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Mauritius is a true tropical surprise in the Indian Ocean, about 2400 km south-east off the African continent. It is originally a volcanic island, with a surface of 1875 sq.km and a population of about 1.2 million. Fabulous sandbeaches separate the island from the magnificent coral reefs and its aquatic life hidden under sky blue seas. Behind the reefs the sea descends to a depth of 600 metres and subsequently continues on to 4000 metres. A fisherman's dream!

These fishing grounds can be reached within 10 minutes sail from Black River town, from where most boats leave for their excursions. On every occasion I always book my fishing trips on reliable fishing boats. The crew on these vessels knows the fishing grounds like the inside of their pockets and their professionalism puts me at ease. Morning departures start at 07.00 hours and trips continue until before sunset at 16.00 hours. The boats are equipped with professional rods (class 30, 50, 80 and 130 lbs.).

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The waters of Mauritius contain most species of Big Game fish like Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Broadbill, just to name the most important kinds of sword type fish. Moreover, various sharks like Mako Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark and Bull Shark are prevalent. Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna and Dogtooth Tuna can also be caught here. Off-catch consists of Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda and Bonito's.

During every season large fish are caught and Marlins of 600-800 lbs. are no exception. Official fish weighing for 1000 lbs. and over is available during the fishing season, which runs from November till about March. My last fishing safari produced a new Netherlands record for Blue Marlin and was against all standards a mighty catch.


<== This Marlin weighed well over a 1000 lbs.!!
After half an hour's officially recorded weighing on shore the final great news was broken: "One Thousand and One Hundred pounds!!!" Its lenght was 4.4 metres with a girth of 1.9 metres.==>
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