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Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:02 pm
by Shavenhead
Just returned from a great week fishing at Bilene lagoon, just south of Xai Xai in Mozambique

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Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:08 pm
by Shavenhead
We caught:

3 x Cuta (Queen Mackerel)
2 x Bonita
1 x Yellow Fin Tuna
1 x Kingfish
1 x Peixe Camarao (Prawn fish)
A few technicoloured tropical fish off the reef

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We drank:

1 x case Tipo Tinto Mozambican rum
1 x case Cape to Rio cane spirit
1 x case Richelieu brandy
3 x bottles Ballantines whiskey
2 x bottles Gordons gin
1 x bottle Agua Dente
12 x cases of beer

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Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:11 pm
by rider5
I want to go to Mozambique.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:13 pm
by Shavenhead
Base camp:

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Not quite a cyclone, but definitely a hell of a storm

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Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:42 pm
by Stephen_Dedalus
Hi Beardface!

Colour of that sand looks nice.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:44 pm
by Shavenhead
White as sugar Stephen, but 47C on the day.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:29 pm
by rider5
Did you hire a guide or figure the fishing out on your own?

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:09 pm
by Shavenhead
rider, a bunch of us met up in Nelspruit in Mpumulanga (seven of us), and then travelled from there in two vehicles - one towing a boat. The guy who organized the trip is an old Mozambique hand now based in Nelspruit. He bought a set up on the banks of the Bilene lagoon recently - a kind of ramshackle fishing base camp. He also owns the boat, and was the skipper.

I guess, in a sense he was the guide/leader of the trip.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:49 pm
by rider5
That's the best kind of fishing trip. Own boat and someone who knows how to fish the area.

Forgive my ignorance but I always assumed Mozambique was a no go area for tourists.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:18 pm
by Shavenhead
Not at all. Very popular with tourists recently. The war ended back in 1993, though there have been a few ambushes/attacks further north in recent years complements of Renamo elements that have gone rogue.

I've been going there on and off since 1998.

It can be quite tough going though. Bad roads etc.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 1:54 pm
by Lost Soul
Are you fluent in Portuguese after Angola? I doubt if English is too helpful on that beach.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 2:02 pm
by Chip_Oatley
Looks like a great trip.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 7:07 am
by northern_goddess
Nice!

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 11:06 pm
by Stephen_Dedalus
Shavenhead wrote:White as sugar Stephen, but 47C on the day.


Looks like it might be a hard sleep on though.

I prefer my beaches with sand that you love to move between your toes and is like a comfy mattress.

You might be in the arsehole of nowhere, but you sure do have some amazing travel destinations at short distance.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:54 pm
by Scrubb
Mozambique is on our list - but it's a long list so I don't know when we'll get there!

Gorgeous pics.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat May 07, 2016 5:16 pm
by Nines
That is a very impressive liquor units to fish ratio.

Well done, sir.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:51 pm
by veronica_inheels
^ to kill parasites

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:02 am
by rezuar
Looks like a cool trip.

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:33 am
by Shavenhead
A few pics of Maputo

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Nobody does exotic head gear like Mozambican women

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Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:17 pm
by polardude1
Nice. It helps prime me for a return to Africa

Re: Bilene Mozambique

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:21 am
by veronica_inheels
you have a good life