HIP HIP HOORAY

Fly fishing – genteel sport for limp-wristed, tweed-clad, upper-class twits. Right? Try again. As Jazz Kuschke writes in his issue 30 'NO Time To Die' feature, fly-fishing can result in severe injury or death, from breaking bones in distant valleys, to being attacked by two-ton pachyderms, stung, bitten or washed out to sea. User discretion [...]

TIGERS VS DRAGONS

Of course I'd heard about surface-feeding vittatus. I'd seen the videos too, like this one of bird-eating tigers. In October 2019 Ewan Naude and I were on the upper Zambezi at Sioma Falls (Ngonye Falls) with Wildman Fishing Co. Early one morning we saw some peculiar surface boils in a quiet bay. Part of our [...]

JEREMY VS GOLIATH

To put into perspective how wild and remote Camp Chinko in the Central African Republic is and what a feat it is to land a proper Goliath tigerfish - let it sink in that they had one guest last year, record-busting fly angler Jeremy Block. In this excerpt from our issue 28 interview with guide [...]

THE FINAL FRONTIER

Of all the giant fish species that can be targeted on fly, there are few that are quite as mysterious and coveted as the Goliath tigerfish. They are found in the Congo River basin, in remote areas that are incredibly difficult to access.  For the last few years the team at Camp Chinko has been [...]

THE TITAN – MIKE FAY

As modern day ecologists, conservationists and explorers go, there are very few people that compare with Mike Fay. From his fabled Megatransect (a massive journey on foot across the Congo basin) where he surveyed the environmental and ecological impacts on the region, to his pioneering work establishing and protecting national parks in Gabon, Central African [...]

HOMEGROWN HONEYS

Two weeks into Lockdown level 2, with international borders still closed,  Jazz Kuschke goes in search of  local tigerfish in South Africa at Lake Jozini to wash away the cabin fever. Up close and personal with some of the permanent residents Tigers, again. This time was different though. I’d not stamped a passport [...]

MARGINAL GAINS – 3 WAYS TO STEP UP YOUR LAKE JOZINI TIGERFISH SUCCESS

THE FROTHING RABBIT AND TWO OTHER THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TIGERFISH The theory of ‘marginal gains’ centres around the small incremental improvements (in any process) that eventually add up to one significant leap in improvement.  It was popularised in the cycling world by Sir Dave Brailsford, who was the performance [...]

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