We also caught tiger fish on soft-plastic paddletail minnow baits, lipped crank baits and topwater plugs from several locations. We motored into coves and through channels staying away from the stumps and rock piles that were scattered around Jozini’s shallows. We even fished around an old submerged village on the lake bottom that was just discovered recently during very low water levels.
We did not have one of the 50-fish days that Hayne had described as “very possible” nor did we catch any giants but we did have lots of fun with the AquaQuads and the smaller tiger fish. The winds had roiled the waters, and grass patches were difficult to fish for the 10- to 12- pounders that are numerous in these waters. The Lake Jozini record is said to be just over 18 pounds, and my partner has heard of bigger fish up to 22 pounds caught there. I guess that I will have to go back again for a monster tiger fish and to see the elephant herd that had moved several miles down the lake!
If You Go
Tiger Fishing in KwaZulu Natal:
1) You may want to spend a day in Durban acclimating significant time changes. The Elangeni Sun Hotel on Snell Parade (+27 31 362 1300) offers convenient and very comfortable accommodations with a great restaurant. For a cultural and game park experience nearby, visit the pheZulu Safari Park (www.phezulusafaripark.com.za)
2) Plan on taking plenty of wildlife photos (and filling several camera memory cards) because the game is everywhere along the short Jozini Lake road through the Pongola Nature Reserve.
AquaQuad Boats, phone +27 31 701 6106 (or US phone: 1-352-216-1902), www.aquaquad.com or Email: [email protected]
Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge, phone +27 034 435 1110, www.shayamoya.co.za or Email: [email protected]
About the author: Larry Larsen is freelance outdoors travel writer, photographer and author who has travelled extensively to many remote parts of the world, including the Australian Outback, South America’s Amazon Basin and Africa’s Zululand. He is the author of 21 books including four on the Amazon.