From the comfort of one of Marlin Lodge’s stylish, fully equipped fishing vessels, both expert and novice fishermen can enjoy the excitement of deep-sea fishing in one of the world’s richest fishing grounds. The Bazaruto Archipelago is famed as one of the greatest game fishing sites in the Indian Ocean. Reel in sailfish, blue and black marlin and king fish. Once you've landed your catch, your chef can prepare it for you, just the way you like it, back at your suite or on the beach

Fishing Boats

All our fishing boats have twin engines and communicate with each other and our shore base via a repeater VHF marine radio system that has a network circumference coverage of approximately 80 km from our base station. Each boat carries all Department of Transport-approved safety equipment. All our boats, skippers and deck hands are registered and licensed with the Maritime Department in Mozambique.

We have 4 boats in our fishing fleet at the lodge: 4 x 27 ft. Novacats (Marlin 1, 2, 3, 4).
These are fitted with 2 x 115 HP/ 200 HP Yamaha outboard motors, Schaffer outriggers, Marlin fighting chairs and Furuno fish finders and GPS. Suitable for both game and bill fishing.

Crews & Skippers

Our skippers and deck hands are from Mozambique and many of them have grown up on the Bazaruto Archipelago islands. They are all well versed in taking out experienced or novice anglers and relish showing anglers how to enjoy the sport.

It is important to inform the skipper of your fishing experience and how much you want to be involved in the initial setting up of baits and striking of fish. This is an acquired skill and the crew will happily accept your decision, as long as you bear in mind that fish strikes happen very fast - so there is no time for casual conversation on the matter when the big fish are crashing around the baits.

The boat crew will be happy to clean and prepare your fish to be cooked by our chefs.

Tipping is not compulsory. However, tipping boat crew directly is accepted with thanks. Please note that this should be done only be for excellent service.


Marlin Lodge has a comprehensive Fishing Centre which is stocked with fishing tackle to cater for all the disciplines of fishing.

All our fishing rods are manufactured by Purglass and Fenwick and fitted with lever drag Pen International and Shimano Tiagra reels. We carry a full range of Halco, C Lever, Rapala and Williamson Lures.

For catching marlin, each boat has a range of 50, 80 & 130 lb. rods. For game and sailfish, we use 30 lb. rods. We also have a range of spinning rods for use on boats and shore angling. We stock a basic range of saltwater fly-fishing rods, reels and flies.

Anglers are more than welcome to bring their own fishing gear, especially light tackle, as we know anglers are more comfortable using their own equipment.

Fishing Seasons

Marlin Lodge is open for fishing throughout the year. The Bazaruto Archipelago is ranked as the best black marlin destination in this part of the Indian Ocean.

The main black marlin season runs from early October through to the end of January.

These fish venture into the shallow waters around the Islands and can often be found feeding around the shoals of various species of tuna that frequent our waters during this time of the year.

The average size caught is around 700 lbs. Numerous marlin over 1000 lbs have been caught to date, including the 1298-lbs all-Africa record marlin, caught in November 1998 off the north point of Bazaruto.

Blue and striped marlin are found between September and January. These fish are usually found in the deep waters off the islands targeting the yellow fin and other tuna shoals.

A jumping blue marlin is the ultimate thrill as the power and fury of these fish under full throttle is simply awesome.

A blue marlin of approximately 650 lbs was caught and released in June 2002.

The main sailfish season starts at the beginning of June till the end of September, although it is not uncommon for these aerobatic gladiators to appear around the Islands during the middle of April.

The average weight is 90 lbs and for the light tackle enthusiast this fish provides an awesome thrill. It is quite normal for a boat to tag and release up to four fish per day.

Finicky and sometimes skittish or playful, they can make a fool of the best of anglers and this makes them sought-after billfish.

Marlin Lodge supports the practice of the tag and release of billfish and we award certificates to anglers who do so.

The waters off the Bazaruto Archipelago islands are world-renowned for the diversity of game fish species that occur there.

This is truly a paradise for light tackle anglers, as the following species occur throughout the year:

Caranx family

Giant kingfish, bluefin kingfish, brassy kingfish, yellowtail, kingfish & bigeye kingfish

Carangoides family

Longfin kingfish, shortfin kingfish, ferdy kingfish, yellow spotted kingfish, bludger

Elagatis family

Rainbow runner

Scomberoides family

Largemouth queenfish, needlescaled queenfish

Trachinotus africanus family

African pompano

Coryphaena family


Aprion family

Green jobfish

Acanthocybium solandri family


Euthynus family

Kawakawa or little eastern tuna

Katsuwonus family

Skipjack tuna

Somberomorus family

King mackerel, queen mackerel

Thunnus family

Yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna

Sphyraena family

Great barracuda, pickhandle barracuda

Albula family


A variety of shark species that occur offshore are mainly from the carcharhinus family. Examples of these are: silvertip, Zambezi, blacktip, dusky, blackspot and tiger shark. Please download the Angling menu, rates and information,  Or contact us direct on the enquiry form for a detailed reply.

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