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Hi guys,
Just returned from our trip to St Lazarus banks with Island Adventure Charters with Captain Brent. Here is a short trip report – trying to type with land-sickness is not the easiest thing, but here goes:


It was a first time trip for me and it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. After months of preparing, visiting tackle stores, and buying second hand tackle from the guys on this forum as well as the ‘other’ forum, importing stuff from China and finally building my own poppers, the day finally arrived to depart on this epic fishing trip. We organized a shuttle service and got on our way to O.R Tambo just before 6 am on Thursday morning. Check in all our equipment and managed to make the check in weight by a mere 3 kg. That is almost 180kg of fishing tackle, and we carried unrigged poppers in our hand luggage! Anyway, on with the trip, the flight to Maputo is a short one of just under an hour, stamped our passports and the flight to Pemba was delayed by half an hour, no communication, announcements or anything. Needless to say, we kept on checking with staff as there is only one flight per week to Pemba, we did not want to miss it, anyway, we made it onto the flight and off we went.


Arrived in Pemba just before 2pm and we were met by Brent and his crew, loaded all the tackle into Brent’s car and off to Nautilus for a quick beer whilst the loading all the tackle onto the boat. To cut a long story short, we had some headwind and big swells on the way to St Lazarus and only arrived on the banks at around 10am the next morning. I was completely stuffed and was seasick. Slept most the way there and spent a lot of time in the cabin sleeping the first day. The guys managed some wahoos and tunas on the first day, I was out of it, so cannot really recall what happened. The days that followed were absolute mayhem, from trawling to spinning to jigging to popping and plugging.

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We managed to land some real bus wahoo’s, the biggest one was 21 kg, followed by some of 20kg, all the way down to around 5kg.

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We cracked the code on plugging for Tuna on GT ice creams and landed quite a couple, the biggest tuna of 31kg landed by Nico (he had a black hole 10’6” rod made by Brandon McQueen), he had quite a tussle with that fish, pulling a tuna with such a long rod is a real mission. Other tuna include a 25kg specimen and a 22kg one. I had the worst record with them and have a record of 13-0 for the tuna’s. For some reason I just could not get hooked up. I had 13 smashes/ takes/ on-off’s on a needle nose GT Ice cream…such a shame.. You need to understand that battling these sized tunas on popping tackle was no easy feat and all that got hooked into the 20kg + specimens chose to do it only once! He he.
All these were on GT Ice creams

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I shared the results of building my own poppers in the DIY Lures section earlier this year and I am very chuffed to say that we managed excellent results on the home made poppers that I specifically made for this trip. The lighter colours seemed to work well, but that being said, we managed a GT on a black popper in the middle of the day as well.

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I even managed a white tip reef shark on a popper – at first I just saw the tail fin on the take and thought it was a monster GT, but after a couple of minutes into the fight, it surfaced some way out and I knew it was something different than a GT, turned out to be a 20kg odd shark, still a nice fight.

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The GT’s were a bit disappointing as we were expecting bigger fish, most of the fish were in the 80-90cm range, with only one of 108cm begin landed – the tunas did make up for it, but still, would have liked the GT’s a bit bigger.
We also managed a sailie on jig the first afternoon, quite an epic encounter with the fish fighting close to the boat and putting up a good aerial display.
We managed to hook another sailie on the second day – again, on one of my home made poppers – but it did not stick and came off after the initial run and first jump.

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And I almost forgot about the doggies, we managed 4 dogtooth tuna's, all in the 18-20kg range, only one on jig, the rest on trawling.

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All in all, it was a trip to remember, good fish, good eating, good company, lots of beers and a really good time – we were always into fish, whether we were trawling, popping, jigging or plugging.
For those of you thinking about going, DO IT!
You can find more info and pictures/ video’s on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/islandcharters.co.za/
Please mind the language on some of the videos and look out for the one on the double up with GT’s, again, both on home made poppers!

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Thanks for sharing, definitely on the bucket list. (ni(ce(fish)(((goodp_

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Hi guys - if you are going - here is my wisdom share from my time there...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-HJNCfUNOE

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Baie baie nice.

Baie geluk met julle vangste.
Lyk lekker.
Daai home made is altyd beter....

Dewald, sal jy dalk omgee om n koste berekening saam te stel.

Ek weet daar is baie manne wat droom van so n trip.
Baie dink dat dit onbekostigbaar duur is.

So n afbreek van die kostes asook die Do's and dont's sal hoog waardeer word.

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Hi Willem,

Herewith a breakdown of costs:

Vessel:
6 nights on the yacht at around R75k, give or take, split that into maximum 6 guests. It includes transfers to and from the airport, all meals incl tea and coffee, soft drinks and water. It also includes all the fuel etc. It works out to around R12500 pp.

Flights:
Connecting Flights from JHB to Maputo to Pemba via LAM, R5800 per person. SA Airlink is a round R13k! The reason why we extended our stay on the boat is because LAM changed their flights to Thursday's only. So you have to stay a week. You can set up in a local lodge if you only want to be on the boat for 5 nights, but who the hell wants to lose out on a day's fishing in Lazarus banks??

Extra's:
You can buy beer from the new Shoprite Liquor store - it is directly across the road from where we boarded the vessel. You can find all the local stuff as well as things like Castle Lite, Black Label etc. Expect to pay between R200-R250 per case of beer - local beers are cheaper than SA brands. They also have things like Ciders and all other brands of liquor. We bought expensive drinks at duty free for the evenings, another R500 per person.

We boarded the vessel at Nautilus bar and restaurant, we opted to have a late lunch and a couple beers before boarding - an extra R300 per person. Also, we returned very early in the morning and had to kill time until 12Pm before we could head off to the airport, so again, return breakfast/lunch at Nautilus and a couple of G&T's, another R300-R500 per person.

Tip for the deckhand/ staff on the boat, another R1000-R2000 for the group, depending on staff numbers.

Tackle:
No comment!

On a serious note, we overkilled on tackle.

Let me rather give you an idea of lost or broken tackle, we lost around 8-10 jigs (broken off on reef or bitten off by wahoo on the drop). We lost 3 poppers (broken tip guide on one rod which cut through the braid and wind knots casting, no fish that broke us off). Lost/ used plenty dropshot, one fish, one dropshot. Also, one bite, one dropshot, wahoo would nip off just the tail and the lure is gone.

We also lost one tip of a popping rod and one tip guide ring - you have to take a backup popping rod between the 6 guys, more than one would be perfect.

So, for next year's trip I will be taking 5 poppers, 5 jigs, 5 bucktails, 5 spoons, 4 GT ice creams and a bunch of dropshot. Take a couple of packets of inline singles, jigging assist hooks, split rings and so forth, I took 5 packets of jigging assists, and lost one hook! Don't overkill.

So in total you are looking at around R22k (without tackle), depending on your drinking habits.:)

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