Mauritius has always been a popular vacation or honeymoon destination. The island’s landscapes, which include lush forests, secluded lagoons, and kilometers of dazzling beaches, can only be described as heaven. But if you’re hoping to do some fishing in these pristine seas, you’re in luck, because fishing in Mauritius is simply excellent.
Mauritius is nearly entirely encircled by coral reefs. These serve as a home for a diverse range of marine life. The waters go much deeper just over the reefs, turning into a perfect sanctuary for some of the most amazing fishes Mauritius has to offer.
This blog will focus on the world-class fishing offered in this part of the world. You’ll be able to learn about some of Mauritius’ best catches. So, if you’re planning the perfect fishing trip, keep reading, and let’s get started.
Top Marine Species In Mauritius
This region of the Indian Ocean is home to some of the world’s best big game fishing all year round. This is the type of fishery that surpasses even the wildest angling hopes, with diverse creatures dwelling in seas just minutes from shore.
Here are just a few of Mauritius’ most famous fish to capture.
1. Blue Marlin
The Blue Marlin is undoubtedly the fish that most anglers hope to encounter at least one time in their lives. They’re one of the world’s fastest and most acrobatic species, capable of reaching weights of over 1,000 pounds. If you’re lucky enough to catch a Blue Marlin, you’re in for a fight of a lifetime. They will try their hardest to cut you off by jumping and fighting at every chance.
Marlin is caught all year in Mauritius. But due to the elusiveness of this fish, you should only target it during the high season, which runs from November to March. Also, don’t be shocked if you come across a big one since the biggest one ever caught in Mauritius weighed 1,355 pounds.
2. Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi is a terrific fish to target, regardless of your level of skill. They’re fun to catch, photogenic, and delicious. They’ll often startle you with their power and speed once they grab onto the end of your line. Fortunately, if you come across them in the midst of their feeding time, they’re quite easy to catch, making them a great fish to practice on.
Mahi Mahi can sometimes be captured right outside the edge of the reef that surrounds the island, as deep waters are relatively near to Mauritian coasts. This means that if the sea conditions and weather are right, you can even target them on shorter expeditions. Otherwise, you can try finding Mahi Mahi between 10 and 15 miles from the coast.
Do you ever go to the gym after taking a break and feel completely exhausted the next day? You can expect to feel somewhat similar after you fight a Tuna. These fish are quite sturdy and tough to handle and are surely not for the faint of heart, as they will give you the fight to remember. Fortunately, Mauritius has a variety of tuna, both large and small, to suit all levels of skill.
In Mauritius, you can catch Dogtooth Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, and Yellowfin Tuna, among other species. Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna can grow to be over 200 pounds, posing a serious challenge to any angler. In comparison, Skipjack tuna is much smaller and ideal for beginners.
You’ll spend the majority of your time sailing offshore in the hopes of luring a tuna. You may also be hovering over reefs, creek crossings, and banks at times. Regardless of the strategy suggested by your captain, you must be ready for a fight. Depending on the size of Tuna you end up catching, it can take anywhere from ten minutes to hours to reel it in.
4. Giant Trevally
Giant Trevally is a favorite game fish in the Indo-Pacific zone and with good reason. They’re fierce fighters with exceptional speed, strength, and stamina. They’re known among fishermen as “GTs,” and are a local delicacy. It is a fish you should absolutely try fishing for when visiting Mauritius.
Giant Trevally is seen almost anywhere in these parts. You’ll be able to bring in some smaller species even if you just cast from shore. You can also catch its cousin, the Bluefin Trevally, close to shore. GTs, on the other hand, can grow to be quite large, weighing in at over 100 pounds. You’ll need to get on a boat and sail offshore to have a chance at a monster Giant Trevally.
If this blog has got you interested in making a fishing trip to Mauritius, give Flamboyant Travel and Tours a call. We will provide you with some amazing discounted packages so that you can explore the sea in Mauritius and fish all your heart desires. So, get in touch with us and book your trip to Mauritius now!