Zanzibar Big Game Fishing

Location, location, location! Zanzibar Big Game Fishing is based at the northern tip of the island. Advantageously, this enables our clients to enjoy some of Africa’s best deep sea fishing grounds.  The channel between Zanzibar and Pemba in particular, is an internationally renowned site consistently providing first-rate big game fishing opportunities.  With large schools of Barracuda, Wahoo, Kingfish and Giant Travelli in the area all year round, and seasonal visits from many other species such as Marlin, big game fishing with Zanzibar Big Game Fishing will be thrilling experience you will never forget!

Three professional deep sea fishing boats are on offer.  Joint Venture, Timimi and Suli Suli are all equipped to the highest international safety standards; all our boats are inspected every year by the marine authorities and all have passed every time with flying colours. We also equip them with the latest fishing technology with GPS navigational devices, echo sounders and fish finders.   Half and full day charters are available on all the boats and if you would like to do a longer trip then three or five day charters to Pemba, Mafia Island and Latham Island can also be arranged on Joint Venture, which is fully set up for up to five people.

A full set of tackle is provided with Shimano and Penn International rods and reels, spooled with 80lb, 50lb, 30lb or 20lb mono lines.  Clients who wish to use their own lighter tackle are welcome (we comply with the IGFA fly fishing regulations).  Our experienced skippers and crew have been fishing in these waters for decades, and have specialised in big game fishing for the last 10years. They are always happy to instruct novices and talk anglers through any procedure in the course of reeling in their catch, or just give hints and tips to improve your technique.

About Us

Zanzibar Fishing was the first professional big game fishing operation on Zanzibar.  Founded in 1998 by experienced fishermen and Zanzibar Watersports Managing director Chris Goodwin the company soon grew and now operates three boats.

Zanzibar Fishing closely follows all International Game Fishing Association rules and recommendations.  We actively encourage catch and release fishing unless it is the fisherman’s first ever catch, his biggest to date, or if it is likely to be an East African, All Africa or world record.  All of our boats have a selection of rods, reels and lures and a choice of different baits depending on what you are trying to catch.  Our captains can help you choose which would best suit your style and the conditions on the day.


We have three fully equipped, professional deep sea fishing boats available.  Please see the side bars for more information about each boat.

Baloo the BoatAs a naval architect, marine engineer, mechanic and skipper, Walter Brun has built “BALOO” to specifications which are ideally suited to the needs and conditions of the tropical environment. His boats have all the relevant sea worthiness certificates, fishing licenses, marine insurance, navigation – safety equipment and comply with international standards.

Baloo is equipped with the best quality fishing gear from Shimano and Penn International which will help to play and catch your fish.

Baloo is a 12 meters Fly bridge Cruiser and was launched in November 1991. She is registered with the Kenya Ports Authority and insured in Mombasa.Baloo is a GRP (Fiberglass) construction. She is Twin controlled from Fly bridge and Tuna Tower. The propulsion is by Twin Volvo Penta AD41 6cyl. Marine Diesel and total 400 Hp. Top Speed 30 knots/60 Km/h. Cruising 300 miles range at 7 knots. Diesel capacity 400 lt. Water capacity 200 Liters. 3 Berth 1.90m x 0.80m. Deck-saloon 16m2, Fish-deck 10m2. Marina Yacht Toilet and fridge, Bilge pump 12Volts. Underwater viewing glass 0.4 x 0.4 m.


timimi_boatThe Norwegians have a prestigious boat building history.  From the long boats that crossed the Atlantic hundreds of years before Columbus to their latest modern fishing vessels they have never failed to build quality boats.  Timimi is a 7.5m Windy from Norway and lives up to the history in every way.  This custom built fishing boat is powered by twin 85HP outboard motors. The vessel has enough power to reach some excellent fishing grounds including Leven Banks and Pemba Island in comfort and style.  The crew of professional fisherman can guide beginners through their first trip abut have enough experience themselves to help even seasoned veterans.

Timimi carries a wide range of fishing equipment.  She has downriggers so your lines won’t get tangled and you can choose from thirty and fifty pound lines.  The rods are a combination of Penn International and Shimano and are all in excellent condition.  All that good equipment would be useless if there were no fish so the boat is equipped with a fish finder, GPS and VHF radio alongside all the usual safety equipment.  There is space for four people to share the boat without a squeeze and inside the luxurious cabin you’ll find sofas, cushions and a marine head for added comfort.

Suli Suli

sulisuli_boatSuli Suli is an 8.5m open deck boat which has been professionally converted for the job of fishing.  She has had a fighting chair added, along with fish finder, GPS, downriggers and six rod holders.  As with all our boats she holds a current certificate of sea-worthiness and is equipped with lifejackets, VHF radio and all other safety gear.  Her two 40HP Yamaha outboard motors allow her to cover a lot of ground in comfort and make sure you can get to where the fish are.

When you find the fish you have six Shimano rods and reels with 20lb lines to choose from.  If you wish to bring your own tackle or would like to use something a bit heavier then let us know and we’ll accommodate you.

This vessels open deck design is perfect for the sun lovers amongst you, allowing you to top up your tans on the way out but with enough shade that you can shelter if it gets a bit too hot.  The open deck allows for keen fly fisherman to cast their lures in schools of feeding Tuna, Dorado and Rainbow Runner. Many of our guests and several experienced fishermen have said Suli Suli was their favourite boat.  She is simple, unpretentious and perfectly suited to a great day out in the sun, bobbing around on the sea and the experienced captain and crew always seem to find fish!

Fishing Zanzibar

We will very happily boast that we have good fishing year round in Zanzibar.  The Pemba channel always throws up surprises and the fish are never too far away.   Year round we are lucky enough to have large schools of barracuda on Leven Banks along with wahoo and king fish.  Giant travelli can be found most of the year and are frequently caught by our boats.  Between July and November the Yellow Fin Tuna run through here and you can see the tell tale flocks of birds hovering over them before diving into the water to catch what the tuna have left behind.

November to March is bill fish season.  Blue marlin, black marlin and striped marlin all grace us with their presence and are regularly caught.  Dorado’s are especially common around this time of year, although we do get them year round in smaller numbers.  Every big game fishermen’s dream catch, the sailfish, visits the waters off Zanzibar in this season too and several of our clients have been lucky enough to land one.  Then of course there are the ones that got away, they were always the biggest…!

Most of our fishing is trawling from the boats with between two and seven lines but if you enjoy other kinds of fishing we can arrange them.  Bottom fishing at Leven Banks and off the reef in front of Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is usually very good and we can arrange fly fishing from Suli Suli.  We have a large selection of lures available including jig lures so if you want to try something new just ask the captain.