Guinea-Bissau

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Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Consisting of 88 islands, Bijagós archipelago (or Bissagos) is located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. This UNESCO natural sphere reserve is famous among anglers for its large tarpon and one of the largest (though threatened by industrial fishing) reserves of tiger, hammer and bull sharks in the Atlantic. In addition, excellent popper and shore fishing is possible. The shallow waters around the islands are traversed by a strong tide, which always brings new food; extended mangroves are a nursery and shelter for various species. The rain season lasts from May to November. Fishing takes during the dry season from December to April. The Kéré Island or the island of Bubaque are (among others) locations of fishing lodges that offer excursions for shark. The bull shark-record fish off Kéré weighed 600 lbs. The underwater trenches in the east of the archipelago can be accessed from Bubaque. The (rather small) boats with outboard motors anchor in the trenches to fish for sharks with an average weight of 400 to 500 lbs. Much larger sharks are caught each year. The record tiger shark weighed almost 1900 lbs. Since the boats do not have a fighting chair, one must fish standing up with privately owned 80 to 130 lb. tackle. Fishing is done using large pieces of tarpon (!) or other fish that are mounted onto size 12/0-14/0 hooks, such as a VMC 9730. A 500 gram sinker is also attached to the 300 kg capacity steel leader that will take the bait into the deep. Only experienced and well-trained anglers should attempt such an adventure. Other target fish are giant sized tarpon. A world record fish was caught here at 286 lbs. and 254 cm. Fishing takes place in the rapidly streaming waters using small baitfish attached to a 5 m mono leader (400lb capac-


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