Deep Sea Fishing Indigo Bay

fishing-boat at Anantara Bazaruto

Deep sea fishing at Indigo Bay is a huge attraction for novice and professional anglers alike – fishing in this Mozambique national marine park is so rewarding and everything you catch, you release. Fishermen can go all out to hook Sailfish and Wahoo, not to mention Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna. The thrill of catching Black, Blue and Striped Marlin in this Marlin breeding region is staggering.

You will stay in a luxury villa at Indigo Bay Resort, the archetypical tropical island paradise situated in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Click here to read more about the resort features. While the most popular activity at Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is the diving and snorkelling within the boundaries of the Bazaruto Marine National Park, fishing is equally trendy.

One of the world’s premier diving destinations, this part of the Indian Ocean is home to more than 100 species of coral five kinds of dolphin, four types of whale and shark, all five marine sea turtle species, and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast!

Which is why deep sea fishing is just as stylish – anglers try to catch Sailfish and Wahoo, Marlin and other charismatic species on a catch and release basis. Whale, dolphin and dugong watching takes place on idyllic ocean safaris while dhow sailing cruises are fantastic honeymoon treats.

Situated on the 12 000 hectare Bazaruto Island, Indigo Bay is certainly Mozambique’s premier fishing destination. The year round quantity and diversity of game fish is a dream come true for all types of fishermen.

Indigo Bay Resort offers guests an opportunity to participate in scheduled fishing excursions which include rock, surf and fly fishing.

Some of the featured fish species in the region include:

  • King Mackerel – definitely one of the most abundant species in these waters, the king mackerel abounds year round and takes most varieties of bait
  • Yellowfin Tuna – the main target species, large shoals of tuna move in and out of the area all year round
  • Kingfish – locally known as “Ignobilis”, are present all year round and the sheer power of this fish is unparalleled and it is known for bending hooks and snapping lines
  • Great Barracuda and Sea Pike – the area is very popular for the quantity of its game fish year round
  • Marlin – Blue and striped marlin are present in these waters and the season runs from September – April, with October to December being peak season
  • Sailfish – Bazaruto’s winter run of sailfish attracts the most anglers to its waters
  • Wahoo – averaging a weight of 40lbs, these bullet-shaped fish are present all year round with a peak in the early summer months of September – November
  • Dorado – this hard fighting colourful fish takes into the air when hooked, providing a breathtaking spectacle.

>>Book your Indigo Bay deep sea fishing trip with us today.

Marlin fishing Mozambique


Tag and release for sustainable fishing

This has been done at Indigo Bay and the best part is that the fish are released after you have taken your pictures of you and the fish. This strict catch-and-release policy ensures that Marlin numbers are conserved and that the Bazaruto Archipelago is not depleted of all fish due to sport fishing. Read more about other activities at Indigo Bay here.

Marlin fishing in Mozambique is even more exciting when explored from Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa which supports the Sedgewick’s Oceanic Research Institute (ORI) WWF-SA tagging programme. Some Marlin do get attacked by sharks, or die during the fight as the angler does his best to reel in his trophy fish. Every guest who releases a fish at Indigo Bay is recognised for this with certificates from ORI.

August is Marlin season in the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Indigo Bay boats kit up to take guests out to find these majestic game fish. Marlin fishing is an art – it requires good boats, good equipment and patience. Using bait or lures, that is the question!

Marlin are still being caught by novice and expert anglers who thrive on the thrill of bringing in these beautiful game fish after a tough fight that can even see the angler losing the prize in the process! Boat crews know the area like the back of their hand.


Best boats, best kit, best crew

At Indigo Bay, the boats are kitted out with world class fighting chairs, top of the range tackle and bait and all the other equipment that goes with fighting and landing a Marlin. The best professional guidance from skipper and crew will ensure you do your best.

Sport fishing for Marlin in the Mozambique Bazaruto islands can only be called spectacular. The deep Mozambique Channel harbours Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna. All kinds of fishermen are attracted to the Bazaruto Archipelago for the Marlin, Sailfish and Wahoo!

Most fish occur within the boundaries of the National Park and sustainable fishing is the best policy. Marlin breed here and cannot be over-fished for very good reasons. Indigo Bay believes in a strong tag and release programme and have achieved a 100% release rate for all sailfish and marlin caught by guests!

Book your unique angling package today with one of our Mozambique consultants.