The Tigerfish is one of the most fearsome-looking fish you will find on the Planet. These toothy predators have a mouth full of razor blade-like teeth that will tear apart any prey unfortunate enough to come within striking range. Living in the freshwater rivers and lakes of Africa these are the number one species that freshwater predator hunters just have to target.
Also known as: Tanzanian Tigerfish, African Tigerfish, Goliath Tigerfish, Giant Tigerfish, or mbenga
Scientific name: hydrocynus goliath
The Tigerfish is overall silvery in colour with thin black stripes that run horizontally down its body. It has an elongated body and a red, forked caudal fin with a black edge. Its head is large as well as its teeth. The teeth are sharp and conical which are used to grasp and chop prey. The male Tigerfish is larger and more full-bodied than females.
The Tigerfish can reach sizes of over 20lb in weight but the average size you will catch is around 8lb.
Where to catch
The Tigerfish is found in the freshwater rivers and lakes of Africa with many being caught in the Zambezi River and the River Nile. Another area that holds them includes the Okovango basin.
The most popular way to target Tigerfish is by using big bloody fish baits, these baits are attached to a wire trace to prevent the massive teeth of the Tigerfish slicing through the line. Another very popular way to target these fish is by casting lures and imitating a dying fish, enticing the Tigerfish to strike out and hook itself.