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Fishing in Madagascar

Madagascar is the world's 47th largest country and the fourth-largest island. Neighboring islands include the French territory of Réunion and the country of Mauritius to the east, as well as the state of Comoros and the French territory of Mayotte to the north west. The nearest mainland state is Mozambique, located to the west.The combination of southeastern trade winds and northwestern monsoons produces a hot rainy season (November–April) with frequently destructive cyclones, and a relatively cooler dry season (May–October). Rain clouds originating over the Indian Ocean discharge much of their moisture over the island's eastern coast; the heavy precipitation supports the area's rainforest ecosystem. The central highlands are both drier and cooler while the west is drier still, and a semi-arid climate prevails in the southwest and southern interior of the island. As a result of the island's long isolation from the neighboring continents, Madagascar is home to various plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. This makes it an angler’s paradise, no matter what type of fishing they are into.

The remote ocean to the northwest of Madagascar with its combination of reefs, banks and drop-offs is a haven for large numbers of pelagic and reef fish.Whether you dream of saltwater fly fishing for Marlin, trolling for Dogtooth Tuna or trying your hand at the traditional Malagasy net casting, the waters of Madagascar are an angler’s paradise. Fishing is good almost all year round (with the exception of February and March) but April to July is the peak season when many more Sailfish and Marlin pass through the waters. Pit your wits against the giant game fish in the clear, calm waters of Madagascar and you could find yourself pulling any of the big prize fish – Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo – from the waves. April to June is the perfect time for fishing the idyllic, teaming waters around Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar. There are a quite a few big reasons to fish in Madagascar, and somebody who has been there will tell you the same thing.

Pit yourself against the great giants of the sea as you cast a line into waters teeming with exotic sea-life. Feel the sun on your face as you explore northern Madagascar’s deserted bays, headlands, rocky outcrops and remote islands. The beauty of the location combined with the high density of big game fish means fishing here is like nowhere else on earth.The ideal climate and the calm, clear waters off Madagascar’s northwest coast with few shore breaks ensure visibility is extremely high. It makes it the perfect place for first timers and experienced fishermen alike. Game fishing in the area is still a fairly new activity so the density of fish including giant trevally, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, kingfish, barracuda, wahoos, sailfish and Marlins is high. From April through to July over 100 sailfish a day, many more than 100lbs, have been seen near the surface. Game fishing in the ocean around Tsarabanjina will deliver thrills and excitement unlike any other. Venture out with a solid plan and a good attitude and you are sure to catch something. For those looking to try something new, why not seize the opportunity to try the different types of fishing available at Tsarabanjina including traditional Malagasy fishing with drag nets and even a full moon hand-line fishing excursion. Whatever you want to do, there are plenty of places that specialize in giving you the trip of a lifetime and cater to your needs and wants.

At the end of an adrenalin-pumping day on the ocean come home to the luxury of your own private beach villa or a five star luxury hotel with air-conditioning. Relax and unwind on your own sundeck as you watch the sunset over the ocean and dream about what adventures you’ll encounter there tomorrow. Fly fishing is possible from a boat, with some operators specialising in catching billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish on fly or alternatively from standing on a reef. Reef fish include GTs, snappers and grouper. There is something for everybody in this big island, and with a little bit of looking you can find exactly what you like to do and what you want to catch here.

When people think of Madagascar, they do not generally think about fishing. While still relatively new here, the sport fishing is some of the best you will find around the globe, and still a little bit of kept secret. From the perfect temperatures and weather systems, to the beautiful landscape, you will enjoy every single minute that you spend here. Who knows, you may even catch some giant fish and have the trip of a lifetime.

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