bubaque Island in Guinea Bissau. This very charming little hotel nestled in thick fine tropical gardens is the home to some amazing views. It is a small resort with little private chalets based around a stunning little swimming pool. This four-star resort has eight chalets that can sleep four people in each chalet and all come with air-conditioning, mini bar, hot and cold drinking water and an airy bathroom.

What is the food like?

The food at the resort is all freshly prepared by a local chef using the best local products sourced from nearby markets. Each day there will be meals offered to suit everyone’s taste from local dishes to more western style meals. The lunches on the boats will consist of daily made sandwiches, crisps, chocolate, fresh fruit and many different styles of soft drinks.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The resort will provide you with basic kits for your fishing, however, it is highly recommended to take your own terminal tackle as everyone has their own favourite lures to try and use. A very detailed list of tackle can be obtained from us once your booking has been made.

Is Internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and internet is good but the Wi-Fi is a little patchy when you get away from the main bar area.

Are there other activities available?

As you can imagine, the island of Bubaque is small and very easy to get around to see some of the stunning Scenery and wildlife. We provide you with a 4×4 truck so you can go off and investigate this little piece of paradise, there are also bikes you can hire.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the Dates and Prices tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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