Fishing, I’m told, is all about being in the know – and now I know the best spots for tiger fishing. Coincidentally, these striped water dogs happen to live in heavenly places.
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I dragged my pops on a road trip up to Botswana, along the green stretch of Namibia called the Zambezi Region and back down the spine of the Okavango Panhandle so he could show me what the big deal is about tiger fishing. The route was actually his idea, because he said that to catch a ‘real’ tiger we needed to leave South Africa and head north, where river tigers are leaner and meaner than their dam-adapted cousins down south. In retrospect, this could’ve been a ploy, but I’m happy we hooked up a Bushtracker 4×4 to tick off this bucket-list trip.
The heavens opened when we left the South African border, and the deluge followed us right up into Namibia and the banks of the Zambezi River – my hopes for sunshine-filled days cruising the river with fish flip-flopping into the boat were slim.
Thankfully, my fears proved wrong. That morning I’d asked those in the know whether we’d chosen the worst possible fishing time to visit. The response: ‘You won’t catch a fish without a hook in the water.’ So we set out with spinners, bulldogs and optimism.
Each tiger fish has eight teeth per jaw and they are seriously sharp, to help these predator fish to snatch up their prey at pace. This also makes for incredibly fun fishing, because they vault out of the water into the air like frantic escapees.