Zambia: Tiger Fishing & Mutemwa Fishing Lodge

Tigerfish is one of the most prized game fish in the world, and on Upper Zambezi River, in the western Zambia they are plentiful and reach humongous sizes, up to a meter long. They are ferocious predators and hunt pretty much anything else that swims in the water. More than that, they are known to leap out of the water and grab birds in flight! They have a massive jaw with giant supersharp teeth – 8 per jaw. The teeth are razor sharp and conical and can pierce and cut almost anything. Tigerfish can also regrow them. Fishing for them is beyond awesome, they fight like no other species. The trick is to keep the line super tight once you hook it, because if the line goes just a little loose, tigerfish turns its head and cuts the line and swims away with the hook. The fishing is catch and release, although tigerfish is quite delicious albeit very bony.We did tigerfishing at the Mutemwa Fishing Lodge, an isolated tented camp on the Upper Zambezi in the western corner of Zambia. Tiger fishing here is one of the best n the world and lodge truly delivers with best boats, top notch gear, and experienced fishing guides. But there’s so much more here – the tents are right at the edge of Zambezi with hippos, crocs, and fish eagles all at your door. Plus the stunning sunsets that color the sky red. Plus the breakfast deck overlooking Zambezi, a lounge and a bar. Plus the awesome bush-style dinner around the campfire.