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Popper Fishing Madagascar Amazing GT Fishing

Solo Traveller weeks available - We have normal and solo traveller weeks available.
Customer Rating 88%
Tour Code MAG001

Ultimate Lure Fishing Destination in Madagascar

Are you looking for your next extreme fishing adventure? We are incredibly pleased to offer the very best popper and jig fishing  Nosy Be fishing in Madagascar has to offer. Utilising our liveaboard Catamaran and top of the range sports boats, you will be fishing a hugely diverse range of unspoilt and un-fished areas around the stunning Island of Nosy Be, located just off Madagascar from the deeper waters of the North than many different reefs of the south than the many big deep shelves of the west. We are very excited to bring exclusively to all UK anglers this tremendous new adventure where we will see people fishing the waters that saw absolutely no pressure from fishing up until a couple of years ago. A massive advantage of fishing from a Catamaran is that you will be fishing waters that see little to no pressure from local boats. With the liveaboard Catamaran anchored in a prime location, the fishing grounds are very close, meaning more time fishing.

Additionally, there is no reason for you to worry about purchasing expensive rods and reels as we can hire you the complete package along with lures, poppers and jigs. We have everything available to make your Nosy Be Madagascar fishing adventure the best it can be.

Best fishing areas in Madagascar

North Nosy Be Fishing takes place in the waters from the north-western coast of Madagascar. From the legendary Cap Saint-Sébastien to the fiery Cap d’Ambre (the extreme north of Madagascar) to the surprising and unknown area of Banc Intermediaire or the famous Courrier Bay. These are preserved sport fishing sites around North Nosy Be Fishing and are exceptional for their breathtakingly wild beauty and vibrant sport fishing opportunities. North Nosy Be fishing, and the surrounding Southern and Western fishing areas are fabulous playgrounds on a coastline of over 120km and a continental shelf over 15km wide. You will have the possibilities to fish in several different areas during your stay, which you will discuss with our fishing guides once onboard the Catamaran. North Nosy Be fishing, South Nosy Be Fishing and West Nosy Be Fishing. All are offering a unique experience and scenery around Madagascar.

West Nosy Be 40 km north-west of the island of Nosy Be, discover the fabulous Leven bench, which covers an area of about 2500 km². West Nosy Be is by far the most significant offshore bank of Madagascar. In connection with the auxiliary benches of the Great Beaver in the South, the Voltigeur in the South-West and the Cordelier in the North, it forms a base of volcanic origin, 90 km long and 15 to 30 km wide, appearing as a vast mass tabular with cut out contours. A gigantic playground whose surface swollen by uprises to 15 meters deep, where many coral formations develop.

South 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 the gates of Majunga (according to the length of your cruise). You will soon discover the vast, diverse fishing opportunities that South Nosy Be offers, and you may even fish virgin spots still abundant with big uncaught fish. You will travel out to the fishing grounds upon your liveaboard Catamaran, which you will use as your fishing base while fishing these amazing fish-filled waters.

Fish species available in Madagascar

Throughout the season, the species on offer are massive. One day you could be battling with super hard fighting GT’s and the next watching Sailfish chase down lures. The species available to catch include Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Grouper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and many more.

Nosy Be gives you an incredible opportunity to target multiple species from one location on many different methods. The guide on your boat will assist in recommending the best-given method for your chosen species. They know their waters very well and will make sure you are fishing correctly, with the correct lure and the right speed.

We will endeavour to tick as many species off your bucket list as possible; make it clear at the start of your trip what your groups’ targets are, and our guides will try everything to make your fishing wishes come true. The new record for GT in Madagascar (a 64kg or 140lb monster) was caught in March 2017 in this great area with our partner Nirvana Fishing. Do you think you have what it takes to beat this record?

Guided Fishing Boats in Madagascar

The fishing charters you will be fishing from following the Catamaran out to the fishing grounds. They are very functional, comfortable, equipped with unparalleled safety equipment and are top quality boats. They accommodate up to 4 anglers, and they can navigate with ease by the seas. You will be departing from the liveaboard Catamaran each day on the sports boats; therefore, you will be very close to the fishing marks, with the average travelling time being half an hour from the boat. Remember to always dress correctly as when you are out on the sea; the sun rays are intense, so make sure you wear protective clothing for fishing in the sun.

Ultimate fishing guides on Nosy Be

When fishing, you will be fully guided by local guides who are very knowledgable in the waters. These guides will be on hand to help you at every step of the way on your fishing trip, giving you the best experience possible. Head over to our YouTube channel to see how good a fishing vacation to Nosy Be can be. All the captains and deckhands speak good English. Sometimes hand signals are needed to explain things, and we call it the worldwide fishing language.

Do I need to be experienced in popper fishing to catch GT's

The destination of Nosy Be Fishing is perfect for those looking for lots of action as Madagascar’s waters teeming with fish. You certainly do not need to be an expert lure angler as the deckhands will take great care of you. If the fishing gets too much for you, you can always take a seat and relax on the boat while others carry on fishing. This destination suits anglers of all abilities, from first-time lure anglers to the most experienced.  In our saltwater blog section of the website, we have written many blogs to help you get the most out of your holiday. Blogs worth reading are the top 10 tips for successful popper fishing, tips on popper fishing for Giant Trevally and an excellent read is popper and jig fishing around Madagascar.

Accommodation

The destination of Madagascar is different from many other holidays because you are not land-based; you will be spending the holiday living on the open ocean on a catamaran, meaning that you reach the spots that all other fishing holidays to Madagascar cannot go. You get to stay on the fish. Every day you will be taken by speedboat to these spots and will be in for some phenomenal arm-wrenching action.

Standard Catamaran

We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions on your North Nosy Be Fishing, 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 their own sleeping cabin with either a single or double bed. Onboard the Catamarans, you will 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 widescreen TV to plug your cameras into view of all your stunning videos and images of the trip. We strongly believe that your fishing trip’s success will come down to comfortable sleeping arrangements, excellent food, and places to relax in the evening, meaning you can completely concentrate on fishing.

Onboard Food & Drink

The food served onboard your North Nosy Be Fishing is delicious, varied and original, prepared by our talented chefs. The food is produced and designed 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, bottled water provided and included in our formulas’ full board.

All other beverages on your North Nosy Be Fishing (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 depend on your group size.

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Itinerary

tailor-made holidays

The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2:

Arrive Addis Ababa Depart Addis Ababa

Arrive Nosy Be

Once you have arrived and collected your bags, a representative from Nirvana Fishing will be waiting to meet you. You will then be transferred by private taxi (approx. 45minutes) to the marina where you will board our speed boat to be taken out to the Catamaran (approx 2.45 hours). Before you board the speed boat you will be treated to lunch with our guides and then when you are ready, you and the crew will make your way via our speed boat out to meet the Catamaran.

Depending on the time of the year and weather conditions you will either travel out to fish around the north, south or west of Nosy Be. You can request an area to fish at the time of booking.

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

Days 3 to 6: Fishing Days

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 fishing is conducted from 10.5 metres/ 34.5ft purpose-built boat perfect for a days popper or jig fishing. Our guides will help you as much as you need. Throwing poppers and jigging can be fairly extreme at times so if you would like a rest from this style of fishing then you can simply troll some lures for fish such as Sailfish and Tuna. We can also arrange for your group to have some lessons on popper and jig fishing. This will need to be arranged before you depart. You will then return back to the Catamaran for some relaxation and a good meal.

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, a member of Nirvana fishing will then transfer you to your overnight hotel in Nosy Be.

Overnight accommodation: Nosy Be Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 8:

This is a free day to relax and explore Nosy Be. This is a stunning beachside 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 giving 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, you will take a taxi back to Nosy Be airport (taxi not included) to start your journey back to the UK. The reception will help organise this taxi transfer

Depart Nosy Be, Arrive Addis Ababa

Day 10:

Depart Addis Ababa

Arrive
UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from October to June.

Giant Trevally

Season: October to June
Peak: October to May
Weight: 10lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 40lb

Dogtooth Tuna

Season: October to June
Peak: October to June
Weight: 30lb to 220lb
Average Weight: 60lb

Giant Grouper

Season: October to June
Peak: November to April
Weight: 50lb to 550lb
Average Weight: 220lb

King Mackerel

Season: October to June
Peak: October to June
Weight: 20lb to 75lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Amberjack

Season: October to June
Peak: October to June
Weight: 20lb to 65lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Yellowfin Tuna

Season: March to June
Peak: April to June
Weight: 25lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 40lb

Sailfish

Season: March to June & Oct to Dec
Peak: May & June
Weight: 40lb to 135lb
Average Weight: 65lb

Black Marlin

Season: October to June
Peak: March to June
Weight: 150lb to 1100lb
Average Weight: 300lb

Package Details

Prices from
£3,795
per person

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

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

Optional extras

  • Depending on the weather conditions and time of year you are travelling, you will get taken out to either fish the north, south or west of Nosy Be. You can, at the time of booking, request an area if you have a preference.
  • Custom Coaching: If you are a beginner or an 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 have 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 setups 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 onboard 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 liveaboard Catamaran
  • Flight upgrades: Please contact us for an up to date price if you interested in upgrading your flights

Price Supplements

If your group size is smaller than the standard four then contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team for an up to date price as we have several different Catamarans to suit group sizes

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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Departing Returning Days Price Availability
01/08/2022 31/08/2022 10 £3,795 Sold Out
Solo traveller week based on 4 anglers Solo traveller week based on 4 anglers
01/09/2022 30/09/2022 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/10/2022 31/10/2022 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/11/2022 30/11/2022 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/12/2022 31/12/2022 10 £3,795 Sold Out
01/01/2023 31/01/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
14/02/2023 24/02/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
Solo Traveller Week based on 4 anglers Solo Traveller Week based on 4 anglers
01/03/2023 31/03/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/04/2023 30/04/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/05/2023 31/05/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/06/2023 30/06/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/07/2023 31/07/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
02/08/2023 11/08/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
Solo Traveller Week based on 4 anglers Solo Traveller Week based on 4 anglers
01/09/2023 30/09/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/10/2023 31/10/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/11/2023 30/11/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now
01/12/2023 31/12/2023 10 £3,795 Enquire Now

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.

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Reviews

Gary

Gts, Dogtooths, snappers, sharks and even hooked a Marlin. We all needed another holiday once we got back home. This is an extreme trip due to casting heavy poppers around and the jigging was arm aching stuff. The pre trip tackle list could do with updating as pink lures were working the best. Thank you and speak to later about getting some more dates

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Darran

WOW..... thanks Sportquest and Nirvana. this was our 3rd popper fishing holiday and this one will take some beating. How they managed to cook such nice fresh food on the Catamaran still amazes me. Great bunch of guys on the Cat and the fishing guides really know their stuff. Thanks

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Ali

I recently spent a week fishing in Madagascar with Nirvana Fishing. I can highly recommend them during! Over the week I witnessed them to be a highly professional fishing company. The boat was top class. The service was second to none and overall a very enjoyable fishing trip. So much so I have rebooked for next year. Cheers guys!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Ali and Martin, thanks for your review and glad you guys really likes it. The pictures you sent us are great and well done Martin on that huge GT.

Look forward to helping you next year

All the best

Paul

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Hannes

Awesome guides, awesome experience. Highly recommended

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Hannes, glad you had a good experience and caught some big GT's

All the best

Paul

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Henrik

Great trip with Big GT”s on the surface, a lot of fish jigging, great crew both on the fishing boat, and the catamaran.best damn food ever, every night and lunch. no doubt in my mind that I will be back in 2019

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your review Henrik. So glad you managed your GT off the surface, something I know you wanted out of your trip.

All the best and speak soon

Paul

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Terry

Fantastic trip we all managed some huge fish. Alain was brilliant and very patient with us. With this being our first popper fishing trip we certainly have caught the bug. Top marks

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Neil

Hi paul, thanks for the trip it all went to plan. We even managed to catch some fish which I have got lots of pictures if you want anything just let me know.

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John

The shower/sink on the catamaran was very small. Could do with having a larger one for us big guys!!

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Neil

The worst bit was the travelling, it seemed to take ages to get there but once that was out of the way, the guys that picked us up were great. Even treated us to some lunch at the boat dock. Next time we will go with a lot more tackle

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Jordan

The weather was awful getting out to the fishing area but once there the Catamaran sheltered behind an island. The storm soon passed us and then we were greeted by awesome weather. The fishing was a little slow to start with but picked up towards the end of the week. We all still really enjoyed the trip

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