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Dogtooth Tuna Fishing | Hawkins Bank | Rodrigues | Mauritius

Overview

Tour code: ROD001

This fishing adventure is like no other out there! Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, our Rodrigues Island fishing trip offers anglers a unique opportunity to fish for some incredible species. The fishing style used is down to you. The itinerary can be tailored to suit exactly how you wish to fish and the species you want to target. In addition to this, we have some excellent tackle packages waiting onboard for you to use. Completely free of charge.

Location

Rodrigues Island is a 108 square-kilometre Island and is part of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Located roughly 350 miles east of Mauritius, Rodrigues is part of the Mascarene Islands which are built up of Rodrigues and Réunion Islands. The islands are of volcanic origin and surrounded by some amazing coral reefs. However, an area you must visit is the West Hawkins Bank. This location is world-famous for huge Dogtooth Tuna and monster GT’s. With our boats, this journey does not take long. Visit our YouTube channel to see for yourself what fishing  off Rodrigues Island is all about.

Rodrigues Island Fishing

The waters around Rodrigues are teeming with many different species, in the morning you could be popper fishing for GT’s, in the afternoon you could be trolling for huge Black Marlin and then in the evening, you could be vertical jig fishing for Dogtooth Tuna. There’s something here for every angler and more. The Dogtooth Tuna is the main pull to this area as they get very large with a fish over 200lb being possible.

All we ask you to bring is your terminal tackle, poppers, jigs, stick baits, trolling lures, hooks, weights and mono hook lengths. The fishing here never seems to disappoint our customers. Make sure to read the reviews above to see for yourself.

Boat

The boat was built in Mauritius from a proven mold to fish the Indian Ocean. It is a vessel designed to combine performance, safety, and comfort. Making it a go-to vessel for fishing around Rodrigues Island. It has been equipped to spend up to 20 days on the ocean. Below you can find the technical information:

  • Model – D’Unienville 53 feet (16.16m x 4.70m)
  • Engine – 2 x 500 CV Yanmar Inboard
  • Weight – 20 tons
  • Draft – 1.20 meters
  • Freshwater Tank – 3000 litres
  • Diesel tanks – 5000 litres (2 x 2500 litres)
  • Autonomy – 1000 nautical miles

Comfort onboard:

  • Fully equipped kitchen – (sink, gas fire, oven, integrated cooler)
  • Living area – with table and large seating area
  • 3 individual ventilated cabins (10 beds in total) Bed linen and towels provided
  • 1 Bathroom – with shower, sink and toilet
  • Spacious rear deck – fighting chair, large rear platform to move around during fight and enough space for five people to jig fish side by side.

Boat security:

  • Insurance – Mauritius Union Co LTD (Mauritius)
  • Distress beacon KANNAD
  • IRIDIUM satellite phone
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life rafts
  • Lifejackets

Guides

At the helm of the boat is the best skipper on Rodrigues Island who has been running his boat very successfully since 2008. He has already set the world on fire with some record catches of many different species. This skipper knows the waters like the back of his hand. His fishing knowledge of Rodrigues Island is second to none. Along with his team, who he has worked with for a long time, you will be in the very best of hands as you patrol the waters around Rodrigues Island.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our exclusive fishing holidays to Rodrigues Island, contact our expert team. They will be happy to answer any queries you have. Also, make sure to explore all our Mauritius fishing trips and our complete list of Big Game fishing destinations. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Cocotiers Boutik Hotel

Cocotiers Hotel is located on the northeastern beaches of the stunning tropical island of Rodrigues Island. The beach fronted Cocotiers hotel is rated as a 3-star hotel which offers great value for travellers either looking for a romantic getaway, family holiday, business travel or a special family holiday. This very charming hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity nestled amongst beautifully landscaped gardens which make way for white sandy beaches just waiting for you to stroll along and simply soak up the atmosphere of Rodrigues Island.

The Lodge

All the rooms at the Cocotiers Hotel were recently renovated to a very charming standard. All rooms come complete with air-conditioning and come as standard with a flat-screen TV offering a satellite package so you can keep up to date with what’s going on around the world.

There are 42 fully renovated rooms, with terraces or balconies. These rooms are divided into 2 suites, 30 superior rooms with sea views and then 10 standard rooms all have been decorated with charming local art but still look very modern. Each room comes with an electric kettle and minibar. Each of the rooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a very roomy shower cubicle and other modern amenities and are cleaned on a daily basis. There is a daily laundry service which is an extra cost but can be paid for at the end of your holiday. The reception also offers a currency exchange at the front desk and can also arrange many tours around the Island.

Food & Drink

The charming little restaurant seats up to 90 guests whilst still providing your own little piece of privacy. The restaurant will allow you to discover treasures of culinary delights of Rodrigues and Mauritius.

Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:00am and is a buffet style arrangement however if you are going out fishing early an early breakfast can be arranged.

Lunch is served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and is A la carte with some lovely local dishes made from local produces. A picnic basket can be arranged if you would like a day out

Dinner is served between 7:30am to 10:00pm and normally consists of a themed buffet or a fixed menu. All the meals are constructed by some very skilled local chefs and only use local produces.

If you fancy kicking back in the evening sipping a few cocktails then there is a cocktail bar called Le Ti Limon Bar at the hotel serving freshly made cocktails and one that we highly recommend is the famous ‘ti punch’ made with the famous local lemons of Rodrigues. The bar is open from 8:00am to 11:00pm and each Saturday evening there is a wonderful local Jazz band that likes to entertain the guests, a must for anyone looking for some local experiences.

 

Board: Half Board
Rooms: Single & Twin
Telephone: Reception area
Internet: Free WIFI in public area
Laundry: Payable onsite
Power: 230V
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Onsite Bar
Shop: Souvenir Shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & Debit
Cash Accepted: Euros and Dollars
Species Information
Blue Marlin
Season: November to May
Peak: January to March
Weight: 200lb to 1000lb
Average Weight: 400lb
Black Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: November to May
Weight: 200lb to 1000lb
Average Weight: 400lb
Giant Travelly
Season: All Year
Peak: October to December
Weight: 10lb to 130lb
Average Weight: 45lb
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: December to February
Weight: 10lb to 220lb
Average Weight: 70lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: December to February
Weight: 5lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 50lb
Wahoo
Season: All Year
Peak: November to March
Weight: 20lb to 130lb
Average Weight: 40lb
Dorado
Season: All Year
Peak: Sept to Nov & May & June
Weight: 5lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Dusky Grouper
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 60lb
Bluefin Travelly
Season: All Year
Peak: October to December
Weight: 5lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Moon Tail Sea Bass
Season: All Year
Peak: October to December
Weight: 6lb to 16lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Black Jack
Season: All Year
Peak: October to December
Weight: 10lb to 130lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have regular flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (Alternative airports available)
Arrive Paris (CDG).

Depart Paris

Day 2

Arrive Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Intl. (MRU)
Depart Mauritius

Arrive Rodrigues Island (RRG).

On arrival, you will be met by a representative of the hotel, who will then transfer you to your accommodation. Once you have checked in to your hotel and been shown to your room you are then free to relax and around the hotel or alternatively why not have a walk around.

Overnight accommodation: Cocotiers Boutik Hotel (Twin room) H/B

Day 3: Free Day

This day is free to relax around the resort. Alternatively, why not pack a small travel spinning rod and have a go from the shore as there are many small species that will keep you entertained.

Overnight accommodation: Cocotiers Boutik Hotel (Twin room) H/B

Day 4: Fishing Day

At a pre-arranged time you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred the short drive to meet your boat at the marina.

On this day you will target the inshore species that can be found around Rodrigues Island. Please make the captain of the boat aware of the style of fishing you wish to perform. He will then take you to certain areas so you can fish as hard as you like.

There will be opportunities to fish for large GT’s and Dogtooth Tuna that patrol the reef edges. Make sure you have strong tackle as most of these fish will try their hardest to reef you.

Overnight accommodation: Cocotiers Boutik Hotel (Twin room) H/B

Day 5: FISHING DAY

The pick up for the Hawkins Bank is at 3:30 pm from your hotel. You will then be transferred to the marina where you will board your big game boat for the start of your journey out to the Banks. This journey is around 100 nautical miles from the Island weather and time permitting you will do some trolling on the way out.

You will be on the boat for 65 hours in total over the 4 days and 3 nights.

On arrival at the Banks it will be time to sleep and ready yourself for the next couple of days of intense fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Big Game Boat (Twin Room) F/B

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days

Whilst out on the Hawkins bank there will be many different opportunities to fish for such species as huge Yellowfin Tuna, the dirty fighting Dogtooth tuna and of course many different Billfish. The most productive fishing method is to jig fish and it is fairly important that the entire group performs jig fishing as it will entice the predators to feed as they will think that your jigs are a small shoal of prey. Alternatively, you can discuss with your captain regarding some trolling to break the day up or even bait fish which can be productive.

The fishing hours are normally between 7 am – 6 pm then your evening meal will be served along with cold non-alcoholic drinks. The captain and deck hands will then retire for the evening around 9 pm so they are well rested for the following days fishing.

All food will be supplied whilst out on the ocean.

After your second days fishing and after your evening meal the captain and deck hands will ready the boat for the journey back to the Island, trolling on the way weather and time permitting.

Overnight accommodation: Big Game Boat (Twin Room) F/B

DAY 8:

You will arrive at the Island around 10 am where you will then be free to go back to your hotel to rest after your extreme adventure or alternatively book an excursion around the Island.

The rest of the day is free to relax and unwind

Overnight accommodation: Cocotiers Boutik Hotel (Twin room) H/B

Day 9:

Later in the day, you will be transferred back to Rodrigues airport for your return flights back to the UK.

Depart Rodrigues Island (RRG)
Arrive Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Intl. (MRU)

Depart Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Intl. (MRU)

Day 10:

Arrive Paris (CDG)
Depart Paris (CDG)

Arrive UK (Alternative airports available)

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 10 9 4 £4,217 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 4 £4,217 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 4 £4,217 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/02/2021 28/02/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now SINGLE ANGLER WEEK based on 4 people fishing
01/03/2021 12/03/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/03/2021 22/03/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now SINGLE ANGLER WEEK based on 4 people fishing
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 10 9 4 £4,317 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 10 9 4 £4,317 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 10 9 4 £4,317 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 30/11/2021 10 9 4 £4,317 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2021 31/12/2021 10 9 4 £4,317 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 31/01/2022 10 9 4 £4,267 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 28/02/2022 10 9 4 £4,364 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 12/03/2022 10 9 4 £4,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/03/2022 22/03/2022 10 9 4 £4,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2022 31/05/2022 10 9 4 £4,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 30/06/2022 10 9 4 £4,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 31/07/2022 10 9 4 £4,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, big game boat and a twin room for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond

What's Included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Rodrigues Airport to Hotel return transfers
  • 1 Day fishing around the Island
  • 4 Day / 3 nights Hawkins Bank experience (65 hours)
  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary half board
  • All trolling equipment
  • Jig fishing equipment
  • All food whilst staying on the big game boat
  • Hotel to Marina transfers

What's Excluded

  • Lunch whilst at the resort
  • Insurance
  • Drinks at the resort
  • Tips for the boat crew and the hotel staff

Options

  • The following equipment is onboard for you to use:

  • Jig Fishing Equipment:

  • 5 Rods JIG WREX Shimano

  • 2 reels Shimano Stella 18000SW loaded with 80lb braid
  • 2 reels Shimano Stella 20000SW loaded with 80lb braid

  • Trolling Equipment:

  • 2 reels Shimano Tiagra 30lbs plus braid

  • 2 reels Shimano Tiagra 50lbs plus braid
  • 2 reels Shimano Tiagra 80lbs plus braid
  • 2 rods International Penn 30lbs Stand up
  • 2 rods Pro File Trolling 50lbs
  • 2 rods Pro File Trolling 80lbs
  • Fighting chair

  • Popper Fishing Equipment:

  • 1 Furrary Machine Tenryu

  • 3 rods Shimano Aspire
  • 1 reel Shimano Stella 10000SW, braid 80lbs
  • 2 reels Shimano Saragosa 14000, braid 80lbs

  • Accessories:

  • 5 fight belts

  • 1 shoulder harness BLACK MAGIC XL
  • 1 shoulder harness SureCatch
  • 1 harness Normic
  • 2 outriggers
  • 2 gaffs
  • 2 tuna tubes (Livewell)
  • 2 electric downriggers and deep-sea winches.

  • It is advisable to bring all the perishable material such as hooks, swivels, jigs, lures, shock leaders and poppers. The boat does carry speed jigs with assist hooks pre-attached (€30 each)

  • Upon request, we will provide you with a list of appropriate materials. You can bring your own equipment, in which case we will advise you on the preparation of your “fishing suitcase”

Price Supplements

  • If your group size is smaller than 4 anglers then the following supplements will apply:

  • 3 anglers sharing 1 twin and 1 single room and boat additional £550 pp

  • 2 anglers sharing 1 twin room and boat additional £1,358 pp

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

Visas are not required. A visitor’s permit, valid for 4 weeks, is issued upon arrival at the airport. Travellers must have a return (or onward) air ticket, pre-booked accommodation and sufficient money for their stay

Medical Requirements

No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius unless travelling from a country infected by Yellow Fever or where Yellow Fever is classified as endemic, in which case you will require Yellow Fever inoculations.

Due to the remoteness of the venue, we do however suggest bringing along your own supply of prescription medicines etc. Lastly, we do insist all clients attain medical insurance before departing.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

No departure tax as included in the flight price

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Mauritius (12 hours)

Mauritius – Rodrigues Island (approx 1 hr)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines’ website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Rodrigues airport – Cocotiers Boutik Hotel (approx 20mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the hotel?

The hotel is based on Rodrigues Island which is a short flight away from Mauritius. This tropical piece of paradise offers the travelling angler peace and tranquillity whilst enjoying some of the best big game fishing in the world.

Where do they fish?

The fishing is performed in the Indian Ocean and there are three different areas. The inshore fishing around the Island, the East Bank which is fished when you overnight on the game boat and the West Bank Hawkins which can only be reached by staying on the boat either on a 4-day excursion or 5-day excursions. These grounds are 100 nautical miles away and offer some of the best fishing on the planet.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The inshore fishing grounds are only minutes away from the marina. If you want to fish the East Banks these tend to be only reachable by staying and living on the boat for a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights. The West Bank Hawkins can also only be reached by living on the boat. There is a minimum stay on the boat of 4 days and 3 nights, but we can highly recommend fishing this area as it offers superb opportunities for some of the best game fishing.

What fish will I catch?

The list of species is huge and it very much depends on what you would like to catch and how you want to fish. There are huge GT’s, Black and Blue Marlin, massive Yellowfin Tuna, Sharks of varies species, lots of different Groupers, the biggest Wahoo you will ever see, big Bull Dorado and the most exciting of species – the Dogtooth Tuna.

How many fish will I catch?

This will depend on what targets you have as this can dictate how many fish you catch. For example, if you are in search of a huge Marlin then the fishing can be a lot slower than if you were targeting shoaling such as Tuna. We recommend that you mix your species up a little so there is constant action.

How do they fish?

As there are so many different species the style is completely down to you. We provide most of the popper fishing tackle, jig fishing tackle and trolling gear.

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is best suited to physically fit anglers as the fishing out on the Hawkins bank is demanding and jigging all day can be tiring. If you need a rest from the intense jigging then the captain will troll for a little while. The sleeping conditions on the boat can be fairly cramped as this is a big game boat but after a days jig fishing catching some huge fish should see you in good stead for full night sleep.

What skill level is required?

The knowledge of jig fishing is a massive advantage as this will be the main style of fishing. This style of fishing can be fairly tiring so making each drop count is important. The deck hands will help and show you the best methods for any given species whether it is slow jigging or the higher intense speed jigging.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The fishing methods are very demanding and you must be fairly fit to perform jigging for any length of time. However, the captain will troll to break the day up but the most productive method for numbers of fish is jigging.  The boat is very easy to walk around with a big fishing platform at the rear. The walks to the boat are very small and are on hard ground, so no clambering over wet rocks to get in a boat.

When is the best time to go?

The fishing off Rodrigues Island is all year round and doesn’t really get affected by the rainy season. The peak time is November to May for most species.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Rodrigues from the UK is London Heathrow to Mauritius then take a short flight to Rodrigues Island.

What is the accommodation like?

The Cocotiers Boutik hotel is a charming 3-star hotel with 47 rooms ranging from standard to superior deluxe rooms. Around the resort, you will find a stunning restaurant serving lots of local dishes plus a cocktail bar serving some amazing freshly made drinks that will cool you down on the hottest of days

What is the food like?

Breakfast is served continental style with a choice of many kinds of cereal, fresh fruits and cakes. Lunch is a selection of fresh-made sandwiches and evening meals are freshly prepared dishes from a Chinese and creole background.

 

Is fishing tackle provided?

There is a good selection of popper fishing equipment, jig fishing equipment and trolling equipment supplied on the boat (not fly fishing tackle). Ask a member of Sportquest Holidays for a more detailed list of makes and models of equipment supplied.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal isn’t great around the Island however you will get free Wi-Fi in the hotel.

Are there other activities available?

As the Island is fairly small it is very easy to travel around. You can either hire a car or a bicycle from the reception. There are miles of stunning white sandy beaches with lovely coves all the way along the island.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices 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. If you wish to book or have ANY questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.

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