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Thank you to everyone who sent emails commenting on the first issue of News From Lake Nasser we should have started sending out these newsletters a long time ago!!
This summer we started almost every safari at Garf Hussein, which is 160km from Aswan. Although it’s a two-hour drive it was well worth the effort because it allowed us to fish the middle and southern parts of the lake, which were well rested. On a good week a boat was catching, trolling but mostly shore fishing between 50 to 70 fish from 5lb to 168lb, which was the biggest fish so far this summer.
Summer has always been a great time for shore fishing because the Tilapia are in the shallow water building their nests and spawning, which brings Nile perch and Tiger closer to the shoreline. From the shore we had a lots of action with perch between 20lb to 50lb the best was 74lb. The tiger fish were also on form with a lot of fish to 12lb – brilliant sport with light tackle!
In May John Wilson of TV’s ‘Gone Fishing’ fame came on his ninth safari and we are looking forward to fishing with John again in November during our winter season when the big fish are running. John has just launched his latest book John Wilson’s Greatest Fishing Adventures. It is well worth getting a copy of this book, which is very well written, full of fantastic pictures and is a great source of information for the international sport fisherman.
Tight lines and I hope you enjoy our second electronic newsletter. Now that the summer rush is over I hope to be getting these newsletters out to you more often, there are a lot of interesting adventures to tell you about.
Vundu – Lake Record Broken
The Lake Nasser vundu catfish all tackle record was broken by Paul Ciaputa this May while he was on his third safari with friend Tony Johnson. Paul caught a superb 78lb vundu catfish (Heterobranchus longifilis) ledgering from a boat at night. Tim Baily trolling an orange CD14 caught the previous best a 76 pounder.
The vundu was hooked at 3am on a fillet of three-day-old tiger fish! Free lined of the back of the boat. The bait was mounted on a 6/0 single hook; 80lb mono trace and 30lb mainline, fished on a 6lb t/c rod. The fish took approximately 25mins to land and did not go to ground at all during the fight.
Despite fishing every night I hooked only one other vundu, a fish of 8 or 9lbs. I had a 58lb fish on a previous safari in 1999 using similar methods.
Paul and Tony with the 78lb Vundu catfish
The Nile perch in the picture below were not aware of the angler who had positioned himself and then waited without moving for the fish to come into his ‘action area’.
Before the fish arrived the angler had already cast out a floating lure (Super Shad Rap or Small Ernie) and left the lure floating in position – as a result the approaching Nile perch was not spooked by a sudden casting movement. When the fish was in position the lure was retrieved so that it swam past the fish’s peripheral vision – not directly at the fish. The result was a very good scrap with a 45-pound Nile perch – it always seems to be the smaller of the fish gets to the bait first!
With this method the angler needs to work with a ‘spotter’ who is positioned in the rocks well above him.
This picture demonstrates rigging Tilapia live bait. Baits are hooked in the dorsal fin with one size 5/0 or 6/0 circle hook. The hook is attached to an 80lb mono shock leader that is about 2 feet long. Above the leader, on the knot to the mainline, is a weight and then 3 to 4 feet above that is a sliding float. You need about six feet between the live bait and the float. This rig allows the live bait to swim around below the weight and not get tangled up. An alternative to Tilapia is to catch a juvenile Tiger fish with a light spinning or fly rod. The lake is full of small Tiger who roam the weed verges and they are relatively easily caught close to a hot spot.
When the Nile perch strikes the live bait the angler has to free spool the bait for 2 to 3 seconds before striking; this allow the perch to turn and start heading away from the angler which enables the strike to pull the circle hook back into the fish’s scissors.
The second picture is the result using the same Tilapia live bait as the first picture. After a tough fight Oliver landing a 63lb Nile perch.
“Another interesting experience is shore fishing… Where else for instances can you work artificial lures from the shore anywhere in the world either in fresh or salt water and encounter fish in the 20 – 100lb plus category. Nasser is quite unique in this kind of experience believe me.” John Wilson of TV “Gone Fishing” programme series.
Hooked On The Nile 2003 – Gives you all the details about our safaris in the coming year CLICK HERE and we will automatically send you a copy by email.
I would like to thank you for an excellent week. The fishing was out of this world I still couldn’t believe the numbers of fish from the shore, over sixty fish in five days up to seventy-five pounds brilliant.
The standard for the week was superb, excellent guides fantastic food and non-stop action, the number of one hundred pound plus fish that were seen was staggering. As you know it was my second visit to Nasser and many more visit’s will follow as soon as possible. Once again thanks for a memorable week.
Sorry for the delay with this letter – I spent few weeks in Finland.
First we would like to thank you very much for our fantastic trip! Special thanks to Salime and Hani!
Please, find the best trophy’s picture attached. It was catched by Viazovoi Boris (my father).
Last week I organized 3-minutes video report on one of our main local TV channels. And we still receive very many calls. Now I’m checking the possibility to put advertisements in special magazines.
In general I could say that many people got interested in safaris. We did not have anything like this on the travel market before. It is a brand new product and it should be demanded. I will keep you informed.
Artem. St. Petersburg Russia
I’ve used this opportunity to say thank you for the past weeks Safari.
Despite the fact that I now know the great John Wilson snores, is overweight (as opposed to yourself who just looks, well… healthily overweight!!) … It was a great week.
Seriously, it WAS good. The scenery and location was every thing I had hoped it would be. The fishing was well…smashing. I WILL NEVER…. NEVER forget the catching of my 75lb fish from beneath that overhang on that rocky outcrop. Your advice and your reaction when I had landed the fish will always be remembered.
I always look to do something different most years. Therefore, whilst I may not return within the immediate future, I will most surely recommend your Safaris, and no doubt be back.
It just remains for me to say. Thanks, good luck for the future and….oh yes let Shaban beach the boat in the future. !!!!
Mike Shaw. England
Seychelles Fishing Report 2001/2002
Summers Day live-aboard luxury yacht charters
October marks the beginning of the fishing season in Seychelles and indication are that this season is going to be as phenomenal as the last one.
Although the southeast trades are beginning to slack off and by the end of the month will be right down to comfortable levels, at present it is still quite windy. This however hasn’t put the intrepid local fishermen and guides off going out to test the waters on the occasions when this has been possible, and reports are that the bonefish are well rested and eager to do battle again and the permit (T. blochii), are just as plentiful and shy as last year. The yellowfin tuna run is in full swing and thousands of these fish averaging 15 to 25 kilos (33 to 55 lbs), can be found stacked up around the various atolls in the Amirantes and Alphonse groups. Naturally there are few marlin in close attendance and a nice fly rod sized stripe of 70 kilos (154 lbs) was landed last week. Although the yellowfin tuna are found right through the season in Seychelles, the main run will be over by the end of October and it is only the early season anglers that will get shots at these huge, passing shoals.
In addition to bonefish and pompano, giant trevally will again be a major target species with fly rodders this coming season and we will keep you up to date with the catch returns. The biggest fly rod caught giant trevally reported last season was at Alphonse and weighed in at an impressive 37 kg (82 lbs) and I know those anglers who target dogtooth tuna on the fly will be keen to up the stakes, which at present stands at 22 kg (48 lbs).
If there is any further information you may require on Summers Day charters or Seychelles in general, please feel free to give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you.
At present the Summers Day bookings are going well and there not many slots left, so if you are interested, please contact us at your earliest. 800 950 4242
El Pescador Punta Gorda
coming April 1, 2002
to the undiscovered paradise of the Toledo District in Belize!
El Pescador Punta Gorda introduces the world’s premiere Permit fishing amid an elegant Rainforest experience. The resort’s property, in the southernmost reaches of Belize, encompasses 470 acres nestled in the coastal mountains along 1.5 miles of the Rio Grande! We offer the best of both salt and fresh water, light tackle fishing with swift and easy access to many nearby flats, cayes, lagoons, estuaries and rivers. Our Fishery boasts healthy, untouched populations of Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish and Snook.
El Pescador Punta Gorda will soon be known as the most diverse destination for anglers due to our proximity to the fishing grounds of Punta Icacos, Wild Cane Cayes, Snake Caye, Punta Negra and the hundreds of tiny islands which encompass our world renowned Permit Flats in addition to our numerous freshwater rivers including Golden Stream, Deep River, Temash and Moho; all just minutes away by boat.
El Pescador Punta Gorda’s lodging accommodations will feature inviting, individual cabanas peacefully situated in the jungle above the river. At the summit of a gentle rise overlooking the Caribbean Marine Reserve is the main lodge with its sprawling verandas hosting the restaurant, bar, reading room, fly shop, pool and conference room. Numerous activities will be available on-site including fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, birding, exploring old growth tropical rain forest or visiting a farm utilizing ancient Maya techniques.
Punta Gorda, Toledo is populated with Indigenous Mopan and Kek’chi Maya peoples. The traditional way of life remains much the same today as it has for centuries. On the El Pescador Punta Gorda property is a small farm staffed by local Maya farmers providing for the lodge and community. The farm features a variety of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and nine cut flower blocks that have 45 species of tropical haliconias. Nearby, the majestic Maya ruins of Lubantun and Nim Li Punit highlight the mysterious history of the ancient Maya.
Logan and Ali Gentry, the brother and sister team that have revitalized El Pescador on Ambergris Caye, have teamed up with Jim and Debbie Scott to make El Pescador Punta Gorda a reality. The Scott’s have over 15 years of experience in Belize working in a variety of sectors including Public Health, Radio and Tour Guide as well as General Manager and now Partner of Resort Properties. Jim and Debbie, along with their two children Alina and Alistair, as the Hosts of El Pescador Punta Gorda will welcome clients once our doors open on April 1, 2002.
ALASKA FISHING SEASON IN FULL SWING
Fishing at Alaska Dream Lodge is outstanding. “Anglers average 4 king salmon per day per person, up to 45 pounds”, reports Ron Powell, manager of the lodge.
Beautiful and unique Leopard rainbow, known for their hard fighting, up to 30 inches have been caught and released this season. Chum salmon “tigers” up to 20 pounds are also in the river. Alaska Dream Lodge is famous for being the best mixed bag fishery in Alaska.
“There is a lot of wild life to observe, and guests enjoy very much our new deck and hot tub” said Ron.
There is still some very limited space available. Call Noel at 800-950-4242 to get more details.
“Service excellent… Nice people, hard working guides…. Top of the line…” – John Adams, Yorba Linda, CA.
PERCH FISHING ANYONE!
“The thought of perch fishing brings many wonderful memories to mind for most of us fisherman. Those easy to catch pan fish that became the first fish for many of us to catch. The old cane pole or willow stick with a worm on the hook was just the right tackle for catching these scrappy little gamefish. The image that most of us have going fishing for perch will be changed for ever after you go fishing for Nile Perch on Lake Nasser.
We departed Seattle and flew direct to Amsterdam. Then a direct flight to Cairo, Egypt. Transfer to Egypt Airlines terminal and a 2 hour flight to Aswan, Egypt. A representative of African Angler will meet you at the Aswan Airport and transport you to the Basma Hotel. The hotel is very comfortable with excellent service and a wide variety of good food on their menu. In the morning another representative will pick you up at the hotel and transport you to the High Dam where the boat will be waiting for you on Lake Nasser. All the paperwork including fishing permits and licenses are taken care of and completed at the dock just before you depart for fishing. Lake Nasser was created when the Aswan Dam was constructed across the Nile River. The lake is huge! Several hundred miles long with thousands of miles of shoreline. The land around the lake is all sand and rock. There are occasional small areas of green growth consisting of grasses and small scrubs. The water in the lake is quite clean with 10 ft. – 15 ft. of visibility normal.
Get out those large Rapalas and other minnow shaped plugs! The bigger the better. We found that Rapala CD-18 worked well for both casting and trolling. Super Shads Raps also work well for trolling, casting from shore, and casting from the boat toward shore. When casting we found that almost every strike occurred within 10 ft. of completing the cast. In other words these brutes will follow the lure until it is right at your feet then with a burst of speed they engulf the lure and head for the rocks! It will take your breathe away when these 100 pound perch explode from the water trying to great the lure that is only a few feet from you. Often times there are more than one Nile perch in pursuit of your lure. We landed 123 perch in seven day on the lake. We lost two days of fishing to wind. The average size of our perch was between 35-40 lbs.. The largest fish we landed was 115 lbs.. Both my partner and I hooked and saw perch in the 180 lbs.. to 200 lbs.. class. In addition to Nile perch there were tons of tigerfish. The tigers are relatively small. Average tigerfish was about 3-4 lbs.. We frequently caught tigers while trolling for perch. They ruined several of our best Nile perch lures! If you didn’t get enough fishing during the day time you can put a large hunk of meat on a hook with 4 oz. sinker and cast it out off the back of the boat at night. Hang on though! Huge catfish, locally called Vundu, are great fighting fish. They can exceed 100 lbs.. I had a 100% hookup rate fishing for Vundu!
The typical day on Lake Nasser goes like this. Wake up with the sun raise, coffee and breakfast prepared by the supply boat crew. Discuss the strategy for the day with your skipper/guide. Back into the boat and start fishing? Mid day back to the supply boat. Clean up a bit and get a cool drink. Discuss the events of the day including the big ones that were landed as well as the ones that got away. Dinner is serve in courses, always starting with soup, main course, dessert. After dinner more great conversation and strategizing for the next day. Hit the bed around 10:00 PM. and get ready to start it all over again the next morning.
– Restroom facility do not exist. Take a walk on the shore. Be careful around sharps rocks!
– Scorpions are very common. If you set something on the ground look before you pick it up! Don’t leave your duffel bag unzipped on the ground.
– Take plenty of lures. 15 lures per fisherman is the minimum. The rocks are plentiful and very sharp. The Nile perch love to run for the rocks when they are hooked! The tigerfish will also ruin some of your lures.
– Lures with a wide side profile work the best. A slow wiggle action is better than a rapid wiggle.
– Be prepared for typical 3 rld. world delays.
– Having competent local transfer agents to meet you in Cairo is critical. It will save several hours of hassle. This service is normally provided when you book your trip. Use it!
– If cigarette smoke bothers you, let your booking agent know well in advance. Most of Egyptian men smoke heavily, your guide included.
– Your guide will have good knowledge of Lake Nasser and fishing skills common to Nile perch on Lake Nasser. They are typically not familiar with other fishing strategies, tackle, and methods used outside of Lake Nasser. You need to use your fishing expertise when the fishing gets slow.
A trip to Lake Nasser for Nile perch will forever change your vision of perch fishing!”
– Roger Sampson, Anchorage, AK.
FISHING REPORT FROM EL PESCADOR
August 28, 2000
Dr. Anthony Cuomo had an unforgettable week of tarpon fishing at El PescadorLodge in Belize last week. Dr. Tarpon Tony has been a guest and friend ofEl Pescador for over 11 years, always fishing with his favorite guide, Nesto. Tony landed the lodge record for the 1999 season last May with a 157pounder. He now holds the 2000 record as well with a 165 pounder caught onAugust 26th. He is only 4 pounds shy of the lodge record for our 30 year history.
All of us here at El Pescador would like to Congratulate and Thank Tony!! You are an inspiration to all of us.
We would also like to share his amazing story of his week with all of EP’s friends.
Tarpon In Belize
Written by Dr. Anthony Cuomo on August 28, 2000
A.K.A. Tarpon Tony: Blue skies, popcorn clouds, and gentle winds set the stage for unbelievable Tarpon action on the saltwater flats of Belize. At the El Pescador Lodge, north of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay, Ali and Logan Gentry are gracious hosts and manage a turnkey Fly fishing operation, which accommodates expert as well as the novice fisherman. The accommodations are excellent, the services complete, and the cuisine is unique. The lodge dining room provides a full service bar, which is the gathering place for raucous afternoon fish tales and rowdy card games. With El Pescador as base station, Nestor Gomez, a king among tarpon guides, engineered a game plan, which proved fantastic. Early morning starts were the cornerstone of success. Rising at 3:30 A.M. to travel under cover of darkness allowed access to fishable flats at first light. Within minutes of the first drift, the sounds of rolling tarpon electrified attention and forced sightings of telltale silver backs and rippling fins.
Fly-casting any target was simple in the absence of defeating wind. The roll call was incredible. ” Tarpon rolling 200 feet 9 o’clock, 60 feet at 2 O’clock, two of them at 50 feet 1 O’clock”. Choosing a target proved to be the most difficult decision. Once chosen, inducing a take was not a problem. The fish were aggressive and slammed flies, at times with aerial assaults. In all we fished six days, covering five flats in three different areas from mangrove margins to deepwater. Hundreds of fish were sighted. Of presentations made there were thirty takes, twenty-seven fish jumped, and nine landed. The largest weighed 165 lbs. [68 inches long, 43 inches girth], and was subdued after a two-hour battle, which included 27 runs, 7 jumps, and 5 lurches under the boat, the last of which destroyed my #12 Loomis GLX rod. Two other fish went over 100 lbs., the remaining ranged from 15 to 85 lbs. Many of the fish jumped were on for multiple jumps and were lost for a variety of faults: snapped leaders, poor hook sets, and unexplained. The experience was the realization of the quintessential tarpon fantasy. I am planning to reproduce it as soon as I rest my weary back and trunk. Nestor, Ali, Logan, El Pescador , thank you for the experience.
Written by Dr. Anthony Cuomo on August 28, 2000 A.K.A. Tarpon Tony
FISHING REPORT FROM ZANCUDO’S LODGE
Jim and I just returned a week or so ago from our trip to Zancudo’s Lodge in Costa Rica. It went about as smoothly as it possibly could. Ground services were there and on time – we even had the same fellow 3 out of the four pick-ups come and get us. He became very protective of us and wanted to make sure we got to where we needed to go. He himself had spent time in a wheelchair, so he could really relate to Jim’s condition.
The lodge, as you know, is in a very lovely location. We ended up in one of the suites as it afforded Jim more room with the wheelchair. The step provided a challenge, but we worked out a system that got Jim up & down the stairs. Our guide Jimmy was terrific. He was so good with Jim and knew just where to find those roosterfish. We fished 4 days inshore and 1 outside for sails. The fishing was very rewarding. We averaged about 7-8 roosters a day and many jack crevalle in between. Our best day was 24 fish – 14 of them being roosterfish. We felt fortunate in catching this many as everyone else who went out for them did not do nearly as well as we did. The sailfish were plentiful, however we only did 1 day. Most of the other fishermen were catching between 4- 6 sails a day along with dorado. Weather was great. Roy runs a tight ship and his staff is excellent. They were so helpful with Jim. Food and drinks were top notch. It was also nice to have the swimming pool there and I look at it all summer. When do I swim? When we go out of the country on vacation!!!
The hotel in San Jose was an excellent choice. Lovely spacious rooms, nice restaurants and pools.
All in all, it was a very satisfying trip and one that will be repeated down the road. Roy tells us he is going to be doing some remodeling including ramps, larger rooms, etc. in the near future.
Thanks again for all your help in planning out this trip. Your always do such a nice job. I know I’ve said it before, but you supply a very thorough itinerary for us travelers and it’s nice to know there are numbers to call, etc. when traveling out of the country. I’m sure you’ll do the same again.
We’ll be in touch.” – Betty Stevens
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