As with all recreational fishing we recommend that all guests practice catch and release. If you really want to catch to eat, then any fish caught must be consumed in camp – e.g. a couple of fish given to the kitchen to prepare as bar snacks for all to enjoy. We do not allow guests to take home cooler boxes of fish and we do not offer freezer space for fish. We are very mindful that fish stocks globally (as well as in the Kafue) are dwindling and we would prefer to be playing a part in halting this than contributing to it. Basic catch-and-release guidelines
- Never play a fish to complete exhaustion. It is important that the tackle used is strong enough to handle the potential size and power of your target species. The use of light and ultralight tackle is discouraged for sport species. The minimum recommended line strength for tigerfish and vundu is 8 kg or 20lb.
- Keep fish in the water. If possible unhook the fish without removing it from the water. Using barbless hooks make this easier. Important: always be aware of the potential threat posed by crocodiles when handling fish in the water.
- Use knotless landing nets. Newer nets are made of a soft rubber mesh that is much less damaging to skin and mucous membrane
- Avoid handling the fish excessively. If you must handle a fish, use wet hands to avoid damag¬ing its protective mucous coating (a protective secretion that keeps fish healthy and free from infection).
- Minimise airtime. Even short exposure to the air can damage gill tissue. If you must remove a fish from the water return it as quickly as possible.
- Take care when photographing fish. Be prepared, Have a camera ready to photograph your catch so that it can be returned to the water quickly. Don’t suspend fish by the jaw or gills when photographing. Hold the fish horizontally, supporting the body with both hands.
- Exercise restraint. Not all the fish you release will survive. Catch and release reduces but does not completely eliminate fish mortality. Overfishing a particular area will still deplete fish. Give fishing spots time to recover
- Fish responsibly. Considering the welfare of every fish that you catch will ultimately benefit the fish population and fishery as a whole.