Tengo Trophy Tigers Oct 10 – 19 Oct:
Week 10 – 17 Oct:
It was with a few very heavy hearts that the TF guides and regular guests Grant, Chris along with first timers, Karl and Gert flew into camp. The guides had been out of camp for a 10day mid season break and where more than excited to get back on the water in the hope of getting the guests into some huge tigers. With the river having been rested, hopes were extremely high for some amazing tiger fishing. It seems that the weather gods did not have the same plans as the guides, everyone’s hearts dropped as the discoloured and swollen river was seen from the light aircraft, the result of an freak out of season rain in the catchments. This was completely out of the norm, since the weather for this area is extremely predictable, and rains traditionally arrive only in late November.
With bites hard to come by, to name of the game was to work hard and search for a couple of hits in a session. The first two days the fishing was tough as were expected. Although a couple of fish between 10 and 12 pounds were bought to the boat, and a few real trophy were lost.
Fortunately the water level started to drop as fast as it had risen, and with this Rob, Leonard and Dylan expected the fishing to improve drastically. It happened exactly as expected, and the last three days of the trip the fishing really started to turn on. The Ruhudji produced the goods once again, with a number of fish between 12 and 16 pounds being landed.
It was decided to spend the last day fishing on the Mnyera, and it turned out to be a good decision. A few very good fish were bought to the boat. Karl managed to land two beautiful specimens of 16 and 17 pounds, and Grant managed exactly the same. All four guests had numerous shots at massive tigers in this session, with some well above 20 pounds being bought very close to the boat, but unfortunately managing to elude the net.
A trip that started out extremely tough, but through perseverance, the guides and guests both enjoyed seeing some beautiful fish being netted, photographed and released.
Gert, Karl, Chris and Grant. We look forward to welcoming you back in camp next season. We know you all have some unfinished business……
Week 16 – 22 Oct:
The first two days of the Afri G group arriving in camp has produced some excellent catch returns.
Although the first day was slow compared to what is expected for this time of the season, eight fish over 10 pounds were netted on the first day, with the largest being 17 pounds. A couple of beasts were lost but that is no different from any other day.
The Mnyera River is most definitely a river that has many stories of lost monsters, stories too numerous to mention. The second day was no different. Helgardt lost at least three fish over 20 pounds, with one fish lost at the boat which was estimated at around 24. A few of the guests were taken to fish the Kasingo rapids section, and between the 4 of them, 11 fish over 16 pounds were landed. Amongst these an incredible fish of 23 pounds landed by Rob McPherson. Ray Geyser landed one of 18lbs, and Garreth Coombs also landed one of the same.
With only two days fished out of their trip, and an absolutely excessive number of big fish both landed and lost, the rest of the trip is packed with promise.
We are currently packing our gear, and heading across to Samaki camp to fish the last three full days on the Ruhudji. They will most certainly produce a number of great fish. Hopefully a couple of them will be those fish of a lifetime guests travel to this remote part of the world to target, and we love to deliver…..
Cheers for now
Rob, Leonard and Dylan from Tanzania