The Quirimbas Archipelago and St Lazarus Bank are fast becoming one of the most sought after fishing destinations in Africa. With 27 Islands scattered over a total distance of around 360km (200NM) from Pemba to the Tanzanian border, reefs, sandbanks, gullies, inter-tidal zones and deep drop-offs, it is obvious why the Quirimbas Archipelago is a fishermanís dream destination. To top all that off, the much talked about St Lazarus Bank lies a mere 50NM East of Ilha Quisiva, rising from depths exceeding 2000m to offer some of the most spectacular game fishing and salt water fly fishing conditions in the Southern Hemisphere.

St Lazarus Bank, as its name indicates, is a bank 50NM out to sea and surrounded by nothing but the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The bank is 12NM from N to S and about 6NM from W to E, rising 2000m to a minimum depth of 6m in its shallowest area. With a permanent 2 to 5 knot current (usually N-S) and a steep drop-off, it goes without saying that this is the perfect breeding ground for ridiculously over-sized fish! Everything from record sized dog-tooth tuna, King fish (incl. Black King and Blue Fin), yellow fin, Marlin, Sail fish, Barracuda, Dorado and much more are available in abundance.

With no land in sight, spending a few days anchored on the Bank is a surreal experience. At any given moment a feeding frenzy of yellow fin can be seen, while the current rushing past the boat is like a never-ending movie. If this sounds like an experience you wouldnít want to miss out on, we intend to offer 3 to 7 day yacht charters to St Lazarus Bank on luxurious 60ft catamarans. These charters can be geared towards salt water fly fishing, game fishing or a bit of both.

Alternatively, if you prefer exploring the beautiful islands of the Quirimbas, while enjoying the incredibly diverse fishing, then you donít need to go far. Trawling along the drop-offs, fly-fishing off the spit of Ilha Quisiva and deep sea game fishing are just some of the things that spring to mind.

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