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 (IGFA) 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 days.

Location, location, location! Zanzibar Watersports 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 Watersports 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.

Zanzibar Big Game Fishing Cost-Timimi


  • Half Day trip(PM)-$600
  • Full Day trip(PM)-$850
  • Half Day trip(AM)-$600

For further information Link with: Zanzibar Big Game Fishing.

The IGFA is a strong supporter of fishing tournaments and other competitive angling events that are executed in a responsible manner, promote ethical angling practices, and adhere to the IGFA’s International Angling Rules.

The IGFA Mediterranean Championship is an exclusive offshore fishing tournament that celebrates the incredible recreational fishery of the Mediterranean Sea and promotes responsible and ethical angling practices. 

The inaugural 2022 IGFA Mediterranean Championship will be held from July 4 – July 9, 2022, and hosted by the renowned  Yacht Club of Porto Rotondo in breathtaking Sardinia, Italy. Anglers throughout the Mediterranean and from around the world will converge in paradise to target bluefin tuna, broadbill swordfish, the elusive Mediterranean spearfish, albacore, dolphin and more.

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