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Exotic Saltwater Fishing | Guinea Bissau

Overview

Tour code: GUI001  

Our Guinea Bissau fishing trips offer anglers a lure and popper paradise. With many different areas creating many different fishing scenarios. From reef fishing with baits to surface fishing with poppers. You can even throw a few flies at the Jacks as they bust the surface chasing down bait balls. These fishing grounds are phenomenal with many different species just waiting to be caught. 

They have superb knowledge of all the species available and the 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. The Hotel Kasa Afrikana is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays. Therefore, we can completely tailor the holiday to suit you with more or less fishing days and to include as many non-fishing days as you wish.

Location

The country of Guinea Bissau is on the Western coast of Africa, and the resort is located on a populated island called Bubaque. This beautiful island is one of the most popular islands off Guinea Bissau because of its incredible diverse fishing. As soon as you arrive, you will feel like you’ve transported to an angling nirvana. Helping create this feeling is the wonderful owner Gilles, who will make you feel right at home. Palm trees shroud the resort, and with the blazing Sun in the African sky, you will most certainly feel like your holiday has started. The fishing on this trip to Guinea Bissau is all done in the nutrient-rich Atlantic Ocean, and these waters hold many different species.

Fishing

The fish species available on our Guinea Bissau fishing trips are there in big numbers The species range from 7 different types of Jacks, hard fighting African Red Snapper, Barracudas, Silver Croakers, Snappers, Mackerels, varied Rays, numerous Sharks, Elops, Captains and Permits. All these fish can all be caught in these waters. The fishing styles all depend on the areas you will be targeting. The guides will sit down with you and work a program out depending on what you would like to focus. They will take you further out to deeper waters to target the vast Jacks on offer, and once you find a shoal of these you will have lots of fun as the fish hunt in huge packs meaning once you have found one, more will for sure be more obliged to take your lure or fly.

When you are chasing many other species, you will be fishing in and around the many islands from fast-paced narrow stretches between islands where the tide creates turbulent water making for the perfect habitat for many of the species. A well-presented bait will see you catching all day long. If you fancy trying popper fishing, then the guides will cruise close to the islands, so you get to fish prime waters where the predators will be waiting to ambush their prey. Head over to our YouTube Channel to watch the action for yourself.

Boats

The fishing here can be done from boats and shore depending on what you wish to try. When fishing Guinea Bissau, the majority of fishing is done using lures. Whether you are thrashing the water from boat or shore, there is always the chance of picking up a monster fish in these beautiful blue waters. The captain of your boat will guide you through your fishing, they will be on hand to offer advice and will work tirelessly to find you the fish species that you wish to catch. You will have your rod, and there is no rotation meaning that you will always be fishing.

The boats you will be using are 7.5-metre fibreglass boats with Yamaha Enduro single engines. Meaning you will get out to the fishing grounds swiftly and in complete safety. This style of boat is very stable, especially when standing up to cast lures all day long. These boats are ideally suited for up to 3 anglers.

Guides

Each of the boats come with its own guide/captain who will take you out each day to target the many different species found around Guinea Bissau. The guides at Guinea Bissau have been fishing these waters for many years. They are keen fishermen themselves, and we class them as experts of the archipelago. They mainly speak French, so a little knowledge of French would be helpful; however, either take a french dictionary or there are many different apps you can now get for your smartphones. A great little tip is to get some images saved on your phone of the species you would like to target. So that you can make it clear to the guides of the species you wish to target.

Other amenities

At the end of the fishing day, you return to the resort where you can relax. Sit by the side of the pool and chat with the other guests about how their days fishing went. The chefs at this resort are outstanding, and you will have different meals each day. Giving you a choice to sample some of the more local cuisines. Alternatively, you can eat western-style meals if the local style of food does not take your fancy.

There are many perks that come with a fishing holiday to Guinea Bissau. While staying at Kasa Afrikana, you have free use of a 4X4 truck—allowing you to visit the surrounding villages. Here you will be welcomed by the villagers and sometimes even treated to ceremonial dances regularly performed by local dance groups.

Make sure you always have your camera by your side as you never know when some of the native wildlife may show their faces. Along with the native birds and lizards, you always stand an excellent chance of being surrounded by inquisitive Dolphins as they play beside the boat.

Contact Us

Guinea Bissau offer visitors a truly unforgettable holiday. Both when fishing and when relaxing, there is always something new to experience. Contact us in the office if you have any questions on this tour or any of the Saltwater Fishing trips we offer. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

 

 

Accommodation
Hotel Kasa Africana

Kasa Afrikana is a charming resort that is almost like stepping back in time whilst still living the modern way. Gilles the owner really has spent many years perfecting the style and charm of this resort whilst still making sure to fit in with the natural environment. The lodge is filled with local art and crafts that really do add lots of charm and character to this wonderfully peaceful island.

Resort

There are six chalets that can accommodate two people per room with a charming lounge area and all come with en-suite bathrooms. Kasa Afrikana is like no other destinations in the surrounding area as they have 24hr electricity run by generators, a desalination plant for constant freshwater, air conditioning in each room, a fridge to keep all your drinks icy cold and also a great same-day laundry service.

Around the resort, you will find a communal TV lounge area which is the perfect place to meet other travellers from around the world and share stories, a pool table room and a great fully stocked bar serving some great cocktails made by their very own bartender. All of this is surrounded by stunning old trees that separate you from the ocean which a small stone throw away.

This beautiful palm tree-fringed hotel will have you relaxing beautifully once back from a long day out at sea doing battle with the big fish that swim these waters.

Food & Drink

The food served at Kasa Afrikana is very good and prepared by a Senegalese cook who will prepare food each day using local produces. The cook staff are more than use to accommodating lots of different dietary needs from vegetarians to Coeliac they will accommodate as long as some notice is given. Evening meals are mainly fresh fish caught by local fishermen and if you catch something you wish to have cooked then please tell your fishing guide and he will take it to the cook each day.

The onsite bar serves lots of different drinks from local beers to local spirits along with more world-wide recognised top-shelf drinks. The bartenders will make numerous different cocktails and if there is something not on the list then simply ask and they will try to create it for you. Small bar snacks can be purchased during the day.

Other Amenities

There are mountain bikes to hire (free of charge) at this resort that you can take out to cycle around the local roads and beaches which are extremely safe. There is a 4X4 truck for the guests to use free of charge and is a great added bonus if you fancy having a look around or go off to spot some wildlife which this part of Guinea Bissau is famous for.

If you would like to know more about Kasa Africana Lodge, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

 

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single and double rooms
Telephone: In the lobby
Internet: WiFi broadband
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 220 Volt
Air Conditioning: In the rooms
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Lures, poppers and hooks
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Jack
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 1lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Barracuda
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 5lb to 75lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Snapper
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 5lb to 77lb
Average Weight: 25lb
African Pompano
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 2lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Cobia
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 10lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 40lb
Ladyfish
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 5lb

Itinerary

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)
Arrive Lisbon.

Depart Lisbon
Arrive Bissau.

Once you have arrived at Guinea Bissau you will need to fill out your entry visa. Once you have done this and been given your stamp make your way to baggage collection area to collect your bags. Once you have collected your bags, you will be met by a representative from Afrikana Lodge who will then transfer you via boat directly to the resort.

This is a night-time crossing via boat but the skipper of the boat/transfer has been running the transfers for many years. The transfer is roughly 1.5 hrs

Overnight accommodation: Afrikana Lodge (Twin room) B/B

Day 2:

This day is free to relax around the resort and acclimatise. Why not take advantage of the 4X4 truck you have access to and visit some of the local areas. Make sure you take your camera as the wildlife around this area is in abundance and for any keen bird watchers you will enjoy the many different species available.

Overnight accommodation: Afrikana Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 3 & 4: Fishing Day

On your first couple of days fishing, you will meet your captain and head out to catch the species of your choice. You will be taken to many different areas during the week fishing lots of different styles and the captains of the boat are very skilled in all techniques.

Overnight accommodation: Afrikana Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Day

Around lunchtime, after a mornings fishing, you will anchor up on one of the Islands for you to take your lunch breaks each day. Whilst there, you will have the chance to do a little bit of beach fishing where you can catch different types of snappers, Barracudas and if you are really lucky you may even see some Jacks patrolling the shoreline.

Overnight accommodation: Afrikana Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 6 to 8: Fishing Days

Over the next few fishing days, the guides will take you out on custom-built boats to areas very rarely fished by other anglers for you target the fish of your choice. Each day you can practise different styles of fishing fro lure fishing to fly fishing. All methods work and our captains will ensure you are in the right place at the right time for any given species.

Overnight accommodation: Afrikana Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 9:

Later in the day after you have checked out of the Afrikana Lodge, you will be transferred back to Guinea Bissau by boat to catch your flight back to the UK

Depart Bissau

Day 10:

Arrive Lisbon
Depart Lisbon

Arrive UK

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 6 £2,900 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 6 £2,900 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 6 £2,900 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 10 9 6 £3,097 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 30/11/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2021 31/12/2021 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 31/01/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 28/02/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 31/03/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2022 30/04/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2022 31/05/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 30/06/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 31/07/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2022 31/08/2022 10 9 6 £3,147 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on three adults sharing transfers, fishing and two adults in a twin room and one in a single 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

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight
  • Transfers to and from Bissau and resort
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at the resort
  • 6 days fishing via boat
  • Professional fishing guide
  • Fishing rods and reels
  • Packed lunch while fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Tips for guides and all resort staff
  • End tackle (Lures, poppers and hooks)
  • Visa (This will need to be purchased when you arrive at Guinea Bissau airport)

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Single rooms in the resort (subject to availability)
  • Extra days fishing

Price Supplements

  • If your group size is bigger or smaller than the standard three people then please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team who will help you.

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

British and Irish nationals do require a visa to enter Guinea-Bissau. A visa is required and can be purchased upon arrival at the Bissau Airport for a max stay of 90 days.

Your passport should have six months of validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Other EU nationals should contact us for more information. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate.

Medical Requirements

Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory and a Malaria Prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Hepatitis, Typhoid and Tetanus. Please also check with your doctor for more up to date recommendations.

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 departure tax when leaving Guinea Bissau

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Lisbon (approx 2 hours 35mins)
Lisbon – Bissau (approx 4 hours 15mins)

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 airline’s 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

Bissau – Fishing resort by speed boat (approx 2 hours)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

The resort itself is located on Bubaque Island, which is very picturesque and it is one of the most populated Islands off Guinea Bissau. The Island is around a 1.5-hour 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. Guinea Bissau offers lots of different styles of fishing from deep water marks to shallow beaches and you will even get the opportunity to beach fish some of the deserted islands.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Some of the offshore marks can be 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 is the Cobia and Jacks. These fish can be targeted on surface lures, shallow diving lures and also bait. Other fish to target is the African Pompano, lots of different snappers and Barracuda and sharks. There are also many different species available which can be caught when using bait lowered to the depths. It really is a very good multi fish species destination where you can catch fish on many different techniques.

How many fish will I catch?

The amount of fish you will catch will depend on the species you wish to target. Species such as the Cobia and the Jacks swim in huge shoals so the action is rather 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 the larger species. However, the action can be a little slower as the big fish tend to hang out away from the big shoals.

How will I fish?

This is really down to how you wish to fish. The guides will make sure you are fishing the right spots according to the technique you wish to use. They 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 or you can now buy apps for your smartphones that will translate on the spot.

Who is best suited to this destination?

With the lure fishing in Guinea Bissau, you have to be fairly fit as the fishing is mainly active fishing. However, there are other ways of fishing that are a lot less strenuous such as bait fishing. Walking around the resort is very easy as it’s all flat and the walk down to the boat only takes 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.

When to go?

The main season runs from October to May with peak time being October and November then February to March. The best time to go will depend 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 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 swimming pool. This four-star resort has eight chalets that can sleep four people in each chalet. Each chalet comes 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?

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.

If you have any questions on any of the Saltwater Fishing trips we offer contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Blogs

Reviews

Alastair

The fishing was outstanding. 15 species caught- guitarfish to about 150lb, shark, stingray, loads of jack, cassava and pompano. Barracuda, snapper and more. Not deep, no real current, lovely and warm. Highlight of the trip was me playing a hammerhead of about 100lbs, with jack boiling all around the boat and the guide screaming at me to get it in, he and my partner then both hooked into large jack whilst I was still fighting the damn shark. Lines everywhere! Hotel was nice, more of a fishing club, very friendly, kit was included in the price and was good quality.
Prepare for a long journey- about 20 hours with airport layovers, and Bissau airport is very basic. Gilles provides a fixer to get you through the airport, which saved us loads of hassle and time. The archipelago is stunning- classic tropical islands. I’d highly recommend this is you are looking for something off the beaten track and a bit different.
Couple of tips
Don’t load yourself down with kit. I bought loads of cheap ebay poppers and stickbaits which were too flimsy. I had 4 decent poppers and used those exclusively and didn’t lose one.
Also it’s very French, and they are as bad as us at languages. We got by with my O level standard, but it’s worth gaining a few fishing related terms before you go
Great trip

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Alastair, thanks for your very detailed comprehensive feedback. These are so helpful for future travellers.

Really glad you loved the fishing and hopefully you managed to get your hammerhead to the boat.

Would love to see some pictures if you get any spare time.

All the best Paul

Graeme

Guinea Bissau took us about 24hrs travel from Edinburgh to Heathrow then Lisbon onto Bissau.
On arrival at a chaotic Bissau airport we were met by out guide to the transfer who guided us through the airport.
If you have never entered an African airport it is definitely an experience no one spoke English and the visa application forms were in Portuguese if traveling it would be wise to consider contacting the Guinea Bissau consulate in Paris to be furnished the correct visa forms.
We travelled through Bissau then a three hour boat trip out to the Archipelago which is an area of immense natural beauty although there was an enormous amount of plastic in the sea and washed up on beaches,
The accommodation was first class the food excellent but mostly fish dished but first class the accommodation was good and the rooms air conditioned .
the boats were excellent with Yamaha 75 engines and the guides were excellent really looking after you.
It would have been nice to have had more info on end tackle especially as we did a lot of live baiting
The fishing was first class with out two boats catching Jack Cobia Otlie Barracuda Capo Rouge as well as some sharks which were released at the side of the boat ,
The tackle provided was of the highest quality well suited to the job and the resort has a well stocked tackle shop with prices equivalent to the UK market.
All in all a really good venue the local people are really friendly the guides really look after you and the weather was calm the whole time we were there.
If you are considering visiting we found the Reimans factor 50 was really good as well as a decent sun hat glasses and gloves it was about 36 degrees around noon however each person is supplies with about 4 litres of water kept in ice so no dehydration worries.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Greame, it certainly is a long way from Edinburgh and these type of destinations are never straight forward.

Glad you eventually got there and by the sounds of your great feedback the fishing didn't let you down and lived up to your expectations.

Great tip about the fishing equipment and I am sure people will benefit from this.

All the best, Paul

Gary

Holiday overall was excellent except the flight transfer time needs to be longer at least 2/3 hours between flights to allow for take off and landings and delays.

The transfer from mainland to resort should not be done at night time, I strongly recommend this.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Gary

After speaking to you regarding the transfers and flights we have looked into this and there should be no issues in the future.

Im glad you had such a great time in guinea Bissau you sounded like you really enjoyed it and hopefully we will get you aback there next year.

Daron

Fantastic place. Great fishing experience

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Daron, thanks for your feedback. This place is truly amazing and so many people love it, the fishing is so varied. Glad you had a great experience

Speak soon

Paul

Michael

G.B. is a very good trip. Loads of good quality fishing and the accommodation very good. The night coming to our accommodation was a bit of a surprise! It would help non french speaking customers if you provided a few fishing related phrases for use while trying to communicate with the guides

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Mike, great to hear you loved the place. Gilles sent us some photos and also received the ones from you. Looks like you both caught loads of different species and some big ones along the way. We may have to look in to supplying one of the Collins translation books maybe worth considering.

I will try and catch up with you soon as I believe you would like to return?

All the best

Paul

Tony

The whole experience was brilliant only thing worth mentioning was the transfer from the airport in Guinea Bissau to the island was pitch black - took 3 hours and no light on the boat to see where we were going. Would recommend daylight transfers

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Tony, so glad you guys caught some lovely fish Gilles was keeping us informed of how you were getting on. The transfer is a hard one to deal with as they have very different health and safety rules over there compared to us, we use to always put people up in a hotel in Guinea Bissau when you arrived as there is no choice on what time we can get you there. I know its no consolation but these skippers have done this crossing thousands of times. I will mention to them about your concerns and hopefully they may fit the boat with a search light or something similar.

Hopefully we will catch up soon

All the best Paul

Richard

Excellent organisation from Sportquest. Everything works perfectly - Many thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Richard, many thanks for taking the time to fill out your feed back form. So pleased you enjoyed your time in Guinea Bissau it is an amazing place with so many different species on offer. Hopefully we will catch up soon

Tight lines

Paul

Andrew

Kasa Africaana lodge is a well run fishing lodge providing good clean simple accommodation.

Food is good and reasonably varied.

The biggest disappointment is the arrival and departure at the airport and the transfer to the boat at the port.

We were needlessly harassed for tips for putting a bag on or off the very old and rickety people carrier.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Andrew

Thank you for the great customer feedback.

Hopefully we will get to chat to you soon and organise your next holiday.

Matt

Kevin

Very enjoyable, all as expected. Accommodation and fishing all first class. My only issue is with the lodge being french speaking. Only the two of us speaking English. Owner who speaks little English only spoke to us with couple of words in the morning + evening. He spent most of his time sat talking to the french groups. Would be fine if group of a group of 4

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin, thanks for your feedback. We do get a few people mention about the french speaking but by the sounds of things you managed to get by. We did get an English speaking guide employed at the resort but guess he isn't there any more! Hopefully you managed to speak a little fishing english!

All the best

Mark

The guide couldn't speak English. The food was good but if you don't like fish you could have a problem.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Mark, Thanks for your feed back. The person who wons our hotel in Guinea Bissau hired a fully english speaking guide especially for our anglers, I wonder what has happened to him? I will find out. It was great to catch up with you when you got back and by the sounds of it you both caught lots of fish.

All the best

David

Our trip in February was also;cutely fabulous. The Fishing Lodge - Kasa Afrikana on the Island of Bubaque was an ideal base for our 10 hour daily expeditions over our 6 days fishing. The Host, Gilles, was over accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. Any gear that we had forgotten or lost and needed replacing was easily replaced in Gilles "Aladdin's Cave", he had everything and more. Poppers and lures of every colour of the rainbow, hooks, line, reels and rods to borrow - unbelievable!!

Our French Guide for our trips was Djibril (Jibby or Jib), so knowledgeable, took us to all the best fishing spots, told us which colour lures and poppers to use or just set up our rods ready for us to fish. We got over our language barrier with Google translate and also sometimes charade type impressions worked as well. A great time had by all!

Every lunchtime we would go to a deserted strip of beautiful golden sand and our guide would prepare ceviche for us using one of the fish we had caught that morning. Truly a fresh lunch!! - just another thing we won't forget, all washed down with a cold beer before heading back out into the 30 degrees plus sunshine - wonderful.

We caught many different varieties of fish - Spanish Mackerel, GT's, Barracuda, Silver Crockers and many others. The Barracuda / and GT's put up the best fights and there were many that got away, obviously huge specimens.

But Tony and I both agreed that our best day was on a Sand Bar running up and down the beach chasing after the bait fish when GT's turned up and chased them. You couldn't fail to not catch one and boy, did they give you a run for your month in 18 inches of water. That was an amazing 3hours!! Absolutely brilliant.

Whilst we were there, Tony and I celebrated our birthdays on the 24th Feb and we dropped this into the conversation with our guide one day. He told us it was Gilles's birthday too. So, at the bar on the 24th, we went to buy Gilles a drink and he cracked open the champagne and we celebrated in style and enjoyed a cake baked by the staff from the kitchen. All the staff proceeded to sing "Happy Birthday" to us. Fabulous, all the staff were so friendly and helpful.

I think your itinerary needs updating, because on arrival in Guinea at 05:30 in the morning, the boat took us straight out to the island with no stop at the Hotel - which was much better as we just wanted to get to the Island and relax after a long days/nights travelling. The same occurred on the way back, no Hotel stay. We left the Island of Bubaque at 22:00 for our 04:00 flight back the following morning. This seemed much better to us, as our first day and last day at the Lodge was really relaxing after 6 hard days fishing.

I haven't stopped talking about our exploits with anyone who asked about it and even people who just commented on the tan, has had to listen to my stories.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello David, what an awesome review thank you so much for taking the time to write this. It will help future anglers as there are some very good tips in this.

Where to next David? I will try an dcatch up with you very soon
All the best

Paul

Stephen

Best way to spend Christmas and New Years yet!

Should have thought of this before.

Relaxed, great climate and plenty of fish!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Stephen, so glad you guys had yet another great trip to Guinea Bissau and it was good to talk to you on your return. What an amazing place to spend Christmas and the new year! and it sounds like Gilles looked after you.

Thank you so much for the pictures, that Barracuda is huge..... and love the video of you playing that fish on your fly rod. It looked like it hurt.....

All the best

Paul

PS I really hope they can sort out a slightly better flight route in the future because I know how much you hate it!

Stephen

The flights are quite long and would prefer going more direct.

As a tip I would also recommend customers to take light fly fishing tackle as great fun to be had on light tackle for jacks etc.

We both enjoyed the trip as the fishing and guides was all excellent.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stephen

So glad to hear that you both had a great time. I will look at the alternative flights. They are available but are quite a bit more money, but it does save on travelling time. I have also made a note about the hotel in Bissau.

I am looking forward to all the pictures of your fish Regards

Ned

Dear Paul
We had a fantastic trip. Everything went to plan, thanks to your and Giles careful planning.
After the painful flight we were met at 3am and contrary to our info were taken to a hotel in Bissau for the first night ( fairly grim but served a purpose).
The next morning we were taken to the port to meet one of Giles’s boats for the transfer ( by the way this is 2 hours not 45 mins!)

At lunchtime we arrived at Bubaque and were met on the beach by Giles and his team. With the challenges of living on an island in the middle of nowhere Giles really has created a piscatorial nirvana over the last 21 years .

Our room was spacious, clean, and amazingly had functioning ac, refrigeration and mosquito screens, as well as big comfortable beds, and a big well-appointed bathroom.
We were introduced to our guide for the week, the ever cheerful Ronaldo, Giles’s protégée of 15 years who apparently can smell out fish! Certainly speaking to others there, the one to aim for if there is a choice.

If you are planning a trip here then always ask for Ronaldo he gets our FULL TOP marks

He inspected our tackle and started to kit up our various rods for the week, and suggested an afternoons warm up session. Within minutes our spinners had a decent permit, a couple of bonito and a nice carpe rouge.

Every day a new area ( amazing just how vast the archipelago actually is ), a new fishing challenge, and fish firsts.

The highlights were chasing a shoal of feeding permit, all casting poppers and all being hit at once with some force, the large barracuda hooked on a Rapala that leapt clear of the water to evade capture, and the landing of a challenging Cobea after losing two others.
A couple of things that may help others, It would be helpful if rank amateurs could pay for a full tackle pack, Giles has a room full, and it would prevent the wasteful purchase of a lot of the wrong size tackle that was not used.

The other thing to bear in mind that all communication with guides is in French which may be a challenge for any non-French speakers. That being said it was a fantastic trip, I read somewhere that the islands of Guinea Bissau were a fisherman’s paradise, I would probably re phrase that as a paradise with fantastic fishing!

Thanks again

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi, thanks for such a detailed feed back. like I said when I called you, these feedback forms are a valuable form for future travellers. All the advice in just the one feed back will and can help others.

As I mentioned, normally we would transfer you by boat as soon as you arrive but I guess the weather was against us so I guess that was the reason for the night in the hotel in Bissau.

The tackle information we spoke about I will for sure pass on to others and will be of great help

Once again, thank you for taking the time to fill this out and for choosing Sportquest to organise your holiday.

Speak to you Soon

Paul

Resort Manager

Hello Paul

We are happy to have made a success for the stay of these customers

It is our way of life, we love to share our pleasure to live and fish in this ( our ) paradise

Best regards

Stephen

Superb fishing, and totally excellent accommodation.

The highlight of the week for me was a 26lb Jack Crevalle caught from the beach, it took line so fast I had to run 200 yards to keep up.

Overall superb, but a couple of points of constructive criticism:

It was sometimes difficult to communicate well with the boat guide, it's a mainly French speaking operation, this could have cut out some styles of fishing I didn't particularly enjoy. Also, got a large bill at the end of the trip for tackle used and/or lost, including lost by the guide, charged at high local prices, if I'd known exactly what was involved I could have taken a lot more of my own tackle. Nothing specialised was needed, just larger pike/bass lures & light jigs. A good option to point out to future customers would be to just use the operation's rods, take everything else yourself.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Really glad you guys had a brilliant time. The fishing over there is awesome especially the shore fishing. Awesome picture of your huge Jack and a massive congratulations on such a big fish.

Thanks for the comments about tackle always good to hear peoples thoughts. I don't think they over charged you for the tackle as it is very hard for them to get hold of gear having to order things from miles away and really having only one option of places to buy tackle.

Any way, I have passed your comments on to the owner. Once again thank you for taking the time to fill out your customer feed back

All the best

Paul

Jonathan

Excellent fishing with guides that were totally committed to angling.

The level of expertise, skill and guidance I found to be unparalleled.

A tackle list could be supplied, as follows:
Poppers, up to 200mm.
Surface plugs.
Shallow diving plugs.
Trolling plugs.
Wire trace.
Flouro carbon hook lengths.
Slow jigs, 40-60-80-100g.
Casting jigs, up to 40g.
Heavy duty hooks, trebles, swivels and split rings.
Split ring pliers.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

So glad you guys had a brilliant time and by the looks of the pictures you caught lots of big fish. Thank you also for the list of recommended tackle to take, I am sure it will help many people.

Look forward to assisting you in the future

All the best

Paul

Resort Manager

"It's always a pleasure to see a review like this one!

We are working hard in order to satisfy our guests and these feedback are our award!

Thanks for the guides, it's a difficult job but they always do their best!

I just would like to make some smalls corrections about the materials:

-poppers from 120 to 180mm are working really well.
-leader: 50lbs and 80 lbs are perfect in our destination.(if you need more informations just contact us).

Best regards from the entire team of Kasa Afrikana....and see you soon!"

Eugene

I have fished all around the world and in some right strange places, but I just wanted to drop you all a line to say a huge thank you for making such a place that you can not only have fishing that’s out of this world, but accommodation, hospitality and organisation that takes care of you from the second we arrived until we departed…with a small tear in your eyes. Well-done Sportquest Holidays.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

It was our pleasure to organise this trip for you. And thank you so much for all your pictures which with your help we put together for a great blog

Regards

Peter

Jane

Perfect combination for us both, we had a trip to remember for along time Thank you so much.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you Jane it was a pleasure for us also. Mel

David

This is a superb hotel for a relaxing break, with superb food and exceptionally friendly service from all departments.

Drinks prices are very reasonable with a good wine list on offer (numerous South African wines, understandably) and all sensibly priced. The pool bar has a good lunch menu, with extremely well prepared dishes for those who enjoy lunch. The hotels seem to work well with the local vendors, who have a number of' 'cooperative' style stalls, so great credit to the vendors. it is not just about fishing, though it does have a superb operation. I only fish on holiday and on this trip, I could not have been in better hands.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David, thanks for an amazing report, we look forward in helping you with all your travels in the future, regards Mel

Tom

Very relaxing location and hotel. Excellent staff and outstanding service from you all.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tom it was a pleasure in dealing with you and your son, we are glad that the total holiday lived up to your expectations. We look forward in dealing with you again. Kind regards Peter

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