Fishing for Nile perch on the Nile River – Nile perch is one of the must species of fish anglers look out while looking for fishing safaris in uganda, the monster fish breeds below the rapids at Murchison falls and fishing up above the falls can be an extremely interesting joy as you get the true out of Africa experience amidst crocodiles and hippos making it one of the most extraordinary spots to fish for the Nile Perch
The section of the river which is estimated to be about 100 kms is protected and there is no commercial fishing taking place making it to be even more advantage as the waters are undisturbed
Nile perch inhabit the Nile river system and Africa’s Great Rift Valley lakes. The largest fish recorded in The Guinness Book of Records was 232kg and the largest landed on rod and line, caught by Irishman Tim Smith, and weighed 259lb. This fish was at last subdued after an epic battle not far below Murchison Falls on the Victoria Nile in Uganda, which nearly resulted in the angler being taken out of his boat by a man-eating crocodile during the tussle. As you will see, Nile perch fishing never was for the faint of heart. Anglers pursue these monsters using hardware and tactics that would not be out of place in the deep blue sea. Large multiplying reels and stout boat rods troll large, deep diving lures behind a boat at depths of 30ft or more on the lakes of Nasser and Victoria. On the river’s more turbid waters, such as below the breath-taking Murchison Falls, large live baits up to 21⁄2lb are suspended under brightly coloured balloons.
During the fishing safari their classic opportunities to see the abundant wildlife and bird life along the banks of the Nile River
There are two traditions of fishing in Murchison falls; the artificial baits include the rapala lures and rubber baits which are used in casting off shore fishing along the banks of the River
The live fish commonly used include a worker, tilapia, yellow fish and Tiger fish and meat or chicken is used as a dead bait for catching cat fish and Vundu
Bring the right equipment is key to the success of your fishing safari in Murchison falls and check out our recommended equipment list here
Anglers will catch their own live baits in the morning before heading up to the falls for lure fishing
The river is completely safe for fishing and clients must take caution of the Nile crocodiles and hippos which are one of the largest numbers of wildlife on the River
The largest fish recorded in The Guinness Book of Records was 113kgs and the largest landed on rod and line, caught by Irishman Tim Smith, and weighed 248lb.
Before it was smashed by Kevin Nicolson from New Zealand which weighed about 114 kgs which is equivalent to 251 pounds
The best lodge options for fishing in Murchison falls are Paraa safari lodge and Murchison River lodge