BIG GAME FISHING IN MAURITIUS

DEFINITION

Big Game Fishing is a form of recreational fishing practised around the world that targets large game fish.

This form of fishing is also known as offshore game fishing, offshore sport-fishing, deep-sea fishing or blue-water fishing. An activity that both amateurs and professionals enjoy.

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WHY CHOOSE US?

We will do everything possible to ensure you return to the harbour with at least one fish under your belt!!!

We will do our very best to make your fishing excursion “The Highlight of your Holidays”!

When marlin fishing and trolling lures at a constant speed, it can take several hours to get a strike, and that strike is never guaranteed. As a result, we offer multi-technique fishing for big game and small game to ensure as much action on board as possible for those of you who don’t have the patience to wait for that huge, elusive bite.

However, every now and again, we have serious anglers who book multiple days in a row purely for big-game fishing. They crave this excitement and can spend several hours offshore in pursuit of the emperor of the sea.

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Our fishing techniques

Trolling plastic lures (Marlin lures) from 7 to 9 knots, or live bait (Bonito/Tuna) from 2 to 3 knots.

Prices

(Maximum of 5 Persons) Boat used is Extasea

Rs 15,500/Boat
Half Day excursion: 6h30 am to 12h30 pm

Rs 20,500/Boat
Full Day excursion: 6h30 am to 15h30 pm

Every excursion includes refreshments (Water & Soft drinks).
An additional cost of Rs 600/person is applicable for clients that would like us to organise food.

The hours of the Fishing excursion are very flexible and can be settled depending on the demand or upon fishing conditions. Every fish caught on board will remain the property of the Boat. *Fish Whisperer offers clients the opportunity to bring home up to two young fish (maximum of 5 kgs each) and can have them filleted for you!

Terms and conditions

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PRIVATE FISHING EXCURSIONS

Since the launch of Fish Whisperer in 2014, we’ve received numerous requests to share the boat with other people/groups. After trying it out, we came to the conclusion that it is not a good option for several reasons.

  • Often times, guests come from different countries, which requires constantly switching from French to English while at the same time doing the job. The focus on the guest is lost along the way, which is not the intention.
  • On occasion, one or several people get badly seasick. As a result, they have to go back to shore as they have no choice. This can be tricky as it can lead to frustration as the fishing excursion time gets reduced or the excursion ends without getting the opportunity to catch anything.
  • Guests from one group arriving late while the other arrived on schedule and thus losing the prime time “sunrise”!

We understand that paying for a boat for one person can be pricey, but we have decided to only offer this option in order to provide you the best possible conditions for your excursion.

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 BIG GAME FISHING IN MAURITIUS 

Catch and release (Marlin and other pelagic species)

First and foremost, as we’re located in the Indian Ocean, where the water temperature varies between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius depending on the season, it is ideal for a wide variety of bait fish, sedentary species, and all types of pelagic fish. Second, Mauritius has underwater structures (reef drop offs at varied depths) that create favourable currents which in turn provides excellent hunting grounds for predators. Lastly, because of the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) installed by the government. These FADs are simply a seabed anchor with a rope leading to the surface, connected to multiple fluorescent orange buoys. Nets are attached to the rope at various depths to create “houses” for the tiny baitfish. Overtime, seagrass and small shells grow on it, luring baitfish, which in turn attract larger fish. Mauritius provides the ideal conditions to attract passionate fishermen from all over the world.

CATCH AND RELEASE – Billfish (Marlin species)

We do offer catch and release of billfish caught on our boats because we believe it is the most effective way to ensure a healthy marlin population. A charter boat or a private boat uses between one and five rods in their spread simultaneously, which means that there are five fishing lures mounted with five hooks out. They generally fish for 6 to 9 hours when out at sea. When compared to, say, a long liner boat that fishes for longer hours and has 1 km of line and hundreds of hooks. They catch over 100 tonnes of fish in a two-week campaign! This is a serious threat to fish populations! According to statistics, three out of ten strikes equates to a 30% probability of catching a marlin. Our experience as fishing captains has confirmed this ratio. We occasionally have bad runs and have sleepless nights when 10 to 18 marlin strikes are unsuccessful! We are convinced that, on this scale, this type of fishing poses no threat to the fish. Fish sales account for a significant portion of our revenue. Selling a large marlin can sometimes bring in a significant sum of money, allowing the skippers to receive a nice bonus at the end of the month. Smoked marlin is a delicacy that is enjoyed by people all around the world. However, we do not recommend eating marlin meat on a regular basis. We look forward to receiving your suggestions and requests regarding marlin catch and release.

CATCH AND RELEASE – Other pelagic species

Other than marlin, catch and release is not a possibility as we sell the majority of our catch (mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo) to individuals and restaurants on the West Coast of Mauritius. The fish we sell are filleted and skinned, ready to be cooked. Pelagic species are not endangered or threatened with extinction.

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