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GT Fishing | South Nosy Be | Madagascar

Overview

Tour code: MAG003

We are very excited to be able to offer you this unique opportunity to fish some of Madagascar’s fish rich waters of the South of Nosy Be. In conjunction with our partners, Nirvana Fishing, we know that if you are a die-hard lure angler then you will love this holiday. South Nosy Be area has a coastal line of over 250KM and with it being very close to a narrow continental shelf makes for some very diverse fishing opportunities. In the morning you could be fishing around the stunning shore line then with a very short move you could be fishing depths of over 100mtrs with down riggers to fish for many different Groupers and of course the super hard fighting Doggies.

Location

We fish some of the most famous areas from the archipelago of the Radama through to Nosy Lava Island, Narinda Bay, Moramba Bay and to the gates of Majunga (according to the length of your cruise). You will soon discover the huge diverse fishing opportunities that this part of the world has to offer and you may even fish virgin spots still abundant with big un caught fish.

Fishing

Each season in the south of Nosy Be we boat GT’s and many other sport species such as Barracudas, Groupers, Dogtooth Tuna, Amberjacks, Snappers, Yellow Fin Tuna and even Black Marlin, you will soon find yourself surrounded by some of the worlds best popper and jig fishing waters. The reason why we are now able to fish the south coast of Madagascar is we have at our disposal, a stunning variety of different Catamarans to suit most group sizes and are the perfect base for living and dining from.

We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions especially after an intense days fishing and that’s why our Catamarans have been selected for their quality and comfort of the sleeping cabins.

There are also great relaxation areas, either in the lounge with sofas or on deck (sun deck) to enjoy the great outdoors, basking in the sun, watch the magnificent starry sky of Madagascar or prepare your fishing arrangements. The actual boats you will be fishing from follow the Catamaran out to the fishing grounds. They are very functional, comfortable, equipped with unparalleled safety equipment and are top quality boats (10.30 metre fiberglass shell, central console, engines 2 x 250 HP, equipped with high-tech electronics, a cabin with WC, washbasin and shower), accommodating up to 4 fishermen and able to navigate with ease by seas, unequalled performance (top speed of 45 knots !) simply the best extreme fishing boats available at Madagascar!

Guides

This holiday is fully guided with local guides who know these waters very well.

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Accommodation
Nosy Be Catamaran

We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions, especially after intense days of fishing and that’s why we carefully select the best Catamarans for their quality and comfort for sleeping. Each angler will get his or her own sleeping cabin with either a single or double bed.

On board the Catamarans, you will of course have access to electricity (220 V sockets) to recharge your batteries and devices. There is also fresh running drinking water available on board. On our Catamarans you will have a wide screen TV for you to plug your cameras in to to view all your stunning videos and images of the trip.

We strongly believe that the success of your fishing trip will come down to comfortable sleeping arrangements, excellent food and places to relax in the evening meaning you can completely concentrate on the fishing.

The food that is served on board is delicious, varied and original and is prepared by our talented chefs. The food is produced and prepared with local fresh produce and mostly organically grown (fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs). Breakfast and evening meals will be served and eaten on board the Catamaran and the lunches will be prepared and packed on the fishing boat for you to enjoy whilst out fishing. As for drinks, spring water bottle is kindly provided and included in the full board of our formulas. All other beverages (soft drinks, beers, wines, spirits, espresso coffee) are extra, payable on the catamaran at the end of your stay.

We have a selection of Catamarans, all are of a high standard and will be assigned to you dependant on your group size.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single rooms
Telephone: On board Satellite phone
Power: 220 Volt
Air Conditioning: Except Catamaran Noah
Meals: On Board
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Complete pop & jigg outfits
Shop: On Board Tackle shop
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Amberjack
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: Location
Average Weight: 30LB
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 30LB to 220LB
Average Weight: 60LB
Giant Grouper
Season: All Year
Peak: November to April
Weight: 50LB to 550LB
Average Weight: 220LB
Giant Trevally
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 140LB
Average Weight: 55LB
King Mackerel
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 20LB to 75LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: March to June
Peak: April to June
Weight: 25LB to 100LB
Average Weight: 40LB
Wahoo
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 20LB to 80LB
Average Weight: 40LB
Dorado
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 10LB to 60LB
Average Weight: 25LB
Black Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 150LB to 1100LB
Average Weight: 300LB
Sailfish
Season: March to June & Oct to Dec
Peak: May & June
Weight: 40LB to 135LB
Average Weight: 65LB
Barracuda
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 85LB
Average Weight: 40LB

Itinerary

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The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have daily 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 routes available)

Day 2:

Arrive Addis Ababa

Depart Addis Ababa
Arrive Nosy Be

Once you have arrived at Nosy Be and collected your bags, head to the arrivals hall where one of Sportquest Holidays representative will be waiting to meet you. They will then assist you and your luggage to your private taxi. You will then be transferred to the marina where we will have our speed boat waiting to take you out to your Catamaran. (Transfer approx. 2 30 hours)

Before boarding the speed boat our guide will treat you to a light lunch then once you are ready we will take you out to your Catamaran.

When you board the Catamaran and have unpacked you will be invited to the top deck where you will get to meet your crew for the week. This is then your opportunity to discuss with the head guide what you would like to achieve from your week.

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day

Over the next 5 days, after breakfast you will depart with your boat and crew to the various areas to fish different methods or target your chosen species.
The coastline on the South of Nosy Be is full of very interesting popper and lure features from coral reefs to steep drop offs where you can pop to raise some fantastic GT’s
Return back to the Catamaran for some relaxation and a good meal.
Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Your fishing boat has been kitted out with top of the range down rigging equipment so you can take advantage of deep feeding fish and you just never know when you troll fish baits or shads at depths that normally are not fishable.
Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

Day 6: Fishing Day

Your fishing boat has been kitted out with top of the range downrigging equipment so you can take advantage of deep feeding fish and you just never know when you troll fish baits or shads at depths that normally are not fishable.
Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

Day 7: Fishing Days

Each day you can choose to fish different styles, simply make it clear to your guide and he will take you to the best areas for your chosen style of fishing. We can organise you a days popper fishing, jig fishing or trolling it is entirely up to you, or why not take a fly rod and chance your arm at catching one of these beasts on a fly rod.
On your last days fishing you will start earlier around 06:00 and you will fish until its time to depart back towards Nosy Be (The departure will depend on the distance needed to travel back to Nosy Be)
Once the boat has made its way back to Nosy Be, we will then transfer you to your overnight hotel in Nosy Be.
Overnight accommodation: Nosy Be Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 8:

Free day to relax and explore Nosy Be. This is a stunning beach side location so there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. Alternatively, if you give us plenty of notice and subject to availability we can extend your fishing days given you an extra day and night on the Catamaran.
Overnight accommodation: Nosy Be Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 9:

In the morning once you have checked out of your hotel, take a taxi back to Nosy Be airport (Taxi not included) to start your journey back to the UK.

Depart Nosy Be
Arrive Addis Ababa

Day 10:

Depart Addis Ababa
Arrive UK (alternative routes available)

Prices

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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. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2019 31/10/2019 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/11/2019 30/11/2019 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/12/2019 31/12/2019 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/01/2020 31/01/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/02/2020 29/02/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/03/2020 31/03/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/04/2020 30/04/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/05/2020 31/05/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/06/2020 30/06/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/07/2020 31/07/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/08/2020 31/08/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/09/2020 30/09/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 5 £3,473 On Request Book Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) in one of our Catamarans 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

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Nosy Be airport to Catamaran transfers
  • Catamaran for accommodation
  • All meals on Catamaran
  • State of the art 34ft fishing boat
  • Professional guide
  • 5 days fishing
  • Nosy Be overnight hotel

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Nosy Be to airport taxi
  • All drinks
  • Personal items
  • Fishing tackle and local tips
  • National Park Fees €15 a day per person

Options

  • Custom Coaching: If you are a beginner or a experienced lure angler we can offer you coaching from the owner of Nirvana Fishing, Alain. He is fully qualified and recognised around the world as being one of the best. (BP JEPS – France) Alain will spend the day with your group helping iron out any bad habits you may of picked up. He has such a wide knowledge of all lure fishing and techniques that after you spend the day with him, it will vastly improve your saltwater adventures.

  • Tackle hire: We have complete rental packages to suit all styles of lure fishing from heavy popper set ups to light jigging. All rods and reels are top quality brands and come fully loaded with brand new line. The equipment on hire is completely set right for the style of fishing so if you have not got the right equipment then we highly recommend taking the hire tackle package. There is also a tackle shop on board the Catamaran where you can purchase the correct lures and are all very reasonably priced. Anything purchased in the tackle shop must be paid in cash (Euros)

  • Catamaran Upgrade: Please contact us for an up to date price if you interested in upgrading the live aboard Catamaran

  • Flight upgrades: Please contact us for an up to date price if you interested in upgrading your flights

Price Supplements

  • If you group size is smaller than the standard four then contact us for an up to date price as we have several different Catamarans to suit group sizes

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

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. You will be asked to fill out a tourist Visa once you arrive at Madagascar airport. This costs around €25

Medical Requirements

Malaria, Hepatitis, Typhoid and Tetanus.

Please Note

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

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Madagascar.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Addis Ababa (approx 7 hours 40 mins)
Addis Ababa – Nosy Be (approx 4 hours 10 mins)

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 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 is 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

Nosy Be to Catamaran (approx 3.5 hours)

Questions & Answers

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WHERE IS THE DESTINATION?

You will be fishing the South of Nosy Be, we fish some of the most famous areas from the archipelago of the Radama through to Nosy Lava Island, Narinda Bay, Moramba Bay and to the gates of Majunga

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

You will be fishing from a live aboard catamaran therefore you will be very close to the fishing marks with the average travelling time being half an hour from the boat.

WHAT FISH WILL I CATCH?

When fishing in Madagascar you will be targeting many different species including Dogtooth Tuna, Jacks, Snapper and Marlin.

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH?

This all depends on the species you are targeting and the tactics you are using.

HOW WILL I FISH?

You will be fishing with lures, poppers and jigs. Using these tactics you will be able to target many species.

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

All the captains and deckhands speak good English. Sometimes hand signals are needed to explain things, we call it worldwide fishing language.

WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS DESTINATION?

This destination is perfect for those who like a lot of action as Madagascar is packed with fish. You certainly do not need to be an expert big game angler as the deck hands will take great care of you.

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

This destination suits anglers of all abilities from first time big game anglers to the most experienced.

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

If you choose to troll then it’s not that physical because when you hook a fish you can sit in the fighting chair and let the boat do the work or you can stand toe to toe with the fish and battle it out. You can choose to lure fish if you so wish, which is fairly demanding

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The best time to go is between October and June with the majority of the species running between these months.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

You will fly from the Uk then onto Addis Abba airport. From here you will catch your connecting flight to Nosy Be where you will then be transferred by speedboat to your catamaran.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions, especially after intense days of fishing and that’s why we carefully select the best Catamarans for their quality and comfort for sleeping. Each angler will get his or her own sleeping cabin with either a single or double bed.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

The food that is served on board is delicious, varied and original and is prepared by our talented chefs. The food is produced and prepared with local fresh produce and mostly organically grown (fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs). Breakfast and evening meals will be served and eaten on board the Catamaran and the lunches will be prepared and packed on the fishing boat for you to enjoy whilst out fishing.

DOES THE HOTEL PROVIDE FISHING TACKLE?

Fishing tackle is not provided, upon booking we will advise on what tackle is needed.

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

This is a very remote area so phone signal and WI-FI are extremely limited

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

You will be living on a catamaran in the middle of the sea so there are no other activities available.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & 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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Reviews

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Steve

1st trip with Nirvana but 3rd trip with Alain. From airport to catamaran, fishing and back to airport everything extremely well organised and stress free. Fishing was world class as usual with 7 days of non stop action on the new bigger boats - which comfortably fishes 4 pax. Beautiful part of the world with many islands to stop and swim for lunch during midday heat. We managed 32 species... highlight being a 30kg doggie on a stella 5000 with 30lb braid and a 40gram jig!! Many GTs up to 40kg. It's not a case of IF we will be back... just WHEN!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Steve, now that is some fishing, 32 species in 7 days now that is some going. I bet your Stella was smoking with that fish..... Awesome review thanks Steve

All the best

Paul

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