We have been traveling to Highland lodge in the Eastern cape since 2003 and if trophy Stillwater Trout are your thing from Float Tubes and Kick boats then Highland Lodge in the Stormberg Mountains is a trip you need to tick off the bucket list. Average size of the naturally grown out trout in the lakes is around 5-8 lbs. with double figure fish coming out just about every year. Our clients who have never fished this part of the world usually come away with their personal best and the fishing is based on quality not quantity.
The weather in the area is unpredictable and very harsh at times but it is for this exact reason, combined with the huge amount of food in the lakes, that the trout grow at an astounding rate gaining mass of 1,5 to 2kg a year at a minimum.
Accommodation is a large farm house, your own room, fully catered with excellent home cooking so all you need concern yourself with is your gear and catching that trophy.
We run four trips a year at prime times April/May and September/October.
Our trips for Tiger Fish are run from two locations, Sekoma Island and Shackeltons. We chose these two locations for proximity to Livingston where we fly into, the different water variety each location offers and our couples love the location and what it offers and how it works out of Sekoma. Lunch on a sand bank under a fully erected lunch tent, a walk around the island or a rubber duck trip down the rapids. Shackletons has many backwaters and is pretty close to the renowned Golden Pond and if we hit it right the fishing can be exceptional.
Still exceptional value for money with great accommodation, all meals, boats (two anglers per boat with single supplements on request), fuel and all transfers.
One of the beauties of the two destinations is you leave mid morning from OR Tambo and you get an hour or two fishing that afternoon, or what we like to call a warm up session.
Proximity, variety, excellent food and accommodation, friendly and experienced staff and boat guides make these two destinations very popular and getting a booking during June/July/August is very difficult.
By 2007 we had visited the Seychelles on many occasions running two to three trips a year since 2003 and we were looking for a Tarpon Destination away from the crowds, big fish and a complete experience offering more than just the fishing. Tarponville Lodge under a beautiful canopy in a rain forest and reserve was our chosen location. We left the lodge after our first group trip completely blown away with the experience and been returning every year on one or two trips a season.
This year we are mixing things up a bit and will be doing a recce to the Niquaragua border to explore small inland rivers for giant Tarpon and we will report back early in 2018 on our experience.
If Giant Tarpon are on your list and you can handle the travelling (It is a long way), then check out the article in the UBL (Ultimate Bucket List) Volume 1 by Murray Pedder on Tarponville. A new feature movie is being finished off for launch next year “Atlanticus” Which covers both Tarponville Lodge and The small river fishing inland.
They say there are all the game fish of the world and then there is Tarpon!
On every trip we hook a number of 100lb plus fish with the average size being 60-90lbs. Many 120,130lb have been landed over the years and the biggest fish to date was in 2007, a massive fish of 200lbs, still the lodge record on fly.
If you would like more info on any of the trips we offer, our clinics, day guided trips and tuition please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.